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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
Featuring These Industry Experts

Heather Auld, Principal Climate Scientist, Risk Sciences International

Heather Auld is currently the Principal Climate Scientist with Risk Sciences International Inc and has some 40 years of experience as a climatologist, meteorologist and climate change adaptation expert. Formerly, she spent 32 years with Environment and Climate Change Canada working across Canada in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Canadian Forces Trenton and NORAD. Heather has extensive experience in developing climate and climate change information for the National Building Code of Canada, CSA, the Quebec standards organization BNQ, and ISO engineering standards as well as water management practices. She has led the development of weather and climate change hazards for emergency management and provided expert testimony to provincial and national disaster Investigations, including the Walkerton Inquiry. Heather has been invited to serve on various international expert teams and delegations, including the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), World Meteorological Organization, U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, World Federation of Engineering Organizations and served on the Canadian delegation to the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity. She has published many papers and journal articles over the years.

Michelle Berquist, MScPl, RPP, MCIP | Project Leader, Transportation Planning, City of Mississauga

Michelle is a Project Leader on the City of Mississauga’s Transportation Planning team. She recently led ‘Mississauga Moves’ a project to develop Mississauga’s first Transportation Master Plan (TMP), a policy framework and action plan that will guide the City’s stewardship of the transportation system from now to 2041. Michelle is also an Instructor in the Master Science in Planning program at University of Toronto and a co-host of Open During Construction a podcast for the ‘plangineers’ among Ontario’s city builders.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, Ryerson University

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 40 languages.

She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Dr. Cavoukian is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Dr. Cavoukian is the author of two books, “The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust” with Tyler Hamilton and “Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World” with Don Tapscott. She has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including being named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada, named among the Top 10 Women in Data Security and Privacy, named as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global (May, 2017), named as one of the 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders, (November, 2017), named among the Top Women in Tech, (December, 2017), was awarded the Toastmasters District 60 Communication and Leadership Award, (April, 2018) and most recently, named as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity for a second year in a row, (February, 2019).

Kayla Dixon, Director of Engineering & Operations, City of Thunder Bay, ON

Kayla Dixon, P.Eng., MBA is the Director of Engineering & Operations and the City Engineer for the City of Thunder Bay. In this role she is responsible for asset management, capital planning, design and construction of the City’s linear and parks assets, as well as Roads and Parks operations. Kayla has been with the City of Thunder Bay since 2012. Previous to working for the City, she was the Director of Engineering at Tbaytel, where she was responsible for cellular, network, and outside plant engineering. Kayla led the implementation of Tbaytel’s IPTV television service, which was a company-wide initiative. She started her career in consulting engineering mainly focused on pavement design, soil and materials testing.

Kayla has presented at conferences and workshops on Asset Management and Change Management. She graduated from the University of Waterloo in Applied Science (Civil Engineering), in 1995 and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. She earned her Masters in Business Administration from Queen’s University.

Simon Eng, Climate Change and Engineering, Risk Sciences International

Simon has combined degrees in civil engineering and meteorology, studying the impacts of climate and weather on the built environment. Since 2007, Simon’s work has focused primarily in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation, both in government and private industry capacities. While at RSI, Simon has been a team member on multiple PIEVC and community wide climate risk assessments, addressing critical infrastructure and services including transportation, electrical distributions and transmission, wastewater and stormwater, institutional buildings, and parks infrastructure.

Karen Gasmo, Director Sustainable Infrastructure, City of Regina SK

Karen Gasmo has over 25 years of engineering experience with the majority of her career spent in municipal infrastructure. Over her career, she has contributed to many portfolios including transportation, roadways, water works, environmental services and facilities. In her twenty year tenure with the City of Regina, Karen has assumed progressive management roles in the organization. Currently, she leads the newly created Sustainable Infrastructure Department at the City Regina which has the responsibility of providing corporate leadership in the areas of asset management, infrastructure planning and construction planning and delivery.


Melanie Hare, Partner, Urban Strategies

For over 20 years Melanie has been working with communities across North America on policy development and city building initiatives, in particular related to growth management, sustainable communities, and transit supportive development. With a background in urban policy, strategic planning and urban design, Melanie brings a range of experience and skills to her projects. Melanie has effectively developed plans and policies, and has provided development review related to intensification and growth management for many communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, including Toronto, Oakville, Waterloo, Kitchener, Pickering, Guelph, Brampton, Niagara and Durham. Much of her work over the past decade has focused on growth management issues. Melanie was involved in policy development for employment, intensification and urban growth centre components of Ontario’s Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and completed the Growing Durham Study for the Region of Durham. Melanie led the Niagara Region and Durham Region Greenbelt Plan Review and developed a series of case studies for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe for the Ontario Growth Secretariat in 2011. In Alberta, she led the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan and the Calgary Metropolitan Region Interim Growth Plan. Her recent update to the National Physical Development Plan for Government of Barbados was very much focused on resiliency and redirecting patterns to ensure sustainable growth, both fiscally and in community design and infrastructure.


