OCSI News And Events
[EVENT] INFRAFORUM A GREAT SUCCESS
Posted on: Fri, May 27th, 2016
OCSI hosted the 3rd annual Infrastructure Forum in Toronto on the timely topic of leveraging infrastructure investments for economic growth in Ontario. Session kicked off with a panel on "Big Things Happening in Ontario" in stormater, water and soil, followed by group discussions on the topical questions posed by the panelists. Provocateurs included MP Adam Vaughan, Allan O'Dette (Ontario Chamber of Commerce) and Mike P. Moffatt (Chief Economist Mowat Centre) who provided key information and perspective to fuel the courageous converations throughout the day. The results of the session will be published in an Outcome Statement. Link for the InfraForum slides, below.
[EVENT] INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2016
Posted on: Fri, Nov 20th, 2015
Plan to join us for the 3rd annual Infrastructure Forum.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - TORONTO
Leveraging infrastructure investments
for economic growth in Ontario
Event information and Tickets.
Check out the Top Five Reasons You Should Attend the InfraForum
BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN ONTARIO (Panel)
STORMWATER - Christine Zimmer
(Credit Valley Conservation)
WATER - Krystyn Tully (Lake Ontario Waterkeeper)
SOIL - J.P. Marini (Terra Nova Environmental Services Inc.)
Mike P. Moffatt
Chief Economist, Mowat Centre
Mike P. Moffatt is one of Canada's most dynamic young thinkers. He is the Chief Economist of the Mowat Centre, an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy (BEPP) group at the Ivey Business School at Western University and a Research Fellow at the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management in addition to being a regular contributor to Canadian Business and Macleans.
President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Allan O'Dette is the President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the voice of 60,000 businesses from across Ontario which collectively employ over two million people and produce nearly 17 percent of Ontario's GDP. Prior to joining the OCC, Allan was an entrepreneur and a senior executive in the biopharmaceutical industry with over 25 years of experience.
Adam Vaughan, MP (Spadina – Fort York)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs)
Adam Vaughan was elected twice to Toronto City Council before voters sent him to Ottawa to represent urban issues in Parliament. As an activist and as a journalist, Adam has played a significant role in the social and economic growth of Toronto. On City Council he played a major role in reforming the planning process in the city. He led successful campaigns to rebuild and revitalize existing public housing stock while initiating new policies to create family housing, supportive housing and new co-op housing programs in Toronto. Before entering politics, Adam was a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, specializing in municipal affairs for both the CBC and Citytv. He covered all three levels of government and has written about urban issues too.
[NEWS] A SUSTAINABLE FUNDING SOLUTION
Posted on: Wed, May 18th, 2016
FULL COST FOR WATER RATES PROVIDES A SUSTAINABLE FUNDING SOLUTION
May 18, 2016 – As one of the leading voices of public infrastructure in Canada, the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is committed to the sustainability of our transportation, water and sewer systems and other public infrastructure. Sustainable funding is a key area of focus for OCSI.
OCSI applauds the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) and the release of their report earlier this week Bringing sustainability to Ontario's water systems. The report studies the progress of the past quarter-century and identifies 18 findings and recommendations. (See link, below, for copy of the report.)
Three recommendations include:
WATER RATES: "Although steady progress is being made, existing water and wastewater rates will need to rise, or significant improvements in productivity will need to be realized, if water services are to achieve true financial sustainability over time."
INFRASTRUCTURE: "After a generation of underinvestment in water-related infrastructure, the scale of reinvestment will necessarily be large and will need to be sustained over time."
GLOBAL: "Canada's and Ontario's water policy should recognize the growing continental importance of water-source access, preservation and conservation and new forms of economic activity related to water use. The focus should be on preserving water resources, levering competitive economic advantage (especially in the Great lakes Region), and ensuring full-cost compensation for water withdrawals. Ontario should seek opportunities to be a leader in these efforts."
"As municipalities continue their efforts in moving towards good asset management, sustainable funding sources will be required to deliver the much needed priorities for each community. Full cost recovery for water, wastewater and stormwater provides a sustainable solution for funding these essential amenities," said Carl Bodimeade, Chair of OCSI.
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