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10th Annual Canadian Infrastructure Finance Forum

July 8th - 9th 2015,, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Canada

Unrivalled Access to PPP & Infrastructure Investment Opportunities

2015 Confirmed Speakers:

  • Michael Allen, Partner, Farris
  • Linda Andal, Director of Financial Planning, City of Saskatoon
  • Duncan Ball, Co-CEO, BBGI
  • Fred Blaney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships New Brunswick
  • Tony Bonnici , Deputy Head, UNECE PPP programme, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • Marc Brazeau, Director General, Infrastructure Canada
  • Kim Butler, VP of Strategy & Organizational Development, PPP Canada
  • Ehren Cory, Divisional President, Project Delivery, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Rob Costanzo, Manager, Operations, City of Surrey
  • Raymond DiPrinzio, Senior Vice President & Infrastructure Finance Team Leader, SMBC
  • Darren Eurich, Executive Director, ATB Corporate Financial Services
  • Edward Fanter, Managing Director, Project Finance & Infrastructure, BMO Capital Markets
  • Amanda Farrell, President & CEO, Partnerships British Columbia
  • Marc Fisher, CEO, Council of the Great Lakes
  • Andrew Fleming, Managing Director, Infrastructure and Project Finance, CIBC World Markets
  • Danny Giacomel, Vice President, Public Infrastructure Development, EllisDon
  • Nuria Haltiwanger, CEO, ACS Infrastructure Development
  • Elisabeth, Hivon, Executive Director, Meridiam
  • Mark Hodgson, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory & Project Finance, Deloitte
  • Paul Huebener, Managing Director, DIF Management Canada
  • Paul Hughes, Senior Director, Cost Consulting & Project Management, Altus Group
  • Brian Kelsall, Partner, Fasken Martineau
  • Mark Liedemann, Vice President, Projects, Partnerships British Columbia
  • Alan Linsley, SVP, Plenary Group
  • Omer Malik, VP, Project Financing – Infrastructure, Stonebridge
  • John McBride, CEO, PPP Canada
  • Ruth McMorrow, EVP, Parsons
  • Neill McQuay, Chief, Strategic Partnership Office (SPO), Alberta Infrastructure
  • Jose Enrique Montero, Managing Director, ACCIONA Concessions Management
  • Mark Romoff, President & CEO, CCPPP
  • Douglas Sanders, Partner, BLG
  • Adam Sherman, Deputy General Manager & Group Head, Public & Infrastructure Finance Group, SMBC
  • Robert Shouldice, Partner, BLG
  • Steven Smith, Senior Vice President, Parsons
  • Jose Tamariz, President & CEO, 407 ETR Concession Company
  • John Vincent, Senior Managing Director, Head of Project Finance,  Sun Life Financial

2015 Speaker PROFILEs:


  • Michael Allen
    Michael Allen, Partner, Farris

    Michael Allen has extensive experience in corporate finance and banking law, and he regularly acts for both lenders and borrowers in international project finance matters. In addition, he is recognized for his experience in secured transactions and public-private partnerships, and for large commercial restructurings and work-outs.

    Michael’s industry sector experience includes mining, energy, forestry and telecommunications. His infrastructure experience includes both transportation projects and social infrastructure. Geographically his practice has spanned transactions across the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Russia.

    Michael has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Best Lawyers Canada, Chambers Global, The Lexpert Leading Lawyer’s Guide, and Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Linda Andal, AF - Financial Planning, City of Saskatoon
    Linda has worked at the City of Saskatoon for 30 years. Her most recent accomplishment was Financial Lead for the City's first P3 project which reached financial close in December, 2014. Linda is also the Financial Lead on the North Commuter Parkway project which is currently in procurement.

  • Duncan Ball, Co-CEO, BBGI
    Duncan is Co-CEO of BBGI, a global infrastructure investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange . Duncan helped lead the successful IPO of the business in 2011. BBGI owns a portfolio consisting of 36 infrastructure PFI/PPP assets  in the UK, continental Europe, Canada, US  and Australia. Duncan Ball has worked in the investment banking and project finance sector for over 20 years. Mr. Ball obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Canada, is a CFA charter holder and is a graduate of the Rotman School of Business Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto.
    Fred Blaney
    Fred Blaney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships New Brunswick
    Over 30 years of service with the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure with experience in all aspects of infrastructure delivery. Was Project Manager for two major P3 highway projects, including the Fredericton-Moncton Highway Project valued at $900 million in 2001 and the $1 billion Trans-Canada Highway Project in 2007. As President of the New Brunswick Highway Corporation, oversaw the successful completion of the $1 billion Route 1 Gateway P3 Project. Oversaw the delivery of the $65 million Grand Manan Adventure ferry project. 

