Executive Committee

  • Partner, Torys LLP

    Mark Bain is a partner at Torys, where he acts as head of the Public-Private Partnerships practice, and co-head of the Infrastructure and Energy practice.

    Mark is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s leading infrastructure and project finance lawyers. He has acted on more than 80 major public-private partnership transactions across Canada and internationally. His experience spans many infrastructure sectors including power, water, broadband, transport, rail, public transit, ports, health care, education, justice, pipelines, Indigenous projects and urban redevelopment.

    Mark has represented all of the principal parties to such transactions, including sponsors, equity investors, lenders, underwriters, contractors, service providers and public authorities.

  • Partner, National Capital Projects and Infrastructure Leader, PwC Canada

    Johanne Mullen is a Partner and National Capital Projects and Infrastructure Leader with PwC.

    Johanne has 20 years of experience in the areas of project finance, structured finance, public-private partnerships and financial advisory. She is a trusted advisor to both the public and private sectors, structuring and placing financing for large projects in the transportation, health and urban infrastructure sectors.

    Johanne is a director of the Institut pour les partenariats public-privé du Québec and a director of The Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships.

    She is recognized as a leader in her field having advised on some of Canada’s defining capital projects including the multibillion-dollar financing for Nalcor Energy, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village, Iqaluit Airport and the City of Saint John Safe Clean Drinking Water Program.

  • Partner and National Public Sector Transactions Advisory Leader, EY Canada

    Tim is a partner at EY, and the National Public Sector Transactions Advisory Leader. He’s recognized nationally as one of the leading financial advisors on P3 transactions.

    Having more than 20 years of experience, he’s one of the leading advisors in the Canadian marketplace and is instrumental in providing advice to multiple governments across Canada on some of the highest profile and pathfinder projects.

    Tim’s experiences stretch beyond a diverse array of projects, including numerous accommodation, health care, education and transportation projects, and he’s advised governments, private sector partners and acted as principal on major infrastructure projects. He’s worked on pathfinder projects in many countries including the UK, Canada, Norway and the United States. Most recently, he’s worked with the Saskatchewan government on two big projects; the Regina Bypass Project and the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford.

    He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Exeter, is recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a registered representative of the FINRA Series 63.

  • Partner, Dentons LLP

    Michael centres his practice on corporate and commercial law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, public private partnerships, and the transportation industry.

    His corporate commercial and transactional practice serves businesses (domestic and foreign), governments and their agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

    His P3/Smart Cities practice serves governments and their agencies, as well as private sector developers, operators, lenders and investors on P3 and Smart Cities projects.

    His transportation industry practice serves primarily the bus, port, rail, transit and truck sectors of the industry. His practice also embraces the emerging world of autonomous vehicles. His transportation practice serves governments and their agencies, as well as private sector participants in the industry.

    Michael is recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in The Legal 500 Canada (Infrastructure and Projects; Transport – Other Transport; The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Transportation: Road & Rail; Lexpert Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers as one of “Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers.”

  • Linda is a partner in the Business Law and Financial Services groups in Vancouver. She is also a member of the firm’s Board of Partners and of the Audit Committee of the Board of Partners.

    Linda’s practice is centred on projects and project finance, with an emphasis on infrastructure projects and assisting clients with the bidding process on the original procurement of the project through to financial close, as well as with refinancings, mergers and acquisitions and other secondary market transactions in respect of completed projects. The other focus of Linda’s practice is financial services, assisting corporate and project borrowers with the establishment of capital markets platforms, credit agreements and issuances of debt securities.

    Linda has been an instructor for Business and Professional Programs at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia Law School. She is also the president and board chair of Ballet BC.

    She received her LLB from the University of British Columbia in 1988 and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1990 and the Ontario bar in 2018. She served as law clerk to Justice Douglas Lambert of the British Columbia Court of Appeal from 1988 to 1989.

  • President & President and Chief Executive Officer, Plenary Group North America

    Brian has significant experience across a full spectrum of public-private partnership projects in Canada and the United States. He joined Plenary approximately 12 years ago, originally leading, structuring and closing project bids before taking over leadership of the North American Origination and Commercial teams in 2014. Two years later, he was appointed president and CEO. He sits on the boards for all of Plenary’s North American projects, currently representing roughly $20 billion in project value.

