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Report: ROI of Public Infrastructure to Be Massive

Posted on October 30, 2015
A new report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) shows that the economic importance of public infrastructure investment is vastly greater than previously found using traditional economic models. Using unique agent-based modelling, CANCEA found that public infrastructure investments generate an economic return on real GDP that is almost eight times as large as the impact predicted by traditional economic models. Investing in Ontario's Public Infrastructure: A Prosperity at Risk Perspective uses a big data/big analytics approach to assess [...]

Liberals to Keep Infrastructure ‘Busy for Years’: Survey

Posted on October 28, 2015
Infrastructure projects could help drive the growth of construction workloads in Canada over the next 12 months, according to a recent survey. And the results of last week’s national election appear to make this even more likely, longer, and stronger, based on the polling results and reaction from respondents. Canadian construction professionals participating in RICS’ Q3 2015 sentiment survey (conducted before the election) predicted that their total workloads would increase about 2.7 per cent over the coming year, with the infrastructure sector foreseen [...]

Hydraulic Fracturing Report Moves Agenda Forward in Canada

Posted on October 6, 2015
A new report released today seeks to aid provincial and federal governments in determining the best areas in which to advance studies related to hydraulic fracturing and water in Canada. The report, entitled, Water and Hydraulic Fracturing: Where Knowledge can best support decisions in Canada, was issued by the Canadian Water Network (CWN) based on existing research, which points to significant knowledge gaps impeding decisions in unconventional oil and gas development. “There is a huge need for scientific knowledge to help decision makers,” [...]

SNC-Lavalin Appoints Neil Bruce as President and CEO

Posted on September 15, 2015
SNC-Lavalin announced yesterday that, effective October 5, 2015, Neil Bruce will become president and CEO, and a member of the board of directors, succeeding Robert G. Card. "The upcoming handover and smooth transition from Bob Card to Neil Bruce, currently COO, comes at an important stage in SNC-Lavalin's development," stated Lawrence Stevenson, chairman of the board of directors. "Bob's tenure left a strong legacy during a critical time for the company, with a far-reaching transformation that changed the face of the executive team, repositioned the company [...]

Black & Veatch Expands Growth Plans in Canada

Posted on August 30, 2015
Black & Veatch has announced that its Edmonton-based professionals have relocated to larger office space that will accommodate the company’s growth plans in Canada. The company says moving to the new office location on Edmonton’s west end provides the space to support existing projects and capture new business. “Western Canada is one of the world’s leading energy markets, and Edmonton is a central stage from which Black & Veatch will drive its growth plans in an important region,” said Jim Doull, a senior VP for Black & Veatch’s [...]

Trudeau Makes $125B Infrastructure Promise

Posted on August 28, 2015
Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, announced on August 27 that he plans to make the largest infrastructure investment in the country’s history. “This election is a clear choice between smart investments that create jobs and growth, or austerity and cuts that will slow our economy further,” he said. If put in power, the Liberal government will: nearly double federal infrastructure investment from $65 to almost $125 billion over the next decade, reaching an additional $9.5 billion by year 10; make an immediate down payment and doubling [...]

Nominations Open for Community Energy Builder Awards

Posted on August 18, 2015
Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) is currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 Community Energy Builder Awards to be presented on October 27, 2015 at QUEST’s 9th Annual Conference and Tradeshow at Toronto’s Marriott Eaton Centre. The QUEST Community Energy Builder Awards are presented each year to recognize organizations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in the advancement of smart energy communities in Canada through: energy integration, energy efficiency, energy collaboration, and the broader good. The three principal [...]

ACEC Promotes #VoteInfrastructure in Election 2015

Posted on August 13, 2015
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) is asking federal election candidates and party officials to commit to long-term, predictable infrastructure investment. Leading up to and during the 2015 federal election, the association and its members will be utilizing, a new interactive website to educate the political parties on the importance of infrastructure investment to our economic, social, and environmental quality of life. It will also serve as a resource for the Canadian public and interested stakeholders. ACEC [...]

Infrastructure Gives Biggest Boost to Construction

Posted on July 23, 2015
The outlook for Canadian construction is better than one quarter ago, with infrastructure projects providing the biggest boost and considerable optimism for the coming year, according to latest RICS sentiment survey of construction professionals. However, the upcoming national elections may be holding back some infrastructure projects, the significant hits to the energy sector continue to put a drag on construction overall, and there is some concern about potential overbuilding of private housing, especially in Toronto and the Prairies, the survey finds. “Due [...]

Gordie Howe International Bridge Launches P3 RFQ

Posted on July 23, 2015
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced that the request for qualifications (RFQ), the first stage in the procurement process to select a private sector partner for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, is now available for interested parties. Respondents will be evaluated on their experience and qualifications to deliver and finance large and complex infrastructure projects. Following a rigorous evaluation process, respondents will be invited to participate in the second stage of the procurement process—the request for proposals [...]
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