    Has extensive experience in P3 procurement including RFQ, RFP development and evaluation, project implementation and developing performance specifications.

    Fred is a member of the board of directors for the Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships, has guest lectured at the University of New Brunswick on P3 process and is a member of the University of New Brunswick Engineering Advisory Committee.
  • Tony Bonnici, Deputy Head, UNECE PPP Programme

    Tony has been the deputy head of the PPP programme at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva since 2006, and is involved in organising and delivering training, capacity building and policy advice to Governments in developing countries and economies in transition. He is also involved in the development of international PPP standards for the Sustainable Development Goals. Tony is also responsible for the UNECE Team of Specialists on PPPs, an intergovernmental body with strong public and private sector involvement.

    Tony joined the Diplomatic Service of Malta in 1991, and served as a diplomat in various countries, including Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

  • Marc Brazeau
    Marc Brazeau, Director General, Infrastructure Canada
    Marc Brazeau is Director General, New Bridge for the St. Lawrence. His current mandate is focused on the delivery of this multi-billion dollar public private partnership project, including advancing all aspects of the project including engineering, environmental management, procurement, public policy, communications, real estate and governance aspects. Before being asked to focus solely on this project, Marc was also responsible for the Detroit River International Crossing linking Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.

    He has over 15 years of experience in providing strategic advice and program management within the federal government. He has held key positions at Transport Canada including Director General, Airport and Port Programs as well as with Environment Canada where he served as Director, Intergovernmental Affairs.
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    Kim Butler, VP of Strategy & Organizational Development, PPP Canada

    As Vice-President, Strategy & Organizational Development, Mr. Butler provides expert strategic planning advice to the CEO, the Board of Directors and executive management on governance, programs, knowledge development, processes and relationships, as well as human resources and communications to position PPP Canada for achievement of its mandate and leadership in the P3 field.

    Mr. Butler joined PPP Canada in October 2014. Prior to joining the Corporation, Mr. Butler served as Deputy Ambassador to France. He has held a variety of positions within the public sector, including serving as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister, Industry Canada, and acting Corporate Comptroller and Federal Co-Chair of the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. He brings strong leadership to the Corporation as well as broad and extensive experience in policy, strategy development and infrastructure delivery.

  • Ehren Cory
    Ehren Cory, Divisional President, Project Delivery, Infrastructure Ontario
    Ehren Cory overseas Major Projects, Commercial Projects and Land Development.
    Ehren joined Infrastructure Ontario in 2012 to lead the Transaction Structuring Division, including Project Finance, Procurement, and Program Management.  In this role he worked closely with all parts of the organization to support on-time, on-budget project delivery.
     Prior to joining IO, Ehren worked for 15 years as a management consultant.  As a partner at McKinsey & Company, he was a leader in the Infrastructure and Public Sector practices, and worked closely with clients in the energy, mining and public sectors to effectively structure and execute on their capital investment programs and overall strategies. 
    Mr. Cory holds an MBA from INSEAD and an honours BA in business administration from the University of Western Ontario.
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    Rob Costanzo, Manager, Operations, City of Surrey
  • Raymond DiPrinzio
    Raymond DiPrinzio, Senior Vice President & Infrastructure Finance Team Leader, SMBC
    Raymond DiPrinzio is a Senior Vice President and Team Leader of the Infrastructure Finance Team at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. (SMBC). Based in New York, He is responsible for originating and arranging debt financing for infrastructure projects in North America. His twenty-six years of experience include project lending, investment banking and financial advisory engagements for a wide range of public and private use facilities and has provided funding for transportation, social infrastructure, environmental, energy generation, and telecommunication facilities with a particular emphasis on public private partnerships and Federal privatization.

    Among other engagements, he served as financial advisor to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program Office where he provided advisory services on seven TIFIA financings and successfully closed financings for the Departments of Energy, Defense, NIH and the IRS. His most recent financings include a new complex for McGill University Hospital in Montreal and the New Oakville Hospital in Ontario where SMBC acted as Mandated Lead Arranger.

