Dates: October 2 - 4, 2022
Location: Montréal, Québec
The Steering Committee welcomes 48 leading lawyers in the Canadian infrastructure sector to discuss current developments and trends, with a focus on both legal and broader market perspectives. Participants include senior counsel from private law firms, in-house legal teams, the public sector, and procuring authorities.
Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group shares experience from their varied jurisdictions and engages in meaningful dialogue on the most pressing issues facing the industry.
The Steering Committee, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.
James was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Legal Services Branch in August 2016. He began his career in private practice in the United Kingdom in 1996, and moved into industry in London in 2001 as in-house counsel with BAA PLC, the world’s largest airport operator, with a practice focused upon major infrastructure development.
After relocating to British Columbia, James practiced for two and a half years with Pushor Mitchell LLP in Kelowna. James joined the BC Public Service in 2007 and developed a busy commercial transactional practice engaged in delivering the Province’s public private partnership (P3) program, including the Port Mann Highway 1 Project, the South Fraser Perimeter Road Project, the Evergreen Line Project and the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.
In addition, James has been involved in many other P3 projects in an advisory capacity, including the Sierra Yoyo Desan Road Project, as well as a number of the Province’s non-transportation, vertical infrastructure projects, including the Surrey Pre-Trial Services Centre Expansion Project, the Okanagan Correctional Centre and the Children’s and Women’s Hospital Redevelopment Project.
Agnes von dem Hagen is Vice President of the Transaction Legal department at Infrastructure Ontario. In this role, Agnes oversees the legal team working with Infrastructure Ontario’s business units to deliver Alternative Financing and Procurement/P3 projects and certain commercial and special projects for the Province.
She and her team advise on and manage various matters during the pre-transaction, transaction and implementation stages of these projects, including structuring and risk allocation of the project, procurement processes, negotiations and closing of the transaction, and advising on contract management issues during the construction, operation and maintenance of the asset. The team also plays a key role in familiarizing co-sponsors and other funders with project documents and the P3 model for all asset types, including transit, highways, hospitals and other social infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Infrastructure Ontario in 2012, Agnes practiced corporate and commercial law at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in the Business, Infrastructure/P3 and Construction Groups. Agnes obtained her LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2008.
Brenna joins Cambridge Forums with 20 years of experience in events, fundraising, and development. She has spent most of her career in the music industry, working for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, overseeing the planning of high-profile events like the JUNO awards. Most recently, she launched a successful national advocacy campaign for the live music sector resulting in significant relief funding from the federal government. Her early career involved raising funds and executing events for non-profit organizations and foundations, including the University of Toronto and the Ireland Fund of Canada. Brenna looks forward to her role as Forum Director to blend her experience and passion for bringing people together and fostering meaningful connections. She is a mother of two, a fitness enthusiast, and is best known for her sense of humour.
Built on genuine interactions and spontaneous connections, the Forum is a unique opportunity for timely and practical discussions among preeminent leaders in Canadian infrastructure law.
"The Forum on Canadian Infrastructure Law has perhaps the strongest content of any program I have attended (P3 or otherwise). The networking opportunities are great, and the combination of that plus content makes this one of the best each year."Brian Clark Senior Vice-President Plenary Group Vancouver, BC
"Excellent program. High level of expertise. Stimulating discussions."Kevin Keyes Partner Miller Thomson LLP Calgary, AB
"Engaging discussion among industry leaders in a small setting. The participants are well informed and provide a forum to address topical issues in search of solutions to better the industry."Colin Sam Vice President, Associate General Counsel Onex Corporation Toronto, ON