This year, the Infrastructure Council celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Grand Forum, on October 16-18, 2018.

The Grand Forum will bring together more than 25 Canadian and International infrastructure leaders creating a unique forum on the theme of ‘’Innovation and Competitiveness’’ in the implementation of major projects.

Our Speakers

François-Philippe Champagne

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Government of Canada

    Poul Ove Jensen

    Director, Bridges, DISSING + WEITLING architecture

      Greg DiLoreto

      Chair of the ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

        Pierre Lavallée

        President & CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank

          Mark Kristmanson

          Chief executive officer, National Capital Commission

            Jennifer Aument

            President, North America, Transurban

              Ryan Dermody

              Vice-president, Contrecoeur, Montreal Port Authority

                Michel Sapin

                Former Minister of Economy and Finance (2014-2017), Government of the French Republic


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                  Tuesday October 16th – Kickoff Dinner Evening
                  Mount Royal Club (1175, Sherbrooke W., Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1H9)

                  Wednesday October 17th – Conference Day
                  Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth (900 René-Lévesque W., Montreal, Quebec, H3A 4A5)

                  Thursday October 18th – Visit of Infrastructure Projects in Ottawa
                  Montréal Central train station (895 de la Gauchetière W., Montreal, Quebec, H3B 4G1)

                  • 6:00 PM


                    Meet the speakers of the 10th Grand Forum.

                  • 6:45 PM

                    Meritas Award

                    The Infrastructure Council’s 2018 Meritas Awards will be awarded to the infrastructure professionals (individuals and organizations) for their outstanding achievements for the development and management of infrastructure projects.

                  • 7:00 PM

                    Conference & Dinner

                    Zyna BOUBEZ - Partner, Deal Advisory Global Infrastructure, KPMG

                    Yves DESJARDINS-SICILIANO - President and CEO, VIA Rail Canada

                    Yves Desjardins-Siciliano will discuss about the new Via Rail Canada's new project of dedicated track plan, a project valued at $4 billion.


                    Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

                    Zyna Boubez

                  • 8:45 PM

                    End of the event

                  • 7:25 AM

                    Participant Registration & Welcome Breakfast

                  • 8:00 AM

                    Opening Remarks

                    Vincent JOLI-COEUR - Chairman of the Board, Infrastructure Council
                    Roger LÉGARÉ – President & CEO, Infrastructure Council
                    Chantal SOREL - Executive Vice-President and Managing Director, Capital, SNC-Lavalin

                    Chantal Sorel

                    Roger Légaré

                    Vincent Joli-Coeur

                  • 8:15 AM

                    ASCE Infrastructure Report Card: A Comprehensive Assessment of America's Infrastructure

                    Presenter and moderator
                    Stéphane ASSELIN - Senior advisor - Atlas Industries

                    Greg E. DILORETO - Chair of the ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, ASCE
                    Every four years, America’s civil engineers provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s 16 major infrastructure categories in American Society of Civil Engineers’ Infrastructure Report Card. Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card examines current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations to raise them. In 2017, America’s cumulative infrastructure GPA is once again a “D+”.

                    Greg DiLoreto

                    Stéphane Asselin

                  • 8:55 AM

                    Canada Infrastructure Bank: Innovating for better investments

                    Pierre TREMBLAY - Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance, Corporate Banking, Desjardins Capital Markets

                    Pierre LAVALLÉE - President & CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank

                    The Canada Infrastructure Bank will invest $35 billion from the federal government into infrastructure projects. The Bank is a new tool that provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous government partners can use to access innovative financing for revenue-generating infrastructure projects. The Bank aims to attract private and institutional investment to such projects in Canada, which will help public dollars go further by leveraging the capital and expertise of the private sector.