    Most recently Raymond was Head of Project Finance at CIFG and has held senior project financing roles at Ambac, Scully Capital and Credit Suisse. Raymond holds a BA in History, with Honors, from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Columbia Business School. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Structured Finance and a Member of the Committee on Revenue and Finance of the Transportation Research Board, part of the National Academies.

  • Darren Eurich, Executive Director, ATB Corporate Financial Services
    Darren is responsible for the strategy, direction and leadership of ATB Corporate Financial Services’ approach to the project finance market including infrastructure, P3 and other major project financings. His team focuses primarily on deals with average loan sizes from $25MM to $150MM, in either stand alone, Club, Bi-Lateral or Syndicated transactions.

    A seasoned banker with nearly 20 years’ experience, Darren has been a significant influence in Calgary’s corporate finance space for 10 years.

    Over his career, Darren has gained significant exposure in financing public and private companies in the Energy, Government, Construction, Agri-Service, Transportation, Services and Manufacturing sectors. Within these industries, Darren has succeeded in negotiating and maintaining relationships with numerous financial sponsors and private equity groups throughout Western Canada and across North America. He also has extensive experience in managing and leading multi-lender syndications, subordinated and mezzanine debt financing, cross-border financing, and private placements including high-yield issuances.

    When not engaged at work and building out client relationships, Darren is active in his local community. He currently sits on a Board as a Director for a Calgary-based junior E&P company. He also is a coach for amateur minor hockey.
  • Edward Fanter - Web 2
    Edward Fanter, Managing Director, Project Finance & Infrastructure, BMO Capital Markets
    Mr. Fanter is a Managing Director in BMO Capital Markets’ Public Finance & Infrastructure Banking Group. He brings over 20 years of infrastructure advisory and capital markets experience, with sector expertise in transportation, water / wastewater, and social infrastructure. Mr. Fanter has been associated with six recent transactions that were named “Deal of the Year.”

    Mr. Fanter is currently advising the Maryland Transit Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation on the Purple Line P3 Transit Project. Other recent infrastructure experience while at BMO Capital Markets includes: the Midtown Tunnel project bond offering, the Presidio Parkway P3 project financing, advising one of the bidders on the Ohio River Bridges project, and assisting on the Lower Colorado River Authority concession/divestiture transaction.

    Mr. Fanter brings extensive bond underwriting and advisory experience gained over 15 years in the Infrastructure Project Finance group at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. While at these firms, experience includes the Denver FasTracks Eagle P3 Rail project, the Port of Miami Tunnel Project, the JFK International Arrivals Terminal Expansion, SR-91 Express Lanes, the Central Texas Turnpike project, and the Port of Seattle Fuel project.

    Additionally, Mr. Fanter has over 11 years of experience working for a multi-national consulting firm specializing in infrastructure project development. Mr. Fanter has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from The Cooper Union, a Master of Environmental Engineering Degree from Manhattan College, and a MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. Mr. Fanter is a CFA charter holder and a licensed professional engineer. Mr. Fanter holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
  • Amanda Farrell
    Amanda Farrell, President & CEO, Partnerships British Columbia
    Amanda Farrell is President and Chief Executive Officer at Partnerships BC. Amanda leads the company’s efforts to improve customer service and business development and build on relationships with service providers, and current and future clients. She continues to lead the Evergreen Rapid Transit Line Project.

    Amanda joined Partnerships BC in November 2004 and has held positions in a number of sectors since then. Most recently, Amanda held the position of Vice President, Projects with responsibility for supporting the high-quality delivery of planning, procurement, and contract management advice and support to clients in the development of major public infrastructure projects.

    Prior to joining Partnerships BC, Amanda gained extensive public policy and operational experience in the UK.

    Amanda holds a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Reading, followed by postgraduate research at the University of Bath.
  • Mark Fisher
    Mark Fisher, CEO, Great Lakes

    Mark Fisher was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Council of the Great Lakes by the Council’s board in 2014. Mark is a seasoned professional with 13 years of experience in policy-making, strategic business planning, corporate communications, stakeholder engagement, public advocacy, and issues management. He brings a wealth of experience in international affairs, with a focus on advancing the United States-Canada relationship in the areas of trade, security, natural resource development and environmental protection. He also brings extensive experience providing advice to key decision-makers and influencers, including the Prime Minister of Canada, provincial premiers and ministers, parliamentarians, and C-level executives from the private and not-for-profit sectors.

