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12th Global Infrastructure Leadership FOrum Program



Day 1:  March 26, 2019

* invited 

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Mayors summit (invite only)

Mayors have enormous infrastructure demands placed on them, at the same time that they are seeing extraordinary new opportunities – in funding, from technology, and through citizen engagement. The Mayors Summit brings city leaders together with the best minds in the infrastructure business.

Speakers: City mayors from Canada, the U.S., Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Welcoming Plenary

Norman Anderson, Chairman & CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure, will kick off the 12th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum with a discussion of the results we hope to achieve for the Forum and for all participants, especially including a doubling of infrastructure investment, as the infrastructure community focuses on creating benefits for people around the world. Followed by a welcome message by a high-level Montreal official, discussing the infrastructure plans and challenges of the City of Montreal, one of the most dynamic cities in the world — and host to a series of world-class infrastructure projects, from transit and water, to airports and seaports!

Keynote Address: Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal*

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Infrastructure Economic Outlook

Given the backdrop of slowing economic growth in China and a growing fiscal deficit in the U.S., what do the coming years hold in terms of infrastructure investment? Which markets are likely to see the greatest investment? What are the likely trends influencing funding mechanisms, project scale, and beyond? Join a panel of expert macroeconomists as they share their perspectives, using CG/LA’s Strategic 100 Global Infrastructure Projects to cast those trends into relief.

Discussion Leaders:
• Marc-André Blanchard, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
• Michael Sabia, CEO, CDPQ*
• Neil Bruce, President & CEO, SNC-Lavalin*
• Keiko Honda, CEO, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency"

11:15 am - 11:30 am


11:30 Am - 12:30 pm

track a

Leveraging Development Finance

Multilateral development banks (MDBs) and Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) can play a critical catalytic role in making infrastructure projects happen. What is the key to working with these institutions? How can these institutions be more effective?

Discussion Leaders:
• Paul Horrocks, Manager – Private Finance for Sustainable Development, OECD
• Representative from African Development Bank
• Representative from International Project Finance Association*

11:30 Am - 12:30 pm

track b

Infrastructure Technologies Update 

What are the latest developments in infrastructure technology, and what impact are these new technologies having on project development? Join experts from Autodesk and other technology companies as they join the dots between lidar surveying, augmented reality, Building Information Modeling and more.

Co Sponsors: Auto Desk

• Autodesk

Discussion Leaders:
• JP Giometti, Director of Strategy and Business Development, HCSS
• Bassem Hamdy, CEO, Briq
• Jim Keravala, CEO, OffWorld
• Representative from Trimble

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Boston Consulting Group's 2019 Annual Town Hall Session

BCG executives will provide a preview of the infrastructure market in 2019. This is the most popular Leadership Forum session, focusing on market analysis of critical growth areas and identifying leading trends expected across all infrastructure sectors. Don't miss this informative session, back once again this year!

Co Sponsors: Boston Consulting Group

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Plenary Lunch

Special Remarks by a senior infrastructure leader with global standing. Introduced by Norman Anderson, CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Smart Cities

The era of smart city pilot projects is rapidly giving way to major undertakings in the fields of smart water metering, LED street lighting, and Internet of Things-enabled decision-making. These projects represent substantial investments aimed at empowering consumers and making cities more efficient.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Track a

Global Infrastructure Challenge 2050 workshop

In January 2019, CG/LA Infrastructure launched an ambitious global initiative to solicit ideas for infrastructure from experts and citizens alike, covering the three key areas of technology, funding and public value creation. At this workshop, the winner of each category will be revealed, and will present their project for discussion with participants.

Co Sponsors: HCSS and Trimble

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

track b

Infrastructure Development in Canada:
Alternative Funding and Financing

Canada is widely recognized as a leader in private investment in infrastructure, given the leading role played by pension funds, the creation of high-performance public-sector agencies like Infrastructure Ontario, and the creation of Canada’s National Infrastructure Bank. How does the Canadian model work, and how will it support Canada’s 12-year, CAD $180B infrastructure master plan? What are its strengths, and what are the lessons?

