Each year, CCPPP awards up to 12 talented post-secondary students from across Canada the opportunity to attend its Annual Conference in Toronto, happening in 2024 on Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5.
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Graduate students and upper-year college and undergraduate university students who are studying in a relevant field (e.g. finance, engineering, business, law, public administration, political science, economics, planning, and construction management) are eligible to apply.
Next Generation Talent student delegates participate in a pre-conference orientation session and attend keynote speeches and provocative panel discussions on challenges and opportunities in the field of P3s from notable leaders.
Successful students will receive one complimentary ticket (worth $3,100), including:
2 days of sessions, keynotes & networking
All on-site meals, snacks and beverages
Access to discounted hotel reservations at conference hotel while inventory lasts
First Night and Closing receptions & Young Leaders in Infrastructure (YLI) after-party
Special Next Generation Talent workshop on Sunday, November 3
Reserved head table seat at a conference luncheon
Testimonials from past Next Generation Talent students
In 2019, we caught up with past Next Generation Talent student delegates from the class of 2014 for their perspectives on attending the Annual Conference, thanks to Operis.
The atmosphere was that everyone was coming to network, to make connections, to get a pulse of the industry as a whole. It was much larger than I had expected, with more high-level participation.
In 2014, Adam was an MBA student keen to explore the private-sector side of the fence, after encountering the P3 mechanism when working as a program officer with the Government of Alberta.
Daniel Herscovitch was likewise studying for an MBA, after a first degree in civil engineering, when he attended in 2014. He had had some P3 experience, working on the 407 Highway project, at SNC-Lavalin. But after attending the CCPPP conference he knew he wanted to specialize in project finance.
“Being there in person allowed me, as a young engineer, to see how much was really going on. It helped me see the financial side of things,” he recalled.
Harrison Clark, now a lawyer specializing in real estate, said his advice to student attendees is to be undaunted and make the most of this window on the P3 sector: “Come prepared. Be open-minded. You may be meeting with industry leaders. See what interests them and focus on that.”