     

    Andrew Fleming, Managing Director, Infrastructure & Project Finance, CIBC World Markets

    Andrew is a Managing Director in the Global Infrastructure Finance team at CIBC. Andrew has played a lead role in advising and arranging funding for infrastructure and power projects in excess of C$10 billion. He has led financial advisory teams on a number of major Canadian Infrastructure projects including the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project, CSEC Long Term Accommodation Project, Windsor-Essex Parkway Project, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the Bridgepoint Redevelopment Project. Andrew has also arranged financing and underwritten bonds for various P3 infrastructure assets and power project financings.  Prior to working in investment banking, Andrew practiced corporate law at a major Bay Street firm where he focused on corporate reorganizations, private equity and M&A transactions.

    Danny Giacomel, Vice President, Public Infrastructure Development, Ellisdon

    Danny Giacomel is currently one of EllisDon Corporation’s leaders in Public Private Partnership (PPP) type project delivery, and is currently heading EllisDon Capital’s PPP Origination Services Group across Canada.    His experience includes over twenty years in the construction and PPP industries, and he has focused his efforts on expanding EllisDon’s PPP market share through various consortia such as EllisDon Infrastructure, Integrated Team Solutions (ITS), Hospital Infrastructure Partners Inc. (HIP), and the Toronto Rail Airport Consortia (TRAC).   Mr. Giacomel has been responsible for leading RFP submissions for a number of PPP projects across Canada such as Swift Current Long Term Care, Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse, Airport Rail Link, Penticton Regional Hospital, and the Regional Mental Health Care, London projects.  He is also currently providing governance oversight on the Projectco Boards for 11 active PPP projects including Surrey Memorial Hospital in British Columbia, and Saskatoon Civic Operation Centre. 

  • Nuria Haltiwanger
    Nuria Haltiwanger, CEO, ACS Infrastructure Development
    Nuria Haltiwanger is the Chief Executive Officer for ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc. and its Canadian sister company, ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., the wholly-owned North American concession/P3 and operations and maintenance subsidiaries of ACS Group. Named CEO in January 2014, Nuria oversees the ACS Group’s North American concession portfolio, which currently involves the development of over $10 billion worth of transportation/transit infrastructure assets in North America. These include the two recent successful awards of the SH-288 Managed Toll Lanes Project in Texas and the Portsmouth Bypass Project in Ohio, as well as the I-595 Corridor Improvements in Florida, the Confederation Line (Ottawa Light Rail Transit) in Ottawa, Nouvelle AutoRoute 30 in Montreal, South Fraser Perimeter Road in British Columbia, Right Honourable Herb Gray Parkway (formally Windsor Essex Parkway) in Ontario and The Northeast Anthony Henday Drive in Alberta.

    Nuria is a member of the Board of Directors of ACS Infrastructure Development and ACS Infrastructure Canada, as well as, each of the various subsidiaries executing the North American projects.

    Nuria has been with ACS Infrastructure since 2009, where she first acted as General Counsel and Senior Vice President in North America, overseeing the legal and commercial risk assessment and management of the companies. In that role, she was actively involved in the commercial, financial and legal structuring and negotiation of the financing terms and conditions of the various projects in which ACS Infrastructure has participated. Her responsibilities also included corporate governance and compliance of the companies and their subsidiary concession companies, as well as oversight of the companies’ corporate financings, equity recycling and merger and acquisition transactions.

    Prior to joining ACS Infrastructure, Nuria worked in the New York office of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP as part of the Project Finance group, focusing on concession-based infrastructure, as well as energy and power (including renewable energy) projects. Her practice focused on the representation of developers, bank syndicates and equity investors in numerous project financing transactions, including ACS Infrastructure’s concession projects, as well as the financing of hydro-electric facilities, coal-fired and gas-fired power plants, liquid natural gas facilities, wind farms and ethanol facilities, as well as merger and acquisition transactions. Ms. Haltiwanger was born in Georgia and earned her Juris Doctorate at Georgetown University Law Center, and BAs in Economics, International Studies and Political Science from the University of Miami.

