The Honourable Marc Garneau Canada's Transport Minister Delivers the Opening CCPPP Keynote Address

TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) is pleased to welcome the Honourable Marc Garneau, Canada's Transport Minister, as the opening keynote speaker at the 24th Annual CCPPP National Conference – INNOVATING OUR FUTURE on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto.

Minister Garneau will discuss the federal government's Transportation 2030 plan and how it will contribute to strengthening Canada's economy. It will require investments in improved public transit and rail services, smart cities and digital infrastructure, air travel and airport security. Above all, energy efficiency and mitigating climate risk will be key considerations in moving products, services and people to key markets across Canada.

"Transportation infrastructure is emerging as one of the most important P3 sectors in Canada," says CCPPP President and CEO Mark Romoff. "Improving trade corridors, increasing the frequency of commuter and passenger rail services, making air travel more efficient and meeting emissions targets will require a new culture of innovation. We are honoured to have Minister Garneau set the tone for our conference and frame these important topics for our discussion."

Other keynote speakers at this year's conference include:

  • The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities will provide an update on the latest announcements coming from the Fall Economic Statement and outline next steps for the P3 sector as the Federal Government undertakes the next phase of the largest infrastructure plan in Canadian history.

  • David MacNaughton, Canada's Ambassador to the United States of America will discuss the Canada – US relationship moving forward with a new president set to take office on January 20th, 2017. He will also highlight the benefits both countries enjoy through an ongoing and open dialogue about shared concerns relating to our economic, security and infrastructure needs.

  • Tom Ridge, the first US Secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania opens your eyes to the shared risk we all face in this new era of the cyber threat – particularly how it affects critical infrastructure.

  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank will offer his insights into the P3 opportunities and challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Mary Taylor, Lt. Governor of Ohio, will highlight the important economic position the Great Lakes Region holds in North America and the role it plays in the world economy. She will review the state of infrastructure in the region and how Ohio has successfully used P3s to address the state's infrastructure needs.


Conference Program details

About the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships: Established in 1993, CCPPP is a national, non-partisan, member-based organization with broad representation from across the public and private sectors. Its mission is to promote smart, innovative and modern approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. The Council is a proponent of evidence-based public policy in support of P3s, facilitates the adoption of international best practices, and educates stakeholders and the community on the economic and social benefits of public-private partnerships.

SOURCE Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

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