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Canada and FCM provide $72 million for municipal climate adaptation

Posted on June 23, 2017
The Government of Canada and FCM have announced $72 million for municipal projects demonstrating strong actions on climate change. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Past President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Clark Somerville, announced funding for 48 projects in communities across Canada through the Green Municipal Fund. The $72 million investment supports capital projects, pilot projects, feasibility studies and plans that will directly or indirectly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address [...]

Stantec names Gord Johnston as new President, CEO

Posted on June 21, 2017
Stantec has announced that, following a successful eight-year tenure as the company’s president and chief executive officer, Bob Gomes will retire at year’s end, effective December 31, 2017. The firm also announced that Gord Johnston, executive vice president of Stantec’s Infrastructure business operating unit, was selected by the board of directors to assume the role of president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Johnston has more than 30 years of industry leadership experience, including more than 20 years with Stantec. “Gord’s [...]

CIB has potential, but work needed: C.D. Howe report

Posted on June 21, 2017
Canada’s Infrastructure Bank (CIB) holds great potential, but still needs work to realize its potential, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Banking on Infrastructure: How the Canada Infrastructure Bank can Build Infrastructure Better for Canadians, author Steven Robins suggests that the bank could significantly improve the quality of infrastructure development in Canada. But there is still much work to be done, and the author recommends a number of improvements that can be accomplished under the current legislation. “Canadian governments [...]

FCM offers access to regional climate advisors

Posted on June 13, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced a new initiative connecting municipalities with local environmental experts. “We are proud to partner with the FCM to support local governments across Canada in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Amarjeet Sohi, minister of infrastructure and communities. “Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy.” The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) regional climate advisors offer a range of [...]

PSPC increases transparency around construction payments

Posted on June 9, 2017
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has announced that it will publicly disclose payments to prime contractors so that construction subcontractors know when they can expect payment. This increase in transparency will allow companies and individuals working for those prime contractors to know when they can expect payment and to take action under their respective contracts when payments are late. As of today, PSPC will begin publishing payment information on its website for all construction contracts of over $100,000. "Our government understands [...]

Pilot projects announced for CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard

Posted on May 17, 2017
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that 16 of Canada’s most innovative projects have been chosen to participate in a two-year pilot of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. The standard, which assesses the carbon performance of commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings in Canada, will be formally released on May 29 in Vancouver. Spanning the length of the country from Dartmouth to Kelowna, the diversity of these 16 pilot projects demonstrates the broad applicability of the program with sizes ranging from 20,000 to [...]

QUEST signs MOU with NRCan to develop smart energy solutions

Posted on May 17, 2017
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) – CanmetENERGY – Ottawa and QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on the advancement of smart energy solutions across Canada. The collaboration is intended to facilitate joint research and technical support for micro-grids, community energy planning, distributed energy resources and integration, combined heat and power (CHP), district energy, as well as develop and support programming, networking, and training activities for Canadian communities. “QUEST [...]

Government begins selection process for Canada Infrastructure Bank leadership

Posted on May 8, 2017
The Government of Canada has launched open, transparent and merit-based selection processes to identify the Bank’s senior leadership with the goal of having the Canada Infrastructure Bank operational in late 2017, subject to Parliamentary approval. Through these processes, the government will first select a chairperson of the board, followed by the board of directors and chief executive officer. The selection processes are designed to attract highly qualified individuals, while taking into consideration the desire to achieve gender parity and to reflect [...]

XCG sells water business to Cole Engineering

Posted on May 2, 2017
XCG Consulting Ltd. (XCG) has announced that it has sold the XCG Water Group, as well as the XCG Training and Operations unit, to Cole Engineering Group Ltd., an Ontario-based engineering and consulting company. The sale allows XCG to concentrate on growth in its core business areas as well as provide opportunity to more aggressively pursue geographic and capacity expansion through potential acquisitions. Tom Williams, President of XCG, said: "XCG is a growing and dynamic organization and this transaction will provide significant working capital to enable [...]

Boychuk appointed chair of Fengate's advisory board

Posted on May 2, 2017
Fengate Real Asset Investments (Fengate) has announced that Michael Boychuk has been appointed chair of Fengate's advisory board, replacing David McFadden who is stepping down as chair after serving twelve years. Mr. Boychuk has been an advisory board member since 2014, closely supporting Fengate's international growth and strategic initiatives, and the firm's investment objectives. "We are honoured Michael is stepping into this important role with Fengate's continued global expansion as a leading real asset manager," said Lou Serafini Jr., Fengate's president [...]
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