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Carillion makes changes to its senior leadership

Posted on September 11, 2017
Carillion has announced changes to its senior leadership team. Emma Mercer has been appointed chief financial officer effective immediately. Since joining Carillion in 2008, Mercer has held several senior positions, most recently finance director of the UK construction business, prior to which she was chief financial officer and senior vice president of Carillion Canada. Lee Watson has been appointed chief transformation officer on secondment from EY. Watson has been a partner at EY since 2008 during which time he has advised on numerous transformations [...]

Canada approves Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project

Posted on September 7, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced that it has approved the Canadian Transit Company’s application for the proposed Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project spanning the Detroit River between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan to replace the existing bridge. In addition to approving the Canadian Transit Company’s application, the Government is moving forward expeditiously with the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The project will see the construction of a six-lane bridge to replace the 87-year-old current Ambassador Bridge, as well as [...]

WDBA extends Request for Proposals period

Posted on August 31, 2017
Following last week's announcement regarding the timeline for the Gordie Howe International Bridge, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has released a statement announcing the extension of the Request for Proposals stage of the project. Here is the statement released by the WDBA: "On August 23, 2017, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority announced that the timetable for our public-private partnership (P3) procurement process was being reviewed. Following discussions with our Proponents, WDBA has extended the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage of the [...]

Statement addresses speculation over Gordie Howe bridge

Posted on August 23, 2017
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has released a statement addressing recent speculation that has appeared in media reports. The statement, from WDBA president and CEO Michael Cautillo, attempts to set the record straight over recent reports on the project. Here is the the full statement that has been released: “The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is the largest and most ambitious trade infrastructure project along the Canada-United States border. The bridge will encourage new investment between Canada and the United States. It [...]

WSP working to acquire Opus International Consultants

Posted on August 14, 2017
WSP Global Inc. and UEM Edgenta Berhad have announced that they have entered into an agreement under which WSP will acquire UEM Edgenta's 61.2 per cent in Opus International Consultants Limited (OIC), through a New Zealand takeover offer. WSP has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, filed a notice of intention to make this takeover offer, in cash, for 100 per cent of the fully paid shares in OIC at NZ$1.78 per OIC share. The offer values the entire issued share capital of OIC at approximately NZ$263.2 million (CDN$243.4 million). In addition, the terms [...]

ACCIONA Energy names Esteban as new CEO for North America

Posted on August 1, 2017
ACCIONA Energy has named Rafael Esteban as CEO of ACCIONA Energy USA Global LLC. In this role, Esteban will be responsible for the growth of ACCIONA’s renewable energy portfolio in the U.S. and Canada markets, and the operation of 966 MW of wind and solar energy projects in the two countries. He replaces Ilya Hartmann, who served as CEO since 2012. Hartmann is moving on to a new leadership position in the renewable energy industry. Mr. Esteban brings years of a global leadership experience in renewable energy to his new role. Most recently, he served [...]

Ontario, Michigan launch cross-border automated vehicle test drive

Posted on July 31, 2017
Ontario and Michigan are completing North America's first national, cross-border automated vehicle test drive through Southern Ontario and Michigan, promoting innovation in the auto sector and driving economic growth. Minister of transportation Steven Del Duca and federal minister of innovation, science, and economic development Navdeep Bains were in Windsor to mark the milestone. The test drive began in Detroit and will continue from Windsor to Sarnia before crossing back over the border. The drive will conclude in Traverse City, Michigan later today [...]

ITC Lake Erie Connector Project receives approvals

Posted on July 4, 2017
ITC Lake Erie Connector LLC has announced that Canada’s Governor in Council has approved the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the ITC Lake Erie Connector transmission line. The National Energy Board (NEB) issued the certificate on June 26. The NEB provided its initial recommendation of the certificate to Canada’s Governor in Council on January 19, 2017. The issuance of the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity completes the project’s major permit application process in Canada. In addition, the Pennsylvania [...]

Stakeholders reach $48 million agreement over Gordie Howe Bridge

Posted on June 27, 2017
On June 23rd, the City of Detroit and the Delray Community Advisory Group (CAG) announced that they reached an agreement with the State of Michigan and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) to sell 36 city-owned parcels of land, underground assets, and approximately 8 kilometres of city-owned streets as part of a series of landmark agreements totaling $48 million in development of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The agreements remain subject to approval by Detroit City Council and other agencies, but thus far, the stakeholders, including community [...]

Cross-border power projects on the rise

Posted on March 2, 2017
Day two at the 10th Global Leadership Infrastructure Forum in Montréal shone a spotlight on the development of significant infrastructure projects around the world, including two cross-border power projects. The Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE), a 536-kilometre 1,000 MW HVDC transmission line running from Quebec to New York State, was one of just four cross-border projects to receive Presidential Permits during the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama. The estimated $2.2 billion project, planing for which got underway in 2008, is [...]
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