InfraIntelligence Discussion Series

ReNew Canada’s INFRAIntelligence discussion series focuses on topics in the national infrastructure landscape that are not being talked about enough, or perhaps need a fresh perspective considered. Topics are determined by our editorial team based on the information we collect in our day-to-day coverage of the Canadian public sector infrastructure industry.

Discussions are held on the fourth Thursday of each month. There are also special editions that are held when the timing of the conversation is appropriate.

All discussions are free and fully interactive. Anyone who registers will also be able to access a free recording of the event.

Check out our upcoming discussions:

Uncovering Water Infrastructure Solutions – Sept. 23

In this important discussion, linear water infrastructure experts discuss the findings of ReNew Canada’s recent survey. Panelists will provide expert perspectives on underground infrastructure renewal options — rehabilitate or replace. They will also answer questions about the priorities involved in the decision-making process and other water/wastewater infrastructure issues. How do municipalities and water utilities decide how to rebuild or renew their pipes? What are their key concerns? Environmental benefits?

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Panelists include:

Devan Thomas, Global Conveyance Market Leader, AECOM

Mr. Thomas has over 25 years of experience that has focused on water and wastewater infrastructure planning, hydraulic modeling and asset management.  He provides technical leadership in master planning, risk assessment and the development of condition assessment and data collection programs and developing rehabilitation and operations and maintenance plans and strategies.  Those plans and strategies aim to improve levels of service, extend asset life and reduce life cycle costs.  He works extensively with technology providers to effectively leverage the latest tools, integrate with existing systems and enable/improve asset management activities.  Mr. Thomas also serves as Vice Chair of the Asset Management Division of the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute, an institute of ASCE.

Nadia Todorova, Executive Director, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO)

Prior to her current appointment, Nadia led RCCAO’s government relations work for over two and a half years. In addition to Nadia’s extensive advocacy experience, she is well versed in the policy development process having authored numerous reports in her previous policy-driven roles for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Road Builders’ Association. She has also worked as an Economist for the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure and interned at the International Organization for Migration in Brussels, Belgium. Nadia is an alumna of the University of Toronto, having completed both her Honours Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at the university. 

Bill Shea, Director of Distribution and Collection, Toronto Water, City of Toronto, Canada.

In his current role with the City Bill is responsible for the operations and maintenance of Toronto’s 6000km of water distribution network, 11000km of sanitary and storm collection system, and 90+ sanitary lift stations. Bill began his career in the mining industry consulting in the areas of process improvement and process control. Bill is a Professional Engineer and has been with the City of Toronto for 11 years.


Shaun McKaigue, president, FER-PAL

McKaigue began his tenure at FER-PAL in 1987. Before he joined FER-PAL he was active in the legal surveying, engineering surveying as well as inspection, with both legal and engineering firms.

Joining the company in 1987 he helped introduce different methods of water main rehabilitation to the company such as cured-in-place-piping, which is the company’s specialty today. Shaun also led to the expansion of FER-PAL into the United States and the development of the company’s branches in Illinois and Michigan. 

Currently a member of several organizations (such as the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, the Centre of Advancement for Trenchless Technologies, The American Water Works Association, American Public Works Association, Ontario American Water Association, Ontario Public Works Association) Shaun is an active member in the trenchless water main rehabilitation society. 


What’s Driving EV Infrastructure? – Oct. 28

The introduction of new, more affordable, electric vehicle (EV) models has many Canadians seriously considering making the leap to electric. The vehicles are ready, but what about the charging infrastructure and electric grid? 

Transportation accounts for a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), of which almost half comes from passenger cars and light trucks. The sooner we make the jump to electric, the better positioned we will be in achieving our net zero goals. In this important INFRAIntelligence discussion we’ll ask the experts: What are the obstacles for EV infrastructure? What are the opportunities? What’s the timeline? And, is it time to buy that EV you’ve had your eye on?

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Panelists include:

Ryan Robinson, Automotive Research Leader, Deloitte LLP

Ryan is the research leader supporting the global Automotive sector for Deloitte’s Consumer Industry Center at Deloitte LLP. His primary focus is creating engaging, actionable insights to deepen the conversation around key trends and issues occurring across the global automotive sector landscape.

For the past two decades, Ryan has supported companies throughout the automotive value chain, from manufacturers and parts suppliers to private equity firms and after-market service providers. He has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been quoted as a subject-matter expert in major media outlets around the world. Robinson holds degrees in philosophy, classical archaeology, and English literature from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Stephen Beatty, Vice President, Corporate, Toyota Canada Inc.

Stephen Beatty is Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI), based out of the head office in Toronto, Ontario. He is responsible for the company’s Administration, Corporate Strategy & Innovation, External Affairs, Information Services, and Legal teams. 

Prior to joining TCI in 1998 as National Manager, Government and Public Relations, Stephen worked for 10 years as Executive Director of the Canadian Apparel Manufacturers Institute and the Canadian Apparel Federation, the Ottawa-based national trade associations for the clothing industry in Canada.  In his time with the associations, Stephen led the industry’s efforts to transform itself into a modern, export-based business.  He brought to that task extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development and media relations that he gained as a senior political advisor in Ottawa.  His last position before leaving government to join the apparel industry was as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.


Integrated Project Delivery on the Rise – Nov. 25

Integrated project delivery (IPD) is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency.

ReNew Canada talks to expetrts to find out what’s driving IPD and how infrastructure project finance and procurement is changing in other ways. How have delivery models evolved over the years? What have we learned from past projects and where are the opportunities in the future?

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Panelists include:

Mark Van Buren, Deputy Commissioner of Major Projects, City of Kingston

Mark leads a small team of City staff that are integrated with a design team from Hatch and SYSTRA and a construction team from Kiewit that are working on the planning, design and construction of the Third Crossing project.

Mark joined the City of Kingston in 2002 and has held a number of different leadership roles with the City largely focused on transportation and infrastructure planning, design, construction, and operation/maintenance; and the previous development and implementation of multi-year infrastructure improvement programs for the City.  Prior to joining the City of Kingston in 2002, Mark was a senior project manager for Parson Corporation working on large flood water control projects in Milwaukee, Chicago and across the American mid-west.  Mark completed both his undergraduate and graduate work in Civil Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston and is glad to call Kingston home.

Dick Bayer, Vice President, Colliers Project Leaders

Bayer has dedicated his career to solving difficult and intractable problems and delivering claims-free projects. He is a licensed attorney, having practiced construction law in Colorado, California and Idaho for the past 45 years. He is internationally recognized as an IPD and Lean leader for his work with The ReAlignment Group Canada and is presently Vice President with Colliers Project Leaders’ IPD and Lean services team. Dick was the first Executive Director of the Lean Construction Institute, and has served on various boards in diverse industries such as the National Conflict Resolution Center, the California Independent Petroleum Association, ADR-San Diego and the California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC). He is also an adjunct professor at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Dick enjoys working as part of a diversified team that changes the way we design and build buildings in the world.

Neal Panchuk, Pre-Construction Manager, Graham (Toronto Buildings team)

Neal has over twenty years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry managing large multi-phased projects. Neal joined Graham eight years ago and successfully led North America’s first post-secondary IPD project, St. Jerome’s University Campus Redevelopment. He possesses a unique understanding of the importance of team alignment in delivering successful IPD projects and has been instrumental in all Graham’s subsequent IPD work, lending his expertise as an architect and as a champion of lean construction and collaboration.  Neal is the founder of Lean Construction Institute – Canada’s Toronto/GTA Community of Practice and he lectures regularly throughout the country on lean and IPD.



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