Heather Kathol, Manager, Infrastructure Calgary, City of Calgary

Heather is the manager of Infrastructure Calgary, a division within the Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary business unit at The City of Calgary. Infrastructure Calgary is a transformational change for The City, introducing enterprise portfolio management and establishing new standards and practices, as well as a new approach to capital budgeting for The City. Heather manages the planning and alignment of The City’s capital investment through corporate-wide leadership, collaboration and coordination. She stewards the Council approved Capital Infrastructure Investment Principles, the Capital Investment Plan and is working to incorporate Infrastructure resilience in investment planning to ensure The City builds and maintains infrastructure that is resilient to stresses and shocks and supports community needs.

Heather has worked in a variety of different roles during 17-year tenure at The City of Calgary, lending to her wide range of skills. Most recently she served as the Acting Director of Real Estate & Development Services and Senior Executive Advisor to the Deputy City Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary, and has completed programs in Real Estate Development and Planning, and Finance and Accounting at The Wharton School in Pennsylvania.


Pierre Lavallée, President and CEO of Canada Infrastructure Bank

Pierre Lavallée was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2018 and is responsible for strategic business leadership and overall performance of the organization.

As the inaugural CEO, his role includes establishing strategy, policies and procedures; building a highly skilled and motivated team of professionals; and developing partnerships with investors and public-sector proponents to support innovative infrastructure transactions.

Before joining Canada Infrastructure Bank, Mr. Lavallée held several senior positions at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) over six years, most recently as Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Investment Partnerships.

Prior to CPPIB, Mr. Lavallée was Executive Vice President, Reitmans (Canada) Limited, based in Montreal. He also spent 18 years with Bain & Company in Toronto, where he led the Canadian retail, telecom and private equity practices and was Managing Partner for Canada for three years. Before joining Bain, Mr. Lavallée served as a Trade Commissioner in the Department of External Affairs and International Trade, based in Ottawa and Japan.

He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Lavallée sits on the Investment Committee of the endowment for Pearson College UWC.

Bruce G. Matthews, P.Eng., CEO, Consulting Engineers of Ontario

Bruce has been Chief Executive Officer at Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) since February 2018. A graduate of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, he began his career as an engineer working on aerospace and defence systems. In the year 2000, he joined the staff of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) as an investigator in the Complaints, Discipline and Enforcement department. In 2008 he was named Deputy Registrar, Regulatory Compliance at PEO. In the eight years prior to joining CEO, Bruce worked for other regulatory organizations either in either a staff capacity or as a consultant, including the Real Estate Council of Ontario and the Ontario College of Trades. For many years, Bruce was a regular presenter at the INFONEX Professional Regulation & Discipline conference. During his career, Bruce has served on the Board of Directors of the Human Factors Association of Canada and the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR), including terms as President of each organization. Bruce also served as faculty for CLEAR’s leadership training and regulatory governance programs.


Frédéric Petit, Principal Infrastructure Analysts/Research Scientist, Argon Laboratories, Illinois

Frédéric Petit is a research scientist specializing in critical infrastructure interdependencies and resilience at Argonne National Laboratory. With a background in earth sciences and civil engineering, Dr. Petit has focused on risk management, business continuity, and infrastructure resilience since 2002. Frédéric leads the development of methodologies for the assessment of preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, and overall resilience capabilities of facilities, communities, and regions. Dr. Petit is an internationally recognized expert in the area of infrastructure interdependency, and is the co-author of the standard operating procedure used by government agencies to better understand and incorporate these complex relationships into their assessment programs. Dr. Petit received his PhD from the École Polytechnique de Montreal in Civil Engineering, focusing on vulnerability analysis techniques for critical infrastructure cyber dependencies. Dr. Petit also serves as Regional Director for North America of the International Association of Critical Infrastructure Protection Professionals (IACIPP).


Matti Siemiatycki, Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Planning & Finance and Interim Director, The University of Toronto, School of Cities

Matti Siemiatycki is Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Planning and Finance and Interim Director of the University of Toronto School of Cities. His work focuses on delivering large-scale infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships, and the effective integration of infrastructure into the fabric of cities. His recent studies explore the value for money of delivering infrastructure mega-projects through public-private partnerships, the causes and cures for cost overruns on large infrastructure projects, the development of innovative mixed use buildings, and the diversity gap in the infrastructure industry workforce.


Joshua Engel-Yan, Principal Sponsor at Metrolinx

Josh is the Principal Sponsor at Metrolinx where he champions best practice project governance approaches to ensure that planned project benefits are defined, tracked and delivered as outcomes through a project’s lifecycle.

Josh is an award-winning transportation leader, specializing in evidence-based transport planning and investment appraisal. He oversaw the development of the business case for Metrolinx’s $15+B GO Expansion program, which was fully endorsed by the Metrolinx Board.

Josh has published numerous articles and peer-reviewed journal papers on a variety of transportation and planning topics. He is a Professional Engineer and holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelors of Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.





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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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