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InfraSight

Deep dives into transport, power, analytics and more.

Webinars brought to you by CPCS, advisors to infrastructure leaders. 

InfraSight is CPCS’s thought leadership webinar series, offering our team’s insights on cutting edge topics and emerging ideas in transport, power, analytics and public-private partnerships. These insights are the product of our work and our people. Join the next InfraSight to see for yourself.

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About this session

How do electricity distribution companies make decisions on irreversible investments in the face of cost-recovery uncertainty?

In this InfraSight session Dr. Samantha Witte, Senior Consultant at CPCS, will shed light on this question through her doctoral research. In it she investigates the effect of uncertainty-reducing regulatory reform on critical distribution grid investments.

Meet the experts

Samantha Witte, Ph.D.

Samantha is a regulatory economist specialized in advanced analytics spanning economics and finance. Her current work includes a power sector financial model in Ethiopia, and an economic impact assessment for a private investment transaction in Ghana. 

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Manuel Tinoco

Manuel draws on his 40 years of experience in the analysis and planning of the development of power systems globally, and deep experience with technical assistance projects for international finance institutions.

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About this session

The effects of climate change are worsening. 

Public transit operators worldwide are increasingly being impacted by events such as floods, wildfires and extreme temperatures. Climate change considerations are becoming an integral part of infrastructure planning. 

In this InfraSight session, CPCS advisors Elizabeth Drake and Nick Roberts explore the key climate change risks facing urban rail and bus systems. They also highlight the approaches being used by owners and operators to adapt and plan for such risks.

Watch this session to learn:

  • The top climate change trends affecting the public transit sector (rail and bus)
  • How these trends translate into risks for owners and operators
  • How infrastructure owners and operators are adapting to such risks

Meet the experts

Elizabeth Drake

Elizabeth is a Principal Consultant and oversees climate change advisory work at CPCS. She has almost 20 years of consulting experience in the transportation and infrastructure sectors, covering projects related to freight and passenger transport strategy and planning, decarbonization and e-mobility, infrastructure governance and financing.

Nick Roberts

Nick is a senior consultant specializing in transportation and infrastructure. At CPCS, he’s worked on sustainable-focused projects with cities, municipalities, and transit agencies across Canada. Nick has supported many clients in the transition to lower carbon emission technologies, particularly for fleet transition. 

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About this session

Love it or hate it, mobility pricing is here to stay. Planners and policymakers around the world are revisiting mobility pricing strategies as a solution for dealing with congestion and environmental challenges caused by road-based travel.

Mobility pricing – also called congestion pricing, road usage charges, or cordon charges – is a transportation policy where road users are charged fees based on factors such as time, distance, or level of congestion. The aim is to manage vehicle emissions, reduce congestion, and fund transportation infrastructure.

So, what different approaches can be taken to implement mobility pricing?

In this InfraSight session, CPCS transport advisors Kitty Chiu, Adrian Lightstone and Steve Allen, and Daniel Firth of C40 Cities explore the key factors that go into implementing mobility pricing. They investigate various approaches used by transport agencies globally and examine their potential impacts. They also discuss what policymakers should consider when designing mobility pricing strategies in this rapidly changing landscape.

Watch this session to:

  • Gain an understanding of what mobility pricing is, how it works, and why it’s gaining traction as a strategy for managing urban mobility challenges

  • Explore mobility pricing considerations, strategies and mechanisms being implemented by transport agencies globally  

  • Uncover trends and opportunities related to mobility pricing

For questions about this webinar, please contact communications@cpcs.ca 

Meet the experts

Kitty Chiu

Kitty is a CPCS Principal Consultant and mobility planner advising on major transportation projects. For more than 12 years now, she’s been helping public and private clients see their transportation challenges in a multidisciplinary manner with a focus on equity and the impacts decisions have on communities.

Daniel Firth

Daniel serves as Director of Climate Action Implementation at C40, developing and implementing multi-region projects to advance cities’ Climate Action Plans. He has led strategy, policy, and implementation of major urban planning, transportation, climate action and innovation projects in multiple global regions. Daniel has a track record of implementing complex and politically sensitive projects like traffic restrictions, urban densification, and road user charging.

Adrian Lightstone

Adrian is Vice President Canada at CPCS. Adrian has experience leading multi-disciplinary transportation projects relating to regional transportation, mobility pricing, transit and freight. He has a background in feasibility, business case, financial and economic modelling, policy, and stakeholder engagement. Adrian has worked on several files in North America, including the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission in Vancouver.

Steve Allen

Steve is Vice President, UK and Europe, at CPCS. He has 30 years of experience in the transport industry and has worked in several financial and commercial roles. Since CPCS, Steve has worked on major rail projects in Toronto.