Shovel-Ready: an infrastructure project

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

The Public Policy Forum will bring together a select group of public, private, non-profit and academic leaders in Vancouver to identify how best to enhance private sector investment in Canada’s infrastructure. Over the multi-sector discussion, we will examine where financing gaps exist, how specific factors discourage private infrastructure investment, and which models can incentivize businesses to invest in Canadian infrastructure. Drew Fagan, a former Deputy Minister of Ontario’s Ministry of Infrastructure, will share his insight and expertise as a Senior Fellow on this initiative.

The Shovel Worthy? roundtable in Vancouver will seek to discuss and debate the following policy and practical questions:

  • Should there be broad factors to guide infrastructure investment, such as productivity enhancement?
  • Is there an appropriate balance between greenfield spending and investment devoted to the repair and rehabilitation of existing assets?
  • Are we doing enough to improve the technical delivery capacity of big projects to ensure they are on time and on budget?
  • Are individual projects vetted properly in terms of return on investment (ROI), taking into account construction, financing and operational costs?
  • Are there adequate rules and incentives to ensure money is spent well to keep projects in state of good repair?
  • What measures might be taken to increase the use of user fees to pay for new and existing infrastructure assets?

Attendance to this event is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Rhonda Moore at