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Winners announced for 2017 Brownie Awards

Posted on November 23, 2017
The best in Canadian brownfield rehabilitation and redevelopment was celebrated at the 18th annual Brownie Awards, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel on November 22 and proudly presented by the Canadian Brownfield Network and Actual Media. In total, 10 awards were handed out to projects, people, and organizations from across the country in recognition of the efforts made to transition contaminated lands into the best possible end use. The awards include six for individual categories, three recognizing overall project excellence, and one recognizing the national [...]

Government of Canada launches Smart Cities Challenge

Posted on November 23, 2017
The Government of Canada has officially launched the Smart Cities Challenge, which will give communities a platform for implementing bold ideas to address priorities that they identify. Communities of all sizes and from across Canada can apply—including municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities. They will be encouraged to work with the private and not-for-profit sectors and the research community to achieve results that improve the lives of residents. It will be up to communities to set their goals and the pathways to [...]

Board of Directors named for the Canada Infrastructure Bank

Posted on November 16, 2017
Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, has announced that 10 professionals have been appointed as the Board of Directors of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Their appointments were made following an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process that attracted a range of talented and experienced candidates that reflect Canada’s linguistic, cultural, and regional diversity. The board members are: Kimberly Baird - founder of Kim Baird Strategic Consulting and former elected Chief and Strategic Initiatives Director of the self-governing [...]

Understanding AVs' impacts on infrastructure

Posted on November 10, 2017
If you thought Uber was a disruptor, wait until automated vehicles (AV) backed by smartphone apps for "mobility on demand" begin to eat into taxi and public bus services in the early 2020s, then begin to disrupt car ownership in the late 2020s. How this could impact municipal infrastructure is at the heart of the discussion in the report, Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation: How Skilled Governance Can Influence its Outcome, written by AV expert Bern Grush and released by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO). Improvements [...]

Riding the high-speed rail

Posted on November 7, 2017
Plans for a Toronto-to-Windsor high speed rail line, with the Request for Proposals (RFP) for planning and environmental assessment work slated for release in December, according to a discussion held at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) 25th annual conference. David Collenette, who was hired by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in October of 2015 as special advisor for high-speed rail, led the discussion on the proposed $21-billion project. Collenette wrote the report showing that there is a business case for the project [...]

Building First Nations infrastructure

Posted on November 6, 2017
With an infrastructure deficit pegged at $30-$40 billion, First Nations communities across Canada are in desperate need of new ways to narrow the gap, including an uptick in the use of P3 projects. In the opening keynote address of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships 25th annual conference, Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott discussed the work done by the Liberal government to build and rehabilitate infrastructure in First Nations communities. However, she stressed the need for greater involvement from the P3 industry, and how [...]

PCL Constructors announces leadership changes

Posted on November 3, 2017
Dave Filipchuk, president and CEO of the PCL family of companies, has announced leadership appointments within the office of the CEO. Mike Wieninger has been promoted to chief operating officer, Canadian Operations, responsible for PCL’s Buildings and Civil operations across all provinces. He is a member of the office of the CEO and brings over 20 years of experience with the company to his new position. He was most recently PCL’s executive vice president, Canadian Buildings, and before that was Toronto’s senior vice president and district manager [...]

Getting Montreal going first

Posted on November 2, 2017
La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec‘s (La Caisse) $6.04-billion Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) continues to draw both national and international attention as the public sector looks for new ways to finance the construction of infrastructure assets. “We’ve had, really from the beginning, a manifestation of very significant interest among U.S. mayors, U.S. governors, cities in Europe, and cities in Asia,” said Michael Sabia, president and CEO of La Caisse. “This model, and what we’re trying to do, has certainly attracted people’s [...]

Cities are the solution

Posted on November 2, 2017
If we are to meet our global emissions targets, cities must play a vital role in reducing emissions and creating energy efficiency. “If the solution doesn’t come from cities, where does it come from?” said Christoph Frei, secretary general of the World Energy Council (WEC), who was in Toronto attending the International Forum of the Americas’ Toronto Global Forum. Frei joined a panel discussion that included Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines, IESO president and CEO Peter Gregg, and Energy Council of Canada president Graham Campbell for a discussion [...]

Innergex acquires Alterra

Posted on October 31, 2017
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Alterra Power Corp. have announced that they have entered into an arrangement agreement pursuant to which Innergex will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Alterra for an aggregate consideration of $1.1 billion, including the assumption of Alterra’s debt. “This transaction is highly strategic and accretive for Innergex as we believe it significantly accelerates Innergex’s growth profile with a path to reach a net installed capacity of over 2,000 MW by 2020,” said Michel Letellier, president [...]
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