P3 2020 Program

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We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for the 28th Annual CCPPP Conference:

Hon. Catherine McKenna Phto

Hon. Catherine McKenna
Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

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Bob Rae
Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations in New York

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Melissa Hathaway
President, Hathaway Global Strategies LLC

 

 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17

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12:00
News Desk Welcome & Opening Remarks
Sponsored by: Aecon
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In honour of business as unusual, we’re switching up how we kick off the conference this year. Think of your favourite news or sports desk commentators – except focused on infrastructure. Our guests will set the scene for what is come at P3 2020 (and what they hope to hear from our keynote speakers and panels), as well as provide a quick overview on where the industry is at and where changes may be on the horizon. We’ll also feature a rotating series of news desk panel guests during the conference.

Participants:
The Hon. John Manley, P.C., O.C., Honorary Chair, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
Mark Bain, Chair, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and Partner, Torys LLP
Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP
Steve Nackan, President, Concessions, Aecon Group
Marie Foley, Director, P3 Advisory, BTY Group and representative of the Women's Infrastucture Network (WIN)

 
12:30
Opening Keynote Address – Hon. Catherine McKenna
Sponsored by: Bruce Power
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This session will also be available in French via simultaneous translation, with the support of Ferrovial. 

The pandemic is causing unprecedented upheavals to the economic and social life of Canadians from coast to coast to coast and worsening existing inequalities. Investing in much-needed infrastructure, from green transit to affordable housing, is an important path to make our communities more resilient and get them back on a sustainable path to prosperity.
 
In the past few months, Minister McKenna has announced adjustments to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to enable provinces and territories to access federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure projects. She's also paved the way for the next phase in the development of the Canada Infrastructure Bank and vowed it will play an important role in helping our country recover economically.
 
In her keynote address, the minister will discuss the federal government's infrastructure vision and how the pandemic is leading to more innovative ways of building critical projects for Canadians.

Introduction: 
Mike Rencheck, President and CEO, Bruce Power
 

 
1:00
Wellness Break - Cellist Darya Zonoozi - Modern Twist to Classical Strings
Sponsored by: Axium Infrastructure
1:15
Global Infrastructure Agency Leaders Ponder the Future
Sponsored by: P1 Consulting
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This session will also be available in French via simultaneous translation, with the support of Ferrovial. 

The way infrastructure is being delivered in markets around the globe is in a period of flux — and that was before the pandemic roared into the picture and upended carefully made plans and challenged government budgets in unprecedented ways. What’s next for public procurement? How are infrastructure agencies adapting and who is rising to the top when it comes to innovative approaches? We’ll have a candid conversation with the global leaders behind infrastructure agencies in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada on how they’re keeping projects from going off the rails and if they’re able to harness the waves of change to make procurement work better for the public and private sectors while also delivering forward-thinking projects to the enhance quality of life for  their citizens

Moderator:
Louise Panneton, President, P1 Consulting
Panel:
Romily Madew, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia 
Michael Lindsay, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario
Matthew Vickerstaff, Deputy CEO & Head, Project Finance, UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority

 
2:00
News Desk Break
Sponsored by: Aecon

Participants:
Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP
Kelly Hagan, Vice President, Community Relations and Communications, Metrolinx
Nicole Court, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Aecon Group
2:15
Breakout Sessions
 
Session 1A: Smart Mobility Station Hubs & Last Mile Networks
Sponsored by: Dentons
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Commuter rail, LRT and subway stations can be more than urban transit depots. They can be platforms for private sector commercial and residential development. They can also be hubs for last mile networks supporting new fleets of zero emission buses, autonomous buses, shuttles and other passenger vehicles. This new era of Smart Mobility — the convergence of technology, infrastructure and vehicles, driven by public sector sponsorship and private sector innovation — is opening new avenues for growth in the P3 sector, meeting the transit needs of today’s passengers and their communities.

Moderator:
Michael Ledgett, Partner, Dentons
Panel:
Meghan Wong, Vice President (A), Development, Heavy Rail (New Stations), Metrolinx
Ian Horseman Sewell, CEO, First Class Partnerships (FCP)
Rick Meade, Senior Executive Officer – Program Management, Airport Connector & Foothill Projects, LA Metro
 
Session 1B: Community Benefit Agreements: Amplifying Infrastructure Dollars to Maximize Impact
Sponsored by: Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU)
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It's no longer advisable for governments — or industry — to look at infrastructure as simply transactional. Instead, a growing number of stakeholders see an opportunity to rethink how we build to ensure there are long-term benefits that bolster the local workforce through skills development, address systemic barriers that have put underrepresented groups at a disadvantage, as well as address critical infrastructure needs. Industry experts will discuss long-term strategies that look at the construction industry from a nation-building perspective, addressing the challenges and opportunities that exist and pulling from recent, first-hand experience with community benefit agreements. 