    Under Brian’s leadership, Plenary has been recognized with awards for Most Admired Corporate Cultures (Waterstone Human Capital), Best Workplaces in Financial Services (Fortune), and Best Workplaces Overall (ranked #2 nationwide in 2019), and has received designation in both Canada and the U.S. as a Great Place to Work, among multiple other industry accolades.

    Before joining Plenary, Brian practiced corporate restructuring at a Bay Street law firm. He exited law by returning to receive his MBA from Dartmouth College (Tuck). He then led acquisitions, divestitures and strategic initiatives at a subsidiary of Magna International. Brian is a member of YPO and has been active in mentoring and service on charitable boards.

  • Sam Chai is president of Kiewit Development Company, the project investment and development arm of Kiewit. He leads a highly motivated, cross-border team of investment and development professionals in North America focused on landmark projects across a broad range of energy and infrastructure sectors.

    Since joining Kiewit in 2013, Sam has served as head of finance, head of asset development and chief operating officer. Under his leadership, Kiewit has developed and invested in notable P3 projects including the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project in New York/New Jersey, the Tłıchǫ All-Season Road project in the Northwest Territories, the Southwest Calgary Ring Road project in Alberta, the Central 70 project in Colorado and the Waterloo Light Rail Transit, East Rail Maintenance Facility and Confederation Line Extension projects in Ontario.

    Prior to joining Kiewit, Sam was vice president in the infrastructure advisory and development group at a global investment bank. In that role, Sam led numerous development pursuits, investor relation activities, and financial and commercial advisory engagements for both public and private clients in Australia, Canada and the U.S. Prior to that, Sam held both consulting and public sector roles in the Australian energy market.

  • Chief Executive Officer, Canada Infrastructure Bank

    As Chief Executive Officer, Ehren is focused on the CIB’s strategic direction including implementing the $10 Billion Growth Plan to accelerate infrastructure investment in Canada and building the CIB as a results-oriented organization.

    Prior to joining the CIB, Ehren was the president & CEO of Infrastructure Ontario, a provincial Crown agency responsible for financing, building and enhancing the value of Ontario’s infrastructure and real estate assets. In addition to his four years as CEO, he also spent four years with the agency in executive roles responsible for the successful transaction structuring, tendering and delivery of billions of dollars in infrastructure projects.

    Prior to joining Infrastructure Ontario, Ehren was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Toronto, where he served as a leader in the Public Sector and Capital Projects practices, advising clients in both the private and public sectors.

    Ehren is a graduate of the MBA program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, where he graduated with distinction. He also received an Honours degree in Business Administration (HBA) from the University of Western Ontario.

  • Cory Grandy was appointed Deputy Minister of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure on September 9, 2020. He began his career with the public service in Newfoundland and Labrador immediately following his graduation from Memorial University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Civil). After a relatively short period in the Department of Works, Services and Transportation, Cory spent eight years in the Department of Education in various positions such as school planning consultant and both manager and director of school construction in acting capacities.

    In 2008, he took on the task of implementing the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy as the director of waste management and later municipal infrastructure and planning in the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment. In 2012, Cory was appointed as the assistant deputy minister of the Works Branch in the Department of Transportation and Works. Following a departmental reorganization in 2017, he became the assistant deputy minister of the new Infrastructure Branch leading the province’s infrastructure portfolio including the planning, design and construction of education, health and justice facilities, as well as infrastructure in support of the provincial transportation system.

    In 2019, Cory was appointed associate deputy minister of transportation and works. He also spent a short but highly valued period as a cabinet officer with Executive Council.

  • Executive Director & Partner, Canada, Meridiam Infrastructure North America

    Since early 2011, Elisabeth has served as the Executive Director for Meridiam Infrastructure for their Canadian operations. She was part of the team that closed, in the spring of 2014, the successful Waterloo LRT Phase I project. She has also participated in the pursuit of recent Canadian projects such as the Edmonton Valley Line LRT and the Saint John Water Treatment Plant. In early 2012, Elisabeth was involved in closing the NE Anthony Henday project with her partners at Hochtief and ACS.

    Prior to joining Meridiam, Elisabeth worked for SNC-Lavalin Capital where she was involved in a number of projects in Western Canada. She was the lead in closing the SE Stoney Trail Project and also acted as the CEO of the project company.

    Elisabeth also worked for the predecessor of Infrastructure Quebec where she worked on the CHUM project and Montreal Symphony Orchestra projects.

