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La Caisse Proposes $5.5B, 67-km LRT System for Montreal

Posted on April 27, 2016
CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, unveiled plans for its Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM), an integrated public transportation project. As proposed, the REM will link downtown Montréal, the South Shore, the West Island, the North Shore, and the airport with a 67-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) system composed of 24 stations. Once completed, the REM will be the third largest automated transportation system in the world after Dubai (80 kilometres) and Vancouver (68 kilometres), and just ahead of Singapore [...]

Canada Invests $170M in Quebec’s Historic Canals

Posted on March 23, 2016
Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has announced an investment of more than $170 million to protect and preserve Parks Canada’s five historic canals in Quebec. This investment will be used to conduct reconstruction work on the walls of the Lachine Canal, on the impressive lock of the Carillon Canal, and on the locks and bridges of the Chambly Canal. The funding will also be allocated to rehabilitate and reconstruct heritage-value buildings—such as the Chambly Canal superintendent’s house—and to build structures that preserve [...]

Top100 Released: Eglinton Crosstown LRT Now Largest Project in Canada

Posted on January 11, 2016
TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2016 – Canadian mega-project spending continues to rise. The value of the country’s 100 biggest public infrastructure projects has grown to $161.3 billion, a modest increase over 2015’s $157.9 billion, according to ReNew Canada, which today released its 10th annual Top100 Projects report. The web version can be accessed at Toronto’s $9.1-billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT is this year’s new No. 1 public infrastructure project, overtaking the $8.775-billion Site C hydroelectric energy development [...]

SNC-Lavalin Signs Agreement Under New Integrity Regime

Posted on December 12, 2015
SNC-Lavalin has signed an administrative agreement with Public Services and Procurement of the Government of Canada (PSP) under the Government of Canada’s new Integrity Regime. The administrative agreement allows companies—that have federal charges pending against them—to continue to contract with or supply the Government of Canada. “This is another example of our commitment to move forward. I thank PSP for recognizing SNC-Lavalin’s significant efforts and dedication to continuous improvement in ethics and compliance, which have allowed us to [...]

Caisse Acquires 30% Stake in Bombardier Transportation

Posted on November 19, 2015
Bombardier has entered into a definitive agreement with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) for a $1.5-billion convertible share investment in Bombardier Transportation’s newly created holding company, Bombardier Transportation (Investment) UK Ltd. (BT Holdco). Under the terms of the agreement, CDPQ will acquire shares of BT Holdco convertible into a 30% common equity stake of BT Holdco, subject to annual adjustments related to performance. The transaction will be executed through a private placement and values Bombardier Transportation [...]

SNC-Lavalin Appoints Neil Bruce as President and CEO

Posted on September 15, 2015
SNC-Lavalin announced yesterday that, effective October 5, 2015, Neil Bruce will become president and CEO, and a member of the board of directors, succeeding Robert G. Card. "The upcoming handover and smooth transition from Bob Card to Neil Bruce, currently COO, comes at an important stage in SNC-Lavalin's development," stated Lawrence Stevenson, chairman of the board of directors. "Bob's tenure left a strong legacy during a critical time for the company, with a far-reaching transformation that changed the face of the executive team, repositioned the company [...]

Boulevard to Replace Sections of Montreal Expressway

Posted on August 27, 2015
A nine-lane urban boulevard will be replacing sections of the elevated Place Bonaventure expressway in Montreal, as announced on August 20. The redevelopment will cost $141 million, and with the boulevard being likened to Paris’ Champs-Élysées, it is being promoted as part of a new gateway to the city. The expressway, constructed in 1966 as part of the Expo ’67 preparations, is a prominent part of the urban landscape of the city, leading from Champlain Bridge and Autoroute 10 into Montreal’s east side. Both the city of Montreal and the federal [...]

Quebec Launches 12-Storey Wood Building Guide

Posted on August 17, 2015
The Quebec government has announced their French-only technical guide publication, Construction of Mass Timber Buildings Up to 12 Storeys (French title: Bâtiments de construction massive en bois d'au plus 12 étages). This guide outlines the technical principles required to design and construct buildings up to 12 storeys using mass timber. Both Canadian and international research has revealed it is possible to build safe and secure buildings taller than six storeys in height. At these heights, mass timber construction materials like cross-laminated timber [...]

B&T Wins Two ACEC-BC Engineering Awards

Posted on May 27, 2015
Buckland & Taylor has won two awards at the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) 26th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala in Vancouver. The Champlain Bridge, located in Montreal, was recognized for the design and construction engineering of the Superbeam and Modular Truss with the top Award of Excellence in the Transportation & Bridges category, in which there were 11 total nominations. Additionally, Buckland & Taylor also received the ultimate award of the evening: the Lieutenant Governor's Award [...]

Study Assesses 15 Canadian Cities’ Flood Preparedness

Posted on May 25, 2015
A new study assesses the level of preparedness of 15 major Canadian cities to limit flood damage. Commissioned by The Co-operators and written by Dr. Blair Feltmate from the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, the report aims to motivate cities to increase efforts to build resilience against flooding, and to provide a benchmark against which their progress can be measured. Researchers examined the cities’ preparedness for flooding caused by extreme rainfall, relative to 16 areas of flood vulnerability. It identified four key areas [...]
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