Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

May 12, 2009 12:53 ET

Media/Photo OP Alert: Smart Ways to Spend Infrastructure Dollars

Highly popular Policy Engagement Series seminar offered again

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 12, 2009) -

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor.

Dr. Chris. Kennedy and three fellow University of Toronto engineering professors are leading the way in research on the future of transportation and infrastructure in the province. Dr. Kennedy will be the keynote speaker in the Policy Engagement Series seminar at the Sutton Place Hotel (955 Bay Street, Toronto) on Thursday, May 14. The Smart Ways to Spend Infrastructure Dollars seminar is being presented by the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, in partnership with the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto.

The session will discuss the driving issues in developing infrastructure for the emerging creative economy and address the role infrastructure systems can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. Using a five‐level hierarchy, Dr. Kennedy will assess the economic impact of infrastructure investments as possible future directions for Ontario’s infrastructure. The seminar was first presented on March 24.

The main points of the presentation are:

  • city‐building booms are the cure for deep recessions;
  • additional electricity supply is key to a green and prosperous future; and
  • future infrastructure systems must provide greater connectivity between cities and accelerate the circulation of goods, people and ideas.

Among the invited guests are senior members of the public service, industry experts, MPPs, and university faculty and students

WHO:Dr. Chris Kennedy, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
  
WHAT:The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
 Policy Engagement Series: Smart Ways to Spend Infrastructure Dollars
  
WHEN:Thursday, May 14, noon to 2 p.m.
  
WHERE:Stop 33, Sutton Place Hotel, 955 Bay Street, Toronto

This event is part of a quarterly series designed to educate and provide unbiased insight into key engineering issues. It provides an opportunity for industry experts to communicate their findings to a distinguished audience of decision-makers and government officials.

About the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Founded in 2008, the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy is committed to bringing the voice of engineering into public policy and to helping safeguard the public interest. The centre focuses on specific areas of research including smart infrastructure, tomorrow’s energy solutions, healthy communities, and a new generation of engineering talent. As well, the centre actively reaches out to members of the engineering profession, the academic community, policy-makers, opinion leaders and others interested in advancing the public interest.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
    Donald Wallace
    Executive Director
    416-840-1078
    dwallace@ocepp.ca

    or

    Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
    Catherine Shearer-Kudel
    Business Manager
    416-224-1100, ext. 1204
    cshearerkudel@ocepp.ca