    She is a geotechnical engineer by training and holds an MBA and the CFA charter.

  • Executive Vice President, President, Concessions, Aecon Group Inc.

    Steven N. Nackan is Executive Vice President and President, Aecon Concessions. He is responsible for Aecon’s infrastructure development and concession management activities.

    Prior to joining Aecon in 2002, he worked for the global law firm of White & Case LLP, advising government agencies, banks and industry in the development, implementation and financing of major international infrastructure projects. He studied in Boston where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School.

Audit and Finance Committee

The audit and finance committee consists of the chairperson, treasurer and three to five other directors appointed by the board. The audit and finance committee assists the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by supervising the quality and integrity of the Corporation's financial reporting and compliance requirements. For 2021-2022, the members are:

  • Tim Philpotts, Partner and National Public Sector Transactions Advisory Leader, EY Canada, Treasurer and Chair of Committee
  • Lee Clayton, Senior Vice President, PCL Constructors Inc.
  • Nuria Haltiwanger, Chair, ACS Infrastructure and CEO, Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras
  • Adam Laughlin, Deputy City Manager, Integrated Infrastructure Services, City of Edmonton, AB
  • Louise Panneton, President, P1 Consulting
  • Beata Swist, Managing Director, Global Power and Infrastructure, National Bank Financial
  • Bing Bing Wang, Partner, Infrastructure & Capital Projects, Deloitte Canada
  • Mark Bain, Partner, Torys LLP, ex officio

Governance Committee

The governance committee consists of the chairperson and the corporate secretary and three to five other directors appointed by the board. For 2021-2022, the members are:

  • Michael Ledgett, Partner, Dentons LLP, Corporate Secretary and Chair of Committee
  • Maxine Ethier, Managing Director, Legal, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Vince Lalonde, City Manager, City of Surrey, BC
  • Johanne Mullen, Partner, PwC Canada and Vice-Chair, CCPPP
  • Robert Peraita, Vice President, Alternative Project Delivery, Major Projects, Colas Canada
  • Carlos Planelles, Managing Director, Infrastructure, North America, ACCIONA Infrastructure
  • Steve Small, Senior Vice President, Integrated Project Delivery, Parsons Corporation
  • David Thom, President, IBI Group
  • Kyle Toffan, Deputy Minister, SaskBuilds and Procurement, Government of Saskatchewan

Communications Committee

The Communications and Government Relations Committee is comprised of members of the Board of Directors and other CCPPP members. Its mandate is to provide direction and counsel on CCPPP's communications strategy and relations with government stakeholders in Canada and internationally. For 2021-2022, the members are:

  • Linda Brown, Partner, Business Law and Financial Services, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and Committee Chair
  • Jensen Clarke, Director, Infrastructure Investments, Fengate Asset Management
  • Joey Comeau, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President, Capital Division, EllisDon
  • Niilo Edwards, Executive Director, First Nations Major Projects Coalition
  • Marie Foley, Director, P3 Advisory, BTY Group
  • Michael Lindsay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, City of Mississauga, ON
  • Johanne Mullen, Partner, PwC Canada and Vice-Chair, CCPPP
  • David Pratt, President, PRT Group Inc.
  • Grenville Riley, Managing Director, Concessions, Graham Capital

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is comprised of members of the Board of Directors and other CCPPP members. It is responsible for selecting the annual recipients of the CCPPP National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in P3.For 2020-2021, the members are:

  • Brad Nicpon, Partner, Real Property and Planning Group, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and Committee Chair
  • Shariq Alvi, Managing Director, Infrastructure and Project Finance, CIBC
  • Rupesh Amin, Founder and CEO, Conquora Capital Partners Inc.
  • Peter Hepburn, Managing Director and Head, Infrastructure and Project Finance, National Bank Financial Markets
  • Alain Massicotte, Partner, Blake Cassels and Graydon LLP
  • Johanne Mullen, Partner, National Capital Projects and Infrastructure Leader, PwC Canada
  • Dr. Alan Russell, Professor Emeritus & Chair, Computer Integrated Design & Construction, Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • Lindsay Wright, Manager, Global Infrastructure, KPMG LLP

Research Committee

The Research Committee is comprised of members of the Board of Directors, other CCPPP members and academics. It is responsible for guiding the direction of CCPPP's research activities.