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Juneau steps in as WDBA COO

Posted on October 16, 2017
Andre Juneau has taken over as the chief operating officer of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), providing leadership to the organization while Michael Cautillo is on leave. “Mr. Juneau has accepted a position as Chief Operating Officer (COO) with WDBA to lead the senior leadership team with the important work that we have to do,” said Mark Butler, director of communications for the WDBA. “WDBA’s Board of Directors has assigned the CEO's authorities to the COO while our CEO remains on a leave of absence.” Juneau had originally served [...]

Van Buren takes over at CCA

Posted on October 16, 2017
Mary Van Buren, a bilingual marketing, strategy, and digital expert, has officially taken over as president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). Van Buren has worked in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors and has held executive roles at leading associations and not-for-profits, including the Canadian Medical Association’s subsidiary, MD Financial Management, and Export Development Canada. In her most recent role as vice-president of marketing and IT at the Canadian Real Estate Association, Mary led a team of 60 to grow its premier [...]

New report recommends federal policies for low-carbon buildings

Posted on October 12, 2017
The Pembina Institute and Équiterre have released a blueprint for how the federal government can rapidly implement the buildings strategy laid out in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. According to the report, homes and buildings represent nearly 12 per cent of the country’s overall carbon pollution, and more than one-quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Low-carbon buildings are both a climate mitigation and a wealth creation opportunity. A suite of policies can support a transition to a low-carbon building [...]

New initiative helps communities make stronger infrastructure decisions

Posted on September 29, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced a new initiative to help local governments strengthen their infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. FCM has awarded $3.6 million to 22 partner organizations from across the country to design and deliver local asset management training to Canadian municipalities. These partners are non-profit, non-governmental organizations from across Canada with a mandate of serving the municipal sector and are perfectly positioned to help [...]

Make users pay for the water services they use: report

Posted on September 27, 2017
Municipal water and wastewater services are vital to our health, the economy, and the environment. These networks of infrastructure produce and deliver clean drinking water and remove and treat wastewater. Yet there are hidden problems in many municipalities: Canadians are some of the biggest water users in the world, and our infrastructure deficits threaten both the quality and quantity of our clean water. In Canada's Ecofiscal Commission’s new report, Only the Pipes Should be Hidden: Best practices for pricing and improving municipal water and wastewater [...]

Ministers hold productive discussions on infrastructure

Posted on September 25, 2017
The Government of Canada convened the second federal, provincial, and territorial meeting of ministers responsible for infrastructure. Federal minister of infrastructure and communities Amarjeet Sohi and Ontario minister of infrastructure Bob Chiarelli co-hosted the meeting. The ministers began the conversation by sharing some of the initial results from Phase 1 of the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada plan. Budget 2016 announced accelerated federal investments to provide short-term funding for the rehabilitation, repair, and modernization of [...]

BluEarth acquires four renewable energy facilities

Posted on September 21, 2017
BluEarth Renewables LP (BluEarth) has announced it has completed the acquisition of four operating renewable energy facilities from Veresen Inc., including three run-of-river hydro facilities in British Columbia and one wind facility in Ontario. These facilities have a weighted average contract life of 22 years and represent 85 megawatts (MW). Financial terms of the acquisition are confidential. “In addition to pursuing greenfield opportunities, BluEarth’s growth strategy includes pursuing targeted acquisitions where we can take full advantage of our [...]

Growing opportunities for energy storage

Posted on September 21, 2017
The technology and innovation behind energy storage (ES) is evolving quickly, and there are growing opportunities in the public and private sector. As discussed at this year’s Energy Storage Canada conference in Toronto, there are growing opportunities for the technology both at home and abroad, as the quality and capacity continue to improve. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is in the process of releasing its roadmap for energy storage opportunities in this country, first turning its focus to evolving energy needs in Alberta. The research [...]

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 [...]

Carillion makes changes to its senior leadership

Posted on September 11, 2017
Carillion has announced changes to its senior leadership team. Emma Mercer has been appointed chief financial officer effective immediately. Since joining Carillion in 2008, Mercer has held several senior positions, most recently finance director of the UK construction business, prior to which she was chief financial officer and senior vice president of Carillion Canada. Lee Watson has been appointed chief transformation officer on secondment from EY. Watson has been a partner at EY since 2008 during which time he has advised on numerous transformations [...]
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