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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

8:00AM Registration and refreshments
8:45AM Chairperson’s welcoming remarks
Colette Delaney, Chief Executive Officer, CIBC FirstCaribbean
9:00AM Host Nation Keynote Address: Government of the Bahamas
Dr. The Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis, Prime Minister, Government of the Bahamas
9:15AM Ministerial Roundtable: How are resiliency/climate change issues shaping evolution of regional policy-making?

-What next steps are required to commit to a long-term sustainable infrastructure plan?

-Infrastructure and energy outlook island by island: Highlighting priority developments

-Energy matrix outlook as governments strive reduce the costs of electricity to support economic growth. To what degree will clean energy fit into to the mix?

-As we see an increasing openness to PPP modalities across the region, how are regional governments developing their PPP frameworks?

Moderator: Simon Townend, Partner, Advisory, KPMG Bahamas & Head of Advisory KPMG Islands Group
Hon. Joseph Hew, Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, Cayman Islands Government
Hon. Kirk Humphrey, Minister of the Blue Economy, The Government of Barbados
H.E. Leona Romeo-Marlin, Prime Minister, Government of Sint Maarten
10:15AM Developing long-term resilient infrastructure strategy and positioning islands for growth

-Taking a holistic approach to infrastructure planning, incorporating long-term demand, resilience and economic growth

-Lessons learnt from hurricane season 2017: Acknowledging what worked, and identifying what needs to be done differently and how are these lessons impacting on risk management, building standards, etc.

-Evaluating best approaches to incorporating private sector participation in infrastructure development and financing

-Infrastructure development to fuel growth (reducing energy costs to spur economic growth, infrastructure to increase tourism)

Moderator: Christopher Farmer, Director, Restructuring, KPMG
Dr. Devon O. Niel Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy & Head, Energy Unit, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Amb. Dr. Neil Parsan, Public Sector Lead, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
Carlos Palacious, Director of Operations/Senior Coastal Engineer, Caribbean Coastal Services Ltd.
Paul Bayly, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency
Veronica Prado, Energy Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
11:15AM Morning refreshments and networking
11:45AM Trends in financing Caribbean Infrastructure

-Role of private placements: Tapping regional and international liquidity to finance Caribbean infrastructure projects

-How are islands leveraging off of successful PPP experience to encourage investor interest in the region?

-Exploring the potential of new sources of capital available for infrastructure investments (e.g., pension funds in Jamaica, Bermuda sovereign investment fund, Bermuda Infrastructure Fund)

-What role are development banks and agencies playing in the region?

-Financing and insuring resilience infrastructure: the role of insurance in creating project bankability

Moderator: Adam Carter, Managing Director, Investment Banking, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank
Lynn Tabernacki, Deputy Vice President SME Finance & Head Of Global Energy, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Daniel M. Best, Director, Projects Department, Caribbean Development Bank
Luc Allary, Regional Director BD & Sales - Caribbean & Central America, Canadian Commercial Corporations
Andrew Lee, Managing Director & Head US Debt Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets
12:45PM Prioritizing the Blue Economy

-Outlook for policy advances on national, regional, international level to promote the Blue Economy

-Private sector engagement and the potential for a paradigm shift by diverting national GDP outward cash flows for blue initiatives

-Technology and asset management strategies of resources for the Caribbean region

-Identifying and financing infrastructure for the Caribbean Blue Economy

-How public policy is facilitating and incentivizing growth and investment in new blue sectors in the Caribbean

Moderator: Veronica Lizzio, Senior Analyst, Castalia Advisors
Dr. Justin A. Ram, Director, Economics, Caribbean Development Bank
Richard Jones, Director - International Business Development, JV Driver
Hon. Kirk Humphrey, Minister of the Blue Economy, The Government of Barbados
1:30PM Lunch
2:30PM A resource under threat: Financing climate resilient water infrastructure

-Best practices for financing and managing sustainable water and waste-water developments

-What creative financing solutions can be applied to the water sector? Looking at NWC Jamaica local currency bond issuance

-Smart technology successes: Where has smart metering worked and how can it be expanded?

-Addressing performance based non-revenue water reduction: looking at the successes achieved by WSC Bahamas

-How does a utility build a climate resilient program?

-Identifying vulnerabilities in water systems: Case study the Barbados Water Authority –Mitigating against these impacts

-It’s not just about water – using renewable energy to power water infrastructure

-How modular waste water treatment facilities are creating efficiencies for island nations

Moderator: Gillian Charles-Gollop, Executive Director, Corporate Investment Banking & Advisory, CIBC FirstCaribbean
Noam Komy, VP Strategy and Corporate Development, Miya Arison Group
Mark Barnett, President, National Water Commission Jamaica
David Ehrhardt, Chief Executive, Castalia Advisors
Glen Laville, Consultant, Independent
3:15PM Part 1: Social infrastructure: Solutions for financing healthcare for ageing populations and achieving universal healthcare ambitions

-Exploring the dynamics between healthcare and infrastructure as islands trend towards universal healthcare

-What will health infrastructure look like in the digitized age?

