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Ministers hold productive discussions on infrastructure

Posted on September 25, 2017
The Government of Canada convened the second federal, provincial, and territorial meeting of ministers responsible for infrastructure. Federal minister of infrastructure and communities Amarjeet Sohi and Ontario minister of infrastructure Bob Chiarelli co-hosted the meeting. The ministers began the conversation by sharing some of the initial results from Phase 1 of the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada plan. Budget 2016 announced accelerated federal investments to provide short-term funding for the rehabilitation, repair, and modernization of [...]

The right plan could save Ontario billions on infrastructure

Posted on September 21, 2017
With billions of dollars at stake and an Ontario economy in need of productivity-enhancing infrastructure, a new study says that improvements could be made to the evaluation process used by governments to select projects. More than $200 billion has been pledged by the federal government, and the Government of Ontario, over the next 12 years. If it is spent wisely, and spent based on integrated decision-making, Ontario could witness another Golden Age such as in the 1950s and 1960s where major investments transformed our economic and social landscape. Infrastructure [...]

BluEarth acquires four renewable energy facilities

Posted on September 21, 2017
BluEarth Renewables LP (BluEarth) has announced it has completed the acquisition of four operating renewable energy facilities from Veresen Inc., including three run-of-river hydro facilities in British Columbia and one wind facility in Ontario. These facilities have a weighted average contract life of 22 years and represent 85 megawatts (MW). Financial terms of the acquisition are confidential. “In addition to pursuing greenfield opportunities, BluEarth’s growth strategy includes pursuing targeted acquisitions where we can take full advantage of our [...]

Growing opportunities for energy storage

Posted on September 21, 2017
The technology and innovation behind energy storage (ES) is evolving quickly, and there are growing opportunities in the public and private sector. As discussed at this year’s Energy Storage Canada conference in Toronto, there are growing opportunities for the technology both at home and abroad, as the quality and capacity continue to improve. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is in the process of releasing its roadmap for energy storage opportunities in this country, first turning its focus to evolving energy needs in Alberta. The research [...]

Phase 2 of CHUM complex in Montreal complete

Posted on September 19, 2017
The Government of Quebec has celebrated the opening of the new buildings of the second phase of construction of the new hospital complex at the University of Montreal (CHUM). The three 25-storey buildings will each house therapeutic and hospital diagnostic services, emergency, and clinical follow-ups as well as clinical and logistical support. The latter includes, among others, laboratories, pharmacy, pathology, and the blood bank. The first patients will be welcomed to the facility on October 8th. This phase follows on from the construction of the CHUM Research [...]

Architects selected to design Winnipeg innovation centre

Posted on September 18, 2017
Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg has awarded a $95-million Innovation Centre project to Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with Number TEN Architectural Group. The 100,000-square-foot development will comprise new construction and incorporate a repurposed downtown heritage building to provide state-of-the-art facilities that will help create jobs, expand research, and foster innovation in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District. Diamond Schmitt and Number TEN were selected for their combined team experience designing flexible, collaborative [...]

Edmonton hosts Communities of Practice

Posted on September 18, 2017
ReNew Canada publisher Todd Latham joined 26 other government leaders and association representatives from eleven provincial and territorial asset management Communities of Practice (CoP) in Edmonton last week for a national workshop designed to develop a collaborative framework among the various organizations. The in-person, three-day meeting which was facilitated by Guy Felio (aka, Dr. Infrastructure) explored ways to share information and assist each other across Canada while continuing to deliver asset management services to our communities. Having [...]

Alberta Renewable Electricity Program reaches RFP stage

Posted on September 18, 2017
Alberta moves one step closer to its target of 30 per cent renewable energy by 2030 as round one of the Renewable Electricity Program enters the request for proposals stage. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has invited national and international companies to participate in the final stage of the competition. A total of 29 projects qualified to advance to the request for proposals stage, representing approximately 10 times the number of megawatts targeted for the first round. “Round one of the program has attracted strong national and international [...]

Geoff Hogan appointed inaugural CEO of SWIFT

Posted on September 15, 2017
The board of directors of the SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Initiative has announced the appointment of Geoff Hogan as SWIFT's inaugural chief executive officer (CEO). Reporting to the board, the CEO is the key management leader of SWIFT and responsible for overseeing a multi-faceted team dedicated to the implementation and delivery of the SWIFT Network, including administration, project management, financial oversight, marketing, and stakeholder outreach. Hogan brings a history of entrepreneurial and management experience to the role [...]

Alberta commits new funding to Edmonton LRT

Posted on September 15, 2017
The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $176-million grant to the City of Edmonton for construction of the southeast leg of the Valley Line LRT. The funding was originally provided to Edmonton in 2014 as an interest-free loan. The province is now converting this loan into a grant, with funds coming from Climate Leadership Plan revenues. “The Southeast Valley Line LRT is a priority for our government, as it will help to connect Edmonton residents and visitors to essential services, education, and jobs,” said Brian Mason, minister of [...]
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