The Construction Record, Canada’s only regularly running construction industry podcast, spoke to public-private partnership experts in the lead-up to the 25th annual CCPPP National Conference on Public-Private Partnerships.
Shared here are some highlights from a recent podcast chat The Construction Record had with Mark Romoff, Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships CEO and president.
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What do you think about the P3 model and how it is now and where it is headed?
P3s have been around a long time in Canada, in fact the model that is in play today has evolved considerably in the last 25 years. Both the model itself and leaders across Canada have matured in their own view in the importance of investing in infrastructure and ways in which they can procure infrastructure which will get them very best outcomes.
Today, what we are finding is that there is very much a focus in communities across Canada in getting smarter, more innovative and modern in their approaches to investing in infrastructure and delivering public services.
What are your thoughts on the appeal of the conference, not just in Canada but also internationally?
The nature of the program and the people attending has become more and more international every year. That is the case in spades this year. We will have people from 25 countries from around the world. Obviously there will be a big delegation from Canada and large numbers from the U.S., U.K., Australia and also from countries you might not think of being interested in this approach (P3) such as several countries from the Gulf and a large delegation from Uganda.
The conference has been quite a meeting place for the movers and shakers and those hoping to become movers and shakers in the P3 and infrastructure community — that is really wonderful.