ReNew Canada publisher Todd Latham joined 26 other government leaders and association representatives from eleven provincial and territorial asset management Communities of Practice (CoP) in Edmonton last week for a national workshop designed to develop a collaborative framework among the various organizations.
The in-person, three-day meeting which was facilitated by Guy Felio (aka, Dr. Infrastructure) explored ways to share information and assist each other across Canada while continuing to deliver asset management services to our communities. Having regionalized communities of practice recognizes the differences in the size, physical location, function and legislative realities within each jurisdiction so the discussions focused on ways to collaborate and share resources, tools and best practices that would not just help advance asset management practice locally, but also provide a national, harmonized voice. The group will meet again in Quebec City at the end of October with the intent of creating a final structure and mandate for the group.
Each CoP is structured to meet local needs related to public infrastructure asset management and was created to provide for knowledge transfer and information sharing among their respective communities and constituents. The groups who participated in Edmonton were: Atlantic Infrastructure Management (encompassing Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island), CEIRU (Quebec), Asset Management Ontario and the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (Ontario) Asset Management Saskatchewan, Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta, Asset Management BC and Yukon Asset management. Manitoba and NWT are also represented and will be forming similar groups. The Canadian Network for Asset Managers (CNAM) was a participant and helped bring the group together through an offering of the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
For more details on the program, visit fcm.ca/assetmanagementprogram.