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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 [...]

The New Urban Normal

Posted on October 15, 2015
Written by Marcy Burchfield and Anna Kramer

New research uncovers the new reality of population patterns and urban planning challenges faced by Metro Vancouver and Toronto over the past 20 years. Do Canada’s big cities have room to grow?

Long-term efforts to build sustainable city-regions are rooted in attempts to slow down sprawl by building more compact communities that can be served effectively by transit. Two of Canada’s largest and fastest-growing city-regions—Metro Vancouver and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)—have [...]

Get Smart

Posted on October 13, 2015
Written by Pam MacGillivray

Solving the age-old dilemma of limited budgets and aging infrastructure with smart modernization strategies for water and wastewater operators.

Water and wastewater operators across Canada are facing a challenging business environment. As with managers across many industries, they are being asked to do more with increasingly scarce resources. With fewer employees and extremely limited budgets, it is not surprising that many communities are hesitant [...]

Planning for Uncertainties

Posted on October 7, 2015
Written by Nathanael Couperus and Natalija Fisher

Canadian municipalities should see the opportunities in stormwater management—not only the threats.

Cities across Canada are looking for solutions to reduce their vulnerabilities to infrastructure deficits, rapid urban growth, and climate change. Planning for uncertainties requires a diverse portfolio of solutions to decrease the quantity and improve the quality of stormwater entering local drainage [...]

A Tale of Three Cities

Posted on October 7, 2015
Written by Saul Chernos

Raised expressways nearing the end of their life cycle ramp up debates about urban planning.

Toronto Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway runs over-top the downtown core, uncomfortably close to the city’s waterfront, and has long been deteriorating, much to the consternation of pedestrians and motorists underneath who periodically dodge falling bits and pieces. After decades of heated debate [...]

Canada’s P3 Landscape

Posted on September 29, 2015
Written by David Caplan

Canada is seen as a global leader in the adoption of the P3 model, but there is a range of project-funding approaches being rolled out across the country.

Infrastructure has at last become sexy—in political circles at least. With a yawning infrastructure gap and votes to play for in the upcoming federal election, promises of infrastructure investments and ideas for funding them are eating up column inches like never before. Infrastructure was once [...]

The Renewal Imperative

Posted on August 31, 2015
Written by Glenn Miller

London shows Canada how a city can protect its priceless infrastructure assets.

Wrap-around screens show dramatic photographs of England’s capital city, entertaining us as we file into the high-speed elevator of the Shard, London’s newest, most outrageous mixed-use tower. We have paid a Queen’s ransom for the privilege of accessing the Shard’s observation platform, stretching [...]

The Long View

Posted on August 28, 2015
Written by Eve Krakow

Multi-year budgets are an emerging trend as municipalities seek more support for their long-term capital plans.

In 2009, the City of Edmonton began its Neighbourhood Renewal Project, a long-term strategic approach to address infrastructure needs such as rebuilding and renewing roads, sidewalks, and streetlights in Edmonton’s neighbourhoods and on collector roadways. That same year, Edmonton switched from an [...]

A Modern Grid

Posted on August 28, 2015
Written by Devin McCarthy

There is no one-size-fits-all solution. What are the technology opportunities to help utilities deliver on their expanding mandate?

Traditionally, the utility mandate has been to generate, transmit, and distribute electrical energy in a safe, reliable, and cost-effective way. Equipment exceeding its expected useful life was typically replaced “like for like,” with the suppliers of that equipment focused on incremental improvements [...]
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