• Kelly Gillis, Deputy Minister, Infrastructure and Communities, Infrastructure Canada 

Discussion Leaders:
• Pierre Lavallée, President & CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank*
• Gordie Howe International Bridge Project: Bryce Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Windsor–Detroit Bridge Authority* 
•  Representative from CDPQ* 
•  Representative from Aecon*

3:30 Pm - 3:45 pm


3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

track a

Infrastructure and Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations in 2015, provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity that explicitly encourages the construction of resilient infrastructure. How can infrastructure development and the SDGs create win–win opportunities for both the short and long term?

Moderated By:
• Tony Marshall, Director, Global Leader of Highways, Arup

Discussion Leaders:
• Rashad Kaldany, Partner, CIO and Founder, Blue like an Orange Capital
• David Dodd, Founding President and CEO, International Sustainable Resilience Center

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

track b

Innovative Approaches for increased Value Creation in Infrastructure Development

Great infrastructure development happens when breakthrough ideas from academia can be bridged into the practical applications of real world projects. Hear the latest innovative value creation approaches for designers-builders and owners-sponsors from top academic thinkers and debate/discuss what might be applicable to your project or business.

Co Sponsors: SNC Lavalin

•Gilles Turcotte, Vice President, Business Development & Proposals, SNC-Lavalin

Discussion Leaders:
• Richard G. Shearmur, Director, School of Urban Planning, McGill
• Daniel Forgues, Industrial Chair in the Integration of Digital Technologies in Construction, Superior Technology School 

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

track a

Technology Platforms for Infrastructure Development

In the last few years, several infrastructure development platforms have emerged with the goal of better connecting investors and businesses with project opportunities. Join this session to see an overview of these platforms and to discuss what works and what is needed.

Discussion Leaders:
• Christophe Dossarps, CEO, SIF/Source*
*• Christopher Clubb, Managing Director, Convergence*
• Representative fromGViP

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

track b

Infrastructure – The Last Mile

The typical lifespan of an infrastructure asset is between 30 and 50 years. As a bridge, water treatment facility or tunnel approaches the end of its life, what happens next? Hear experts discuss sustainable strategies for the circular economy, including extending an asset’s lifetime, decommissioning and replacement.

Co Sponsors: Hill & Knowlton

• Jacques Bénard, Hill & Knowlton

Discussion Leaders:
•  Representative from Champlain Bridge*

5:45 PM - 8:00 PM


Welcome Remarks: Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer, CN

Day 2:  March 27, 2019

8:00 Am - 10:00 Am

Creative CEOs Round Table (Invite Only)

The Creative CEOs Round Table is a VIP, invitation-only, round table that brings Leadership Forum Sponsors and Partners together with CEOs, public officials and project leaders to develop specific action items that create great projects, deliver increased market efficiencies, foster higher-quality project pipelines and unlock long-term infrastructure opportunities — for members and users around the world. The Round Table is off the record to promote an open and action-oriented discussion.

7:30 Am - 8:30 Am


Latin America Infra Outlook

Major change is afoot in several major Latin American markets. Brazil has shown early signs of recovering from its 2015–2016 economic recession, and has installed a new president, Jair Bolsonaro, on a pro-growth, investment-led mandate. Meanwhile, Mexico’s new leadership is making its mark on the country’s infrastructure agenda, canceling the country’s new airport megaproject and creating space for innovation at the state level. Which markets have the right alignment of investment and policy to favor infrastructure projects over the coming 3–18 months?

• Representative from Inter-American Development Bank

Discussion Leaders:
• Augusto Neves, Founding Partner, Dal Pozzo

7:30 Am - 8:30 Am


Eurasia/Middle East Infra Outlook

Europe, central Asia and the Far East are becoming increasingly interconnected, with new inland transport corridors linking the regions currently a strong focus of investment. What opportunities do these corridors present? And given the increasing presence of China, Japan and South Korea in these markets, through both development bank capital and competitive service providers, how can firms best participate in the modern-day Great Game?

8:30 Am - 9:15 Am

The Top Strategic Infrastructure Projects in the World

Hear the latest developments on the key projects that are critical for dramatically increasing national and regional competitiveness. These projects are game changers, either because of their magnitude, or their replicability. These are the projects that are the highest-ranked projects in CG/LA Strategic 100 list, critical for job creation, business development, long-term investment, and the critical inputs that citizens demand: mobility and health, along with opportunities.