Moderator:
Sean Strickland, Executive Director, Canada's Building Trades Unions

Panel:
Lionel Railton, Canadian Director, International Union of Operating Engineers
Alise Martiny, Business Manager, Kansas City Building Trades
Kristin Jenkins, Communications & Public Engagement Director, Crosslinx Transit Solutions
 
Session 1C:  The Rise of Hybrid Deals
Sponsored by: Fengate Asset Management
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Taking a closer look at hybrid deals, this panel will explore the “win-win” strategies behind hybrid P3s. What are the benefits, the challenges and opportunities? How is the public sector able to leverage real estate and infrastructure development capacities to drive taxpayer savings? We have assembled a panel of experts from both the public and private sector to share their views and goals for the future.

Moderator:
Jensen Clarke, Director, Infrastructure Investments, Fengate Asset Management
Panel:
Lee Clayton, Vice President, Global Strategic Initiatives, PCL
Lisa Mitchell, Senior Director, Investment, Partnership and Innovation at Infrastructure Canada
 
Session 1D: Canada Infrastructure Bank: Update and Outlook
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The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will discuss its outlook on how investing in infrastructure through its $10-billion Growth Plan will strengthen the economy today and expand Canada’s potential for the future. The CIB will work with provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous communities and collaborate with the private sector to help deliver key infrastructure which create thousands of jobs, stimulate the economy and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

Moderator:
Janet Ecker,
Corporate Director and former Ontario Finance Minister
Panel:
Ehren Cory, Chief Executive Officer, The Canada Infrastructure Bank
John Casola, Chief Investment Officer, The Canada Infrastructure Bank
 
3:00
News Desk Break
Sponsored by: Aecon

Participants:
Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP
Barbara Cuadrado, Project and Engineering Manager, ACS Infrastructure Canada and member of Young Leaders in Infrastructure (YLI)
Rafael Midence, Manager, Project Development, Aecon Group
 
3:15
Breakout Sessions
 
Session 2A: Putting it on the (rail) line: Indigenous Participation and the Alaska to Alberta Railway
Sponsored by: HDR Inc.
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The proposed Alaska to Alberta Railway (A2A) has sparked considerable buzz on both sides of the border after U.S. President Donald Trump signalled his approval for a permit for the project in September. The rail line, which would run from Fort McMurray, north to the Yukon and into Alaska, not only provides a new route for Canadian bulk goods but also an opportunity to open Canada’s North and for Indigenous communities to play an important role. A2A has said “participation of Indigenous peoples is envisioned for all key aspects of the project.” What does this mean for Indigenous peoples and how will this project avoid issues that have dogged other major Canadian projects on Indigenous lands?

Moderator:
Cherie Brant, Partner and National Leader, Indigenous Law, BLG
Panel:
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu, President, A2A Rail Canada
Shane Getson, MLA for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland, Government of Alberta
Mead Treadwell, Vice-Chair Alaska, A2A Rail Canada

 
 
Session 2B : Using Technology to Drive Collaboration and Manage Risk in Large and Complex Projects
Sponsored by: Procore
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The way we build is evolving, with industry increasingly incorporating technology to drive collaboration, streamline workflows and manage risk, while also maintaining accounting control and compliance. Our expert panel of construction technology thought leaders will discuss the catalysts driving technology adoption, including how real-time project visibility and the ability to interpret data captured across the entire project lead to informed decision-making and outcomes. Get up to speed on the practical applications of technology and how it is connecting people, technology and projects to build a better way.

Moderator: 
Jas Saraw, Vice President, Procore Technologies

Panel:
Aaron Johnson, Vice President, UTS Operations, Aecon Group
Yuri Bartzis, Innovation Manager, Canadian Building Operations, Pomerleau
John Elder, Global Trade Director, Export Development Canada
 
Session 2C: Shaking it Up: Embracing Unsolicited Proposals
Sponsored by: DBRS Morningstar
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Alberta is kicking the tires. Ontario has opened the door. After decades of shunning unsolicited proposals, jurisdictions in Canada are warming up to the possibilities of the innovations unsolicited proposals can bring to infrastructure procurement, as well as how to balance their ideas with fairness in the procurement process. We take a look at the unsolicited proposals landscape in North America to see who has had success, what lessons have been learned and if good value has been found for taxpayers as a result.
 
