Day 1 - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
9:15
Is it Time for a National P3 Staging Plan for Major Public Transportation Projects?
10:30
Break
10:45
Keynote Address: Investing in Canada: A Long Term Plan to Build the Urban Transit of the 21st Century
11:15
The Process of Qualifying and Submitting a Bid – Challenges for Project Companies and Owners
12:30
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
1:45
The Process and Challenges of Procurement – Present and Future
3:00
Networking Refreshment Break
3:15
Green Line LRT Next Steps: Transitioning from Vision to Implementation
3:45
Developments in Railway Electrification and Using Innovation to Reduce the Cost of Electrification
4:30
Effective Performance-Based Output Specifications for Transit Infrastructure Projects
5:15
Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair
5:20
Networking Cocktail Reception

Day 2 - Thursday, April 27, 2017

8:30
Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
9:15
Keynote Address – Supporting the Urban Transit Tidal Wave
9:45
Progress on Edmonton’s Valley Line LRT – General Project Update
10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
Transit and Sustainable Urban Integration
12:15
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
1:30
Utilities – A Key Challenge to Urban Transit Project Delivery
2:30
Networking Refreshment Break
2:45
The Emerging Role of Airports and Requirements for Transit Development
3:30
Public and Community Engagement
4:30
Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair; Conference Concludes

Day 1 - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair

Robert R. Shouldice
Partner and Chair - Public Infrastructure Group
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

9:15
Is it Time for a National P3 Staging Plan for Major Public Transportation Projects?

Moderator:

Chris Gauer
Divisional President, Major Projects
Infrastructure Ontario

Panelists:

Amanda Farrell
President and CEO
Partnerships BC

Divya Shah
Senior Vice President, Transaction Finance
Infrastructure Ontario

Andrew Philip
Vice President, Market Segment Leader
AECOM

Tom Middlebrook, P.Eng
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Dragados Canada

Paul Martin
Senior Vice President
Plenary Group

The provincial and federal governments are making a significant investment in urban transit. Projects are moving forward across the country for transit initiatives in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Significant investment is also underway in highway infrastructure and regional rail improvements. Given that these projects will require extensive effort in procurement and project delivery it raises the question of whether it is time for a national staging plan for major public transportation projects. If so, how should that be done, and who will decide what happens when; what projects go forward earlier and which will wait their turn?

10:30
Break
10:45
Keynote Address: Investing in Canada: A Long Term Plan to Build the Urban Transit of the 21st Century

Hon. Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Infrastructure & Communities
Government of Canada

11:15
The Process of Qualifying and Submitting a Bid – Challenges for Project Companies and Owners

Moderator:

Rob Pattison
Senior Vice President, Light Rail Transit
Infrastructure Ontario

Panelists:

Vernita Tsang
Vice President, Legal
Fengate

Valerie Blinch
Vice President, Infrastructure
Fengate

Chris Moran
Chris Moran
EllisDon Capital

Danielle Townley
Director, Transaction Legal
Infrastructure Ontario

Catherine Doyle
Partner
Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Tight timelines, high profile projects, resource constraints and an evolving market: These and other pressures exacerbate the competing (and sometimes conflicting) interests of Owners and PPP/AFP Proponents. Gain insight into some of the most contentious issues between owners and proponents from a panel of experienced PPP/AFP practitioners, including the legal ramifications of submitting a bid, and how Proponents and Owners can navigate them through RFQ, RFP, and beyond. This is an Ideal opportunity for those who may have not yet done an AFP/PPP (or transit) deal to learn how to align interests and objectives to ensure that your project is a success. The panel will focus on specific topics, some of longstanding interest, and some reflecting the evolution of the AFP model.

