When we were told the big guns were coming out in Quebec City,
who knew they were talking about PSMW 2018?
On the eve of the G7 Summit in Quebec City, it was PSMW that
stole the show with a program that had everyone talking about
planes, trains and automobiles - not to mention taking a deep dive
into an Olympian's life.
With close to 400 people in attendance for the two-day learning
event on June 4-5 at the Le Hotel Concorde, we heard key messages
focused on public infrastructure governance, inter-jurisdictional
perspectives on infrastructure management and sustainable
It was a journey that showed us the health and safety of workers
and environmental effects - essentially afterthoughts in the past -
are as vital to the planning process as the infrastructure
Stephane Jean told us in undertakings like the Romaine Project,
Hydro-Quebec has sought input from the local Innu community to
ensure the needs of all are respected, as an entire sustainable
community has been built in northern Quebec to house Hydro
We heard from VIA Rail's Chairperson of the Board of Directors,
Francoise Bertrand, who talked about a proposed High Frequency Rail
along the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor - imagine 75 minutes from
Ottawa to Montreal or Montreal to Quebec City in a little more than
two hours! Talk about Insight to Foresight! Talk about going green
We were given a peek into how Infrastructure Canada is investing
in projects ranging from public transit to green infrastructure to
rural and Nordic communities by Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief
Financial Officer, Corporate Services, Darlene Boileau.
Gartner Research Director De'Onn Griffin relayed the importance
of the workforce not only learning new ways of doing things, but
also letting go of the past, quoting futurist Alvin Toffler: "The
illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who
cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and
And, of course, PSMW finished with a splash, and a standing
ovation, as Olympic gold-medal-winning diver Sylvie Bernier
extolled the virtues of our personal infrastructure - because we
need to be at the top of our game in order to be successful.
Thanks to our sponsor, BMO Financial Group, delegates were able
enjoy a reception at the Observatoire de la Capitale, featuring
spectacular views of Quebec City, which simply can't be seen
anywhere else around town.
At fmi*igf National Office, we would like to thank all the
volunteers who made PSMW a rousing success, specifically co-chairs
Suzanne Chiricota and Dany Roy and their team of Joelle Jobin,
Patrick Dubuc, Veronique St-Hilaire, Peter Fequet and Marie-Jose
Bisson. And kudos to Quebec Chapter president Eric Miranda and
vice-president Nicholas Delisle, along with the FMI Board of
Directors and the many, many onsite event volunteers.
And save the date: May 13-14,
2019, River Rock Resort, Richmond, B.C., for PSMW 2019 Vancouver.