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Canada is one of the world leaders in public-private partnerships (P3s). And with a new federal government committed to building infrastructure, P3s will no doubt be on the rise for the foreseeable future. If you are a lawyer or government or business executive working in infrastructure development, now is the time to enhance your mastery of the design, delivery and maintenance of P3s, as well as their complexities and pitfalls.

Led by program directors Marni Dicker and Richard H. Shaban, an expert, multi-disciplinary faculty with years of experience working with all levels of government will give you valuable insights into what makes P3s work — and fail. Why are there concerns in some quarters about the efficacy of P3s? What are the key characteristics of successful P3s? How can you avoid the common missteps that plague unsuccessful projects?

You will also learn about the nuts and bolts from start to finish — considerations when deciding whether a project is suitable for a P3, through financing of the project and the role of debt and equity, and finally to operating, maintaining and managing the P3 project. Hear from the key players, including senior government and industry executives, in a variety of engaging sessions including lively panels at the end of each day of the certificate. And of course, there will be extensive opportunity for introductions, questions and discussion between sessions.

Upon completion of this program, you will have a solid understanding of:

  • The history and evolution of P3s — the background and legal framework in which they operate
  • The current and emerging use of P3s throughout Canada
  • When a project is suitable for a P3
  • The process of bringing the P3 deal together — the timelines and the team players required
  • Procurement and P3s — best practices and common pitfalls
  • The role of the Fairness Monitor — balancing the interests of the parties and maintaining an open, transparent process
  • How to finance P3s — including financing structures, market influences, stakeholders interests, lenders due diligence, equity and governance issues
  • Constructing, operating and maintaining the P3 project: best practices
  • Insuring the P3 project: risk mitigation tools and default mechanisms
  • How to deal with supervening events and delays
  • Dispute resolution: keys to overcoming conflicts among the players
  • Termination and expiry — P3 transition and turnover provisions


Program Directors

  • Marni Dicker, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Richard H. Shaban, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Advisory Board

  • Mark W.S. Bain, Torys LLP
  • Robert G. Borduas, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Montréal
  • Timothy John Murphy, McMillan LLP
  • Anne M. Stewart, Q.C., Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver
  • Gordon F. Willcocks, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


  • Mark W.S. Bain, Torys LLP
  • Jody Becker, SVP Emerging Markets and Chief Strategy Officer, EllisDon
  • Chris Bennett, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Fred Blaney, President, New Brunswick Highway Corporation, Former ADM Partnerships, New Brunswick
  • Robert G. Borduas, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Montréal
  • Brian Budden, Executive Vice President, Plenary North America
  • Ehren Cory, Divisional President, Project Delivery, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Marni Dicker, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Catherine Doyle, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Simon Finlayson, Senior Legal Counsel, SNC Lavalin O&M
  • Geoffrey G. Gilbert, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Ottawa
  • Grant Headrick, Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance, DBRS
  • David Ho, Senior Vice-President, Procurement and Records Management, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Jim Janetos, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Tara Mackay, Torys LLP
  • Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx
  • Michael Mills, Vice President, Investments, PPP Canada
  • Timothy John Murphy, McMillan LLP
  • Louise Panneton, President, P1 Consulting Inc.
  • Gordon Paul, Senior Vice President, National Director, Public Private Partnerships, AON Risk Services
  • James C. Paul, President and Chief Executive Officer, Defence Construction Canada
  • Rupen Pandya, President and CEO, SaskBuilds
  • Sarah E. Roberts, President, INTECH Risk Management
  • Mark Romoff, President and CEO, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP)
  • Douglas R. Sanders, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
  • Richard H. Shaban, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Divya Shah, Senior Vice President, Transaction Finance, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Eric Tilley, Senior Vice President, Legal Services, Infrastructure Ontario
  • John Traianopoulos, Vice President, Transaction Finance, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Vickie Turnbull, Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance, RBC Capital Markets
  • John D. Vincent, Senior Managing Director, Head of Project Finance, Sun Life Financial
  • Sharon Vogel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Peter Wallace, City Manager, City of Toronto
  • Sean Wiley, Senior Vice President, AFP Operations, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Judy L. Wilson, Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Public-Private Partnerships. Participants must attend all program modules and successfully complete the take-home assignment to receive a certificate.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


Have questions? Read our FAQs.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Jessica Foster

Program Details

Date & Time

February 23, March 2, 8, 23 & 30, 2017


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$3995 plus HST

Email us to be notified once the next session becomes available.

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers whose focus/practice area is infrastructure, construction, procurement and project financing
  • Federal, provincial and municipal representatives involved with infrastructure/construction/development/procurement
  • Non-lawyers working for lenders, developers, project management companies, insurance and risk management in the construction/infrastructure/development/procurement context
  • Construction/Infrastructure/Procurement industry consultants
  • Mediators and arbitrators of construction/infrastructure disputes
  • P3 developers, constructors and advisors
  • Engineers and Architects

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This program has been
accredited by the CCA for
5 credits towards Gold
Seal Certification’s education

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