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Phase 2 of CHUM complex in Montreal complete

Posted on September 19, 2017
The Government of Quebec has celebrated the opening of the new buildings of the second phase of construction of the new hospital complex at the University of Montreal (CHUM). The three 25-storey buildings will each house therapeutic and hospital diagnostic services, emergency, and clinical follow-ups as well as clinical and logistical support. The latter includes, among others, laboratories, pharmacy, pathology, and the blood bank. The first patients will be welcomed to the facility on October 8th. This phase follows on from the construction of the CHUM Research [...]

Architects selected to design Winnipeg innovation centre

Posted on September 18, 2017
Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg has awarded a $95-million Innovation Centre project to Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with Number TEN Architectural Group. The 100,000-square-foot development will comprise new construction and incorporate a repurposed downtown heritage building to provide state-of-the-art facilities that will help create jobs, expand research, and foster innovation in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District. Diamond Schmitt and Number TEN were selected for their combined team experience designing flexible, collaborative [...]

Edmonton hosts Communities of Practice

Posted on September 18, 2017
ReNew Canada publisher Todd Latham joined 26 other government leaders and association representatives from eleven provincial and territorial asset management Communities of Practice (CoP) in Edmonton last week for a national workshop designed to develop a collaborative framework among the various organizations. The in-person, three-day meeting which was facilitated by Guy Felio (aka, Dr. Infrastructure) explored ways to share information and assist each other across Canada while continuing to deliver asset management services to our communities. Having [...]

Alberta Renewable Electricity Program reaches RFP stage

Posted on September 18, 2017
Alberta moves one step closer to its target of 30 per cent renewable energy by 2030 as round one of the Renewable Electricity Program enters the request for proposals stage. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has invited national and international companies to participate in the final stage of the competition. A total of 29 projects qualified to advance to the request for proposals stage, representing approximately 10 times the number of megawatts targeted for the first round. “Round one of the program has attracted strong national and international [...]

Geoff Hogan appointed inaugural CEO of SWIFT

Posted on September 15, 2017
The board of directors of the SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Initiative has announced the appointment of Geoff Hogan as SWIFT's inaugural chief executive officer (CEO). Reporting to the board, the CEO is the key management leader of SWIFT and responsible for overseeing a multi-faceted team dedicated to the implementation and delivery of the SWIFT Network, including administration, project management, financial oversight, marketing, and stakeholder outreach. Hogan brings a history of entrepreneurial and management experience to the role [...]

Alberta commits new funding to Edmonton LRT

Posted on September 15, 2017
The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $176-million grant to the City of Edmonton for construction of the southeast leg of the Valley Line LRT. The funding was originally provided to Edmonton in 2014 as an interest-free loan. The province is now converting this loan into a grant, with funds coming from Climate Leadership Plan revenues. “The Southeast Valley Line LRT is a priority for our government, as it will help to connect Edmonton residents and visitors to essential services, education, and jobs,” said Brian Mason, minister of [...]

Ontario seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered GO trains

Posted on September 15, 2017
Ontario is electrifying the GO rail network to transform how people move around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and is seeking design concepts for Hydrogen-powered trains as an alternative to conventional overhead wires. Through the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program, Ontario will deliver faster and more frequent electrified rail service on core segments of the GO rail network and UP Express. As part of planning the electrification, Ontario is undertaking a feasibility study on the use of hydrogen fuel cells. Recent advances in the use [...]

Quebec revisiting land use planning regulations

Posted on September 15, 2017
Martin Coiteux, the Government of Quebec’s minister of municipal affairs and land occupancy, has announced creation of a committee to consider the development of new government orientations in land use planning (OGAT). It will be composed of the Minister and representatives of the two major municipal partners, the Fédération québécoise des municipalités and the Union des municipalités du Québec. "Recognized as local governments, municipalities are essential partners of the Government of Quebec,” said Coiteux. “They are better acquainted [...]

Peissel promoted by WSP

Posted on September 15, 2017
Eric Peissel, currently serving as WSP's vice president of transportation for Western Canada, will be assuming the role of national business line executive—transportation, for WSP in Canada on January 1st, 2018. This appointment follows the announcement that Dave Jull will be retiring from this role on the same date, after contributing more than 40 years of insight, leadership, and innovation during his tenure with the firm. Over the next fourth months, Peissel will work closely with Dave to ensure a seamless transition between the roles. Peissel has [...]

Selkirk Regional Health Centre opens

Posted on September 15, 2017
Manitoba’s newest regional hospital celebrated its grand opening in Selkirk with a ceremony attended by the province’s health minister and community representatives. “The new Selkirk Regional Health Centre better accommodates residents’ health-care needs and the delivery of health-care services in the region,” said Kelvin Goertzen, minister of health, seniors, and active living. “This state-of-the-art, environmentally responsible, and efficient facility doubles the size of the former hospital. It features enhanced clinical services, increased [...]
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