Presentations: Top 5 Global Strategic 100 Projects

9:15 Am - 10:00 Am

Taking Canadian Infrastructure Global

In their quest to go global, Canadian companies have trodden many paths. This panel offers different perspectives on why and how they approached international markets, what challenges they faced, and what lessons they learned along the way. Expect a lively discussion, with a particular emphasis on the opportunities created by international adoption of the Canadian PPP model.

Co Sponsors:Export Development Canada

• Stephen Benoit, Manager, Global Strategic Relationships and Investments, Export Development Canada 

10:00 Am - 10:15 Am

Coffee break

10:15 Am - 11:15 Am

track a

Making Megaprojects Work — Key Lessons

Nine out of ten megaprojects experience cost overruns, and most take much longer to build than expected, according to the University of Oxford’s Bent Flyvbjerg. What does it take to defy the odds and deliver a successful megaproject? In this interactive session, join leaders who have consistently done just that.

• Riyadh Metro: John L. Rinard, Senior Vice President, Parsons
• R.E.M Project: Representative from CDPQ Infra*
• Istanbul Airport: Kadri Samsunlu, CEO, İGA İstanbul Airport*
• Texas High Speed Rail: Carlos Aguilar, CEO, Texas Central* 

Report Presentation: Andres Peyrera da Luz, Principal Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank*"

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

track b

Better Projects, Better People, Better Business

While infrastructure development almost universally brings benefits, not all projects are created equal. How can policy-makers funnel investment into projects that also generate environmental benefits? And for any given project, how can it be delivered in a way that is as sustainable as possible? What is the appropriate role for sustainable infrastructure standards?

Discussion Leaders:
• Daniel Wiener, President of the Board, Global Infrastructure Basel   
• James Pass, Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners 

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

track A

African Infrastructure Outlook

Projects such as the LAPSSET Corridor, which plans to construct a new port in Kenya and connect it as far inland as South Sudan, and was selected as a 2019 Strategic 100 project by CG/LA Infrastructure, are poised to unleash a new wave of economic development in Africa. What other major projects are in the pipeline? And what are the political and economic developments that will determine the progress of those projects?

• Representative from the  African Development Bank

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

track B

Asian Infrastructure Outlook

CG/LA Infrastructure’s 2019 Strategic 100 Projects list includes Asian projects totaling over $172B in investment, fully 37% of the global total. Behind this number lie dynamic countries such as India, Indonesia and South Korea, where visionary leadership has driven forward ambitious new infrastructure programs. What further opportunities are on the horizon, and what risks should be on investors’ radars?

• Bartlet W. Edes, Representative in North America, Asian Development Bank

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


Project panel – Financing Great Airports & Logistics

Airport projects present tremendous investment potential for the private sector, buoyed by rising global demand for transporting both passengers and goods by air. At the same time, the pipeline of major airport projects is not keeping pace with demand in several regions of the world. This session brings together sector experts and project owners to discuss the critical topic of financing.

Moderated by:
• Vincent Joli-Coeur, National Bank of Canada

Discussion Leaders:
• JFK Airport Modernization, Marc McGrady, Director, CAG Holdings LLC
• Long Thanh International Airport: Le Manh Hung, General Director, Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV)*
• Greg Huang, Vice President, CCR Airports
• CEO, Northern Airport Group, Mexico*

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

track B

Project panel – mass transit & rail

These projects are some of the most imaginative and transformative in the world, moving people quickly and safely between cities, or from point to point and on the outskirts of major cities. Hear the latest developments and partnership/investment opportunities on these projects.

Moderated By:
• John Morton, Investment Principal, Global Infrastructure Partners

• Ferropista Colombia, ARCS Urbanconsult
• Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2, City of Ottawa
• Capital Line South Extension, City of Edmonton
• Valley Line West LRT, City of Edmonton
• The CLARA Plan, Consolidated Land and Rail Australia Pty Ltd
• Québec City Tramway, City of Quebec*

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote Luncheon Address: Infrastructure Leaders of the Year

The world-class expertise, both political and technical, required to create a step-increase in infrastructure project investment is extraordinary. The keynote address is an opportunity to hear from some of 2019’s foremost global infrastructure leaders.