-Strategies for achieving affordable and universal healthcare: Survey of island governments leading the way and their strategies for healthcare policy

-Meeting the challenges of managing an ageing population: Assessing the long-term associated infrastructure requirements and fiscal limitations that must be overcome to upgrade healthcare services

Dr. Mark Britnell, Chairman, Healthcare, Government and Infrastructure, KPMG Global
3:45PM Refreshments and networking
4:30PM Solid waste: The Caribbean's dirty little secret?

-Recycling or waste-to-energy? What strategy for waste management makes most sense in the Caribbean context?

-Evaluating efforts across countries (Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica)

Moderator: Ila Patel, Americas Editor, IJGlobal
S. Brian Samuel, Head, Regional Public-Private Partnerships, Caribbean Development Bank
Ashita Shenoy, Principal, Advisory, KPMG
5:00PM Defining a new energy matrix: Have recent weather events altered perspectives on energy generation? What other factors are driving decisions?

-Centralized or decentralized? What is more resilient?

-In an effort to reduce the cost of electricity, what technologies are proving most effective and bankable?

-How can renewables be encouraged at an industrial level and what frameworks/technologies are required to make this shift?

-LNG vs renewables as a long-term solution

-What new sources of funding are available in support of clean energy development (climate funds)?

-Exploring the potential of waste-to-energy, and how to make these projects bankable (Cayman waste to energy)

-Are we seeing a trend towards shorter PPAs in response to increasing concerns about technology risk?

Moderator: Matthew Perks, CEO, New Energy Events LLC
James Whittaker, Founder, GreenTech Group and President, C.R.E.A.
Angella Rainford, Managing Director, Rekamniar Frontier Ventures
Thibault Menage, Head of Caribbean Development, HDF Energy
Dave Robau, CEO & Chief Scientist, National Energy USA
5:45PM Chairperson’s closing remarks
Raymond Donaldson, Director, Corporate & Investment Banking (Jamaica, Bahamas, TCI), CIBC FirstCaribbean
6:00PM Cocktail reception

Day 2: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

8:30AM Refreshments
9:00AM Chairperson’s welcoming remarks
Simon Townend, Partner, Advisory, KPMG Bahamas & Head of Advisory KPMG Islands Group
9:15AM LNG: Here to stay?

-LNG continues to win favor across the region. Is this in the long-term interest of the regional energy matrix as we think about pricing, volatility and energy independence?

-LNG related infrastructure requirements and opportunities for finance

-Tourism related LNG and the future of LNG-fueled cruise ships, and associated port infrastructure requirements (storage and bunkering facilities)

-Survey of key LNG developments underway or in the pipeline across the region

-Will governments continue to choose LNG? What are the key factors motivating their decisions?

Moderator: Bruce Levy, President and CEO, BMR Energy Ltd
Patrick Rollins, Executive Director, Bahamas Power & Light Ltd (BPL)
Janine Toner, LNG Business Manager, Shell Trading
Matthew Fisher, Business Development Manager, Eagle LNG Partners
10:15AM Caribbean smart islands: Shifting the urban management paradigm to increase resilience

-Can the Islands Region benefit from making major step changes which are being enabled by technology?  What are the downsides to doing so?

-Should Government’s role model the behavior they are seeking by retrofitting to LEDs, investing in electric vehicle fleets, constructing green buildings, etc. 

-Applying technology for efficient resource use and management

-Long term strategy to benefit growth and attract investment

Moderator: Daniela Carrera-Marquis, Representative Country Office Brazil, Inter-American Investment Corporation
Moderator: Jerry C Butler, Founding Chairman, CREF Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum
Kevin Dallas, Chief Executive Officer, Bermuda Tourism Authority
Dr. Andrea Kraj, Renewable Energy Specialist, Manitoba Hydro
11:00AM Morning refreshments and networking
11:30AM Data analytics driving infrastructure

-Are islands paying too much: Making comparisons between projects and islands to challenge status quo assumptions on costs, etc .

-How can data analytics drive metrics around infrastructure and what is the potential impact on infrastructure development for the Caribbean?

-How can data be effectively applied to increase efficiency?

Professor Fritz Pinnock, President, Caribbean Maritime University
Eric Deans, Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority
Christopher Brome, Partner, Deal Advisory, KPMG Barbados and Eastern Caribbean
12:10PM Caribbean Gateways: Developing cost-effective connectivity

-Financing and building the next generation of Caribbean seaports and airports: Priority projects and creative financing solutions

-Positioning Caribbean islands for growth and planning for long-term arrivals of passengers and goods

-Evaluating PPP structures as a solution to redevelop ageing Caribbean air and seaport infrastructure

-Lessons taken from successful PPPs, such as the Bahamas Airport, and how these lessons can be applied to new projects (such as Family Islands airport redevelopments)

-Port and airport concession outlook

-Can the Caribbean afford to pass on ever increasing cruise ships?

Edmond Marsh, Vice President Business Development, The Port Authority Of Jamaica
Michelle Ottey, Senior Investment Officer, IFC
Andrea Robinson, President and CEO, Robinson Global Management
David Pratt, Vice President, Leighfisher Canada Inc
Luc Allary, Regional Director BD & Sales - Caribbean & Central America, Canadian Commercial Corporations
Leonard Mazlish, Managing Director, Cigna Investments
1:00PM Chairperson’s closing remarks
1:15PM Lunch and close of conference