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Wager joins exp as CSO

Posted on March 20, 2017
Exp has announced that Todd K. Wager has joined the company in the position of chief strategy officer. In this newly created role, Wager is responsible for leading the company’s overall corporate strategy, including long-term strategic planning, business development, marketing, joint ventures, and industry partnerships. Working alongside the executive leadership team, he will partner with key stakeholders to develop and prioritize strategies and help determine the appropriate resources needed to effectively position exp in the marketplace. Exp chairman [...]

BuildForce Canada launches improving productivity campaign

Posted on March 10, 2017
From company owners and contractors to workers, all sectors and all members of Canada's construction and maintenance industry are being urged to join a national effort to change the way they plan, work and build. The industry-led initiative aimed at boosting productivity, was launched today by BuildForce Canada. "A changing global economy, rapidly aging workforce and slower growth, are forcing our industry to take a hard look at every stage of construction in order to stay competitive and attract new investment," said Rosemary Sparks, executive director [...]

VIA pitches high-frequency rail project

Posted on March 6, 2017
As the Government of Canada looks for ways to transition to a low-carbon economy, executives at VIA Rail are doing their part to provide a transportation solution that will remove millions of carbon dioxide production each year. Speaking at the Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montréal, VIA Rail President and CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano discussed a proposed new high-frequency rail project, running additional service through Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, and Quebec City. The project is an initiative put forward by the VIA Rail management team [...]

Infrastructure spending not growing Canada's economy?

Posted on March 6, 2017
Only 11 cents of every dollar in new federal government infrastructure spending will be spent on highways, bridges, railways and ports— projects that can actually help improve Canada’s economy, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. This finding corroborates a Senate committee report from earlier this week that encouraged Ottawa to make transportation and trade infrastructure a priority. “The federal government has pinned its economic hopes on a major infrastructure spending plan [...]

User pay models for new federal infrastructure?

Posted on March 1, 2017
Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau was greeted by a difficult question at the 10th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montreal: should bridges in Montréal charge tolls? It was a subject that Garneau clearly was not expecting to discuss at the Forum, following formal remarks that focused on increased investments, making trade corridors more robust, and the opportunities coming as a result of the Canadian Infrastructure Bank. Garneau opened by discussing the importance of federally-supported projects like the $4.2 billion Champlain Bridge [...]

Leech named Special Advisor for Canada Infrastructure Bank

Posted on February 10, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Jim Leech will be serving as Special Advisor on the Canada Infrastructure Bank. “Mr. Leech brings with him immense knowledge and experience, and I am confident that he will help ensure a smooth and successful launch of the Canada Infrastructure Bank,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. “This is about making sure our public dollars go farther and are used smarter, as we make historic investments in infrastructure to create middle class jobs today and sustained economic growth for years to come.” Mr [...]

PBO analysis shows gap in infrastructure funding

Posted on February 3, 2017
In his first report to parliament, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, provided analysis on the results of the Government’s New Infrastructure Plan (NIP) announced through the 2016 Federal Budget and its 2016 Fall Economic Statement. Entitled Canada’s New Infrastructure Plan: Following the Money, the PBO’s analysis shows that of the $13.6 billion for fiscal years 2016-18 announced in Budget 2016, departments have identified only $4.6 billion worth of projects. It stated, “While departments have committed to spending all [...]

New programs to help municipalities address climate change, asset management

Posted on February 2, 2017
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities have launched two new programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making. The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Municipal Asset Management Program, which will be delivered by the FCM, will provide municipalities with access to funding, training, and learning opportunities to increase their capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build resilience to the impacts of climate [...]

Allen leaving Engineers Canada

Posted on January 31, 2017
Engineers Canada has announced that Kim Allen is leaving his post as chief executive officer of Engineers Canada effective immediately. “The Board of Directors of Engineers Canada wishes Kim well and thanks him for his contributions as CEO,” said Chris Roney, president of Engineers Canada. Mr. Allen joined Engineers Canada in September 2012 as CEO. It is expected that an interim CEO will be announced shortly. [...]

Big-City Mayors' Caucus urges Trudeau to invest in public transit

Posted on January 23, 2017
On January 20th, Canada's big-city mayors urged Prime Minister Trudeau to use his government's next budget to launch a new era of public transit and to tackle Canada's housing affordability crisis head-on. "Our discussion with the Prime Minister today focused on the budget — as really a once-in-a-generation opportunity both to expand transit and to fix the housing crisis," said Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton and chair of FCM's Big-City Mayors' Caucus (BCMC). Nearly a quarter of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects are in the transit sector and [...]
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