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Looking South

Posted on November 12, 2013
Over the past decade, the Canadian public-private partnership (P3) market has been one of the most active in the world. Canada has more than 200 projects completed or underway in sectors as diverse as defence, education, energy, environmental, health care, justice and corrections, recreation, and transportation. The Canadian market, although composed of projects undertaken at various levels of government, has benefitted from a standard approach to procurement processes and documentation. In the United States, the market is more fragmented. ReNew Canada’s [...]

Risky Business

Posted on February 7, 2013
St. John’s is the oldest English-founded city in North America. So if anyone understands the pressures associated with trying to insure older assets, it’s Betty Clarke, risk manager for the centuries-old city. “We actually still have infrastructure that’s over 100 years old,” said Clarke. “Right now, the City is facing increased pressure to provide infrastructure and service improvements because we’re growing,” said Clarke. Housing starts for Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital city have averaged over 600 homes per year. Commercial development [...]

Top Insights

Posted on January 2, 2013
ReNew Canada has produced the Top 100 Projects report for the past six years. The listing of Canada’s 100 biggest projects (ranked by project value) is an industry touchstone—a look at how some of our megaprojects are funded and, perhaps of more interest to our readership, which firms are working on them. This year, we decided to take a much closer look at what this report says about the infrastructure industry in Canada—and what it doesn’t it say. By inviting some of our top key players to an exclusive roundtable and showing them an advance version [...]

Building a Business Case

Posted on August 28, 2012
Algoma Orchards Ltd., which is the largest independently owned apple grower and packer in Canada, is now hosting a 543-kilowatt solar power system on the roof of its processing facility. The system will generate approximately 575 megawatt hours of electricity per year. A complete retrofit of that processing facility, including water and energy efficiency, could also likely save Algoma a significant amount of electricity per year. If the company hasn’t done that, it may be in part because it’s easier to sell a solar project, for example, that has a [...]

Leading the Charge

Posted on February 28, 2012
Michael Nemat is a self-described “tech geek” who can’t resist innovation. When he realized he could get an $8,200 rebate on a new electric car from the provincial government, “that sealed the deal,” says the Ottawa resident. He got his car a few months after applying for the rebate, and was able to find one outlet in his condo that would accommodate an electric vehicle (EV): a Level 1 (120-volt) outlet on the roof of the parking garage. “I was charging fine for about two months, and then I got an email from the board asking me for the specifications [...]


Posted on October 1, 2011
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 the most controversial player to attend this meeting—more accurately, what he represented was one of the afternoon’s most heated issues. Chong is with Toronto Transit Infrastructure Limited, which was revived by the City of Toronto under Mayor Rob Ford’s [...]

Brave New World

Posted on August 21, 2011
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 to the data that can be generated. Some would call this the foundation of a new smart grid. But that data has to be managed, potentially by third parties who need to be accustomed to working in a space that’s traditionally been reserved for electricity [...]

The Fourth R

Posted on June 27, 2011
Across Canada, at least a dozen municipalities and regional councils are considering energy-from-waste (EFW) incineration for their residual wastes. Metro Vancouver is now formally on the path to building one or more EFW incinerators by 2015. Ottawa and Edmonton have deals with Plasco Energy Group and Enerkem, respectively. But those are essentially pilot projects at this stage. Plasco’s project is also purely a waste management facility—there is no power purchase agreement (PPA) involved. In Ontario, Durham and York Regions’ plan to build an EFW [...]

Virtual Reality

Posted on February 23, 2011
In the near future, mountains of data will flow. While communicating and sharing this information isn’t difficult (witness the popularity of applications such as Facebook and foursquare), it’s the management of this information that poses a challenge. The participants in ReNew Canada and Cisco’s exclusive roundtable on connected communities, speaking to each other via Cisco TelePresence technology, agreed that managing this data is one of the key issues facing future cities. Robyn Bews manages the WORKshift program at Calgary Economic Development [...]


Posted on January 3, 2011
Over the last budget period, Canadian governments were stimulated by federal funding—funding that relied on infrastructure action to inflate the economy. A lot time and effort went into getting “shovel ready” projects started, with less energy spent pursuing P3s as a project delivery model. Now that the Stimulus Fund frenzy has died down, certain industry insiders are seeing a shift in progress on the P3 front. “We’ve seen the experiences in British Columbia and Ontario and would expect the deals to continue as currently planned by each jurisdiction,” [...]
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