WCR&HCA Infrastructure Forum (2012)

The Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (WCR&HCA) held its 2011 annual Infrastructure Forum at the Fairmont Orchid, Kona, Hawaii, during the 2012 WCR&HCA Conference.


The WCR&HCA Infrastructure Forum held presentations and sessions on topics of national, regional and international significance. The WCR&HCA Infrastructure Forum '11 featured the following:

National Perspective and Overview Presentations

  • Dee Miller, Chair of the CCA provided an overview of the CCA's activities, challenges and priorities.
  • Bill Ferreira, CCA Director Government Relations will overview the activities and achievement of the CCA's Civil Infrastructure Council.
"Infrastructure Funding: The Challenges, Benefits, & Associated Risks Facing Municipalities" is the focus of the second half of the Forum to be moderated by Chris Lorenc, B.A., LL.B., President of the WCR&HCA.

Canadian municipalities face a cumulative infrastructure deficit for existing and new infrastructure in the order of $230 billion dollars. Existing practices and revenues streams available to municipalities are inadequate to the task. An impressive panel has been assembled to cover key topic areas: "The community Benefits of sustained investment in infrastructure" - Peter Norman, Altus Group

Peter is an industry-recognized urban economist and forecaster specializing in economic and demographic analysis and forecasting services. Before joining Altus in 1998, Peter gained experience in strategic business planning and economic forecasting at Bank of Montreal's economics department. "More of the same won't cut it" - Gordon Hume, President, Hume Communications Inc.

Gordon is recognized as one of Canada's leading voices on municipal government, cultural planning, and creative cities. He is a popular public speaker, an advisor to municipal governments and a respected author.

"Fine, you want more - A Municipal Perspective" - Phil Sheegl, CAO City of Winnipeg

Phil previously worked in the private sector in Canada and United States in development and pharmaceuticals. He first started work with the City of Winnipeg in April 2008 as director of planning, property and development. He was appointed CAO in 2011.

"Sustained funding considerations - an industry perspective" - Michael Atkinson

Michael has been President of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) since March of 1993. He is a member of the Construction Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, the Industrial Security Advisory Board, the Joint Federal Government-Industry Real Property Advisory Council, and the Canadian Society of Association Executives.