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Ontario supporting training in low carbon building skills

Posted on August 10, 2017
Ontario is helping workers thrive in the low-carbon economy with new support for apprentices, skilled trades, and other professionals from the building sector to develop green building skills. This initiative is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's carbon market. Ontario is helping unions, colleges, and universities acquire new equipment and increase their capacity to train current and future workers in low-carbon building skills, including through: Sector-focused partnerships between unions, employers [...]

Kazi named president and CEO of Siemens Canada

Posted on August 10, 2017
Siemens Canada has announced the appointment of Faisal Kazi as president and CEO of Siemens Canada Limited, effective September 1, 2017. Kazi replaces former president and CEO and current chair of Siemens Canada Robert Hardt, who departed the company in June 2017 to take on the role of catalyst partner at next47, Siemens’ separate unit for start-ups established in 2016. As President and CEO, Kazi will be responsible for leading the overall strategic direction of the company. Kazi joined Siemens in 1991 and has worked in various areas of the business [...]

First track installed for Eglinton LRT

Posted on August 9, 2017
The Government of Ontario announced a significant milestone in the expansion of transit services in the Greater Toronto Area with the first piece of track for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project now installed. The 19-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which will open in 2021, will connect Mount Dennis Station in the west with Kennedy Station in the east, and includes a 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive, and 25 stations and stops that will link to bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit [...]

Sorel named SNC-Lavalin's executive vice-president, capital

Posted on August 8, 2017
SNC-Lavalin has announced that Chantal Sorel has been appointed executive vice-president, capital, in addition to her current role as managing director, effective immediately. Based in Montreal, she will report to Neil Bruce, president and chief executive officer, and serve as a member of the company’s executive committee. As executive vice-president and managing director, capital, Sorel will continue to oversee all aspects of capital, SNC-Lavalin's investment, project financing, and asset management arm. She is responsible for the company's investment [...]

B.C. Utilities Commission initiates Site C inquiry

Posted on August 4, 2017
The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has initiated an inquiry into BC Hydro’s Site C project, as directed by the provincial government in an Order‐in‐Council (OIC) on August 2, 2017. The scope of the inquiry is set out in the government’s Terms of Reference for the OIC, which is available on the BCUC’s Site C Inquiry webpage: http://www.bcuc.com/Sitecinquiry.html. The BCUC has been directed to examine the impact on BC Hydro ratepayers associated with continuing, suspending, or terminating the Site C project. The inquiry will be [...]

Schwartz to advise Manitoba on legality of carbon pricing implementation

Posted on August 4, 2017
The Manitoba government has asked Dr. Bryan Schwartz, a constitutional law expert at the University of Manitoba, to provide a legal opinion on the federal government’s authority to implement a carbon pricing regime in Manitoba. “Dr. Schwartz is a well-known Manitoban expert on constitutional law who will provide a legal opinion to help guide our government in its development of a made-in-Manitoba climate and carbon pricing plan,” said Heather Stefanson, minister of justice. “Our government looks forward to receiving his assessment as we seek clarity [...]

Jacobs Engineering Group to acquire CH2M

Posted on August 4, 2017
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of CH2M net debt. The combination unites two companies with complementary capabilities, cultures, and relationships, resulting in a differentiated, end-to-end value proposition for clients and an enhanced platform for sustainable, profitable [...]

Mowat Centre on successful delivery of large transit infrastructure

Posted on August 3, 2017
A new report from the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy & Governance has examined large transit infrastructure projects to provide key metrics for how to monitor, track, and measure their success. The report, Delivering Benefit: Achieving Community Benefits in Ontario, was commissioned and financially supported by Metrolinx. Authors Jamie Van Ymeren and Sara Ditta provide specific recommendations that can be applied to the transit agency’s implementation of the deliverables outlined in its 2014 Community Benefits [...]

Site selected for new BC Transit maintenance facility

Posted on August 3, 2017
The governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with the Cowichan Valley Regional District and BC Transit, have announced that a site has been selected for the new BC Transit operations and maintenance facility in the Cowichan Valley. The facility will be located in the Koksilah Industrial Park at the corner of Polkey Road and Boal Road. The proposed new building will include safety features to support the future introduction of compressed natural gas (CNG) technology. “This site selection will help the Cowichan Valley to meet the growing demand [...]

KPMG to provide P3 business case on Man. Schools Project

Posted on August 3, 2017
Today, Premier Brian Pallister and Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced the province would pursue alternative approaches to meeting Manitoba’s infrastructure needs. The province selected KPMG LLP as the successful bidder to develop a business case for the Manitoba Schools Project under a Public Private Partnership (P3) framework, advancing the province’s knowledge base for potential future P3 projects. “We are pleased to have selected KPMG through a fully competitive process to study the suitability of P3s for the Manitoba Schools [...]
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