Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop — Anatomy of a P3: Contracts 101

Jul 20, 2020 9:00am – 12:00pm

Speakers

Catherine Doyle
Partner
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Mark Johnson
Partner
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Day 1 - Tuesday, July 21, 2020

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chair
9:00
Keynote Address
9:30
Q&A: Ontario Line Action Plan
10:15
Morning Break
10:30

PANEL

Contract Challenges During a Crisis: Policy Changes Worth Keeping and Evaluating After COVID-19
11:15

PANEL

TOD and Strategic Planning to Transform Urban Spaces
12:15
Lunch Break
1:15
Luncheon Keynote Address
2:00
Dreaming of the REM: Progress and Next Steps in Quebec
2:45
Afternoon Break
3:00
Hydrogen Homecoming: FCEB Technology Innovation in Canada
3:30
How the City of Mississauga Hopes to Break the Mold in BRT
4:00

PANEL

BRT vs. LRT: Find the Right Fit for Your City
4:45
Closing comments

Day 2 - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chair
8:40

KEYNOTE

The Role of P3s in the Transit World
9:10

PANEL

Managing Utilities, Environmental Issues and Unforeseen Risk
10:10
Bracing for the Impact of Autonomous Vehicles
10:40
Morning Break
11:10
The Future of Urban Mobility
11:40
Putting Safety First When Expanding Transit Systems
12:10
Lunch Break
1:10

PANEL

Comparing Delivery Models for Transit Projects
2:00
Public Engagement and Stakeholder Buy-in for Projects
2:40
Afternoon Break
2:55

PANEL

On-Demand Transit and the Next Generation of Public Mobility
3:45

PANEL

Urban Gondolas: Fiction or Smart Solution?
4:15

CASE STUDY

Edmonton’s Valley Line and Transforming a City through LRT
4:45
Creating Regional Transit Services to Connect Communities
5:30
Closing Remarks from Chair and Conference Concludes

Day 1 - Tuesday, July 21, 2020

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chair

Andrew Macklin
Managing Editor
ReNew Canada

Robert Pattison
Senior Vice President, Commercial Resolutions
Infrastructure Ontario

9:00
Keynote Address

Kinga Surma
Associate Minister
Ontario Ministry of Transportation

9:30
Q&A: Ontario Line Action Plan

Michael W. Roschlau
President and Chief Executive Officer (retired)
Canadian Urban Transit Association

Andy Manahan
Executive Director
Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario

Moderator:

Edward Ng
Partner
Ernst & Young, Infrastructure Advisory

Meet key players involved in bringing this ambitious project to fruition. This session will offer details on the proposed 15-kilometre transit route, including highlights of the business case to the federal government and answers to burning questions on estimated costs and timelines.

  • How did we get here? The need for a relief line to alleviate overcrowding on the subway system and work done up to this point
  • What are some of the key considerations for the project structure and scope? Is the timeline realistic?
  • What is being done now to prepare for and de-risk the project?

10:15
Morning Break
10:30

PANEL

Contract Challenges During a Crisis: Policy Changes Worth Keeping and Evaluating After COVID-19

Bill Woodhead
Partner
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

John Margie
Partner
Glaholt Bowles Construction Law

Antonio Gómez-Palacio
Principal
Dialog

Moderator:

Andrew Macklin
Managing Editor
ReNew Canada

  • How do P3 Contracts deal with a pandemic such as COVID-19?
  • What is the intent of agreements?
  • What to do when the contract doesn’t expressly cover a pandemic?
  • Evaluating which policy changes are beneficial going forward.

11:15

PANEL

TOD and Strategic Planning to Transform Urban Spaces

Neil Hrushowy
Assistant Director of Community Planning,
Long-Range and Strategic Planning Division

City of Vancouver

David Kuperman
Manager, Transportation Planning
City of Toronto

Rod Regier
Commissioner of Planning,
Development and Legislative Services

Region of Waterloo

Moderator:

Larissa Ulcar
Transit Project Manager
Dialog

Meghan Wong
Director Commercial Transactions, Business Strategy & Land Development
Metrolinx

Transit-oriented development is a planning and design strategy that consists of promoting urban development that is compact, mixed-use, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly and closely integrated with mass transit by clustering jobs, housing, services, and amenities around public transport stations.

This session will provide different perspectives on how to prioritize transit and achieve better integration between transit stations and surrounding context.

12:15
Lunch Break
1:15
Luncheon Keynote Address

Ric McIver
Minister, Ministry of Transportation
Government of Alberta

2:00
Dreaming of the REM: Progress and Next Steps in Quebec

Jean-Marc Arbaud
General Manager
CDPQ Infra

Construction of the Réseau express métropolitain, the largest public transit project to be undertaken in Quebec in five decades, is currently underway in Montreal. The new automated light rail network will make moving around the city easier with the first trains expected to start operating as early as 2021.