                    Pierre Lavallée

                    Pierre Tremblay

                  • 9:15 AM

                    The Case Study of Unsolicited Proposals for Canadian Infrastructure Projects

                    Presenter and moderator
                    Roger LÉGARÉ - President & CEO, Infrastructure Council

                    Jennifer AUMENT - President, North America, Transurban
                    Chantal SOREL - Executive Vice-President and Managing Director, Capital, SNC-Lavalin

                    Chantal Sorel

                    Jennifer Aument

                    Sallye Perrin

                  • 9:55 AM

                    Direct Investment Trends: What it means for developers and operators

                    Presenter and moderator
                    Frédéric BRASSARD - President, Alma Global Infrastructure

                    Leigh PETSHEL - Vice President, New Market Strategy and Integration, Transurban
                    Frédéric ANGERS - Head of Infrastructure, Desjardins Group Pension Plan
                    Jose Luis ADALID MOLL - CFO, Sacyr Services

                    A) Institutional Investors Direct Investment Trend
                    B) Sacyr’s Greenfield & Brownfield Strategy in North America
                    C) A-25 Acquisition: Harbinger of Great Things to Come for Transurban in Canada

                    Fund managers and investment firms could be facing competitive headwinds from heavyweight money managers in the coming years, as some of the largest retirement systems in Canada and the United States and private corporations with a global reach have been studying a direct investment model for the asset class. Replicating the Canadian model pioneered by the likes of CDPQ, PSP, CPPIB, OMERS and OTPP, many American fund managers have engaged themselves in studies to become more involved in co-investments with an incentive to save capital on expensive management fees and gain more experience with asset management. What does this trend mean for the financing of greenfield & brownfield infrastructure projects in North America and in terms of investment opportunities? A panel of highly credentialed, seasoned experts will attempt to answer this question, among others, through greenfield and brownfield project examples, such as Sacyr’s water & waste projects, from a developer/operator point of view, and via Transurban’s portfolio of investments and projects in highways globally.

                    Frédéric Angers

                    Frédéric Brassard

                    Leigh Petschel

                  • 10:40 AM

                    Networking break

                  • 10:55 AM

                    VIA Rail Canada: Investments to enhance the experience of Canadian travelers

                    Pierre LE FÈVRE - Senior Advisor to the President and CEO, VIA Rail Canada

                    To meet the challenges of train punctuality and congestion in the Québec City-Windsor corridor. Via Rail Canada announced its dedicated track plan, a project valued at $4 billion. This new project is expected to relieve congestion, particularly in and out of major urban centres, boost economic development and benefits along the railway corridor, deliver a safer rail infrastructure and a more sustainable rail transportation system and create a self-funding project that will significantly reduce government subsidies within the Corridor. This corridor connecting Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London and Windsor represents 94% of VIA Rail's traffic in Canada.

                    Pierre Le Fèvre

                    Roger Légaré

                  • 11:20 AM

                    One year Later: An Update on the Grand Paris Express project

                    Ilan DUNSKY - Associate, Dentons Canada


                    Marc FORNACCIARI - Associate, Dentons Europe

                    200 km of automatic subway lines, 7 technical centers, and 68 stations: the Grand Paris Express is the largest urban project in Europe, for a total estimated cost in the range of 28 and 35 billion euros.

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                    Ilan Dunsky

                    Marc Fornacciari

                  • 11:40 AM

                    Dealing with Unprecedented Growth: Vietnam's Airports Bound for Takeoff

                    Presenter and moderator
                    Vincent JOLI-COEUR - Chairman of the Board, Infrastructure Council


                    The Phiet VU - Member of the Board of management and CEO, Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV)
                    Trevor D’OLIER-LEES - Senior Director, Sector Lead Global Renewables and North American PPP, S&P Global
                    Jane HUPE - Deputy Director – Environment, Air Transport Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