    Elisabeth Hivon, Executive Director, Meridiam

    Elisabeth joined Meridiam as a Senior Investment Director and is based in Meridiam’s Toronto office. She has extensive PPP experience having held senior positions at SNC-Lavalin, Dessau-Soprin and the Agence des Partenariats Public-Privé du Quebec. During her time at these organisations, Elisabeth was directly involved in numerous PPP projects including the OSM Concert Hall in Montreal, the Southeast Stoney Trail project, in Calgary and the South Fraser Perimeter Road project, in British Columbia.

    In addition to her roles overseeing PPP investments and project management, Elisabeth spent the early part of her career as a technical specialist at EBA Engineering Consultants followed by a few years as a senior manager of a manufacturing company.

    Elisabeth holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Alberta, a MBA from the University of Montreal and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

  • Mark Hodgson
    Mark Hodgson, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory & Project Finance, Deloitte
    Mark is the Partner responsible for Deloitte’s Infrastructure Advisory & Project Finance practice in western Canada. Mark’s leadership role in the Canadian P3 market dates back to 1993 as one of the founders of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Over his 20 years’ experience in infrastructure financial advisory, he has advised on projects in all infrastructure sectors including highways, bridges, other transportation, water, power, schools and other special-purpose buildings. Mark has led advisory teams for numerous business cases and transactions that have successfully reached financial close with a total contract value just over $7 billion.

    He is currently advising several clients across Canada on P3 projects that are in procurement including the City of Calgary CNG Bus Storage and Maintenance Facility, City of Winnipeg Southwest Rapid Transitway, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Roberts Bank Terminal 2, Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority on the Detroit River International Crossing and Alberta Infrastructure on the Southwest Calgary Ring Road.

    Following a career in municipal engineering, he obtained an MBA in finance and strategy from McGill University and began his career in infrastructure financial advisory. Mark lives in Burnaby BC with his wife Tania and three children (Spencer, Marley and Harris).
  • Paul Huebener
    Paul Huebener, Managing Director, Canada, DIF
    Paul Huebener is a Managing Director and Head of Americas at DIF. DIF manages approximately €2 billion across five funds with a focus on infrastructure and renewable energy investments.

    Paul previously worked at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd where he was head of Canadian power, utilities and renewables. Paul has over 20 years of experience in infrastructure and energy projects in Canada, the United States and Southeast Asia. He has held various positions with Macquarie in Toronto and Kuala Lumpur where he worked for a period of 12 years. Prior to his tenure at Macquarie he worked for Fieldstone Private Capital in New York and Kuala Lumpur.
  • Paul Hughes
    Paul Hughes, Senior Director, Cost Consulting & Project Management, Altus Group
    Paul is a successful business leader in Public Private Partnerships (Infrastructure Development) with extensive experience in the construction, property and business outsourcing sectors. Paul leads Altus’s North American PPP Infrastructure business and has worked on the broad spectrum of asset types which includes Hospitals, Education, Water, Bridges, Roads, Transportation and Power Projects. Paul has represented Equity, DB and Operator Interests and has been involved as a Developer in the successful bid, development and operation of ten projects, eight in North America.

    Paul has previously held high-level executive positions as Senior Vice President – PPP Asset Management (Carillion Canada, Toronto, Ontario, 2006 to 2013), Commercial Director (Carillion National Building, 2005 to 2006), Director (Carillion Specialist Services, 2003 to 2005).
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    Brian Kelsall, Partner, Fasken Martineau

     

    Brian Kelsall's practice focuses on corporate project finance with particular emphasis on international and domestic project finance, structured finance, public private partnerships and infrastructure development. He also has extensive banking law, securitization and mergers and acquisitions experience.

    Brian's experience includes acting as lead counsel for lenders, sponsors and investors in a variety of sectors including infrastructure, telecom, energy, oil and gas and mining.

