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Room for Innovation

Posted on December 14, 2015
Written by Eve Krakow

What are the industry trends when it comes to concrete, steel, and wood in mid-rise and bridge infrastructure?

Our lives depend on the sustainability of the materials we use to build our infrastructure. So how do designers choose one material over another? We asked key players in the bridge and mid-rise construction sectors to weigh in on the alternatives, and to discuss what changes they’d like to see in the [...]

State of Renewables

Posted on December 7, 2015
Written by Saul Chernos

Solar and wind power producers face challenges as they strive to increase their market share.

Dozens of solar of companies that responded to the Ontario government bid to inject 140 megawatts (MW) of renewable power into the grid couldn’t have been thrilled when unhappy crowds and local politicians ran many of them out of town. Wind turbines have been challenged almost from the get-go as harmful [...]

Hydro Horizon

Posted on December 6, 2015
Written by David Caplan

Hydroelectricity will shape Canada’s energy future, so it’s critical to grow public support to get them built.

I once heard the hydroelectric sector described as oatmeal, a good and hearty source of energy, just not very interesting. In Canada, it turns out we like oatmeal; we eat a lot of it, but for a small group, it causes indigestion. This small but varied group takes issue primarily with the infrastructure [...]

Under the Sea

Posted on December 5, 2015
Written by Zoë Thoms

Nova Scotia’s Marine Renewable Energy Strategy opens the gate to an interconnected tidal turbine project expected to be the first of its kind.

Nova Scotia Power customers are months away from receiving electricity generated from the Bay of Fundy’s renowned tides. After several years of research, design, and trial and error, Cape Sharp Tidal—a joint venture between Ireland-based OpenHydro and Nova Scotia Power affiliate Emera—will deploy [...]

The Best and the Brightest

Posted on December 2, 2015
Written by Michael Mastromatteo

Gender diversity enhances the infrastructure community talent pool.

Women professionals are bringing new thinking and ideas to infrastructure-related decision-making, especially as the industry looks to diversify its pool of talent and expertise. As evidenced by the growth of the Canada-wide Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN), professional interactions involving [...]

Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

Posted on November 22, 2015
Written by Stuart Galloway

Demystifying the notion all debt is bad in the space of public infrastructure.

Debt for all sectors is an essential, accepted form of good business, particularly for big-ticket items such as infrastructure. Good debt assists in the generation of income and (generally) increases the net worth of the responsible entity. This discussion paper outlines the burgeoning crisis facing [...]

What a Difference $50 Billion Makes

Posted on November 17, 2015
Written by Robin Somerville

Research show a Canada-wide infrastructure program would generate significant return on investment, boost productivity, and increase competitiveness.

Media reports of crumbling and even dangerous public infrastructure have become commonplace. Large sinkholes now routinely disrupt life in Canada’s largest cities. Many critical bridges and highways need immediate attention. And traffic gridlock in urban centres underscores the need for major investment [...]

Partnering for Success

Posted on November 10, 2015
Written by Ehren Cory

This year’s track record report demonstrates strong P3 performance in Ontario.

Ten years ago, Infrastructure Ontario was created to manage the province’s largest, most complex capital projects by using the alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model to improve on-budget and on-time delivery. Since then, one of its core principles has been to create more openness and transparency [...]

The Next Procurement Evolution

Posted on October 22, 2015
Written by Richard Shaban and Richard Yehia

Competitive dialogue has arrived in Canada, providing bidders an opportunity to showcase innovative project proposals—but there are legal risks to be considered.

“Competitive dialogue” is a term that, a few short years ago, would likely not have meant much to most Canadian infrastructure procurement practitioners. While competitive dialogue has been used for the procurement of goods, services, and infrastructure in Europe since at least 2004, and was expressly [...]

Off Target

Posted on October 19, 2015
Written by Clémentine Sallée

New program works to promote equal access for women in Quebec’s construction industry.

Construction is a male-dominated industry. Women interested in the trade not only face discrimination in training, access to employment, and job assignments, but they are often victims of sexual and psychological harassment. At the same time, work-life balance and health-and-safety policies adapted to [...]
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