                    Vietnam has witnessed unprecedented air travel growth in the past decades. The South-East Asian country considers investments in its infrastructure a top priority to catch up with its economic and demographic boom. In 2017, Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the State corporation in charge of the country’s 22 airports, welcomed 94 million passengers, nearly 17 times the volumes of 20 years ago. Facing over-capacity challenges, ACV recently unveiled ambitious expansion plans at select existing airports and is currently planning the construction of a new airport in Ho Chi Minh City, the Long Thanh International Airport. Last January, the Prime Minister of Vietnam approved plans to privatise part of ACV’s capital and to sell shares to private investors over the next few years to meet expansion objectives. We will look at the Vietnam airports case study through the lens of a global rating agency, S&P Global Ratings, and of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This panel of experts will discuss, among others, international best practices with respect to securing long-term financing sources for airport infrastructure expansion, sustainable development and strategies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from airports and the civil aviation.

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                    Jane Hupe

                    The Phiet Vu

                    Trevor d’Olier-Lees

                    Vincent Joli-Coeur

                  • 12:10 PM

                    Investing in Canada plan: Investing $180 billion in infrastructure

                    Chantal SOREL - Executive Vice-President and Managing Director, Capital, SNC-Lavalin

                    François-Philippe CHAMPAGNE - Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

                    Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is making historic new investments in infrastructure – more than doubling existing funding – to build the cities of the 21st century and provide communities across the country with the tools they need to prosper and innovate. The Investing in Canada plan is based on three key objectives; create long-term economic growth, support a low carbon, green economy and build inclusive communities. To do this, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in 5 main infrastructure priorities.

                    Chantal Sorel

                    François-Philippe Champagne

                  • 12:30 PM

                    Lunch & Learn - The value of innovative bridge architecture, the new Champlain bridge in perspective

                    Poul Ove JENSEN - Director, Bridges, DISSING+WEITLING architecture

                    Montreal’s Champlain Bridge is one of North America’s busiest spans, with 50 million cars, buses and trucks crossing it each year. The new Champlain Bridge corridor was designed as a world-class initiative with a visual identity contributing positively to its status as the main gateway to Montreal. This reflects the values of the local community while respecting the environmental contact of which it is part.

                    Video: Interview with Poul Ove Jensen.on the new Champlain Bridge (Radio-Canada)

                    Poul Ove Jensen

                    Vincent Joli-Coeur

                  • 1:15 PM

                    Infrastructure Council and IDEA: New certified Infrastructure Training Program

                    Roger LÉGARÉ - President & CEO, Infrastructure Council

                    Frédéric P. MARTIN - CO-President, IDEA Groupe

                    The Infrastructure Council and Groupe IDEA are joining forces in order to offer a continuing education program focused on the management of major infrastructure projects. In collaboration with Université Laval, this program provides several options offered in French, and addresses the private, public and parapublic sectors of the field.

                    Frédéric P. Martin

                    Roger Légaré

                  • 1:30 PM

                    Big Cities, Big Infrastructure Challenges

                    Sébastien TREMBLAY - Vice-president, Business development, CIMA+

                    Mark ROMOFF - President & CEO, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnership and President of The Smart Cities Challenge Jury

                    Felix-Antoine JOLI-COEUR - Project Manager, Roland Berger

                    Sylvain Ouellet - Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee, City of Montreal
                    Alexandre CUSSON - Mayor of Drummondville and President of UMQ, Drummondville city and Union des municipalités du Québec

                    Quebec municipalities are not regulated by contracts, they are strictly supervised by the Quebec government. What inspiring strategies have been put in place by cities to meet their needs? What is the situation of major Canadian cities outside Quebec?

                    Alexandre Cusson

                    Félix-Antoine Joli-Coeur

                    Mark Romoff

                    Sylvain Ouellet

                  • 2:00 PM

                    Green Infrastructure – Economic drivers, financing and delivery

                    Martin LANDRY - Director, Montreal Office, Arup

                    Rowan MILLS - Transaction Advisory Practice Leader - Canada, Arup

                    As we forge ahead into a world of climate adaptation and a focus on lowering our overall impact on our environments, we are learning to develop greener and more sustainable infrastructure that can be implemented to improve our daily lives and make our cities more resilient. This discussion will center around three key themes:

                    1. What is green and sustainable infrastructure ?
                    2. Why is green infrastructure the new go to solution ?
                    3. How do we pay for and deliver it ?

