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Building the Next Generation of Canadian Infrastructure

Defining a roadmap for optimizing infrastructure planning, implementation and operation

May 14 - 15, 2019 · Toronto, Ontario
Conference Program: Day One - Tuesday May 14, 2019
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
Alexander Hay, Principal, Southern Harbour Ltd
Bruce G. Matthews, P.Eng., CEO, Consulting Engineers of Ontario
8:40 - 9:15
Canada Infrastructure Bank - Canada’s Newest Agency to Invest in the Future
Pierre Lavallée, President and CEO of Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • The mandate is to invest up to $35 billion into new, revenue-generating infrastructure projects alongside private and institutional investors and provide advisory services to potential project sponsors
  • By engaging the expertise and capital of the private sector, CIB will help provide more infrastructure for Canadians
  • CIB’s priority areas are public transit, trade and transportation, and green infrastructure
9:15 - 10:15
Creating a Unifying Approach to Project Management
Charl van Niekerk, Senior Vice President of Project Delivery, Infrastructure Ontario
  • The changing landscapes of project management partnerships
  • Identifying user strategies that are a win-win for mobility users
  • Integrating the future vision of transit into today’s planning
  • Influencing the public’s best practices for future strategies
  • Providing the decision making tools to policy makers
10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:15
The Economics of Building the Future
Matti Siemiatycki, Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Planning & Finance and Interim Director, The University of Toronto, School of Cities
  • Infrastructure decisions of today have wide ranging economic implications
  • Cities of 2030 will have new economies of scale and density
  • Policy decisions must be evidence based yet flexible
  • Proper economic considerations benefit all socio-economic levels
  • Stimulation of economic growth
  • Creation of employment opportunities
  • Amelioration of environmental problems
11:15 - 12:00
Smart(er) Suburban Streets: Insight from Mississauga’s Ambitions for Smart Traffic Management
Michelle Berquist, Project Leader, Transportation Planning, City of Mississauga
  • Vision and values in twin Master Plans for Transportation and the Smart City
  • Enabling infrastructure: Mississauga’s Advanced Traffic Management System
  • Pain points and possibilities for the future of traffic management
  • Implementation considerations from the municipal perspective
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
Keeping an Eye on the Prize: Benefits Management in Project Delivery
Joshua Engel-Yan, Principal Sponsor at Metrolinx

  • Attaching ‘sponsors’ to project to ensure long term viability and relevance
  • Using business cases as a consistent and transparent approach to measuring and tracking benefits and value
  • Adopting governance to link project decisions to benefits and project readiness
  • Ensuring the outcomes the project is trying to achieve are being delivered
  • Lessons learned from the UK and the Metrolinx experience in governance of major infrastructure projects
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
2:15 - 3:15
Financing The Future
Alexander Hay, Principal, Southern Harbour Ltd
Bruce G. Matthews, P.Eng., CEO, Consulting Engineers of Ontario
David Macleod, Senior Environmental Specialist, City of Toronto
  • Adaptation and fiscal risk disclosure
  • Smart management approaches
  • Incorporating climate change risk and resiliency
  • Pension funds play a vital role with enormous potential
  • Dedicated revenue streams allow for better planning
  • The politics of major projects
  • Carbon pricing in the future of infrastructure
  • Value adding techniques - the international examples
3:15        End of Day One



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The next era of infrastructure must be more integrated, responsive, faster, secure, and resilient through innovative planning, financing, completion, and operation. A daunting challenge but it’s possible in an era of forward-looking designers, engineers, policy makers, and financiers.

Infonex is hosting a two-day inaugural event in Toronto on "Building the Next Generation of Canadian Infrastructure". Hear from speakers who are at the centre of driving infrastructural planning in regions across Canada and the world. Join us for this collaborative event which will examine the roadmap for optimizing infrastructure planning, implementation and operation.

Save the date: May 14-15 2019 and we’ll see you in Downtown Toronto!

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