    Brian regularly advises participants in respect of projects in the infrastructure, mining, energy, power and real estate sectors. Recent transactions in which Brian acted as lead counsel include advising the winning consortium on the US36 Express Lanes/Bus Rapid Transit Project (Colorado, US), advising the winning consortium on the Pennsylvania Bridges Project (US), advising the lenders on Infrastructure Ontario's Windsor Essex Highway PPP Project, St. Joseph's Hospital PPP Project, the Disraeli Bridges PPP Project in Manitoba, as well as the Waterloo Light Rail Project, advising lenders to a consortium bidding on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project, advising lenders in respect of the acquisition (through a PPP model) of the Billy Bishop Island Airport in Toronto and advising the Federal Government on its Communications Security Establishment Canada Long Term Accommodation Project. Brian has also advised on various international project finance transactions (including acting for the lenders to Mobifon S.A. in Romania, at the time the largest private sector financing in Romania, and the GSM financing for Vodafone Albania, at the time the largest private sector financing in Albania, as well as acting for international financial institutions and syndicates of commercial lenders on the development and financing of a port terminal in Georgia, a port in Argentina, a mine development in Turkey, on oil and gas project financing in the state of Gujarat, India, multiple GSM projects in Eastern and Central Europe, and major eucalyptus pulp manufacturing facilities in Uruguay and Brazil).

     

     

     

  • Mark Liedermann
    Mark Liedermann, Vice President, Projects, Partnerships British Columbia
    Mark Liedemann is responsible for the overall quality and consistency of Partnerships BC’s involvement in infrastructure projects. Since Mark joined Partnerships BC in 2008, he has led the procurement management team for projects in the health, transportation and energy sectors in B.C. and other parts of Canada. His primary expertise is in procurement management, contract negotiations, strategic assessment and financial and business analysis. Prior to joining Partnerships BC, Mark was a vice president at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Infrastructure, Government & Utilities practice where he was involved in number of partnership projects in the health, transportation and rapid transit sectors.

    Mark holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Victoria. Mark earned his designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder in 2003.
  • Alan Linsley, SVP, Plenary Group
  • As a senior member of the origination group Alan leads project teams through the pursuit phase and on to financial close. His focus is primarily social infrastructure in Western Canada and the U.S.

    Alan joined the company in 2005, and was instrumental in closing two of Plenary's first North American projects: North Bay Regional Hospital and the Archives of Ontario. Since then, Alan has led the development of the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North, the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre and the Swift Current Long Term Care Centre and sits on the Board of Directors for these projects.

    Prior to joining Plenary, Alan worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Infrastructure Finance Team in Vancouver and London.


    Omer Malik, VP, Project Financing – Infrastructure, Stonebridge
    Omer joined Stonebridge Financial Corporation in 2014 to lead the firm’s Infrastructure Project Finance team - focusing on financial advisory and the structuring, syndicating and closing of new infrastructure based lending opportunities in the bank and institutional markets. Since joining Stonebridge, the infrastructure team has advised and arranged financing on several P3 projects, including hospitals, federal buildings, data centres, long-term care facilities and multi-purpose complexes.

    Omer has 15 years of financial services industry experience, including corporate banking, restructuring, research and project finance. Prior to joining Stonebridge Omer held the position of Senior Director, Project Finance-Private Fixed Income, with Sun Life Investment Management, where he managed a $1 billion portfolio of power and infrastructure/P3 private debt investments. Omer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, and Bachelor of Commerce and MBA degrees from the University of Windsor.
  • John Mcbride
    John McBride, CEO, PPP Canada
    John McBride was appointed as the inaugural CEO of PPP Canada in February 2009. PPP Canada leads the federal government’s efforts to create value for taxpayers through the successful use of P3s. Since 2009, the Corporation has worked with federal, provincial and municipal clients to facilitate over $3 billion of P3 projects. PPP Canada is the lead advisor on federal P3 projects and leverages the $1.2 billion P3 Canada Fund to increase the use of P3s by provinces, municipalities and First Nations. Mr. McBride has over 25 years of experience working with the public and private sectors in infrastructure development and finance in Canada and abroad.
  • Ruth McMorrow
    Ruth McMorrow, EVP, Parsons
    Ruth McMorrow is executive vice president of Parsons Enterprises, the long-term strategic investment arm of Parsons Corporation, a global leader in the development and delivery of infrastructure, providing engineering, construction, technical, and management services. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, Parsons has more than 15,000 employees and revenues of $3.1 billion in 2014.