                    We will explore some of the definitions around what makes infrastructure green or sustainable and then link them to the economic drivers that heavily influence what in practicality gets built.

                    Rowan Mills

                  • 2:20 PM

                    Networking break

                  • 2:40 PM

                    Innovation in the implementation of major infrastructure projects

                    Ricet NADEAU - Design Director Canada, Kiewit

                    Philippe JÜNGER - Manager, Business Development, Construction Kiewit

                    [Caption to come]

                    Philippe Jünger

                    Ricet Nadeau

                  • 3:00 PM

                    Future Mobility : Are you ready for a transport revolution ?

                    Zyna BOUBEZ - Partner, Global Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG

                    Colin Earp - Partner, National Transport Leader, KPMG

                    Electrification, connection and autonomous vehicles plus mobility as a service are all here and are all challenging the way we think about transport. Whether you’re an inventor, an investor, an industry or an institution - how, in this fast moving ever evolving transport future, position yourself to take advantage of the opportunities and manage the risks of a mobility revolution?

                    Colin Earp

                    Zyna Boubez

                  • 3:30 PM

                    International P3s Landscape: Challenges and Perspectives

                    Jean-Luc BILLIANI - President and CEO, Engie Services

                    Michel SAPIN - Minister of Economy and Finance (2014-2017), Government of the French Republic

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                    Michel Sapin

                  • 4:00 PM

                    Contrecoeur Terminal: the key project to support container market growth for Quebec and Eastern Canada

                    Roger ARSENAULT - Vice-president, Major Projects East, Aecon

                    Ryan DERMODY - Vice-president, Contrecoeur, Montreal Port Authority

                    The container market has been growing for more than 50 years at the Port of Montreal, the only container port in Quebec and the largest port in Eastern Canada. To support the momentum of this buoyant market segment for economic development, the Montreal Port Authority has started planning a new container terminal on its land in Contrecoeur. Ideally located close to major roads and railways, the shipping channel and consumer markets, this additional port space will ultimately handle 1.15 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year. Learn more about this key infrastructure project that will deliver significant long-term economic benefits to Montreal, Quebec and Canada.

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                    Roger Arsenault

                    Ryan Dermody

                  • 4:30 PM

                    The Techical Progression of BIM: What's Next?

                    Norman F. ANDERSON - President & CEO, CG/LA Infrastructure

                    Brett YOUNG - CEO and Founder, BuildingSP

                    Disruption, productivity, and technological change are all current topics in business. For the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, these topics are particularly relevant because complex industry dynamics have resulted in resistance to significant applied technology. Brett Young's presentation will use examples from other industries and insights from his work experience to provide a picture of pending industry technological change.

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                    Brett Young

                    Norman F. Anderson

                  • 5:00 PM

                    Closing Remarks

                    Vincent JOLI-COEUR - Chairman of the Board, Infrastructure Council
                    Roger LÉGARÉ – President & CEO, Infrastructure Council

                    Roger Légaré

                    Vincent Joli-Coeur

                  • 5:10 PM

                    End of the event

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                  October 16, 2018

                  250 CAD
                  • Kickoff Diner & Meritas Prize Awards
                  • Mount Royal Club
                  • 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                  • SOLD OUT

                  October 17, 2018

                  575 - 675 CAD
                  • Conference day
                  • Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
                  • 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
                  • SOLD OUT

                  October 18, 2018

                  135 - 155 CAD
                  • Visit of the Confederation Line in Ottawa
                  • Montreal Central Station train station
                  • 7:45 AM to 6:30 PM
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                  General Information

                  • Fairmount The Queen Elizabeth
                    Espace C2 (Last floor)
                    900, boul. René-Lévesque W.
                    Montréal, Québec
                    H3B 4A5
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