Moderator:
Linda Lee, Vice President, DBRS Morningstar
Panel:
The Hon. Ric McIver, Alberta's Minister of Transportation

Greg Kitscha, Investment Director, John Laing
Elisabeth Hivon, Executive Director Canada, Meridiam
 
Session 2D: The P3 Evolution: Innovative Project Delivery Strategies
Sponsored by: WSP
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With almost 30 years of success delivering a range of projects across Canada, infrastructure experts are continuing to tinker with the P3 model to find new, innovative, and quicker approaches to getting projects procured and built and to collaboratively handle risk. Similar to traditional P3s, these approaches include integrated project development, the Alliance model and construction management. They’re generating significant buzz in the sector, with P3 stalwarts arguing there’s no need to change the ‘made in Canada’ P3 model, while proponents of the new approaches suggest they’re just another option in the procurement toolbox to consider. We take a deep dive into the debate with our panel of global experts to suss out how the pros and cons, how the models differ and complement each other. The discussion will offer insights from the different vantages of the public and private client and design and construction firm views on the future of these strategies.

Moderator:
Melissa Di Marco, Vice President, Accuracy
Panel:
Corey McNair, Vice President, Alternative Delivery, WSP Canada
Andy Ridge, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Infrastructure
Paul Boucher, 
Vice President, Development, Kiewit Canada
Stephen Litterick, Alliance General Manager, Acciona
 
4:00
Wellness Break - International Illusionist Ray Chance
Sponsored by: Parsons
4:15
Wine Master Class
Sponsored by: Arterra Wines & Wine Growers Canada
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Join us for an informative (but informal!) Wine Master Class with one of the world’s top vintners: Canada’s very own Donald Ziraldo to help celebrate and network on our virtual platform as we wrap up the first day of P3 2020 on Tuesday, November 17. Donald, who has won numerous international awards during his five-decade-long career, is a former president of Inniskillin Wines Inc., a member of the Order of Canada, a member of the Academie Internationale du Vin and the author of Icewine: Extreme Winemaking.
 
For our Wine Master Class, you’ll need a corkscrew and up to four glasses at the ready as Donald walks us through a series of popular varietals during our session: a Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Inniskillin Icewine. The session can be enjoyed using just one or two of the varietals, or by simply watching and not imbibing. And of course, there will be lots of time to ask questions and test your win knowledge against a legendary pro!
 
A list of the varieties and places where Arterra Wines can be purchased internationally is available
here. If the above selection is not available for the specific wineries listed, please feel free to substitute varietals of your choosing.
 
5:15
Closing Remarks
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Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP
 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18

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12:00
News Desk Welcome
Sponsored by: Aecon
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Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP
Sara Wilshaw, Canada's Chief Trade Commissioner, Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)
Steve Nackan, President, Concessions, Aecon Group
Sven List, Senior Vice President, Trade Connections, Export Development Canada (EDC)
12:30
Opening Keynote Address: The Hon. Bob Rae, Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations in New York
Sponsored by: Bruce Power
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This session will also be available in French via simultaneous translation, with the support of Ferrovial. 

In his address, Ambassador Rae will discuss the importance of building sustainable infrastructure to address pressing humanitarian issues — both at home and abroad — to reduce economic inequities, worsened by the ongoing pandemic, and to foster more inclusive and resilient societies.

He'll also detail the persistent challenges that remain to lessen the multi-trillion-dollar global infrastructure gap and how Canada can offer a path forward for global leaders to approach and potentially overcome the obstacles that thwart swift and innovative solutions to financing and building 21st century infrastructure.

Before his appointment as ambassador in July 2020, Rae served as Canada’s special envoy on humanitarian and refugee issues. The former premier of Ontario and former interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, he was elected 11 times to federal and provincial parliaments between 1978 and 2013.

He stepped down as a member of Parliament in 2013 to return to legal practice and, in particular, to work with Indigenous communities and continue his work in education, governance and human rights.

Introduction:
James Scongack, Executive-Vice President Corporate Affairs & Operational Services, Bruce Power
 
1:00
Wellness Break: Michelle Hillier - Experience Groove
Sponsored by: 407 ETR
1:15
Resilient Cities: North American Mayors Discuss Greatest Challenges & Promising Solutions
Sponsored by: Plenary
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This session will also be available in French via simultaneous translation, with the support of Ferrovial. 

Our vibrant cities, the economic engines of global society, have been hit especially hard by the pandemic with skyrocketing needs for services and driving revenue sources into the ground. This crisis has also compounded longstanding inequalities and is forcing many cities to reconsider how they better serve those most in need. How are cities working to become more resilient as a result of tackling COVID-19 and what role can the private sector help play?

