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.
Co-Chair: Dave Morley, Pomerleau
David Morley is Vice President, National Strategy and Government Relations with Pomerleau, a fast-growing Canadian infrastructure company recognized for delivering innovative and sustainable projects. He is focused on modernizing infrastructure partnerships, policies and projects by working directly with public sector and industry leaders. In addition to his role with the Future of Infrastructure Group, he co-chairs the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Council and serves as vice-chair of Skills Ontario.
David’s 20 year track-record in the public sector includes senior leadership roles with the Canada Infrastrucure Bank and Infrastructure Ontario where he was responsible for corporate affairs, policy, communications and industry relations.
David has a master’s degree in public administration and received awards for public service from the governments of Manitoba and Canada. He participated in leadership programs sponsored by the US State Department and UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
Co-Chair: Kirsten Watson, AECOM
At AECOM, Kirsten works across all business lines to increase AECOM’s profile in Canada with its government partners and clients. She also leads growth initiatives with transit agencies and service providers while supporting AECOM’s growth agenda in the global transit market. Prior to joining AECOM, Kirsten help the position of Deputy CEP at the Toronto Transit Commission. In her nearly 19 years at the TTC, Kirsten held numerous leadership roles in subway and bus operations, customer experience, human resources, and employee relations. She was a key member of the leadership team responsible for the installation of Automatic Train Control on Line 1, the implementation of the King Street streetcar right of way, and planning operations for the significant expansion of subway and light rail transit lines across the transit network. Previously, Kirsten worked as a labour and employment lawyer with a Toronto law firm and led dispute resolution activities at the Ontario Ministry of Labour. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. She is a long-term member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, Greater Toronto Area chapter, where she is currently serving as President
Special Advisor: Martin Stickland
Martin is the founder and CEO of Evolve Infrastructure. He possesses over 20 years of experience in infrastructure and project finance. Prior to Evolve Infrastructure n 2017, Martin worked for Plenary Group, as the Group Head, Project Development and Partnering for the North American Business, having previously worked for 10 years in the Origination Group sourcing and bidding P3 opportunities in Canada and the US Successful projects include the Waterloo Light Rail P3, Highway 104, hospitals in Toronto, St. Catharine’s and North Bay as well as a Data Centre in Guelph. In his career, Martin has acted as a leader, developer, and equity provider and has a broad set of skills relevant to developing long term infrastructure assets.
Special Advisor: Olivia MacAngus
Olivia was the inaugural chair of the Future of Infrastructure Group, serving as Chair from its inception in 2018 until 2022. 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 Executive 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.
Secretariat: John Allen
John is Vice President and National Infrastructure Practice Lead at Global Public Affairs, providing integrated government relations and communications support. He works across sectors, with a primary focus on infrastructure, trade and investment. As part of this work, he established the Infrastructure Lab as a platform for positive dialogue between industry and government to get the most value from infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Global, John spent nine years in Brussels where he worked at the European Parliament, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, and an international public affairs firm. He currently sits on the board of the British Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada.
Secretariat: Alexander Kostenko
Alexander works in the Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities Group at Global Public Affairs, providing strategic and analytical support to clients in these sectors. Prior to joining Global, Alexander worked in political offices at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill, and served as a communications advisor at the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure.