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.

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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 experts 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:

Louise Panneton, President, P1 Consulting

Panneton has 25+ years of experience – many of this experience in alternative delivery models, including Alliance/IPD projects, having been deeply involved on the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories IPD project (largest in Canada). Louise was recently voted into the Board of Directors for the Integrated Project Delivery Association (IPDA). She has a sound understanding of the industry models as well as their implications, challenges and benefits. Her understanding of both private and public sector priorities and perspectives provides true value in her role on all of her projects. She is a recognized leader in the field of performance measurement and management.  She has deep experience and knowledge on infrastructure-related initiatives and in the service sector. Her clients include Infrastructure Ontario, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Newfoundland, Canada Lands Corporation, Province of BC, CBC, CIBC, RBC and BMO. 

Louise is responsible for providing strategic advice and quality assurance on IPD deliverables. Her depth of experience is varied and extensive. On smaller mandates, Louise has provided guidance in the form of case studies and peer reviews to organizations who are interested in branching out into Alliance/IPD. Louise has also completed significantly more in-depth advisory mandates.

Louise is on the Integrated Project Delivery Alliance (IPDA) Board and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships (CCPPP) and was recently on the international Board of Directors of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).

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.

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.

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.



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