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Construction Industry Sees Renewed Optimism

Posted on December 4, 2013
The majority of companies in the global engineering and construction sectors have fresh optimism and anticipate further growth across the industry, according to KPMG’s Global Construction Survey. After prolonged economic uncertainty, companies are experiencing a general increase in backlogs and margins, showing an overall positive outlook in the industry. “Canadian respondents see stability, leading to cautious optimism,” said Augusto Patmore, a partner with KPMG in Toronto. “The survey results suggest that growth is going to be slow, but there [...]

NEB Report Highlights Canada's Ample Energy Supply

Posted on November 21, 2013
There will be enough supply to meet Canada's growing energy needs for the foreseeable future, according to a National Energy Board (NEB) report. Over the next 20 years, the NEB projects energy production levels to exceed domestic requirements, resulting in growing amounts of energy available for export. "Canada has vast energy resources-more than enough to meet Canada's growing energy demand," said Gaétan Caron, chair and CEO of the NEB. "Canada also has one of the highest standards of living in the world, in part due to our energy resources, which [...]

Download CCPPP Conference Daily Show Coverage

Posted on November 14, 2013
ReNew Canada was on the ground at the national conference of Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships with daily show coverage. Download the daily show guide PDFs below: DAY 1 - November 7, 2013 DAY 2 - November 8, 2013 [...]

Challenge Myth that Sprawl is Cheaper, Report Says

Posted on October 29, 2013
The outward expansion of Canadian cities to provide lower-priced houses to growing populations threatens the financial future of many Canadian local authorities and pushes unnecessary costs onto taxpayers. However, innovative municipalities that are addressing the problem may have lessons for the rest of the country, according to a new report released today. The report, Suburban Sprawl: Exposing Hidden Costs, Identifying Innovations (PDF), by Sustainable Prosperity, a national think tank based at the University of Ottawa and focused on market-based approaches [...]

Last Chance to Get on Top 100 Project List

Posted on October 28, 2013
ReNew Canada is putting the finishing touches on its annual Top 100: Canada's Biggest Infrastructure Projects publication. But before it's published, we're giving companies the opportunity to review the projects on next year's list. This week, make sure your projects and companies get recognized. Download the most current list and let us know how you were involved. Download Excel file of Top 100 projects. Take the time to review the projects and indicate, where appropriate, if a particular companies or firm was involved in the project, and what their [...]

CEA Unveils Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards

Posted on October 23, 2013
The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), in partnership with Plug'n Drive, has unveiled Canada’s first-ever Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards program for Canadian car dealerships. The announcement was made at this week's electric vehicle industry awards ceremony at the EV 2013 VÉ Electric Vehicles Conference and Trade Show. “It is important to celebrate successes and spotlight leaders and contributors as we all work together to electrify transportation in Canada,” says Jim Burpee, president and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association. “Our [...]

Infrastructure Trade to Triple Globally from 2013 to 2030

Posted on October 17, 2013
Worldwide infrastructure trade is set to triple between 2013 and 2030, according to HSBC Bank Canada’s latest trade forecast. The report predicts an average growth of nine per cent annually, and a jump from 45 per cent to 54 per cent of the overall merchandise trade. The projected increase is attributed to countries worldwide looking to improve their manufacturing capacity and civil infrastructure, leading to an increased demand for overseas goods and equipment. Rapidly developing countries will increasingly become top importers of goods for infrastructure [...]

IBM Extends Grant Program for Cities and Regions

Posted on October 9, 2013
IBM announced it is extending the Smarter Cities Challenge competitive grants program, which funds the deployment of IBM's top talent to perform pro bono problem solving in municipalities worldwide. IBM is now encouraging regional governing bodies—not only cities—to also apply for grants that will fund consultative engagements with IBM experts in 2014. By extending the program, IBM is building on the success of Smarter Cities Challenge's first three years, beginning in 2011. Since that time, IBM has deployed 600 experts on six-person teams who have [...]

Canada Green Building Council Launches LEED Database

Posted on September 18, 2013
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has launched an online LEED Project Profiles database. This tool showcases the 4000-plus LEED projects currently registered and certified in Canada, including project case studies and high-resolution photos, as well as a team list and summary of each certified project and its features. Canada currently sits in second place in terms of completed LEED certifications, after the United States. “We are very pleased to be celebrating World Green Building Week with the launch of the most comprehensive collection of [...]

SNC-Lavalin Fills New Role of Infrastructure Group President

Posted on August 20, 2013
SNC-Lavalin Inc. has appointed Hisham Mahmoud to the newly created role of Group President-Infrastructure, effective in early 2014, to oversee all global infrastructure and related businesses, including transportation and operations & maintenance. Since 2010, he has been at AMEC, where he was group president of growth regions, and prior to that, president of environment & infrastructure. In his previous roles, he was responsible for significant value creation, and developed and implemented plans to expand the global footprint of the business while [...]
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