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Awards celebrate the best in brownfield redevelopment

Posted on November 30, 2016
The winners of the 17th annual Brownie Awards were announced at last night’s gala event, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel. With more than 120 brownfield industry professionals in attendance, 10 awards were given out to the builders, innovators and visionaries behind the brownfield rehabilitation projects that has revitalized communities across Canada. More than 30 nominations were received for brownfield redevelopment projects across Canada. “There is a benefit to celebrating so many great projects,” said Eric Pringle, president of the Canadian [...]

Ledgett appointed to CCPPP board

Posted on November 30, 2016
Michael Ledgett has been appointed to the board of directors of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Michael has practised law in Ontario for more than forty years. As co-chair of the National P3/Infrastructure Group at Dentons, he advises governments and their agencies, as well as private sector developers, operators, lenders and investors on P3 projects in Canada and abroad. He is also the co-chair of the National Transportation Group, honorary counsel to the Ontario Public Transit Association and honorary counsel to the Canadian [...]

Municipalities stress role in Phase 2 infrastructure funding

Posted on November 28, 2016
Fresh off a four-day marathon of meetings on Parliament Hill, municipal leaders say they found an emerging consensus among parliamentarians - that municipalities will need to play a central role to make the landmark federal infrastructure plan work for Canadians. "The federal government's infrastructure plan is really a huge opportunity to strengthen Canada by strengthening our communities. But unlocking that potential depends on getting Phase 2 right, and that means building it around local needs and local expertise," said Federation of Canadian Municipalities [...]

CNAM appoints new Executive Director

Posted on November 22, 2016
The Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) has announced that Douglas Cutts CPA, CA has been appointed as executive director of the association. Cutts brings over 35 years of strategic planning, financial and operational experience to CNAM. He has a track record of providing immediate contributions to an organization through his extensive corporate and industry leadership experience. He will use those skills to lead CNAM in its continued representation of public and private sector infrastructure asset managers across Canada. In his new role as executive [...]

Growth in infrastructure bolstering national construction

Posted on November 18, 2016
The latest RICS Canada Construction Survey found that growth in infrastructure and other public non-housing construction is offsetting weaknesses in most other areas: energy, private industrial and commercial, and public housing. The survey of RICS-qualified Canadian construction professionals is conducted quarterly. “At a high level, that’s true,” said Jeff Logan MRICS, senior estimator at Canadian Turner Construction in Toronto. “The downturn in the energy sector means some companies’ ability to spend on the private sector projects is less [...]

2016 Brownie Awards finalists announced

Posted on November 18, 2016
The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. have announced the finalists for the 2016 Brownie Awards. Twenty-two projects have been named as finalists for six categories. The 22 projects include work in 18 different municipalities throughout Canada. The Brownie Awards include six categories of recognition: REPROGRAM, REMEDIATE, REINVEST, REBUILD, RENEW and REACH OUT. There is also a special award that recognizes an outstanding individual in the industry as Brownfielder of the Year. Finally, there are three additional awards given out in [...]

Investor Immigration

Posted on November 18, 2016
By Andy Semotiuk Recently, I was on a panel with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister John McCallum hosted by the Toronto Region Board of Trade. I raised the question of introducing a possible federal investor immigration program for Canada to fund our aging infrastructure. While Mr. McCallum did not dismiss the idea, he raised the objection that Canada is not for sale. At the time, I did not know how to respond to such an objection. Since then, I came to the view that Canada could balance its humanitarian immigration efforts, such as [...]

Two Canadian named to APWA Emerging Leaders Academy

Posted on November 8, 2016
Two Canadians are among the 16 public works professionals selected to participate in the American Public Works Association (APWA) Emerging Leaders Academy Program for 2016-2017. The participants were selected for a year-long national Emerging Leaders Academy program, which provides intensive leadership and management training within the context of public works. This year marks the tenth class of the APWA Emerging Leaders program to encourage emerging professionals’ growth through a strong network of peers, and offers and in-depth introduction to APWA [...]

EDC partners with UGE and Endura for international energy projects

Posted on November 7, 2016
UGE International Ltd., a leader in renewable energy solutions for the commercial and industrial sector, announced today that it has arranged a construction finance facility backed by Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide the Company with competitive construction financing for the development of its international solar projects. In Canada, UGE has consulted on or built 280MW of alternative energy, equivalent to about $560 million in total project value. Through its wholly owned subsidiary Endura Energy Project Corp. (Endura), UGE is a leader in [...]

CaBGC releases Zero Carbon Buildings Framework

Posted on November 2, 2016
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) released a Zero Carbon Buildings Framework for the assessment of highly energy efficient buildings that minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The framework is the first stage of a broader CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. “Our focus on carbon emissions as opposed to energy in this framework flows from the increasing [...]
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