    Ruth is responsible for leading Parsons’ efforts in public-private partnerships, project financing opportunities, and project investment initiatives. She has more than 30 years of experience in the global infrastructure and U.S. public finance markets and has led teams, providing financial advisory services, debt arrangement, and equity sales and sourcing services for infrastructure projects across sectors and geographic markets. Ruth has extensive expertise in structuring, negotiating, and executing infrastructure and municipal debt transactions.

    Ruth joined Parsons in March 2011, having held senior management positions at several global infrastructure banking institutions. Most recently, she was the managing director for Scotia Capital, Global Infrastructure Finance International, where she spearheaded the bank’s global infrastructure expansion into the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific (Australia).
  • Neill McQuay
    Neill McQuay, Chief, Strategic Partnership Office (SPO), Alberta Infrastructure
    As the Chief of Strategic Partnerships Office of Alberta Infrastructure, Neill is responsible for the identification, structuring and procurement of partnership solutions that deliver public infrastructure for the government. The division responsibilities also include advising other ministries and public sector entities on evaluation and delivery of partnership solutions.

    Prior to joining Infrastructure, Neill was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Capital Planning, Ministry of Treasury Board where he was responsible for similar duties as the Strategic Partnerships Office. Other responsibilities included the Capital Planning and Spending division that led the government’s capital plan process and developed and managed the Capital Plan.

    While with Alberta Transportation for nine years he was responsible for the Design Build Finance Operate procurement and delivery process for the two ring roads around Calgary and Edmonton. He has spent 17 years as a consultant and three years with a municipal government.
    Jose Enrique Montero, Managing Director, ACCIONA Concessions Management
    Graduated Msc Ingeniero de Caminos  by the University of Valencia (Spain), is member of the Spanish Association of Civil Engineers  and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK).With above 35 years of experience in construction and transportation projects, 32 of them with Acciona, has been working in construction projects in Spain,  North and Central Africa, Asia and North America. Former General Manager of  Acciona Infrastructures in Hong Kong, and Board member and Project Director  in some important transportation projects, like the Ting Kao bridge for the Highways Department  of Hong Kong and the TCC200/300 for the Kawloon-Canton Railway Corporation.Former General Manager of Acciona Infrastructures in Canada.Presently  is Managing Director of Acciona Concessions  Management Inc  Canada , in charge of Acciona’s PPP projects in North America., and member of the Board of Director of Nouvelle Autoroute 30, concessionaire of the A30 project in Montreal, Fort St. John Hospital  in  BC, South East Stoney Trail in Calgary and Hon. Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor, Ontario.
  • Mark Romoff
    Mark Romoff, President & CEO, CCPPP
    Mark Romoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Previously, Mark was founding President and CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Canada's leading innovation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship development organization.

    Over his twenty five year career with the government of Canada, Mark served as Executive Director in the Department of Industry and as a senior diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving in Nigeria, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan and the United States.

    He is a member of the Board of Directors of Career Edge Organization, the Quebec City Conference, the Central Canadian Public Television Association (PBS-WNED), the i-CANADA Governors Council; the World Economic Forum "Strategic Infrastructure Initiative" Advisory Committee; and is Vice-Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships Governing Council.

    He earned a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, a Masters in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program and the Directors Education Program of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation. Mark is also a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
  • Douglas Sanders
    Douglas Sanders, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG)
    Doug Sanders leads our Corporate Commercial Group in our Vancouver office, and our Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Group nationally. Doug is both a lawyer and an engineer, and practises in the areas of public-private partnerships, construction contracts (negotiation, drafting, and review), shipbuilding contracts, power plant and industrial EPC contracts, and generally contracts to design or construct any asset. Recognized as a leading lawyer in construction and infrastructure by the foremost legal rankings publications, Doug focuses on large infrastructure projects and has worked on major projects in many Canadian provinces, and around the world.

    Doug is also a frequent author and speaker for various organizations and publications on these areas of law.
  • Adam
    Adam Sherman, Deputy General Manager & Group Head, Public & Infrastructure Finance Group, SMBC
    Adam joined SMBC in late 2008 as Group Head of the newly formed Public and Infrastructure Finance Group. The group is devoted to providing direct loans and other credit facilities to the government finance and the PPP/PFI project finance sectors in the US and Canada. Over the past three years, SMBC has provided direct loans and letters of credit to project sponsors, governmental entities and municipalities totaling approximately $4.0 billion.

