CCPPP Presents Investing in Infrastructure: Growing Calgary's Economy

Thu February 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM
CCPPP Presents Investing in Infrastructure: Growing Calgary's Economy

Investing in Infrastructure: Growing Calgary’s Economy

Infrastructure investment has a proven track record of creating jobs, growing the economy, driving productivity, and increasing the quality of life. Calgary is building on a strong economic foundation with limitless potential. Place-building and being a dynamic, vibrant city is now an integral part of all economic development.

There are opportunities for public and private sectors to work together to optimize capital investments to build needed infrastructure to prepare for future growth, improve resiliency, and maximize value and benefits. This seminar will bring industry leaders and experts together to discuss solutions to attract investment and build projects.

The event is presented by The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Calgary Economic Development, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and The City of Calgary.


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9:30am – Registration and Networking

10:00am – Opening Remarks –

Master of Ceremonies: Court Ellingson, VP, Research & Strategy, Calgary Economic Development
• Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP
• Brad Stevens, Deputy City Manager, The City of Calgary

10:15am – Keynote Address

• Navin Arora, President, Telus Business Solutions

10:45am – Innovative Finance Models to Tackle Infrastructure Priorities

This panel will address Calgary’s ambitious infrastructure project pipeline and innovative financing arrangements to enable the public and private sectors to work together to bring them successfully to market.

Moderator: Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP
• Tim Philpotts, Partner, EY
• Brad Stevens, Deputy City Manager, The City of Calgary
• Vicki Turnbull, Managing Director and Co-Head, Infrastructure Finance at RBC Capital Markets

11:25am – Ensuring Success in Investing and Building Major Infrastructure Projects

Across the country, governments are investing in major infrastructure projects to help build great cities and communities. While projects are bringing strong benefits, they are not without their challenges. This panel will explore lessons learned from other jurisdictions that can assist Calgary as it undertakes major projects.

Moderator: Christine Arthurs, Director of Infrastructure Calgary & Resilience, The City of Calgary

• Owen Nordmark, Senior Construction Manager, PCL Constructors
• Colin Hill, EllisDon
• Elisabeth Hivon, Executive Director and Partner, Canada, Meridiam Infrastructure North America

12:10pm – Lunch and Networking

1:05pm – Urban Revitalization

Leveraging major urban redevelopment plans by working with private sector to build diverse residential offerings, critical infrastructure and community amenities that will solve critical needs, stimulate redevelopment and attract investment.

Moderator: John Brown, U of C EVDS

• Michael Brown, President & CEO, CMLC
• Sarah Woodgate, Director, Calgary Housing
• Brian Clark, Senior Vice President, Plenary Concessions

1:55pmKeynote Address

• Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

2:15pmClosing Remarks

• Michael Brown, President & CEO, CMLC

2:25pmMark Romoff to Thank Attendees and Sponsors

2:30pmEvent Concludes

The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.