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 beginning at 10:00a.m. eastern time. 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:

Is Cost Driving Energy Solutions? – January 28th

– sponsored by Borea Construction

Canada continues to add energy capacity to the grid, with almost every province and territory having new assets under development. The solutions are being driven by power companies, energy developers and, in some cases, government initiatives.

When faced with the decision to develop new power assets, what is the driving force behind the choice that is made? Do communities have the information needed to make the best decision possible based on short-term and long-term costs, or are they at the mercy of the preference of the power utility that services their community?

We’ll discuss the cost of energy development, and how communities can understand the best possible solution based on geography, technology, and grid capacity.

Speakers

Jean-François Nolet is the Vice-President of Policy, Government and Public Affairs at the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA). Prior to CanREA, he was the vice-president at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) for 10 years, responsible for government affairs, advocacy, policy, public affairs, and strategic communications. Nolet has more than 15 years of experience working in renewable energy, environment and climate change sectors. He currently serves on the advisory committee of Clean Power Pathways, a David Suzuki Foundation project, and the board of directors of Nergica.  

 

Murray Westerberg is a Director for Western Canada at Borea Construction. He is an experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and heavy construction industries. He has honed strong skills in project management, energy delivery, renewable energy, team building, contract negotiation, and contract management. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Queen’s University. 

Julia St. Michael joined Enwave in 2017 as the company’s first Director of Sustainability. Through connecting with government and policy makers, commercial real estate professionals, building operators and managers plus supporting organizations (such as QUEST, BOMA Toronto, the Canada Green Building Council, CaGBC-GTC Board Member 2013-2019), she represents Enwave within the green building and sustainable energy community, identifying new opportunities for projects and partnerships. The release of Enwave’s inaugural ESG Report and the launch of its Green Financing Framework in 2020 were exciting achievements that St. Michael and her team will continue to build on moving forward while also highlighting the vital role district energy plays in accelerating the energy transition in Canada.

Register for free at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/energysolution

 

Funding for Green Infrastructure – February 25th

The Government of Canada has informed the country of its plan to develop infrastructure through a green lens. This has included several funding programs and streams dedicated to assets created with sustainability, resiliency, and a reduced carbon footprint.

Rather than reiterate what funding the government has committed, we want to focus on where the commitment fell short. What green infrastructure opportunities were left out of the federal investment strategy, and what barriers will that create for obtaining funding in those areas.

Register for free at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/greeninfra

The Digital Age of Construction – March 25th

Technology is transforming the way that the industry does business. It’s making it easier to design, build, operate and maintain the assets that are developed.

There are opportunities for the greater use of technology that we are no yet taking advantage of, whether it be due to a lack of knowledge, lack of capital, or a lack of our willingness to change.

In this conversation, we’ll explore the use of technology in construction and public works, where it is being adopted already and, more importantly, where it is not being adopted and why. How do we overcome the barriers to allow technology to improve the quality and efficiency of our operations?

Register for free at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/digitalconstr

Funding Indigenous Megaprojects – April 22nd

Many of Canada’s Indigenous communities are in need of new infrastructure, from water assets and better roads to stronger schools and clean energy.

New partnerships between First Nations communities and asset developers are leading to some of Canada’s most incredible assets, assets that can be maintained by the communities they serve. This ability for the community to work on infrastructure assets, both in the short-term and long-term, is a key for economic development.

How do we use these recent successes to encourage more asset development in these remote communities? And how do we ensure that capital is available for these projects to move forward in a timely fashion?

Register for free at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/indigmegaprojects

Canada’s Nuclear Future – May 27th

Nuclear energy is here to stay in Canada, providing a key part of the low-emissions energy portfolio in two provinces.

Are there opportunities for other provinces to develop larger nuclear assets, or has the time for that opportunity already passed? Three provinces are already working on small nuclear technologies. Could others follow suit as they see the potential implementation opportunities for the technology? What about waste diversion, especially with the cancellation of the Deep Geologic Repository in Ontario?

We’ll explore these questions and more as we look to appreciate Canada’s nuclear future.

Register for free at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/nuclearfuture

Barriers to Mass Timber Infrastructure – June 24th

It has been two years since ReNew Canada sat down with mass timber industry leaders from across the country to discuss opportunities and challenges for future asset development. Since then one of the industry’s cornerstone projects in Canada has been cancelled (Toronto’s Quayside development) but several other projects have begun development.

With changes to the building code now allowing for taller wood development, we’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities now available. From supply chain development and public education to fire resistance and long-term durability, we’ll discuss what needs to happen for mass timber projects to become a part of the everyday development landscape.

Register for free at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/masstimber

Missed one of our previous InfraIntelligence discussions? Watch them for free on YouTube. Click the links below for access to the conversations:

Infrastructure’s Vital Role in Ontario’s Economic Recovery

The Shape of Canada’s Infrastructure Stimulus

Construction’s New Health and Safety Regime

Municipal Infrastructure Investment During COVID-19

Addressing Market Capacity in Canadian Infrastructure

Designing Infrastructure for Disruptive Events

Putting a Price on Transportation

Interested in sponsoring one of our discussions? Email Nick Krukowski at nick@actualmedia.ca 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 andrew@actualmedia.ca to pitch your idea.