  • Status update on construction work completed thus far; challenges and lessons learned
  • A breakdown of project components, including costs and anticipated economic benefits

2:45
Afternoon Break
3:00
Hydrogen Homecoming: FCEB Technology Innovation in Canada
Aditya Ramesh

Aditya Ramesh
Project Manager - Electric Bus and Coach Bus
Canadian Urban Transit Research
and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

This presentation will cover hydrogen as an empowering mobility solution and other green initiatives that are putting the environment at the forefront of transit thinking.

  • Hydrogen generation and fueling requirements for a zero-emissions future – The bipartite model in Mississauga
  • Operational and economic benefits of hydrogen fuel cell power systems – a SWOT analysis
  • European and USA-based hydrogen fuel cell electric bus initiatives and innovative fuelling solutions

3:30
How the City of Mississauga Hopes to Break the Mold in BRT

Jerry Che
Manager, Rapid Transit
City of Mississauga

Mississauga has a rapid transit program that consists of three bus rapid transit corridors: Downtown Mississauga Terminal and Transitway Connection (the missing link at Square One), Dundas BRT and Lakeshore BRT. These systems have approved budgets ($28 million) to undergo Environmental Assessment and Preliminary Design studies. Learn how the projects will be tackled to provide more reliable and efficient transit to residents.

  • The city’s vision to be more transit-oriented with lessons learned from the Hurontario LRT approach
  • Uniqueness of each project and collaboration with Metrolinx, private landowner and neighbouring municipalities
  • Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) funding opportunity for construction

4:00

PANEL

BRT vs. LRT: Find the Right Fit for Your City

Kevin Yeung
Transport Planner
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Asif Kurji
Coordinator, Strategic Transit Planning
City of Calgary

Jeffrey Casello
Professor
School of Planning and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

Michael W. Roschlau
President and Chief Executive Officer (retired)
Canadian Urban Transit Association

Cities around the world have been planning and building bus rapid transit or light rail transit as an integral part of their transit networks. These systems have varying characteristics, which can influence the effectiveness of BRT or LRT in moving people and shaping communities. This session will explore and compare BRT and LRT systems from across Canada (BRT in York Region, Mississauga, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary; and LRT in Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo, Calgary and Edmonton) along with international cases (United States and Germany) under different lenses, including:

  • Operational characteristics and customer experience (e.g. speed, reliability, comfort and capacity)
  • Financial impact (e.g. capital, operations and maintenance costs)
  • Corridor and network ridership
  • Broader impacts on the city, such as new development and the environment

4:45
Closing comments

Day 2 - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chair
8:40

KEYNOTE

The Role of P3s in the Transit World

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

9:10

PANEL

Managing Utilities, Environmental Issues and Unforeseen Risk

Tara Kuuskman
Transit Planning Supervisor, Capital Development and Delivery
Enbridge Gas Distribution

Daniel Petrozziello
Transit Project Manager, Capital Development and Delivery
Enbridge Gas Distribution

Marty Venalainen
Director, Transaction Legal
Infrastructure Ontario

Michael Paddags
Project Manager, Yonge Street BRT
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation

Moderator:

Terry Wallace
President
LEA Consulting Ltd.

Transit projects can be a complex web to untangle, particularly when it comes to relocating existing utilities, including power, gas and water infrastructure. The goal is to get the work done with the least amount of negative impact on the existing area, but it can get messy when it comes to balancing the interests of contractors and utility companies with conflicting priorities.

  • Understand how utilities work and the challenges they face in prioritizing and resourcing as they navigate the ever-changing direction of projects
  • Managing risk when it comes to building infrastructure in densely populated areas near residences, schools and recreational facilities (excavation and construction process)

10:10
Bracing for the Impact of Autonomous Vehicles

Dr. Elnaz Abotalebi
Smart Vehicle Project Lead
Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

Tommaso Gecchelin
Founder, Inventor and CTO
NEXT Future Transportation inc.

Carla Guillaume
Executive Assistant and Quebec Liaison Officer
Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

Dr. Mahmood Nesheli
Smart Vehicle Researcher
Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

Major transit projects tend to have long lead times from feasibility, design through to deployment, while technology continues to accelerate. This creates a divide between pragmatic solutions for the present day and the reality that those ideas may not be relevant tomorrow. This session will highlight the potential for emerging technologies, particularly autonomous vehicles, to disrupt current long-term plans to build transit. Are LRT and BRT the right way to go? How much time do we have to prepare for this new wave?

10:40
Morning Break
11:10
The Future of Urban Mobility
11:40
Putting Safety First When Expanding Transit Systems

Paul Huston
Senior Advisor, Corporate Security and Intelligence
Via Rail Canada Inc.

The safety of transit users and operators is a top priority, particularly when it comes to planning for an expanded transit system. Transit authorities and those tasked with ensuring a safe journey on transit (police, security, etc.) must take into account each new station’s location and design (access points, lighting, security cameras, existing crime rates) and required resources to respond to high volumes of passengers using these new transit routes (personnel, facilities, vehicles). Learn best practices and methods of preparation when anticipating future passenger and system growth.