Moderator:
Dale Bonner, Executive Chairman, Plenary Concessions
 
Panel:
Her Worship Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County
His Worship Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston

 
 
2:00
News Desk Break: Match Wits Quiz with Host Mark Bain
Sponsored by: Torys LLP
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How deep is your knowledge of all things P3? Prepare to be challenged with our rapid 10-minute Match Wits Quiz where you’ll not only go head-to-head with your fellow P3 2020 delegates, you’ll also be working to best our two teams of industry experts! In addition to boasting rights, the winner -- who will come from our players in the audience -- will receive complimentary registration to P3 2021 and a one-night stay at the Sheraton Hotel Toronto. Asking the questions and keeping contestants in line will be our Match Wits Host Mark Bain.

Team Torys
Tara Mackay, Partner, Torys LLP
Scott Kraag, Partner, Torys LLP
 
Team Osler
Chris Bennett, Partner, Chair of the Financial Services Group, Osler
Marissa Kirsh, Senior Associate, Construction & Infrastructure, Osler
 
 
2:15
Canada’s Top P3 Projects Celebrated with CCPPP's National Award Recipients
Gold Sponsor: PwC
Silver Sponsor: Stonebridge Financial Corporation
WIN Sponsor: McCarthy Tétrault LLP
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Meet the people and hear the stories behind some of Canada’s leading projects at the 23rd Annual CCPPP Awards for Innovation & Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships. We’ll also celebrate CCPPP’s 2020 Champion Award recipient and the winners of the Women in Infrastructure (WIN) Awards for the 2020 Emerging Leaders and Outstanding Leader.

Mike Marasco to present the 2020 Champion Award.
 
3:00
Wellness Break: Kinndli McCollum, Power Yoga Canada
Sponsored by: John Laing
3:15
Breakout Sessions
 
Session 3A: Concrete and Steel: Building 21st-Century Transit
Sponsored by: Acciona & Comtech & Hitachi
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A record number of governments across the world are investing billions in new major transit projects. It’s a golden era for the sector, with companies searching for innovative ways to answer the challenge to deliver high-performance, sustainable systems that meet current demands and can adapt to future needs. How has this changed the way projects are designed and procured? What’s changing in the way industry and government work together to ensure new lines and extensions are built efficiently and deliver the best results for their communities?

Moderator:
Charles Wheeler, Vice President, Transit, Comtech Group Inc.
Panel:
Fernando Vara, Global Business Development Director, Specialized Business Unit Railways & Tunnels Construction, Acciona
Phil Verster, President and CEO, Metrolinx
Ashley Langford, Senior Director, Business Development, Canada, Hitachi Rail
 
Session 3B: Post-COVID P3s - How will the model adapt to a new normal?
Sponsored by: SNC-Lavalin
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For several years, governments around the world have been tweaking the public-private partnership (P3) model to improve how public infrastructure is built and maintained. It’s likely the financial and economic impacts of COVID-19 will quicken the pace. With new record public debt and the desire to keep projects moving forward what kind of changes are we likely to see — or perhaps need to see — when it comes to P3s? How can the model flex, adapt and persevere to meet these new challenges and continue to deliver much-needed critical infrastructure?

Moderator:
Jane Bird, Senior Business Advisor, Bennett Jones
Panel:
Stéphanie Vaillancourt, Executive Vice-President, Capital, SNC-Lavalin
Mark Liedemann, President and CEO, Partnerships BC
Matthieu Dussud, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

 
 
Session 3C: Infrastructure Stimulus and Canada’s Skilled Workforce
Sponsored by: LiUNA 
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With billions in infrastructure funds flowing through initiatives such as the federal Infrastructure Resilience Stream and the Canada Infrastructure Bank, construction industry members are critical to Canada’s economic recovery and development. With a skilled worker shortage, labour, government and industry must work collaboratively more than ever to highlight a career in the trades as a first choice option as we continue to build stronger, more inclusive communities across Canada. What are industry and the public sector doing to step up and manage this demand while preparing Canada’s future workforce and how important is this workforce to the future of our country?
 
Moderator:
Mary Van Buren; President, Canadian Construction Association
Panel:
The Hon Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Government of Ontario
Joseph Mancinelli, LiUNA International VP and Regional Manager for Central and Eastern Canada
Jamie McMillan, Founder, KickAss Careers
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Conversation Continued: Canada’s Infrastructure Ministers What Difference a Year Makes
Sponsored by: ACS Infrastructure
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This session will also be available in French via simultaneous translation, with the support of Ferrovial. 

