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Major Projects Forum 2024 Presented by KPMG

Friday, April 5, 2024
7:30 AM
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Schedule:Registration and Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. PT
Program: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

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KPMG's Emerging Trends in Infrastructure | 2024 edition

Infrastructure has a pivotal role in achieving global objectives such as energy transition, climate adaptation, economic growth, digital transformation, and social equity. To unlock the full potential of infrastructure, it is imperative to foster enhanced collaboration, pioneer innovative funding and regulatory frameworks, adopt novel construction methodologies, broaden skill sets, and cultivate a culture of flexibility and creativity.

In the 2024 edition of KPMG's Emerging Trends in Infrastructure, our global leaders identify ten key trends, and discuss the necessity for a shift within the sector to facilitate these global transitions in the way we strategize, finance, construct, and manage our infrastructure.

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Major Projects Forum 2024 presented by KPMG

In 2023, Greater Vancouver welcomed over 70,000 people, the equivalent of adding the entire population of North Vancouver to the region. As population growth continues at this rapid pace, there is an increasingly critical need for infrastructure development including housing, transportation, roads, energy, and social and economic infrastructure. At the same time, job creation and investment attraction are required to ensure that major infrastructure projects are delivered in a timely, affordable, and sustainable manner.

Join us for the second annual Major Projects Forum, presented by KPMG, as we bring together the leaders and businesses that are working hard to plan for future growth, build resilient foundations, and create lasting impact for generations to come.


Brenda Locke

Brenda Locke
City of Surrey


Eric Woodward

Eric Woodward
Township of Langley


Jas Johal

Jas Johal
Talk Show Host


Housing continues to be one of the biggest challenges to long-term growth, security, and stability for citizens and increasingly requires a creative and collaborative approach among stakeholders. This session will look at some of these unique solutions and how partners are working together to tackle housing.

Chris Gardner Dan Garrison Jennifer Podmore Russell Dr. Jeff Zabudsky Vivian (Wai-Ling) Chan

Chris Gardner, President, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association
Dan Garrison, Director of Housing Policy and Regulation, City of Vancouver
Jennifer Podmore Russell, Executive Vice President - Real Estate and Development, Nch’ḵaỷ Development Corporation
Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President, BCIT
Moderator: Vivian (Wai-Ling) Chan, Partner, Global Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG in Canada


As a thriving economic powerhouse with diverse industries, our region plays a vital role in Canada’s industry and production. In this session, panelists will explore a growth-focused agenda for the essential services and infrastructure that shape our regions’ industrial and production bases.

Mike Davies  Mike Leclair   Natasha Westover   Hayley Woodin Hastings

Mike Davies, Chief Operating Officer, Trans Mountain
Mike Leclair, VP Major Projects and LNG, FortisBC
Natasha Westover, Manager, External Relations BC, TC Energy
Moderator: Hayley Woodin Hastings, Editor in Chief, Business in Vancouver


While our region’s unprecedented population growth presents significant opportunities, ensuring that the essential services and infrastructure that businesses, individuals, and families rely on are keeping up with the pace of growth requires careful economic considerations, partnerships, and ability to navigate multifaceted regulatory environments. Panelists in this session will share trends and insights on navigating projects in this critical time.

James Harvey  Cheryl Nelms   Chris Sainsbury   Peter Hatcher  

James Harvey, General Counsel & VP Infrastructure, TI Corporation
Cheryl Nelms, General Manager, Project Delivery, Metro Vancouver
Chris Sainsbury, Global Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG in Canada
Moderator: Peter Hatcher, EVP, Regional Executive Leader, Western Canada and Territories, WSP in Canada

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