12:30
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
1:45
The Process and Challenges of Procurement – Present and Future

Moderator:

Derrick M. Toigo
Executive Vice President, Civil - Roads and Transit
Infrastructure Ontario

Panelists:

Simon Dupuis
Manager, Procurement and Funding
City of Ottawa – Confederation Line

Richard Holder
Manager Rail Systems and Operations Integration
City of Ottawa

Thomas Schmidt
Commissioner Transportation and Environmental Services
Region of Waterloo

Jeffrey Busby
Director, Infrastructure Program Management
TransLink, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority

Lindsay Karpetz
Director, Light Rapid Transit Project Director Hurontario LRT & Hamilton LRT
Infrastructure Ontario

Focusing on municipal type transit projects, this session will discuss:

  • What was the municipality’s initial view of a P3/AFP project?
  • What has changed over time, what myths, what ideas, what beliefs have been dispelled or reinforced in the model
  • What is Risk Transfer and has it been dealt with successfully? If not, why? And if so how?
  • What recommendation can we give to municipalities considering P3 type projects in the future
  • What advice can we offer municipalities that may be considering P3 in an urban market?
  Areas for discussion:
  • Due Diligence
  • Risk Transfer
  • Budgeting
  • Schedule
  • Approvals
  • Land Acquisition
  • Utilities

3:00
Networking Refreshment Break
3:15
Green Line LRT Next Steps: Transitioning from Vision to Implementation

Fabiola MacIntyre
Manager, Green Line LRT
City of Calgary

  • City shaping – Developing a framework to  identify and plan how the longer-term plans can be funded and carried forward
  • Update on public engagement and design process
  • Staging options – a general overview of the considerations and challenges
  • Anticipated timelines/schedule – enabling works, and the first stage of Green Line
  • Investigation of procurement options and lessons learned – where we’re at and where we’re going
  • Lessons learned – navigating in political waters, public engagement, prioritizing and balancing the objectives/values of the program with the needs of various stakeholders
  • Next steps – Layer 1 focus, with concurrent work happening on layers 2,3,4 to ensure they can be realized by other groups within the city over time

3:45
Developments in Railway Electrification and Using Innovation to Reduce the Cost of Electrification

Moderator:

Andrew Gillespie
Vice President/Sr. Director-Systems Projects
Gannett Fleming Transit and Rail Systems

Panelists:

François Maurin
HESOP Product Manager
Alstom

James J. Gillies
Chief, Electrification- Rail Systems Engineering Rail & Transit Canada
WSP

Jennifer Verellen
Director-Rail Systems Engineering Rail & Transit Canada
WSP

Rail is one of the most energy-efficient transport modes, reflecting the efficiency of mass transit and the environmental benefits it can provide, especially when the mode chosen leverages efficient electric traction. Ongoing development of clean and renewable energy sources will allow the rail sector to offer further environmental benefits. This session will explore electrification, both in terms of feeding systems and power supply systems. Topics to be discussed are the issues and considerations for electrification strategies, from design to implementation, and how R&D has shaped and will continue to shape the electrification landscape.

4:30
Effective Performance-Based Output Specifications for Transit Infrastructure Projects

Lawren Green
Vice President Finance and Development
Kiewit

Arsalan Zargar
Director
EllisDon Capital

Rob Pattison
Senior Vice President, Light Rail Transit
Infrastructure Ontario

and additional panelists

  • How are performance-based specifications currently be used in infrastructure and public procurement? How and when are targets being defined?
  • When is it more appropriate to use performance versus prescriptive? Which provides better value and why?
  • How is risk being shared and what does moving from performance to prescriptive do to that risk transfer?
  • How are performance targets monitored and evaluated? What kind of evaluation methodology should be used? What is the impact on innovation?
  • How to maintain accountability
  • Proper drafting of performance requirements – scope and preparation of the draft and payment mechanisms

5:15
Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair
5:20
Networking Cocktail Reception

Day 2 - Thursday, April 27, 2017

8:30
Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
9:15
Keynote Address – Supporting the Urban Transit Tidal Wave

Mark Romoff
President and CEO
The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

  • What does the national pipeline look like?
  • What funding supports are in place?
  • How much private involvement does the public support?

