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Municipal Engagement Advisory Group

Boost Municipal P3 Capacity

Canada’s municipalities own and operate the majority of Canada’s public infrastructure, including roads and bridges, public transit, and water and wastewater systems.

With aging infrastructure, growing populations, and the need to balance operating budgets and manage debt levels in a post-pandemic world, Canadian municipalities are faced with complex, difficult decisions. Inflation, increasing commodity prices, labour shortages and other more local issues are only adding to this strain to deliver the infrastructure and services Canadians need.

A 2023 Statistics Canada report[1] found core public infrastructure in Canada, excluding hospitals, schools, courthouses and affordable housing, had a total replacement value of $2.1 trillion at the end of 2020. 

Municipalities owned 61.7% of that total estimated replacement value — $1.328 trillion! The issue is especially acute for rural municipalities despite accounting for less than 18% of Canada's population.

Public-private partnerships (P3s) can and have been an effective tool to deliver projects and manage life cycle costs and risk by building on the expertise of both the public and private partners. With more than 50 municipal P3s conducted to date, there is a proven track record in delivering successful municipal assets and services across the country.

[1] Source: Canada’s Core Public Infrastructure Survey: Replacement values, 2020, released on March 20, 2023 by Statistics Canada

 

The Municipal Engagement Advisory Group, created in spring 2023, meets virtually, bi-monthly.


Purpose

 The purpose of the Municipal Engagement Advisory Group is to provide advice, insights, and opinions to management to support the development of the Municipal Engagement Strategy for consideration by the Communications Committee of the Board of Directors. The goal of the strategy is to raise awareness of P3s to support municipal infrastructure development, asset management and to build a pipeline of projects.


Membership

 The Municipal Engagement Advisory Group consists of one representative from membership organizations that choose to participate, on a first-come, first-serve basis with up to 20 members who represent municipalities or are actively engaged in the development and delivery of municipal infrastructure, such as public transit, water and wastewater treatment, roads and bridges. Interested members can contact Lisa Mitchell @ [email protected]


Meet the Members

  • Tom Barlow, Commitee Chair and Partner, Fasken
  • Sam Johnson, Committee Vice Chair and Director of Development, Graham Capital
  • Stacey Crawford, Director of Economic Development, City of Mission, BC
  • Daniel Herscovitch, Development Manager, Bird Capital
  • Mario Iacobacci, Partner, Economic Advisory, Deloitte Canada
  • Asif Kurji, Senior Advisor, Consultant, Capital Investments and Infrastructure, City of Calgary
  • Ryan Legere, Associate Vice President, Water, AECOM
  • Wesley Muir, Manager of Business Development, Veolia North America
  • Edward Ng, Partner, Infrastructure and Project Finance Advisory, EY
  • Greg Oberti, Partner, Capital Projects & Infrastructure, PwC Canada
  • Lisa Rowswell, Senior Solicitor (Team Lead – Procurement), Legal Services, City of Winnipeg
  • Marianne Smith, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Josh Van Deurzen, Partner, Torys LLP
  • Michael Van Horne, General Manager Canada and U.S. Real Estate, HomeServe
  • Shalin Yeboah, Director, Program Management & Planning Transit Expansion Office, City of Toronto