After a popular and engaging panel with us at P3 2019, we decided to revisit our conversation with the ministers to see if — and how — their infrastructure outlook has changed over the past year. Has the pandemic shaken up their infrastructure plans, changed priorities, speeded up processes and in some cases led to even greater capital investments to spur their economies back to life? How are they balancing this new fiscal reality with the need to upgrade aging facilities and build for future needs? Is now the time to ‘think big’ or hunker down?
 
Introduction:
Nuria Haltiwanger, Chairwoman and CEO of ACS Infrastructure and IRIDIUM Concesiones de Infraestructuras
Moderator:
Goldy Hyder, President and CEO, Business Council of Canada
Panel:
Hon. Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure, Government of Alberta
Hon. Derrick Bragg, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Hon. Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure, Government of Ontario
 
5:00
Closing Remarks
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Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP
 
 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19

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8:20
Welcome & Opening Remarks
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Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP
 
8:25
Introductory Remarks
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Rosaline Kwan, Director General, Trade Sectors, Global Affairs Canada
The Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Government of Canada
 
8:30
Keynote Address: International Cybersecurity Expert  Melissa Hathaway
Sponsored by: AECOM
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This session will also be available in French via simultaneous translation, with the support of Ferrovial. 

In her address, The Implications of Cybersecurity Issues for Future-Proofing Infrastructure, Melissa Hathaway will explore how threats are changing, who is being targeted and what governments and the private sector need to urgently consider when it comes to working together to protect critical infrastructure that is essential for countries to ensure the day-to-day well-being of its citizens and continued economic stability and growth.

This is a growing issue for the infrastructure sector given recent cyber attacks on hospital construction companies in the United Kingdom, as well as ransomware attacks that affected a U.S. natural gas compressor facility and construction companies in Canada and France.

Hathaway served in two U.S. presidential administrations, leading the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative for President George W. Bush and spearheading the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama.

She is a member of the Centre of International Governance board of directors and a former senior advisor to the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Cyber Security Project.

She has also served on the board of directors of several public companies and non-profit organizations and is a strategic adviser to a number of others. She publishes regularly on cyber security matters affecting companies and countries.

Introduction:
Lara Poloni, President, AECOM

 
9:00
Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Market Snapshot: Infrastructure Opportunities in the UK

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Market Snapshot: The State of Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Opportunities: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania

 
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Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Consulate General of Canada in Dubai and the North Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Today, there are just under 200 active major PPP infrastructure projects worth more than $175 billion in the GCC, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Many of these projects are in the power and water sectors, where the PPP framework is now the norm rather than the exception. However, we are now witnessing PPPs used for the development of schools, roads, hospitals and retail projects. As more projects are successfully completed, the PPP model is gaining increasing traction in the GCC. Therefore, there is no doubt that PPPs are going to increase in the region and offer a secure and mutually beneficial means of meeting its significant infrastructure requirements.
GCC P3 Market Snapshot

Opening Remarks:
Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Presenter:
Edward James, Director of Content and Analysis, MEED



Market Snapshot: Infrastructure Opportunities in the UK
High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom Department for International Trade

On June 28, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the nation to ‘Build Build Build,’ confirming the government’s position that construction and infrastructure would lead the economy’s recovery from COVID-19. The UK’s first National Infrastructure Plan will be published in the fall, outlining strategic projects across a range of asset classes, and underpinning its broader commitment to sustainable/green projects. This presentation will review the UK market in light of the COVID-19 crisis, provide advice on doing business in a post-Brexit Britain, as well as examine the type of projects coming to market.

United Kingdom Infrastructure Market Snapshot

Opening Remarks:
Nathalie Dubé, Minister-Counsellor (Commercial/Economic) and Senior Trade Commissioner
Presenters:
Jason Kee, Trade Commissioner (Infrastructure), and
Latham French, Investment Officer, UK Department for International Trade


Market Snapshot: The State of Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Opportunities: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania
Consulate General of Canada in New York
 
There is notable variation in public-private partnerships across states. The session will discuss the state of enabling practice, opportunities and key considerations for market entry to the to the states serviced by the Consulate General of Canada in New York. This session will highlight important distinctions between Federal and State opportunities, highlight important considerations based on enabling legislation, share insights from current market participations, and spotlight key agencies, market trajectories and policies with commercial implications.
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania P3 Market Snapshot
 
Opening Remarks:
Nigel Neale, Senior Trade Commissioner
Presenter:
Neil Britto, Trade Commissioner

 
9:15
Canadian Infrastructure Procurement Agencies Tackle the Evolution of Infrastructure
Sponsored by: Gowling WLG
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Learn about what makes Canada’s P3 approach so unique. Hear how provinces approach infrastructure development, the challenges they face and the innovative solutions they are continuing to introduce to ensure Canada maintains its global best in class reputation.

