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Opening Plenary Session

Investing in Transportation: Building Canada's Economy

Monday, September 25 – 08:45-11:00

St. John’s Convention Centre; business casual attire


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Keynote Address

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi (invited) or Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau (invited) will deliver the keynote address on investing in transportation, as well as current and upcoming transportation challenges.

Panel Discussion - Financing in the Transportation Industry

Moderated by Don Newman, award-winning broadcast journalist, this panel discussion will provide an overview, strategies and future implications about financing in the transportation industry.

Panelists from the following organizations have been invited to offer insights and perspectives:

  • Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • la Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec
  • PPP Canada

Don Newman, Chairman of Canada 2020, and Principal Strategic Council, Temple Scott Associates

Mr. Newman’s celebrated journalism career spans more than forty years. As Senior Parliamentary Editor of CBC Television News, he anchored live specials and his own national weekly and daily political affairs programs. He also helped launch Canada’s first all- news channel, and reported with The National, and was a foreign correspondent, with CTV and CBC, reporting from Washington, New York and the United Nations.

His recently published career memoir “Welcome to the Broadcast” has received critical acclaim. Mr. Newman is a life member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press, Canada’s History Society (a long-serving director and now on its Advisory Council), a director of the Canadian Committee of World Press Freedom Day and the Canadian Club of Toronto, and a founder of the Science Media Centre of Canada.