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Agenda Overview

Pre-Conference: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

8:00PM Welcome drinks

Join your colleagues before the event to catch up over a drink, see the sights and get ready for IJCanada Infrastructure 2019.  

Join us at the Mallard Lounge for the Mallard's famous martinis, port and fine Scotch Whisky.

20.00, Mallard Lounge, Fairmont Chateau

Day 1: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

8:00AM Registration & refreshments
9:00AM IJGlobal Welcome Address & Business Card Icebreaker
9:10AM Chair's Opening Remarks
Angus Leslie-Melville, Editorial Director, IJGlobal
9:15AM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Canadian Infrastructure Bank: How is the CIB Transitioning from Concept to Reality and Where Will Capital be allocated?
  • How will the CIB stimulate projects and what will this mean for the competition landscape?
  • What stage are the CIB with various projects and what is the process of selection?
  • What projects are in the pipeline and what has been done so far?
  • How are project's financing structured and what financing support structures?
  • Where are their priorities for 2019 and beyond?
Nicholas Hann, Head of Investments, Canadian Infrastructure Bank
9:45AM ALL STAR PANEL: A Conversation With the CIB: Learn How the CIB and The Private Sector will Work Together in the Future and Understand the Future Competitive Landscape

Following the Canadian Infrastructure Bank's update, delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and dig deeper into the most exciting projects the CIB is focusing its efforts.  

Moderator: Angus Leslie-Melville, Editorial Director, IJGlobal
Nicholas Hann, Head of Investments, Canadian Infrastructure Bank
John Casola, Managing Director – Broadband & Connectivity, Canadian Infrastructure Bank
Fred Bettez, Managing Director – Ports & Transit, Canadian Infrastructure Bank
Sashen Guneratna, Managing Director - Green Infrastructure, Canadian Infrastructure Bank
10:15AM Networking Break
10:45AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Region by Region Breakdown: Determine the Scope and Value of Projects Going Forward Across Canadian Provinces and Municipalities
  • Learn what government and policy changes are to be expected, what is the best ways to adapt?
  • What is going forward and what isn't? Gain greater visibility on the future of projects in each region
  • Benchmark financial plans for the region and see the contrasts in procurement strategies across Canada
  • What types of projects area available and what is the overall demand going forward?
Mark Liedemann, President & CEO, Partnerships British Columbia
John Traianopoulos, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Ontario
11:30AM Emerging Markets: Learn the Scope of Nova Scotia's & Newfoundland & Labrador's P3 Markets to Understand the Bankability of the Regions
  • Understand the key project priorities and the degree of certainty of returns for these new projects
  • What types of projects are going to be available?
  • Benchmarking experience & resources to deploy time effectively
  • What planning is being used and how long are these projects for – what degree of certainty is there for returns?

11.30  Nova Scotia Overview

Brian Ward, Director of Major Infrastructure, Government of Nova Scotia

11.50  Newfoundland & Labrador Overview

Cory Grandy, Deputy Minister, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador

Brian Ward, Director of Major Infrastructure, Government of Nova Scotia
Cory Grandy, Deputy Minister, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
12:10PM CASE STUDY: Examine The Gordie Howe International Bridge Delivery & Financing Structures – Lessons Learnt And New Innovations

WDBA is the Crown corporation responsible for the delivery of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit Michigan. In this case study, they will present their process of delivering the $5.7 billion project, from inception to close.

Bryce Phillips, CEO, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
12:55PM Networking Lunch
2:00PM INTERACTIVE PANEL: Infrastructure & Lending: What is the Appetite for Financing Infrastructure Projects?
  • Determining the appropriate financing structure for different infrastructure projects: What’s on offer from the banks and bond markets?
  • What is the overall appetitive for lenders in the current political environment across provinces?
  • How will lenders adjust their lending strategies for new and emerging markets and sub-sectors?
  • What is the supply for financing in the future?
Moderator: Steven Broude, Vice President, Business Development, AST Trust Company (Canada)
Andrew Dzikowski, Managing Director, HSBC
Syed Ahmed, Associate Director, MetLife Investment Management
Kevin Li, Vice President; Infrastructure Finance, DBRS
2:45PM INTERACTIVE PANEL: What are the Options for P3 for Projects Going Forward? How Do P3s Compare to Traditional Procurement in the Current Environment?
  • What opportunities are there to expand the P3 model? Are smaller P3s possible?
  • Is a best of both worlds possible? What is the overall confidence of the industry to take P3s forward?
  • What are the political motivations for moving away from DBFMs and is this shift expected for the future?
  • What alternative investments are available for P3s? P3s in generators, hydro projects and transmission lines – are these technologies bankable?
Moderator: Angus Leslie-Melville, Editorial Director, IJGlobal
Grenville Riley, Managing Director, Concessions, Graham Capital
Robert Azzam, Vice President, Project Finance, Concert Infrastructure Ltd.
Steve Small, VP P3 Development, Flatiron Constructors Canada
Amardeep Grewal, Vice President, Project Development and Equity Bid Director, Parsons Corporation
3:30PM Networking Break
4:00PM Networking Roundtables