Introduction & Welcome
Ted Betts, Partner, Head, Infrastructure & Construction Group, Gowling WLG
Moderator:
Lindsay Wong, Partner, Gowling WLG
Panel:
Kyle Toffan, President and CEO, SaskBuilds
Cory Grandy, Deputy Minister, Transportation and Infrastructure, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Andy Ridge, Assistant Deputy Minister, Properties Division, Alberta Infrastructure
Gary Porter, 
Executive Director, Corporate Initiatives, Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
 

 
10:15
Market Sounding: Aberdeen: A Green Energy and Infrastructure Transition Opportunity
 Sponsored by: Jacobs

Market Sounding: The PPP System in Colombia and Project Pipeline
Sponsored by: Jacobs

 
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Market Sounding: Aberdeen: A Green Energy and Infrastructure Transition Opportunity
Aberdeen City Council and partners are developing a suite of projects in the northeast of Scotland to support a commitment made by the region to ‘Energy Transition’ and green infrastructure. This includes a proposed Energy Transition Zone to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, hydrogen and carbon capture usage and storage solutions, alongside the existing strength of the oil and gas sector. This £120m ($204m) cluster will leverage an existing expansion of the city’s port facilities on the North Sea coast to create a unique offering of combined marine and onshore support for these low-carbon growth sectors. The city is also seeking to deliver a public-private partnership investment totalling an estimated £43m ($73m) in the first phase for new hydrogen public transport fleets and a network of infrastructure elements covering hydrogen production, storage, distribution and dispensing to launch a fully renewables-based, ‘green hydrogen’ sector in the region.

Presenter: 
Richard Sweetnam, Chief Officer – City Growth, Aberdeen City Council
Maggie McGinlay, Deputy Chief Executive, Opportunity North East



Market Sounding: The PPP System in Colombia and Project Pipeline
The Colombian National Planning Department has promoted private funding of infrastructure for bridging the gaps in the provision of several public goods and services. The institution has a team devoted to give technical assistance to other governmental agencies to structure PPP-alike projects. Currently, the National Infrastructure Agency is working on the fifth generation of concessions (5G), with includes multimodal projects such as La Dorada–Chiriguaná railroad, Malla Vial del Valle del Cauca, Acceso Norte de Bogotá Fase II, Magdalena river navigability and key airports. This is the most ambitious infrastructural program that comprises several modes of transportation in the country. This new generation will include four sustainability dimensions in each project: financial, social, environmental and institutional. There are also ongoing PPP projects different to transportation infrastructure, such as the Hospital of Bosa.

Presenter:
Daniel Gómez, Deputy Director, National Planning Department, Government of Colombia

 
10:30
CEOs Discuss the Canadian Experience with Infrastructure Delivery
Sponsored by: Gowling WLG
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Learn about Canadian experiences with the P3 model from some of the infrastructure sector’s top CEOs. Panelists will draw on their personal experience with P3 projects they have led, outlining the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.

Moderator:
Adam Lewinberg, Partner, Gowling WLG
Panel:
Jennifer Aument, President, North America, Transurban
Ryan Brain, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada, WSP
Ian Edwards, President and CEO, SNC-Lavalin
Alina Osorio, 
CEO, Fiera Infrastructure Inc.
Closing Remarks
Ted Betts, Partner, Head, Infrastructure & Construction Group, Gowling WLG

 
11:30
Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in Texas

Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in Chile

Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in Ethiopia

 
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Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in Texas
Consulate General of Canada in Dallas

Billions of dollars in new infrastructure investment over the next few years will be necessary to fuel Texas’ continued economic might, and that of the surrounding region. The respective states’ finances are mostly in good order (pre-pandemic) but is that enough? Will P3s finally come into their own in the south-central United States? Plus, an overview of the private investment opportunities in Texas’ energy infrastructure market (including wind farms, solar and natural gas pipelines/terminals).
Texas Market Snapshot

Presenter:
Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada in Dallas, United States of America



Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in Chile
Embassy of Canada in Chile
 
In Latin America, Chile’s pioneering concessions system has had huge success in attracting private investment in public infrastructure. In fact, since its conception in 1992, Chile has awarded more than 98 projects under the public-private partnership model, accumulating over US$24 billion of private investment. Chile’s Ministry of Public Work’s pipeline of P3 projects for 2020-2024 includes 23 interurban highways (12 new and 11 retenders), 15 hospitals, six airports, two dams, three tramways and two cable cars among others. As a result of delivering this P3 plan, and in addition to the recently approved reactivation plan post-COVID-19, infrastructure investment in Chile will increase 30 per cent in 2021, while expecting an average investment of US$3 billion per year for the next four years.
Chile P3 Market Snapshot
 
Opening Remarks:
Mark Richardson, Senior Trade Commissioner, Santiago
Presenter:
Patricio Cañete, Infrastructure Trade Commissioner, Santiago



Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in Ethiopia
The Government of Ethiopia intends to diversify the number of sectors under the P3 scheme, pending approval. Sectors offering opportunities for P3 include power generation (hydro, solar, wind); transportation (expressway roads); affordable housing; and health. Canadian companies are invited to join and meet with higher-level Ethiopian officials from the Ministry of Finance, P3 Directorate and the Ethiopian Electric Power.

