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  Ian Edwards is President of Infrastructure for SNC-Lavalin. This speech was given at the Board of Trade of Metropolitain Montreal on May 6, 2016.
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  • 2. SNC-Lavalin Ian L. Edwards’ speech – Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal 2 Hello, Bonjour, Thank you to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal for the opportunity to speak in this Strategic Transportation Forum today. I am Ian Edwards, the President of Infrastructure for SNC-Lavalin and I’m relatively new to Canada and Montreal but not new to the transport sector having spent my whole career in the development and construction of infrastructure across the globe. I moved to Montreal approximately one and a half years ago to join SNC- Lavalin after spending almost 20 years in developing infrastructure in the Asia pacific region. This was across a range of countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Philippines and Australia, to name a few. Prior to this, I was based in the UK primarily working in London developing transport links to the redevelopment of the old London docklands. The global nature of my past has helped me develop a valuable context on what I think leads to the successful development of infrastructure projects. I’m actually very excited to be in North America, especially Canada because of the strong commitment by government to invest in infrastructure so I see an interesting period for our industry ahead.
  • 3. SNC-Lavalin Ian L. Edwards’ speech – Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal 3 It was also pleasing to see the recent announcement by the Caisse de depot regarding the commitment to build the LRT in Montreal. What I want to talk about today is how urban transit systems can enhance and support the future growth of our cities and economies and also how SNC-Lavalin will support this growth both in the global infrastructure context but especially here in Canada. * * * * Global context If we first consider the global context for infrastructure especially transport. In the developing world, we see populations moving to urban cities as the economies become wealthier. This urbanization creates the need for more transit as modern cities are generally based around a dense living concept. In the developed world transport infrastructure has become old and in need of replacement. In addition, alternate methods of transport to the car are desperately needed to complement an efficient transport solution again in urban areas. I also believe that in the developed world we will also see a significant technology disruption to car ownership over the next decade. With the introduction of various transport alternatives and the decreasing desire of
  • 4. SNC-Lavalin Ian L. Edwards’ speech – Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal 4 the younger generations to own cars together with the availability of efficient mass transit systems we will see significant change. You will find some very interesting research on this by a number of people. As an aside the current world demand for infrastructure globally is 4 Trillion dollars and supply is 3 Trillion dollars giving an annual deficit of one trillion year on year. So the world is desperately in need of additional transport infrastructure. * * * * Benefits It’s very clear that improved transportation brings economic benefit in a number of ways. Urban transit systems play a key role in creating this benefit. The direct benefit is the immediate economic and employment opportunities from the design and construction of the infrastructure followed by the long term employment created to operate and maintain the railway. Perhaps less tangible is the benefit of efficient movement of people and the creation of commercial, retail and residential hubs located at stations along transit systems.
  • 5. SNC-Lavalin Ian L. Edwards’ speech – Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal 5 There are also social benefits where leisure, restaurant and retail hubs are created at street level along a transit system. Traffic congestion, pollution and parking issues are all improved leading to a better quality of life. * * * * Global examples Globally different governments have adopted different models to create effective transit links in their cities. In Hong Kong, many of the mass transit rail system has been funded on a property model where government and developers have worked together to create commercial/retail and residential hubs along the alignment of the new railways. This has been a success story both financially and socially. In Singapore, a more social approach has been taken where government has made a commitment to ensure 90% of the population are within 10 minutes’ walk of a transit station. In London over the last two decades the goal has been to refurbish a decaying transport system and to improve east west connectivity to increase the efficiency of the whole system to address the needs of a modern city. * * * *
  • 6. SNC-Lavalin Ian L. Edwards’ speech – Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal 6 Canada In Canada, we have our own success story with significant investment being made in urban light rail transit systems in all major cities. Between 2002 and 2010 the federal capital investment was over $10B which created over 140,000 jobs and is reported to have generated $21B In total economic output according to Canadian Urban Transit Association. As SNC-Lavalin, we are proud to have played a major role in the development, design, construction and operation of 6 out of the last 9 transit systems that have been built or are in the process of being built. The Canada Line in Vancouver which has been in operation since 2008 is a great example where it has connected both the airport and the suburbs to downtown. In this project based on the P3 model we played a leading role in financing, designing, building and now operate and maintain the system. As a matter of fact, we partnered with the Caisse de depot on this project. We are also currently completing the Evergreen Line in Vancouver which is also a P3 project. Here it is interesting to see that residential and retail development has been built along the alignment of the railway in anticipation of the opening of the railway, not after the opening. Another one of our projects, The Confederation Line in Ottawa, a P3 project that won Top PPP deal of the year in 2013 by Project Finance
  • 7. SNC-Lavalin Ian L. Edwards’ speech – Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal 7 Magazine and that will result in significant economic benefits. The project will stimulate the city’s economy and be a catalyst for the development of mixed use communities, reduce demand on road traffic and make the city cleaner, more efficient and more attractive to live, invest, work and play. Eglinton Crosstown is another project that we have recently started building, a 25 station LRT running across 19km. It is the largest transit expansion in Toronto’s history. It will move people up to 60% faster than the existing bus service, reduce traffic and create tens of thousands of jobs in Toronto. * * * * SNC-Lavalin Where we see our role in the successful implementation of both the current projects and the future projects in Canada is in the whole life cycle of a project. From inception planning, to finance, detailed design, construction and ultimately operation and maintenance of the transit system. We are very pleased to see the commitment by Federal and Provincial government to invest in transport infrastructure across Canada.
  • 8. SNC-Lavalin Ian L. Edwards’ speech – Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal 8 I would also say again we are pleased to see the commitment to build the Light Rail Project here in Montreal and look forward to see it running on the Champlain Bridge, another one of our projects currently underway. The Champlain bridge is obviously a key transport infrastructure project here in Montreal replacing the aging existing bridge but also providing economic benefit to employees and local suppliers here in Quebec. * * * * Success So what do we think are the key success factors for developing effective transport solutions? Firstly Planning: Political vision, financial commitment, an integrated transport solution that allows for sustainable, growth in an urban environment are key. Our transport systems were mostly built during the 20th century so working in close partnership with different stakeholders, including the government and the communities, is key to a project’s success. Understanding and addressing a community’s concerns regarding any disruption to their way of life and meeting governments’ concerns regarding
  • 9. SNC-Lavalin Ian L. Edwards’ speech – Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal 9 the overall value of investing in a major project. Also factoring in how the project will benefit the end-user. Secondly User Experience: A user experience does not start once they jump on board a transit. It starts the minute they start planning their journey and ends once they’ve attained their final destination. Our experience has led us to identify that ease of access, cost-efficiency and comfort are key elements that guide their choice of transportation. Lastly – Consider Future Generations: Projects planned now will service future generations. Over the last decade, the ways we think, learn, work, build a family, take care of our health, commute and consume have changed dramatically. Interconnectivity, information and options for citizens have progressed at every level. We have got used to an amplified ease of access in everything we do. * * * * Conclusion So in conclusion. Infrastructure is central to every aspect of life. It is a key driver for productivity and growth and a critical contributor to the well-being
  • 10. SNC-Lavalin Ian L. Edwards’ speech – Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal 10 of Canadians. That is why the Government’s current drive to invest in Infrastructure is an opportunity for Canada. As a company, we are very proud to contribute to Canada’s growth and we work to ensure it will have positive outcome for our clients, our employees, the environment and our communities. Thank you for your time and attention. I will now leave you with short video to showcase our achievements.
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