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Duncan to lead Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Posted on December 15, 2016
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi announced the appointment of Dwight Duncan as chair of the board of directors at the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA). Mr. Duncan has served as interim chairperson of the WDBA since January 1, 2016, and the new appointment is for a five-year term. "I am pleased to confirm the appointment of Dwight Duncan as chairperson of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority,” Sohi said. “His experience in effectively managing complex and sensitive files, paired with his deep knowledge and passion for [...]

Cross-border transmission projects gain state department approval

Posted on December 14, 2016
The U.S. State Department has approved two cross-border transmission projects that will see Canadian producers provide renewable energy to customers in the U.S. According to an article from Engineering News-Record, the department has approved the US$1.2 billion New England Clean Power Link, which will transmit power from Quebec to Vermont. The department had previously approved the Manitoba-to-Minnesota Great Northern Transmission Line, which has a current cost of US$710 million. Using 100 miles of cable buried under Lake Champlain, the Clean Power [...]

Align Canada’s airports with global best practices - Report

Posted on December 8, 2016
The Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC), a coalition of Canada’s eight largest urban regional chambers of commerce, is calling for airport policy reform to align Canada with global best practices, and for our international airports to be factored into transit infrastructure planning by all levels of government. Economic performance is increasingly tied to global relevance. Airports, and the communities they serve at home and abroad, are prime economic engines that require supportive policies and robust government services. They create vital access [...]

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 [...]
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