Welcoming Remarks

Louis Lacasse, Senior Trade Commissioner in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Opening Remarks:
H.E. Yasmin Wohabrebbi, State Minister of External Economic Cooperation – Ministry of Finance, Government of Ethiopia
Presenters:
Tilahun Tadesse, Director General, PPP Unit, Ethiopian Ministry of Finance
Andualem Siae, Executive Officer, Strategy and Investment, Ethiopian Electric Power
Sisay Tessema, PPP Technical Assistant; Ethiopian Ministry of Health

 
11:45
Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in El Salvador
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Embassy of Canada in San Salvador, El Salvador

The Salvadoran government views public-private partnerships as a priority to increase its capabilities to deliver much-needed critical infrastructure and to attract foreign investment. El Salvador’s first P3 is in the process of being awarded. Several more infrastructure projects encompassing road lighting and sewage plants, which were postponed due the pandemic, will be reactivated in 2021.

Presenter:
Karolina Guay, Ambassador of Canada to El Salvador
Romeo Calderón, Trade Commissioner


 
12:45
Market Sounding: The Metropolitan Route of Puerto Montt (MRPM), Chile
 Sponsored by: Jacobs

Market Sounding: Preliminary Market Sounding for the South Edmonton Hospital Project
Sponsored by: Jacobs


Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in Guatemala
 
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Market Sounding: The Metropolitan Route of Puerto Montt (MRPM), Chile
In Chile there are only urban highways in its capital, Santiago, and these have been the main arteries in the most expanded area of this country. The MRPM aims to become the first urban highway out of the capital. Located in the main city of Los Lagos Region, the place is well known as a new destination of habitants that migrate to this prosperous zone, surrounded by beautiful landscape, volcanoes, lakes, protected areas and that will be connected to the Chiloe Island by the Chacao Bridge. The proposed USD $400 million-investment, 24-kilometre project will connect the cities of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt with the future PPP International Airport. The free flow toll road considers almost three kilometres of a cover trench underneath the main streets of Puerto Montt. Investors are welcome to explore this unsolicited proposal included in the PPP Government Agenda, promoted by R&Q Concesiones, one of the main PPP project developers in Chile.

Presenter:
Cristina Pardo de Vera, CEO, R&Q Concesiones e Infraestructura
Tomás Galassi, Head of Strategy, R&Q Concesiones e Infraestructura


Market Sounding: Preliminary Market Sounding for the South Edmonton Hospital Project
In 2019, Alberta signaled a renewed commitment to the advancement of public-private partnerships to deliver on critical infrastructure needs. While the pandemic, coupled with a fall in world energy prices, has posed significant challenges, it has not shifted Alberta’s commitment to P3s. As part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, an additional $10 billion was identified for immediate stimulus spending on capital, underpinned by the use of alternative private financing wherever possible. In support of this commitment to economic recovery, over the coming months Alberta will be taking a closer look at the potential P3 delivery of a new hospital/health campus in south Edmonton. This session will serve as a re-introduction to this multibillion-dollar project, including updates on timelines as well as areas of focus for upcoming market soundings that will serve inform the province on the potential to achieve value for money as a P3.

 
Presenter:
Andy Ridge, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Infrastructure



Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in Guatemala
Embassy of Canada in Guatemala
 
Guatemala is the largest economy in Central America. The country’s economy is relatively stable and largely independent from the state; the macroeconomic soundness provides Guatemala with a particular economic stability compared to the rest of the countries in the region. However, as in many other countries, the pandemic strongly impacted the economy. Guatemala has been working, through its Public-Private Partnerships Agency, on a portfolio of important infrastructure projects. Moreover, due to the current crisis, Guatemala’s government has identified several infrastructure projects as part of the Economic Recovery Plan, accompanied by laws and regulations that should facilitate investment attraction and certainty.
Guatemala P3 Market Snapshot
 
Opening Remarks:
Ambassador Rita Rudaitis-Renaud
Presenter:
Bruno Hamel, Senior Trade Commissioner
Jennifer Chacón, Trade Commisioner
Johann Weinert, Project Manager, ANADIE
Pamela Mungia, Project Manager, ANADIE

