InfraIntelligence Discussion Series

It’s easy for a project owner to say that anyone can bid. But it costs a lot of time, money and resources to take part in the bidding process. And for an unknown entity, a company looking to expand their business into a new region or country, the task is even more daunting.

How do project owners look at new companies, companies they haven’t worked with before? Do they consider a company’s successes in other regions? Does it come down to the companies they partner with? Or is it just all about the bottom line?

We will engage both project owners, and companies within the sector, to better appreciate how infrastructure stakeholders make a play in a new market.

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Maybe you thought this debate was dead. But it shouldn’t be. The COVID-19 pandemic led to massive declines in municipal revenues. And citizens around the world have been standing up to say how much they appreciate the quality of the environment thanks to fewer cars on the road.

It’s the perfect time to again discuss the opportunity for a price on using key highway and by-ways in our cities. The revenues from road pricing can help further instill green infrastructure and other environment-friendly initiatives that help contribute to healthier communities, while still giving people the option to drive their car to their destination.

We will bring in experts from all sides of the debate to discuss if COVID-19 has created the perfect storm for the emergence of road pricing on Canadian highways.

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Canada has made a commitment to reducing its carbon emissions. Doing so will mean reducing the amount of greenhouse gases we produce as a result of burning things like fossil fuels.

Across the country, there is the capacity for the creation of new or expanded assets that produce clean, renewable energy. Hydroelectric facilities can be expanded, new solar and wind projects are being planned, and there are other emerging technologies that can play in the energy mix at a lower carbon footprint that fossil fuels.

This conversation will focus the barriers to further removing fossil fuels from our energy mix, the ability to expand renewable energy assets and the energy they could provide, where the quick wins are available now, and the policy/governance needed to support the move to an electrified economy.

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What happens when the demand for mobility changes on a moment’s notice? Buses and trains still need to run, but perhaps on different routes, with more/less capacity and changing frequencies. More pedestrians hit the streets, but what assets do they have to get around without flagging down a cab or using an app to hail an Uber?

As new technologies are introduced, and more people get out of their cars in favour of transit and pedestrian options, the need to meet the demands of the urban traveller and commuter becomes even greater.

In this session, we will explore how cities can improve their options for greater mobility on demand, and find ways to adjust transit options to meet the adapting needs of their community.

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In September, we will make a formal announcement of the topics for our discussion series for the first half of 2021.

To access previous InfraIntelligence conversations, visit the Actual Media Editorial YouTube channel.

Interested in sponsoring one of our discussions? Email Nick Krukowski at to learn about all of the benefits your company can receive as a sponsor.

Have an idea for a future session? Email Andrew Macklin at to pitch your idea.