John Blake

Associate Professor

Phone: 902-494-6068
Fax: 902-420-7858
Mailing Address: 
Industrial Engineering
PO BOX 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Health Care
  • Simulation
  • Optimization
  • Inventory
  • Logistics


BASc - University of Toronto

PhD - University of Toronto 

Research Interests

Dr. Blake is interested in the application of operational research techniques to problems in health care. These include wait times for medical care, operating room scheduling and operating room time allocation, case mix

Selected Awards and Honours:

  • 2014 Best Health Care Paper, Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference
  • 2003 Dalhousie Industrial Engineering Students Teaching Award
  • 2002 Canadian Operational Research Society, Service Award
  • 1998 Canadian Operational Research Society, Honourable Mention, Student Paper Competition
  • 1997 Medical Research Council of Canada, Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1995 NSERC PGS-B Graduate Fellowship
  • Province of Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • Best Paper (Operations Management) - 8th World Medical Informatics Conference
  • University of Toronto Quality of Nursing Worklife Research Unit Studentship
  • University of Toronto Wallberg Research Fellowship
  • 1994 Canadian Operational Research Society Practice Prize
  • 1993 NSERC PGS-A Graduate Fellowship
  • 1983 University of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science, J.W. Billes Open Admission Scholarship planning, platelet ordering and inventory analysis, blood product production and distribution, and multi-echelon supply chain management.

Accreditations and Affiliations

John is a member, chapter president, and past president of the Canadian Operational Research Society. He is active in the Health Applications Section of INFORMS, having acted as chair, vice-chair, and secretary. John is also a member of the Canadian Society of Transfusion Medicine, the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia, the American Association of Blood Banks, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Selected Publications

  • Blake JT, McTaggart K, Killeen, D (2016). Modelling the optimal ethnic composition of an adult stem cell registry. To appear in European Journal of Operational Research,
  • Campbell LA, Blake JT, Kephart G, Grunfeld E (2017). Understanding the effects of competition for constrained colonoscopy services with the introduction of population-level screening: A discrete event simulation model. Medical Decision Making, 37(2): 253-263.
  • Blake JT, McTaggart K, Killeen, D (2016). Determining recruiting strategies for an adult stem cell registry. Operations Research for Health Care. 10 (1): 1-12.
  • Blake, JT (2016). Introduction to the Special Issue: Teaching Healthcare Operations Research Part 1. INFORMS Transactions on Education. 16(3): 85-86.
  • Blake JT, Hardy M (2015). Modelling a blood distribution network in the Prairies with a generic simulation framework. INFOR. 53(4): 194-210.
  • Blake JT, Hardy M (2014). A generic modelling framework to evaluate network blood management policies: The Canadian Blood Services Experience. Operations Research for Health Care. 3(3):116-128.
  • Blake JT, Shimla S (2014). Determining Staffing Requirements for Blood Donor Clinics: The Canadian Blood Services Experience. Transfusion. 54(3): 814-820.
  • Blake JT, Nemergut EC (2014). Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 118(2): 249-250.
  • Paez A, Esita J, Newbold KB, Heddle NM, Blake J (2013). Exploring resource allocation and alternate clinic accessibility landscapes for improved blood donor turnout. Applied Geography. 45: 89-97
  • Blake JT, Hardy M, Delage G; Myhal G (2013). Déjà vu all over again: The impact of shorter shelf-life for red blood cells. Transfusion. 53(7): 1544-1558.
  • Blake JT (2013). Evaluating Health Care Policy Decisions: Canadian Blood Services in Atlantic Canada. In Operations Research and Health Care Policy. Edited by B. Denton, E. Lee, and G. Zaric. New York: Springer. Pp: 365-398.
  • Blake JT, Bolland D, Dawe I, et al. (2013). What to Do with the Queue? Reducing Wait Times for Cancer Care. In Case Studies in Canadian Health Policy and Management, 2nd Edition. Edited by R. Deber and CL Mah. Ottawa: Canadian Hospital Association Press.
  • Blake JT, Hardy M (2013). Using Simulation to Design a Blood Supply Network in the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Journal of Enterprise Information Management. 26(1/2):119-134.