    Although focused on origination loans to private sponsors in the primary market, SMBC has taken an active interest in secondary market infrastructure loan assets from other major banks and which has included the Canadian PPP portion of one institution’s global infrastructure portfolio. The Public and Infrastructure Finance Group coordinates its sponsor relationships and financing activities with its SMBC infrastructure counterparts serving the Latin American, UK, European, Asian and Australian PFI markets globally.

    Prior to SMBC, Adam worked for Goldman Sachs for twenty three years in public finance as a Managing Director and departmental management committee member where he raised over $20 billion dollars in the US infrastructure, municipal and governmental housing markets. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Adam was a group head in Standard & Poor’s Public Finance department. Adam holds an MBA from the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University.
  • Robert Shouldice
    Robert Shouldice, Partner, BLG
    Robert Shouldice (Bob) is Chair of BLG’s National Council (our governing body), and a partner in our Corporate Commercial Group in our Vancouver office. Bob practises corporate and commercial law in the areas of acquisitions, mergers and divestitures, energy and transportation transactions, infrastructure projects, corporate reorganizations and corporate governance matters, and is recognized as one of the best lawyers in Canada in these areas by the foremost legal rankings publications.

    Bob has extensive experience with a wide variety of mergers & acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and joint ventures. He also has experience with energy and transportation industry transactions and infrastructure projects and joint ventures (domestic and international), as well as privatizations and other commercial transactions involving government corporations/agencies. He advises boards of directors and executive officers on a variety of corporate governance issues, personal responsibilities and liability risks, and best practices.

    Steven Smith, Senior Vice President, Parsons

  • Jose Tamariz
    Jose Tamariz, President & CEO, 407 ETR Concession Company
    Mr. Tamariz has over 21 years of experience in the transportation and construction industries, both in Spain and international markets. Mr Tamariz is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of 407 ETR Concession Company Limited and is the Cintra Director for Canada where he is participating in the Phase 1 and Phase 2 extension of Highway 407 as part of two separate consortiums chosen to build and operate the new highway extensions. 407 ETR, a 108 kilometre highway concession operating since 1999, is a wholly owned subsidiary of 407 International, and is one of the world’s most successful fully electronic toll roads. The company is also a recognized service provider for the provision of highway tolling, back office and customer services in Ontario, Canada.

    Mr. Tamariz holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree (B.Eng) and, in 1994 began his career as a Project Manager with OHL, where he spent 4 years with one of Spain’s leading construction companies. Jose then moved to Madrid, where he joined the Engineering Department at Shell España, a subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Shell Group. Since 1999, Jose has been with Cintra, S.L. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovial, S.A.) where he was first involved in the development of Transportation Infrastructure Projects as Development Director at Cintra Aparcamientos (Cintra’s car parking division), then as Managing Director of the R4 Madrid-Ocaña Motorway project, and then as Head of the Business Development and Technical Department where he was involved in several tendering processes in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Poland and Australia. In 2005, Jose moved to Ireland where he was first appointed C.E.O. of Eurolink M4-M6 Motorway Operation and two years later was also appointed C.E.O. of the Eurolink M3 Motorway Operation Ltd., which was followed by his appointment to 407 ETR in 2009.
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    John Vincent, Senior MD, Head of Project Finance & Private Fixed Income, Sun Life Financial

    As Head of Project Finance, John has established Sun Life's reputation as a leader in North America in the areas of financing of infrastructure including private public partnerships and independent power projects; and built a team to support these initiatives. The investment portfolio includes infrastructure (hospitals, bridges, roads), private power (gas co-generation, wind, biomass, and hydro), and other special purpose facilities, and is one of the largest of its kind in Canada. The group is also looking to jurisdictions such as the U.K. and Australia for deal flow going forward. 


    John oversees a portfolio of $6 billion and invests over $1 billion per annum in new projects annually contributing to Sun Life's Private Fixed Income program of over $4 billion. He is an expert in long term project financings, who has had portfolio management responsibilities in private placements and corporate banking and has structured, and restructured, invested in and managed a variety of types of private financings. John has represented Sun Life as a board member, a trustee or officer of a number of entities in which Sun Life has an investment in. 

    Mr. Vincent holds a MBA from the University of Toronto, and a B.S.c. from the University of Western Ontario, is a CMA, and holds the FCIS and Acc. Dir. designations..




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