Thinking About Infrastructure 2018: Querying the Infrastructure Gap

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The infrastructure gap is in the news almost every day. It’s a massive number that keeps on growing. What does this mean for decision making around infrastructure, and how can we thoughtfully respond to the gap?

Over the last few decades, a growing number of organizations have attempted to calculate Canada’s infrastructure gap. A reflection of the investment required to maintain and restore existing infrastructure, the gap has become an important measure of our ability to keep pace with the demand for services and our commitment to the very structures that affect our quality of life.

But are we measuring the right things? What do we mean when we talk about infrastructure? How we should ultimately respond to this ever-growing gap.

Join us and take the conversation about infrastructure in Canada to the next level.

Infrastructure is about more than just physical things, it’s also about the services delivered through those things.

Infrastructure debates tend to focus on large-scale, expensive, physical things (and the politics of wanting those things). By expanding our definition to include services, we unlock a series of pathways that can help us better address the infrastructure issues.

We have multiple levels of government willing to make significant investments in infrastructure.

The capital-intensive nature of infrastructure highlights the role of decision making around how those investments are used and directed. It’s time for a thoughtful and comprehensive discussion about infrastructure in Canada—one that focuses on how best to support the Canadian public through those investments.

Gain practical insights from national and international experts and leaders.

Experts from across Canada and abroad will share their insights on how to understand and respond to the infrastructure issues. Emerging and best practices will be discussed, with a view towards informing practice and policy in Canada.

This is your chance to explore key issues, network with your peers, and be a part of this important conversation.

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The Conference Board is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. It has a long-standing reputation for developing and sharing the latest insights on infrastructure through its Centre for Transportation and Infrastructure (CTI). Conference Board events attract the top public and private sector leaders, and provide an insightful and enlightening learning experience for conference participants.

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