Dates: October 2021
Location: Cambridge, Ontario
The Steering Committee welcomes 48 leading lawyers in the Canadian infrastructure sector to discuss current developments and trends in the infrastructure market, with a focus on both legal and broader market perspectives. Participants include senior counsel both from private law firms and in-house legal teams for various market perspectives, including government 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.
Mark is the General Counsel of ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras, S.A. (the concession/P3 and operations arm of ACS Group). Mark is actively involved in all legal, commercial and financial matters involved in ACSIC’s activities in Canada. His responsibilities include the structuring, negotiation and settlement of all documentation with procuring authorities and ACSIC’s partners and funders. In doing so, he works closely with the executive, finance, technical and project teams at ACSIC.
Candice Alderson is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the Ledcor Group of Companies, a privately owned company that is one of the most diverse conglomerates in North America. The Ledcor Group of Companies consists of the Commercial Construction, Property, Industrial, Mining, Pipeline, Resource, Transportation and Telecommunication business units. Candice has worked with a variety of these business units during her time at Ledcor and is currently the senior legal advisor for Ledcor’s P3
and Telecommunications Group, while also overseeing certain general corporate matters, including acquisitions for the Ledcor Group of Companies. Candice graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from
Concordia University (double major) and a LLB from the University of Victoria. Candice was an executive member of the Vancouver Bar Association and has been active on various Canadian Bar Association
Committees (BC and National) during her legal career. She is past Chair of the Bar Talk Editorial Advisory Board and participates in the CBABC’s Women’s Lawyers Forum mentorship program. She is also a
member of the Canadian Infrastructure Law Forum Organizing Committee. She is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference (2004), a member of the Governor General’s BC Study Tour Committee and a member of the Advisory Board of Power to Be. Candice was awarded L’Expert’s Top 40 Under 40 Rising Star Award.
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.
Mandy is a graduated law clerk and has experience working within both the legal and oil & gas industry. She was an exchange student in 2006, through Rotary International, to Brazil and is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese. Mandy has returned to Brazil on many occasions to assist in the opening of a private English school and had the privilege to volunteer as a teacher within the school for six months. In her spare time, she enjoys learning other languages and spending time with her dog, Gus.
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 Canadian Infrastructure Law Forum 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 Borden Ladner Gervais 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
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