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Building the Next Generation of Canadian Infrastructure

Defining a roadmap for optimizing infrastructure planning, implementation and operation


May 14 - 15, 2019 · Toronto, Ontario
 
   
 
Conference Program: Day Two - Wednesday May 15, 2019
   
7:30 - 8:30        Continental Breakfast
 
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
Alexander Hay, Principal, Southern Harbour Ltd
Bruce G. Matthews, P.Eng., CEO, Consulting Engineers of Ontario
 
8:40 - 9:20
Growth and Infrastructure Planning in the GGH: 2006, 2017 and the next 50 years.
Melanie Hare, Partner, Urban Strategies
  • An overview of the policies and planning framework for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Planning for mobility, green infrastructure and city building continues to evolve
  • Embracing disruptors and innovation as we plan for ongoing rapid growth in the GGH
 
9:20 - 10:00
CASE STUDY
Climate Change & Risk Management for Urban Systems
Heather Auld, Principal Climate Scientist, Risk Sciences International
Simon Eng, Climate Change and Engineering, Risk Sciences International
  • Implement climate change resilience measures by public agencies (i.e. adaptation)
  • Toronto Hydro and Metrolinx are embracing climate change risk management and resilience measures
  • What this means for the corporation, municipality, agency and their clients
  • Integral planning, risk management and opportunities for the future
 
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
 
10:15 - 11:00
Smart Cities of Privacy, Not Surveillance: De-Identify Data at Source
Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, Ryerson University
  • Shifting away from centralization of data and current models
  • Pushing for decentralization -- SmartData
  • Looking under the hood of AI -- Algorithms gone wild
  • AI Ethics by Design
  • Concerns over data security & privacy in Smart Cities
  • De-identifying data at the source to prevent surveillance models
 
11:00 - 12:00
PANEL DISCUSSION
Smaller Cities and Big Challenges in Regional Development
Moderator: Heather Auld, Principal Climate Scientist, Risk Sciences International
Kayla Dixon, Director of Engineering & Operations, City of Thunder Bay, ON
Karen Gasmo, Director Sustainable Infrastructure, City of Regina SK
  • Mandating outcomes through solid planning and policies
  • Rapid growth in small regional centres have special considerations
  • Linking bigger centres to satellite communities
  • Maintaining civic standards and identity in long term planning
  • Managing infrastructure post-delivery
  • Extending and adapting current infrastructure
 
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
 
1:00 - 2:00
Maximizing Infrastructure Lifecycle Value by Design
Bruce G. Matthews, P.Eng., CEO, Consulting Engineers of Ontario
  • Why “low price” is antithetical to “best lifecycle value”
  • Timing is everything – when can lifecycle value be influenced and optimized?
  • The role of the designer in providing best lifecycle value
  • The critical importance of good asset management planning
 
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
 
2:30 - 3:15
CASE STUDY
A Novel Approach to Infrastructure Investment in Calgary
Heather Kathol, Manager, Infrastructure Calgary, City of Calgary
  • Aligning the capital budget process to service based budgeting
  • Prioritizing and allocating capital in a constrained environment
  • Strategic management of infrastructure assets
  • Applying the resilience lens to investment planning
 
3:15 - 4:15
PANEL DISCUSSION
Creating A Roadmap for the Future - A Pan Canadian Strategy
Moderator: Alexander Hay, Principal, Southern Harbour Ltd
Heather Kathol, Manager, Infrastructure Calgary, City of Calgary
Michelle Berquist, Project Leader, Transportation Planning, City of Mississauga
Melissa McCabe, Manager, Infrastructure Services, City of Oshawa
Karen Gasmo, Director Sustainable Infrastructure, City of Regina SK
  • Moving towards a nationwide strategy - better government relationships at all 3 levels
  • Ensuring transparency and accountability
  • Incorporating the Climate Lens
  • Anticipating an older, urbanized population - raising public awareness
  • Interoperability and compatibility of systems is crucial to advancing infrastructure
  • Growing infrastructure expenditures means growing competitiveness
  • User pay models to fund needed infrastructure
  • Connecting infrastructure through the next generation of data systems
  • Maintaining competition through the use of a common language
  • Skill set challenges in the workforce and operators
  • Define a roadmap for all levels of government to follow
 
4:15        End of Day Two
   

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The next era of infrastructure must be more integrated, responsive, faster, secure, and resilient through innovative planning, financing, completion, and operation. A daunting challenge but it’s possible in an era of forward-looking designers, engineers, policy makers, and financiers.

Infonex is hosting a two-day inaugural event in Toronto on "Building the Next Generation of Canadian Infrastructure". Hear from speakers who are at the centre of driving infrastructural planning in regions across Canada and the world. Join us for this collaborative event which will examine the roadmap for optimizing infrastructure planning, implementation and operation.

Save the date: May 14-15 2019 and we’ll see you in Downtown Toronto!

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