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Oracle Project of the Year Awards

The Oracle Project of the Year Awards are one of the true highlights of every Leadership Forum event. We recognize and celebrate the projects — and the leaders behind the projects — that are models for projects going forward. Awards are given in five categories: Strategic , Engineering, Finance, Green Infrastructure/Sustainability, and Job Creation.

Co Sponsors:Oracle

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Track a

Project panel – Water & Wastewater

Water is a critical resource for municipal users, industrial purposes and energy development, and is often overlooked as a means of ensuring health and economic development. This session will showcase leading opportunities in water and wastewater, as well as the innovation and leadership behind them. The projects represent immediate opportunities with maximum strategic impact.

Co Sponsors: Cole Engineering

Moderated By:
• Mohsen Mortada, CEO, Cole Engineering

• Saskatchewan Dam Project* 
• Jamaica Wastewater Plant*
• Saudi Arabia Desalination Plant*
• Aqaba–Amman Water Desalination & Conveyance Project (AAWDC)*

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

track b

Project panel  – Top Bridge, Tunnel & Highway Projects 

These projects are some of the most critical projects globally. Linking communities and nations, the projects present significant private investment opportunities for a number of industries. The panel will showcase a variety of transportation upgrades looking for reliable private-sector partners to execute.

• Gordie Howe International Bridge, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
• Cargo Sous Terrain, CST
• The Gateway Program, Gateway Development Corporation
• Brazzaville-Kinshasa Road/Rail Bridge PPP, Africa50*
• Third Crossing, The City of Kingston*
• Third Link, City of Quebec*

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

coffee break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Track A

Project panel – Energy & Innovation Projects

Whether producing or moving electrons, transmitting data, or transporting molecules, the world is going through a series of revolutions that are transforming the way we live, and what we do. These projects all cover specific opportunities, while showcasing new ways of moving projects forward.

• Tire Recycling Waste-to-Energy Plant, Lixo Verde
• 1,000 MW Solar Power Project in Navoiy, SkyPower*
• Lamu to Lokichar Crude Oil Pipeline, LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority (LCDA)
• 1.2 GW PV Facility in Lot-et-Garonne, Eco Solution Energie*

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Track b

Project panel –  Ports

Shipping is the backbone of global trade. With demand continuing to grow — an estimated 5.3% more containers were shipped in 2018 than the prior year — many countries are upgrading or building new ports, creating large opportunities.

Moderated By:
•Jacques Marchand, President, Simco Technologies

• New Container Terminal, Québec Port Authority (QPA)
• Ibom Deep Sea Port Project, BollorePowerChina Consortium
• New Container Terminal, Venice Port Authority
• Port of Rotterdam
• Myanmar Deepwater Ports, Apcol Pte Ltd and Consortium"

4:45 pm - 5:15pm

Closing plenary

The Closing Plenary brings CEOs and Public Officials together to summarize the results and action items of the 12th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum.

5:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Pre-Scheduled Private Meetings

Every participant has the option of scheduling up to 10 meetings with project presenters and/or Leadership Forum Sponsors. Each meeting lasts 15 minutes. Two weeks ahead of the event, participants will be invited to schedule their meetings.

Day 3:  March 28, 2019

9:00 Am - 12:00 pm

Site Visits

Close out your Forum experience with a visit to one of Montreal’s key infrastructure projects. Details will be announced a few weeks ahead of the Forum. Past site tours include the Turcot Interchange and the Port of Montreal.

 Leadership Forum University (invite only)

2:00 Pm - 8:30 pm

Monday, March 25, 2019

Designed specifically for project owners and developers, the Leadership Forum University brings together the sharpest minds in the infrastructure industry. Experts and project alumni deliver seminars, share best practices, and discuss proven solutions and upcoming trends so that owners can build knowledge and capacity across the project development lifecycle, as well as share their own successes and challenges. Canada's Minister of Infrastructure & Communities, the honorable François-Philippe Champagne will be speaking  at the dinner. Want to learn more about this private event? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..