Timothy Chan

Timothy Chan

Faculty Affiliate

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto

Timothy Chan is the Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, Strategic Initiatives at the University of Toronto, the Canada Research Chair in Novel Optimization and Analytics in Health, a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and a Senior Fellow of Massey College. His primary research interests are in operations research, optimization, and applied machine learning, with applications in healthcare, medicine, sustainability, and sports. He received his B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of British Columbia (2002), and his PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007). Before coming to Toronto, he was an Associate in the Chicago office of McKinsey and Company (2007-2009), a global management consulting firm. During that time, he advised leading companies in the fields of medical device technology, travel and hospitality, telecommunications, and energy on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations.

Research Interests

  • Optimization
  • Healthcare and/or medical imaging
  • Machine learning


  • Canada Research Chair
  • Multiple teaching awards from UofT
  • CORS Eldon Gunn Service Award
  • First place in INFORMS Pierskalla best paper competition
  • First place in Sloan Sports Analytics Conference research competition
  • Various research and teaching honours from professional societies including INFORMS, CORS