12:10
Lunch Break
1:10

PANEL

Comparing Delivery Models for Transit Projects

Michael Lindsay
President of Project Delivery
Infrastructure Ontario

Phil Verster
President and CEO
Metrolinx

Moderator:

Patrick Dolan
Counsel
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

This panel will discuss and debate the suitability of various P3 (e.g. DBF, DBFM) and non-P3 (e.g. DB, DBB, IPD) model types for a variety of transit projects.

  • What are the benefits and potential risks? Which model offers the best life-cycle value while at the same time adhering to goals and timelines?
  • Determine the best procurement method for your project from design phase to operations and maintenance and how to avoid common pitfalls
  • Is P3 still the right delivery model for large-scale transit projects or can it be improved to make it more attractive?

2:00
Public Engagement and Stakeholder Buy-in for Projects

Antonio Gómez-Palacio
Principal
Dialog

Lindsay Yarmon
Senior Communications Advisor, LRT Expansion and Renewal
Integrated Marketing Communications and Engagement

City of Edmonton

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Joel Wardinger
Associate Legal Counsel
Crosslinx Transit Solutions Constructors

Moderator:

Chris Swail

Chris Swail
Vice President, Infrastructure
Comtech Group

From municipal staff and policy-makers to residents and members of the business community, transit projects require everyone pulling in the same direction to move forward successfully. Gain practical advice for connecting and consulting with stakeholders to achieve seamless community integration for projects.

  • Lessons learned from first year of operations for the ION, importance of communicating the build phase and development success to the community and next steps in public consultation to keep things running smoothly toward Stage 2
  • Tools and techniques on initiating and maintaining stakeholder engagement through a decade of planning, design and construction of Edmonton’s Valley Line LRT
  • Sorting the noise from the signal: public and stakeholder engagement during uncertain times – the Hamilton LRT experience

2:40
Afternoon Break
2:55

PANEL

On-Demand Transit and the Next Generation of Public Mobility

Hamish Campbell
Country Lead, Canada
Via On-Demand Transit

Remi Desa
CEO
Pantonium Inc.

Bilal Farooq
Canada Research Chair in Disruptive Transportation Technologies and Services and Associate Professor in Transportation Engineering
Ryerson University

Robert Salewytsch
Program Manager – Transit Services
Regional Municipality of Niagara

Building on last year’s discussion on Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), on-demand transit and first mile/last mile, this session will delve deeper into smart mobility solutions and their impact on transit. Discover how municipalities and companies are leveraging technology to transform public transit delivery and increase ridership by providing users with key services and need-to-know information at their fingertips.

3:45

PANEL

Urban Gondolas: Fiction or Smart Solution?

Georg Josi
Principal, Structural Engineering
Dialog

Gordon Harris
President and CEO
Simon Fraser University Community Trust

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Dan Abbott
Senior Project Manager, Civil, Western Canada
EllisDon

Urban gondolas are highly adaptable mass transit solutions that can provide fast, reliable, safe, fully accessible, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective transportation. This panel will elaborate on how urban gondolas function, their advantages compared to conventional urban transit systems, where they are best implemented and the challenges they pose. Currently, at least two urban gondolas are planned in Western Canada: the Prairie Sky Gondola in Edmonton and the Burnaby Mountain Gondola in Metro Vancouver. Experiences from their development will be used to illustrate discussion points.

4:15

CASE STUDY

Edmonton’s Valley Line and Transforming a City through LRT

Eva Cheung
Project Manager, Valley Line West LRT
City of Edmonton

Sandra Renihan
Structural/Transportation Engineer
Dialog

Edmonton is continuing its urban transformation with the 14-kilometre Valley Line West LRT extension. As the city continues its largest infrastructure project in its history, learn how the project team is tackling the challenges of building a large-scale linear system through unique, established neighbourhoods and taking opportunities to maximize its potential.

Hear about the team’s approach to managing land assembly, constrained corridors, sustainable urban integration principles and grade separation in the context of a municipal transit project.

4:45
Creating Regional Transit Services to Connect Communities

Matthew Boyd
Director of Corporate and Strategic Planning
BC Transit

BC Transit has several routes that link rural and urban communities across the province, and the demand for this service continues to rise. Learn about the agency’s unique model in offering transit service that connects communities, resulting in the enrichment of the culture and lives of the citizens that reside there.

5:30
Closing Remarks from Chair and Conference Concludes

Pre-Conference Workshop — Anatomy of a P3: Contracts 101

Jul 20, 2020 9:00am – 12:00pm

Catherine Doyle
Partner
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Mark Johnson
Partner
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

What is it about?

P3 transit projects involve multiple stakeholders with varying interests and priorities that can be difficult to balance. Ensuring that a contractual agreement is successfully negotiated, structured and drafted is half the battle and it’s important to get it right. Navigate the complexities at every step of the process to ensure a high return on investment and that projects are completed on schedule with fewer delays. Assess the types of risk that could occur and plan accordingly with every member of the project team on the same page.

* Workshop can be applied towards 3 hours of the annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Ontario.