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Posted on February 15, 2012

Calculating the economic value of a museum or sports venue is harder than a bridge or power plant. Does that make these projects any less important?

  At $195 million, the Vancouver City Centre Transmission Project wasn’t big enough to make this year’s Top 100. The project, which includes a new Vancouver substation and new underground transmission line, is the largest investment that BC Hydro has made in Vancouver in 30 years. It’s [...]

The Top 100 Projects of 2012

Posted on January 2, 2012

  This year’s Top 100 list has the biggest-ever total: $114.2 billion in infrastructure projects. This isn’t all new investment—it includes 71 projects that were on last year’s Top 100. A project remains on this list until it is completed, which means some will continue to rank for a few years [...]

Cost and Effect: Ontario's Nuclear Future

Posted on November 17, 2011

SNC-Lavalin’s June 2011 acquisition of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has the company poised to become the primary supplier of nuclear reactor technology in Canada. Patrick Lamarre, executive VP of SNC-Lavalin, was espousing the benefits of CANDU technology at a recent address to the Oshawa [...]


Posted on October 1, 2011

How do we move from stand-alone transportation projects to integrated systems? Connecting all transit modes means first connecting industry leaders. So, in partnership with Arup and Thales Canada, we invited those leaders for a candid roundtable discussion.

In the space of 90 minutes, Gordon Chong said a lot of things that can’t be printed. These sessions are always in camera and, as such, participants have the opportunity to speak off the record. One thing he would say openly: “Sometimes it’s good to have things stirred up.” Chong was arguably [...]

Flying Solo?

Posted on September 29, 2011
Written by Susanne Ruder

Local airport owners rally for federal funding.

Since the mid 1990s, many owners of small and regional Canadian airports have been struggling to maintain the viability of their airport’s finances and physical infrastructure. Although local airports are a valuable link in Canada’s transportation network, many community leaders say the federal government [...]

Seed Money

Posted on September 28, 2011
Written by Kiva Bottero

Canadian cities are aiming to increase their tree canopies by planting thousands of trees, but without maintaining them, is it worth the investment?

Sylvia Cordt works for the City of Toronto’s Department of Parks, Forestry & Recreation. She spent the morning of July 14 planting a tree downtown on Adelaide Street. This tree was being planted for pure aesthetic value, but Cordt says the city’s tree canopy is as important as other public works [...]

Built to Last

Posted on August 22, 2011

At this spring’s Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) conference, Andrew Lemer said new technologies mean that large-scale networks may be a thing of the past. Energy is the obvious example, but Lemer says the trend is the same for transportation. “People can travel by one mode and switch to [...]

Brave New World

Posted on August 21, 2011

Utilities are on the front lines of a smart grid revolution. Meters and sensors are already generating unprecedented volumes of data. But is the industry ready? Can regulation catch up in time? In partnership with IBM, we invited a variety of players to the table to discuss the challenges and realities of our changing electricity system.

With the capacity to put computers, meters, and sensors virtually anywhere, there’s no limit technically to the data that can be generated. Some would call this the foundation of a new smart grid. With the capacity to put computers, meters, and sensors virtually anywhere, there’s no limit technically [...]

Rounding Error

Posted on July 20, 2011

The weaknesses in PSAB 3150 requirements.

During his keynote address at the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) conference this May, Matrix Group’s Andrew C. Lemer said 98 per cent of the U.S. municipalities took the “easy way out” when complying with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (GASB’s) Statement 34. When accounting [...]

Good Bill Hunting

Posted on June 28, 2011
Written by Dale Duncan

The continuing campaign for a national transit strategy is about more than just funding.

Shortly before the 2011 federal election was called, the Toronto Board of Trade (TBOT) issued its annual Scorecard on Prosperity, a snapshot of how Canada’s largest cities stack up internationally in terms of both livability and economic performance. Of 24 countries, Toronto ranked eighth overall [...]
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