Social Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

Public Transit


Rural Communities & First Nations

5:30PM End of Day Drinks & Barbeque at the Balcony
7:30PM End of Day One

Day 2: Thursday, July 11, 2019

8:00AM Women in Infrastructure Networking Breakfast
9:00AM Chair's Opening Remarks
9:05AM INTERACTIVE PANEL: What is the Value of the DB Model and Why Is the Shift to DB Happening?
  • What is the overall value of the DBF model and is such a model sustainable?
  • How can the industry rebalance the need of public policy objectives and the needs of the assets?
  • Why is the happening, what is the risk transfer? Is the industry heading towards this model, how far is it going and is this across provinces?
Moderator: Angus Leslie-Melville, Editorial Director, IJGlobal
Jeff Good, Vice President, Health & Social Infrastructure, Partnerships British Columbia
Andrea McLean, Vice President, Business Development, Fengate Capital Management
Victor Borque, Vice President, Business Development, Sacyr Infrastructure
9:45AM FIRESIDE CHAT: Untangling Risk Transfer and Contract Defaults: How Can Performance Bonds Mitigate Risk and What is Their Viability in Collaborative Projects?
  • How do these products work? What are the presumptions? What are the different types of bonds?
  • Credit worthiness of contractors, insurance, technical advisor and lessons learnt: how does the industry assess the advisory builds?
  • Mitigating expenses during the bidding process. How can public authorities get more developers more involved with the bidding process?  
Mario Angastiniotis, Director, Canadian Infrastructure Analyst, Fitch Ratings Canada
Robert Pattison, Senior Vice President, Dispute Management, Infrastructure Ontario
10:15AM FIRESIDE CHAT: What can Public Agencies do to optimise the Process of Procurement and Minimise Risk Contingencies?
  • What can public agencies do? RFQs, optimising the process and minimising risk contingencies, how can the bidding process be improved?
  • How can developers reduce costs within the procurement process? What reduction costs are available within RER packages?
  • How do agencies operate in light of political uncertainty and what leads them to make their procurement strategies, what are the factors? Working fees, how can this be minimised?
Tara Rogers, AFP Commercial Director, AECOM
Chris Swail, Director, Stage 2 Project Office, City of Ottawa
10:45AM Networking Break
11:15AM PANEL: What Efficiencies Are Being Developed To Improve the O&M Of P3 Projects And How They Are Being Deployed?
  • How does the industry integrate the supply chain, what is the interface with the operator?
  • Front-end, long-term O&M impact of the assets, what level of flexibility is possible to create?
  • How can performance risk be mitigated over a 30 year period? What opportunities are there to be dynamic and flexible?
  • Comparisons between risks within different sectors: what difference of risk is experienced between vertical and horizontal projects?
Winnie Shi, Chief Financial Officer, InTransit BC
Sany Zein, Vice President, Infrastructure Management and Engineering, TransLink
Patricia Duggan, General Manager, Affinity Partnerships, Balfour Beatty
Angus Leslie-Melville, Editorial Director, IJGlobal
11:40AM PRESENTATION: Understand Best Delivery Models for First Nations: What is the Optimal Route for Self-Sufficiency in P3 Projects?
  • How can the industry towards a generating model for indigenous communities? What is the best process for access rights? What is the source of equity?
  • What level is participation is expected and where are the most lucrative sectors?
  • What is the work distribution and options for equity?
  • What is the process for developing owner capacity and access to capital?
  • How can future project financing and P3s move away from equity agreements? Is this desirable?
Terry Burgis, Senior Vice President Asset Development, Kiewit Canada Development Corp
12:20PM Chairman's Closing Remarks
12:30PM Networking Lunch
2:00PM End of IJCanada Infrastructure