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Quebec P3 Wins International PFI Award

Posted on February 2, 2011
Thomson Reuters awarded its 2010 PFI Award for public-private partnership (P3) Deal of the Year (Americas) to the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Groupe immobilier santé McGill, and Infrastructure Québec for the financing of the new MUHC Glen Campus project. The prize was awarded at the PFI Awards Dinner held on January 26 in London, United Kingdom. This is the largest greenfield hospital project in Canada and the top P3 project on ReNew Canada’s Top 100 report (look for more details about financing on the Top 100 projects in our whitepaper [...]

SNC-Lavalin Invests in Nuclear

Posted on October 25, 2010
Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has acquired safety consulting firm Nucleonex. Nucleonex will be integrated into SNC’s nuclear division, SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc.The move isn't surprising, given the recent bid SNC made for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (exporter of the CANDU reactor). Considering the fact that Anne Lauvergeon, president of the executive board of nuclear power giant AREVA, said at the recent World Energy Congress in Montreal that AREVA is absolutely not interested in buying AECL, this move could be one step towards a winning [...]

European Manufacturer Comes to Canada

Posted on October 19, 2010
Jaga Climate Systems, a European manufacturer of heating technology, has started manufacturing its energy-efficient radiators at a facility in Saint Laurent, Quebec. “Producing the elements for our radiators in Canada helps reduce the overall environmental impact of our products,” said Bert Kriekels, president of Jaga Climate Systems, in a release. The first Canadian-manufactured products were produced in September to Evergreen at the Brickworks in Toronto. [...]

New Wind Farm for Gaspesie Region

Posted on July 8, 2010
Northland Power Income Fund announced today that it has started site clearing for a wind farm to be located in the Gaspesie region of Quebec near Mont Louis, about 150 kilometres east of Matane. The 100.5-megawatt Mont Louis project was awarded a contract in 2004 to supply power to Hydro-Quebec under a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement. GE Canada is expected to supply 67 GE 1.5sle wind turbines for the project. The total cost of the project is expected to be $176 million, or $146 million net after reimbursement of substation and interconnection costs by [...]

Brownfield Redevelopment Planned in Toronto, Montreal, and Guelph

Posted on June 9, 2010
The Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund recently acquired three brownfield properties for redevelopment in Toronto, Montreal, and Guelph. The Fund, established in 2006, is dedicated to the redevelopment of brownfield properties in Canada. In December 2009, the Fund acquired an 11-acre, former automotive parts manufacturing site in Toronto's Long Branch neighbourhood in southwest Toronto (formerly Etobicoke). The site's manufacturing history dates back to the 1950's and the site and surrounding area are contaminated from industrial activities. The property was [...]

Quebec City Goes Digital

Posted on April 22, 2010
Quebec City is the recipient of one of ESRI Canada’s  Awards of Excellence for leveraging the company’s geographic information systems (GIS) to improve its web mapping application and enhance public access to the city's geographic information. One of the major issues around right-of-way maintenance is an inability to access City information—especially when it goes back to the days before digital—about just where its subsurface infrastructure is located. Residents are also in need of access to this information, and are often frustrated when they [...]

Koolhaas to Design Cool New Museum

Posted on April 21, 2010
The National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec is going through a $90-million redesign. After an international architecture competition, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in partnership with the Quebec team Provencher Roy et Associés Architectes, won the contract to design an extension to the heritage building. Construction is set to start in spring 2011—after an exhibition runs showcasing the renderings and plans put together by the winning team of architects. The project will be funded with $33.7 million from the federal [...]

Montreal and Quebec Clash over Turcot Design

Posted on April 21, 2010
According to Radio-Canada, the City of Montreal has released some official plans for the much-debated redesign of the crumbling Turcot Interchange. It will remain an elevated expressway, but will have a circular structure. The other difference: transit. One lane of the expressway will be devoted to public transit. According to the CBC, the Department of Transportation (MTQ) has its own plans for the 40-year-old structure. It revised its original plan based on criticism from the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environment (BAPE) but the proposal is still [...]

Local Manufacturer Sells Internationally

Posted on November 5, 2009
AAER Inc., a Quebec-based equipment manufacturer of wind turbines (featured in our editorial supplement, Canadians at Work), has signed a sales agreement with the Town of Ipswich, Massachusetts for the delivery of a 1.65 megawatt wind turbine . The transaction, US$2.6-million deal includes a warranty and five-year operation and maintenance service agreement. AAER is one of many manufacturers, consultants and service providers exporting their products and knowledge to the U.S. and beyond. [...]

New Concert Hall Underway in Montreal

Posted on May 29, 2009
SNC-Lavalin has won a contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new concert hall for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Groupe immobilier Ovation, a limited partnership wholly-owned by SNC-Lavalin, will sign a partnership agreement with the Government of Quebec to take on the 2,100 seat concert hall in downtown Montreal. Demolition work is underway and construction is set to begin in mid-August with completion scheduled for the summer of 2011. SNC-Lavalin ProFac, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, will then operate and maintain [...]
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