We are pleased to welcome our keynote speakers for P3 Fundamentals:

The Honourable Gordon Wyant, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds

Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie and Chair, Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario


Location: Dominion Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

7:30 AM

Registration and Networking

8:15 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Simon Lauzon, Director, Debt Capital Markets, TD Securities and Chairperson, Young Leaders in Infrastructure (YLI)

8:20 AM

Opening Keynote Address

Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie

Mayor Lehman is a strong supporter and proponent of the P3 model. The recently completed Barrie Transit Facility is excellent example of a successful municipal P3 project. As Chair of the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario, Mayor Lehman will set the tone for the day’s sessions addressing how municipalities might consider the use of P3s in addressing their infrastructure needs.

8:35 AM

Session 1: Learning the Basics

This session will consist of four presentations tied together that provide an introduction to P3s, key concepts (risk transfer, etc), when to use them, when not to, team and contractual structure, and emerging trends in the Canadian market. This will be followed by an audience Q&A session.


  • Edward Ng, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Advisory Group, Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc.
  • J. Paul Boucher, Vice President, Development, Kiewit Canada Development Corp.
  • Stephanie W. Kam, Senior Consultant, Public-Private Partnerships, CPCS
  • Nicholas Hann, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Capital Markets

9:30 AM

Session 2: Explaining Value for Money

P3s should only be undertaken if there is value for money in using the model. This session will begin with a 10-minute presentation on Value for Money and then will look at the issues and debates surrounding this key aspect of P3 evaluation as well as the impact of lifecycle costing.

Moderator: Eric Wolfe, Senior Manager, KPMG


  • Geoffrey Gilbert, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Elio Gatto, Vice President, Axium Infrastructure
  • Divya Shah, Senior Vice President, Transaction Finance, Infrastructure Ontario

10:30 AM   

Networking Break

10:45 AM

Session 3: The Role of P3/AFP Agencies

This session will introduce Canada’s P3 agencies and provide an overview of who they are and what they do. What is the current pipeline of projects? How can they help new entrants into the industry? What is the typical procurement process?

Moderator: Angela Taylor, Senior Vice President, Operations & Asset Management, Plenary Group


  • Mark Liedemann, Vice President, Projects, Partnerships BC
  • Derrick Toigo, Senior Vice President, Rail, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Kim Butler, Vice President, Project Development, PPP Canada

11:45 AM

Keynote Address

The Honourable Gordon Wyant, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds

The minister will discuss the how Saskatchewan successfully adopted the use of the P3 model to address its infrastructure needs and will examine the challenges and opportunities it has faced along the way. He will offer a first-hand point of view on the successful development of SaskBuilds, which is now one of Canada’s strongest procurement agencies. Finally, the Minister will outline Saskatchewan’s future infrastructure needs and how P3s may be used to achieve that plan.

12:15 PM


1:15 PM

Session 4: Legal Documents

P3s involve a lot more front-end work than traditional procurement and the projects are only as strong as the contract that is written. This session will involve a joint presentation from a public and private sector legal counsel that will explore the key legal underpinnings of P3s, explain the project, design-build, service/operation & maintenance, lending and interface agreements, security packages, and other pertinent P3 legal issues. An audience Q&A session will follow.


  • Douglas S. Sanders, Partner, National Chair, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Michael Houle, Vice President, Client & Market Engagement, Partnerships BC

2:15 PM

Session 5: Winning Support

Major infrastructure can have challenges winning support among the public. The complexities of a P3 can present even greater challenges to communicate the benefits of the approach. This session will examine best practices in communications and dispel the myths of P3s.

Moderator: Bob Pickard, Principal, Signal Leadership Communication


  • John McKendrick, Executive Vice President, Project Delivery, Social, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Sarah Borg Olivier, Senior Vice President, InstarAGF
  • David Caplan, Vice Chairman, Global Public Affairs
  • Deborah Wilson, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, PortsToronto

3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM

Two Case Studies of Successful Projects

This session will walk through a P3 project from beginning to end. What went right? What went wrong? What did they not expect? Would they do anything differently?

Case Study 1: Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre

  • Murray Totland, City Manager, City of Saskatoon
  • Peter Bullen, Project Director, EllisDon Corporation

Case Study 2: Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Facility

  • James Scongak, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power
  • Annesley Wallace, Managing Director, Borealis Infrastructure

4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

4:45 PM

Conference Ends