 
1:00
Market Sounding: Planet Lem Centre for Literature and Language in Cracow, Poland
Sponsored by: Jacobs
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The Planet Lem Centre for Literature and Language will be a cultural venue used for exhibitions, events, festivals and literary education. The City of Cracow is seeking a multifunctional space and location for an exhibition based on the works and ideas of Stanisław Lem, a globally-renowned Polish writer, futurologist and philosopher. A space for social inclusion and a place of recreation. This will be a new landmark for the City of Cracow, and a crucial addition to the creative quarter of Zabłocie district, next to the Oscar Schindler’s Enamel Factory, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Cricoteka Centre for Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor and the Podgórze Museum. Total cost for the project is estimated at CAD $51.2million.

Presenters:
Robert Piaskowski, Plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Cracow for Culture
Presenter:
Szymon Kloska, Cracow Festival Office

 
2:00
Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in Jamaica

Market Sounding: Opportunities in the Infrastructure Market in Mexico

Sponsored by: Jacobs

Opportunities in the Infrastructure Market in Puerto Rico
Sponsored by: Jacobs

 
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Market Snapshot: P3 Opportunities in Jamaica
High Commission of Canada in Kingston, Jamaica

The Public-Private Partnerships & Privatisation Programme is a key element of the Jamaican government’s medium-term economic growth strategy and the Development Bank of Jamaica is the government’s central implementing agency for both programs. Several projects are at varying stages of execution and development and are expected to be available to the private sector. The investment opportunities available and under development are in several sectors including water, logistics and social infrastructure.
Jamaica P3 Market Snapshot

Opening Remarks:

Sophie Goulet, Commercial Counsellor & Senior Trade Commissioner
Presenter:
Don Gittens, Manager Logistics, Infrastructure and Energy, JAMPRO
Nicola Russell, Manager, Public-Private Partnerships & Privatisation Division, Development Bank of Jamaica
Glaister Cunningham, Vice President,  Investment & Performance Monitoring, National Water Commission



Market Sounding: Opportunities in the Infrastructure Market in Mexico
On October 5, 2020, Mexico announced an economic reactivation plan for Mexico, including 39 infrastructure projects (32 transport; two water & environment; and five energy). The total investment would be CAD$18.3 billion (MXN$297.344 million), and the private sector is expected to contribute with at least 50 per cent of the total. Seven projects are already in the execution process — for a total of CAD$2.3 billion — and the rest will start in 2021.  In the transport sector, the plan includes mainly works in roads and highways, three railway projects, and works in two ports. The construction of the Mexico-Querétaro Train (CAD$3.2 billion), and the Railway Corridor to the Monterrey International Airport (CAD$1.2 billion) are the two largest projects in this area. As it regards to energy, the five projects represent 33 per cent of the total expected investment in the plan. They are focused on hydrocarbons and are expected to be carried out in strategic alliance with Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

Presenter:
Sergio Forte, Deputy General Director of Investment Banking, Mexico’s Bank of Public Works (BANOBRAS)



Opportunities in the Infrastructure Market in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is one of the most active P3 markets in the Caribbean and the United States. A self-governing territory of the United States and located southeast of Miami, Puerto Rico has a well-established P3 framework and appealing project opportunities. Canadian companies have successfully participated in recent projects, including a landmark project to operate, maintain and modernize its electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) system. This session will provide an overview of the P3 framework, as well as an outlook on future P3 project opportunities, including a pipeline of energy projects.

Presenter:
Fermin Fontanes, Executive Director, Puerto Rico PPP Authority

 
2:15
Market Snapshot: Sustainable Infrastructure Opportunities in Southeast Asia
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High Commission of Canada in Singapore

Dynamic economies, a favourable climate for clean power generation and a population of 640 million makes Southeast Asia a potential hotspot for sustainable infrastructure. The economy supporting sustainable infrastructure across electrification, mobility and EV charging in Southeast Asia is projected to grow exponentially and with SEA being one of the world’s most climate vulnerable regions, it is projected that it would need to raise renewable energy from 27 per cent of the energy mix by 2030 (the current target) to 52 per cent by 2030. Considering the above, there is a growing need for the adoption of clean technologies into traditional infrastructure — roads, transportation, hospitals, residential areas and power plants.

Opening Remarks:
Lynn McDonald, High Commissioner of Canada in Singapore
Presenter:
Ritishka Grover, Regional Trade Commissioner, Clean Technology (Asia Pacific)

 
3:15
Closing Remarks
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Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP
 
3:20
P3 2020 Concludes