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Future of Infrastructure Group

About:

The Future of Infrastructure Group (FIG) brings together leading infrastructure companies to provide a positive, collaborative, and coherent voice to governments across Canada. This member-based group aims to make Canada the global leader in delivering innovation and the best value throughout the lifecycle of infrastructure.

This membership-based group focuses on solutions, highlighting best practices from Canada and around the world, and maintaining a regular open dialogue with government. Our goal is to work together with governments at all levels to identify and help to solve common challenges and raise overall standards across Canada. To develop policies and initiatives that promote innovation, deliver for local communities, and improve overall performance in the sector.

Core values:

  • Collaboration & partnership
  • Solution-focused dialogue
  • Promoting excellence in outcomes

How We Work:

Each year we identify some of the most pressing challenges facing the sector. We determine the major considerations at every stage from planning to operations to identify potential approaches that could help deliver benefits to the people using the infrastructure every day.

To do this we undertake research, hold workshops, host round tables and dialogues, connect leading jurisdictions, and develop case studies to highlight best practices. We also partner with other key organizations and associations to help draw in their experiences and deliver solutions that will have an impact.

Focus Areas:

We currently have the following working groups to explore some of these issues in greater depth.

  • Innovation in Procurement
  • Value
  • COVID-19 Impacts
  • Transit Oriented Development/Communities with the Urban Land Institute
  • Project Risk Reduction and Allocation

Governance and Leadership:

Chair : Olivia MacAngus, Colliers International

Olivia has led the Future of Infrastructure Group, serving as Chair since its inception in 2018. Olivia brings over 15 years of experience in infrastructure, procurement and government and is a regular contributor to expert panels on the topic of infrastructure. She is part of the Senior Leadership Team for Colliers Canada and is the Chief Development Officer for Colliers Project Leaders, a leading Canadian project management company, where she leads the company’s growth. In previous roles, Olivia has built a broad-based experience with Canadian infrastructure as part of owner, developer, investor, advisor, and political stakeholder teams.

Vice-Chair: Gareth Newlands, WSP

Gareth has 20-years experience across the built environment. He has in depth experience running operations, fundraising, investing in privately financed infrastructure as well as creating and managing Special Purpose Vehicles with clients in three continents.

Gareth is currently head of business development and a client executive with WSP Canada. In this role, he leads the work winning efforts of a team of 2,000 staff across all “vertical” infrastructure sectors including; healthcare, transportation (buildings), education, commercial, sports and stadia, workplace, mission critical, high-rise, government, science + technology, industrial, residential, retail, cultural and hospitality.

Vice-Chair: Rowan Mills, Arup

Rowan leads the Advisory team for Arup across Canada. With over 15 years of experience across the Americas, Australia and European regions, his focus is to engage clients and develop innovative solutions to complex issues that ultimately lead to positive outcomes. Rowan leads business case development, creative partnering, joint solutioning, market soundings, financial analysis, transaction development and execution, due diligence, and post-closing advice for clients. Most notably he has recently been involved in landmark Canadian infrastructure developments such as the Port of Contrecoeur, Finch West LRT, Eglinton West Extension LRT and the Champlain Bridge.   

Vice-Chair: Lawren Green, Kiewit

Lawren is a Senior Vice President at Kiewit and brings over 10 years of experience in the industry. Lawren has a background in project development and finance with extensive experience structuring, bidding, and closing complex transactions in North America for both the private and public sector. Projects include bundled schools, complex laboratory buildings, roads, light rail, and North America’s first and only public-private-partnership for affordable housing.

Special Advisor: Martin Stickland, Evolve Infrastructure

Secretariat: John Allen and Jess Neilson, Global Public Affairs

For more information, please contact John Allen at jallen@globalpublic.com.