9:45
Progress on Edmonton’s Valley Line LRT – General Project Update

Moderator:

Georg Josi
Design Review Manager, SUI/Structures Owners Engineer Team
Valley Line LRT – DIALOG

Panelists

Josh Jones
Project Manager, Owners Engineer Team
Valley Line LRT – AECOM

Chris Gentile
Technical Manager, Valley Line LRT
City of Edmonton

Colin Hill
Deputy Project Director, Civil
TransEd

Johanna Hoyt
Design Project Manager
TransEd

and additional panelists   Edmonton’s Valley Line is the city’s largest- ever infrastructure project and first P3. This 13 km low-floor, urban-style LRT system is being designed, built, partially financed, operated, and maintained by the city’s private sector partner. The line is expected to be operational in 2020. This panel will discuss lessons learned in the first year since commercial close.

10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
Transit and Sustainable Urban Integration

Moderator:

Ian Wardley
Consultant
Stewart Group

Panelists:

Danielle Bury
Senior Advisor, Hamilton LRT, Rapid Transit, Capital Projects Group
Metrolinx

Fabiola MacIntyre
Manager, Green Line LRT
City of Calgary

Georg Josi
Design Review Manager, SUI/Structures Owners Engineer Team
Valley Line LRT – DIALOG

Jeffrey Busby
Director, Infrastructure Program Management
TransLink, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority

  • How to juggle major projects and on-going policy developments
  • How to get the design – ‘look & feel’ so it fits into the urban landscape; how to deal with this during procurement
  • How to ensure that land use and urban integration is addressed at the beginning of procurement
  • The importance of getting the vision into the procurement document
  • How to integrate elevated rail and LRT at grade
  • Regional objectives of urban integration; how to get a vision from city council

12:15
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
1:30
Utilities – A Key Challenge to Urban Transit Project Delivery

Moderator:

Robert R. Shouldice
Partner and Chair - Public Infrastructure Group
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Panelists:

Paul S. Collins
Senior Manager, Utilities, Capital Projects Group
Metrolinx

Eric MacDonald
Senior Vice President, Utilitie
Aecon

Rob Pattison
Senior Vice President, Light Rail Transit
Infrastructure Ontario

and additional panelists

  • The IO/MTO/Metrolinx Utility Initiative
  • Enhanced Utility Location Investigations and As-Built Standards
  • Workload Forecasting – How to anticipate utility relocation needs
  • Utility Relocations – Who can or should perform utility relocations
  • Regulation – What role should government play

2:30
Networking Refreshment Break
2:45
The Emerging Role of Airports and Requirements for Transit Development

Eileen Waechter
Director, Airport Planning
Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

Airports are not only important for global passenger and cargo travel, but also have become hubs of economic development and employment zones, increasingly important for global trade and regional economic prosperity. However, hurdles including clogged roads around the airport and poor transit access impact the ability for airports to develop into successful mega hubs. Funding for ground transport and airport-rail linkages is critical for this expanded role. This session will discuss the changing dynamics and emerging role of airports as international transport and public transit hubs and what will be required from governments to address traffic woes, and other hurdles to achieving mega hub status.

3:30
Public and Community Engagement

Kimberly (Moser) Newhouse
Manager, Community Relations, ION Rapid Transit
Region of Waterloo

Paul Johnson
Director, LRT Project Coordination Light Rail Transit Office
City of Hamilton

Community engagement promotes the full participation of community members in the decision making process and relies on long-lasting, trusting relationships with community members. What can be used to build and maintain relationships to prepare for participation in transit planning and operations decision-making?

  • How do you build support?
  • How do projects interface with communities?
  • Developing a pro-active approach to build awareness and excitement about transit projects
  • Managing consultation with business, public acceptance, environmental issues and concrete lessons learned

4:30
Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair; Conference Concludes