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:


Harnessing Green Energy to Achieve Net Zero July 28

As Canada sets out on a transformative journey to reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, we need a powerful boost from wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage. These technologies will play a central role in driving the rapid decarbonization and massive expansion of electricity production required to make net-zero a reality.

Wind and solar energy infrastructure projects have contributed more to Canada’s installed electricity-generating capacity than any other technologies over the last decade. Much of this growth is attributable to significant cost reductions, a product of game-changing technological improvements.

The field of energy storage is also growing rapidly: Canada currently has a total utility-scale energy-storage capacity of more than 130 MW / 250 MWh, 10 per cent of which came online in 2020 alone.

Meet our panelists:

Andrew Moles, Director of Solar, PCL Construction

Andrew started working on solar projects in 2009 and has since ushered the expansion across Canada, the United States and Australia. Andrew continually demonstrates superior skills in strategically leading PCL’s solar division in continued success. With over 14+ years in the construction industry working in renewable energy construction, Andrew has acquired the knowledge and experience required to tackle any complex project using a client-focused approach. He provides strong leadership to the project teams, making sure PCL lives up to its company values of honesty, integrity, respect, dynamic culture and passion. He’s passionate about renewable energies and utilizing them to cleanly power neighboring communities for decades to come. It’s Andrew’s hope that future generations will look back on his work with gratitude and pride.

Robrert Hornung, President & CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)

Robert Hornung leads a member-based organization focused on ensuring that wind energy, solar energy and energy storage play a central role in transforming Canada’s energy mix. He was the longstanding president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), which united with the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) to form CanREA. Robert previously worked on climate-change issues with the Pembina Institute and Environment Canada, among other organizations. He serves on the Advisory Council of Positive Energy, a University of Ottawa research project that seeks to strengthen public confidence in Canadian energy policy. Robert is based in Ottawa.


Delivering Responsive Health Care Infrastructure – September 29

How can we reimagine our health care infrastructure to provide an agile, sustainable, and efficient healthcare system? Health care investment has always been the subject of intense focus in the competing demands for investment dollars, whether from the public or private sectors.

Now, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increasing interest in reform in health care delivery, so that systems and infrastructure are capable of being responsive to pandemics, and meeting shifting consumer appetite and preference towards more digital healthcare access options.

This has accelerated the need to explore new models of infrastructure planning, investment, design, operations and delivery.

Building Retrofits into Renewal Cycles – November 24

It is estimated that retrofits of large buildings can reduce building-sector emissions by up to 21.2 million tonnes of CO2e by 2030. Although the potential and importance of deep carbon retrofits are generally known, implementation at the building level has not been clear.

The most cost-effective way is to complete deep carbon retrofits and upgrades as part of the normal building renewal cycles. For high-impact retrofits like enclosure and heating system upgrades, planning ahead is essential. Owners might have one opportunity over the next 30 years to align deep carbon retrofits with the building’s renewal plan.



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