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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.

Day 1 – March 31, 2016
History and Evolution of P3s

Day 2 – April 7, 2016
Procuring the P3 Project

Day 3 – April 14, 2016
Financing the P3 Project – Government, Debt & Equity

Day 4 – May 3, 2016
Constructing, Operating & Maintaining the P3 Project/Insuring the P3 Project

Day 5 – May 10, 2016
Managing the P3 Project

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


  • Richard Abboud, Founder & CEO, Forum Equity Partners
  • Mark W.S. Bain, Torys LLP
  • Jody Becker, SVP Emerging Markets and Chief Strategy Officer, EllisDon
  • Fred Blaney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships New Brunswick
  • Robert G. Borduas, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Montréal
  • Charles Caza, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Bird Construction
  • Ehren Cory, Divisional President, Project Delivery, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Dr. Rueben Devlin, President and CEO, Humber River Hospital
  • Marni Dicker, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Geoffrey G. Gilbert, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Ottawa
  • Elliott M. Gwosdy, Senior Contract Manager, Honeywell
  • Nicholas Hann, Executive Director – Infrastructure at the Macquarie Group
  • Grant Headrick, Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance, DBRS
  • David Ho, Senior Vice-President, Procurement and Records Management, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Ian J. Houston, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Mike Marasco, CEO Plenary Concessions, Plenary Group
  • Paul Martin, Senior Vice President, Origination, Plenary Group
  • Karen Mill, Assistant Vice President, Legal, Partnerships BC
  • Timothy John Murphy, McMillan LLP
  • Christina O’Donnell, Regional General Counsel, Black & McDonald Limited
  • Rupen Pandya, President and CEO, SaskBuilds
  • Gordon Paul, Senior Vice President, National Director, Public Private Partnerships, AON Risk Services
  • Louise Panneton, President, P1 Consulting Inc.
  • Saad Rafi, former Chief Executive Officer, Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee
  • Chris Rick, Project Director, Alternative Financing and Procurement Projects, PCL Constructors Inc.
  • 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



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments. The fees do not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, 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.

Cancellations and Substitutions

If you are unable to attend the program your organization may name a replacement. A full refund will be issued for cancellations received a minimum of 21 days before the program start date. Written cancellations received after March 10, 2016 will be subject to an administration charge of $700. Non-attendance or withdrawal after the program start date (March 31) will result in complete forfeiture of the program fee. Payment must be received by March 17, 2016.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Myrsini Zacharakis

Program Details

Date & Time

March 31, April 7, 14, May 3, and May 10, 2016


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

Fee per Delegate

$3795 plus HST

Registration for this program is now closed.

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 CCA’s Gold
Seal Certification program for
5 Special Industry
Course credits.

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