Delivering the Goods 2013

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AECOM Canada Ltd.

 R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd.

Focus Corporation

Golder Associates

ISL Engineering & Land Services

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Levelton Consultants Ltd.

 Mainroad Group

Stantec Consulting

 Thurber Engineering Ltd.

 Urban Systems Ltd.


Associated Engineering Ltd.

BC Road Builders

exp Services Inc.

McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

Northwest Hydraulic Consultants

Opus International Consultants (Canada) Limited



Dywidag Systems Canada


Each year ACEC British Columbia, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Translink co-host a one day transportation conference showcasing the future direction and trends surrounding the province's transportation plans. Delivering the Goods 2013 will focus on transportation infrastructure for goods movement across the Pacific Gateway.
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Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. 

Welcomes and Introductions 
8:30 a.m.

Morning Presentation

Justin Pedley, Director, Trade Areas, Port Metro Vancouver.

8:40 a.m.

Building Port Infrastructure for the 21st Century 

To ensure a robust and sustainable gateway, Port Metro Vancouver is collaborating with its partners and leveraging provincial and federal funding for generational investments in supply-chain infrastructure in the Metro Vancouver region.  As part of the Trade Areas Program, the Port is leading, funding or contributing expertise to 17 separate major infrastructure improvement projects in three distinct trade areas. The Container Capacity Improvement Program is Port Metro Vancouver’s long-term strategy to meet anticipated growth in container demand until 2030.

Tour of Port Metro Vancouver

Cliff Stewart, Acting Vice-President, Infrastructure Delivery; and Justin Pedley, Director, Trade Areas, Port Metro Vancouver.

9:15 a.m. (Tour departs)

Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest gateway to the world’s most dynamic economies. Port Metro Vancouver offers 28 major marine cargo terminals and three Class I railways, providing a full range of facilities and services to the international shipping community. Join Port Metro Vancouver representatives on an one-hour Harbour Tour, to get a glimpse of the cargo terminals in action and to get a perspective of the infrastructure projects underway that are helping to ensure long-term reliability and sustainability of this gateway.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Jacquie Dawes, ADM Transportation Planning & Policy, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure

1:00 p.m.

Getting the Gateway Going

Transportation infrastructure to support trade diversification gained momentum in 2005 with the release of the Ports Strategy and the commitment of $22 billion in investments.  Over the next 8 years, BC’s Pacific Gateway Transportation Strategy identifies $25 billion in new investment from public and private sectors in port terminal capacity, rail lines and facilities, and roads. It is a good time to be an engineer.

Afternoon Plenary Topics

Doug Bloom, President, Spectra Energy Canadian LNG

1:30 p.m.

Natural Gas Opportunities for British Columbia

The development of natural gas resources and related infrastructure is a key part of the Pacific Gateway Strategy.  In September, 2012 Spectra Energy and BG Group announced a joint venture to build a major natural gas system to serve a new LNG facility off Canada’s west coast.  This project offers British Columbia a unique opportunity to access new markets, strengthen its energy infrastructure, engage stakeholders in economic growth and job creation, and ultimately secure the province’s position as a competitive energy leader.

Sany Zein, Director of Roads, TransLink

2:00 p.m.

TransLink's Goods Movement Initiatives

An overview of TransLink’s initiatives related to improving the efficiency of goods movement in Metro Vancouver, including current and future infrastructure projects, technology deployments and joint research, information sharing and streamlining initiatives. 

Refreshment Break
2:30 p.m. 

Afternoon Presentations and Panel Discussions

Stream A - Northern Connections


Stream B - Southern Links

3:00 p.m.

Northern Corridor to Prince George Airport

Cuyler Green, Director of Operations,
Prince George Airport Authority 

Exploring the airport’s role since its expansion in the transportation network and the opportunity for diversifying northern BC’s economy and opening up new routes and markets for western Canada products.


3:00 p.m.

History of the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor

Mimi Sukhdeo, Regional Director, Policy and Planning, Transport Canada; and David Beckley, VP Engineering & Implementation, TransLink

The RBRC Program was announced in June 2007 as a $307 million infrastructure improvement package of nine strategic projects along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor.  Building from the successful partnership of the RBRC Program, additional funding partners joined in 2009 and committed to seven infrastructure projects within the North Shore and South Shore Trade Areas.  This set of projects is valued at $350 million.  This presentation will offer a high level federal perspective on the $657 million investment to Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway.

3:20 p.m.

Highway 97: Connections to the North

Scott Maxwell, District Manager, Transportation, BCMoTI

This presentation will provide an overview of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s vision for Highway 97 from Cache Creek to the Peace Region; including the Cariboo Connector, the Hart Highway, and the Alaska Highway. The presentation will discuss the importance of the Highway 97 corridor to the province and include recent accomplishments, current plans under development, and future ideas for the corridor.


3:20 p.m.

South Fraser Perimeter Road - Planning, Design & Construction

Geoff Freer, Project Director, Gateway Program

Nearing completion, the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) will be open to traffic in late 2013.  This $1.2B, 40 km long expressway is a key transportation component of British Columbia’s Pacific Gateway. This presentation summarizes the scope and status of this new infrastructure as well as its role in supporting the Pacific Gateway.

3:40 p.m.

CN Expansion to Prince Rupert

Doug Allen, Senior Manager, Design and Construction, Western Region, CN

In 2011, more than half a million carloads/intermodal units moved over CN’s B.C. North corridor.  By 2015, CN traffic on this line could nearly double.  The more than $150 million invested by CN in capacity expansion along the Edmonton-Prince Rupert corridor will help accommodate the growing import-export traffic moving between the Port of Prince Rupert, the B.C. interior and major centres across CN’s network in Canada and the United States.


3:40 p.m.

The Combo Project

Ken Zondervan, Manager, Design & Construction, City of Surrey

The presentation will describe Surrey’s perspective on the rationale for and background to Surrey’s participation and role in the RBRC Program, and the process and steps taken in defining the scope of the five individual projects comprising the Robert Bank Rail Corridor Program in Surrey. 

The presentation will then focus on the planning for, and delivery of, the “Combo” Project which is comprised of overpasses of CP Rail at 196 Street, 54 Avenue and 192 Street and the associated roadways, and will discuss some of the key decisions, responses to public issues, key challenges and current project status.

4:00 p.m.

Port of Prince Rupert Upgrade

Don Krusel, President & CEO,
Prince Rupert Port Authority 

Being the closest North American port to Asia, the Port of Prince Rupert is positioned on the shortest trade route between the world’s most dynamic economies. With four world-class terminals, including the fastest-growing container terminal in North America, and ample industrial land ready for development, the Port of Prince Rupert is growing Canada’s trade with Asia’s fast growing economies safely, responsibly and sustainably.


4:00 p.m.

Container Capacity Improvement Program

Cliff Stewart, Director of Infrastructure Development, Port Metro Vancouver 

Container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years, and nearly triple by 2030. Current projections indicate approximately four million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of additional capacity will be needed to meet West Coast container demand by 2030. The Container Capacity Improvement Program is Port Metro Vancouver’s long-term strategy to deliver projects to meet anticipated growth in container capacity demand until 2030. The Program looks at two main opportunities; improvements that can be made to existing terminals and infrastructure to accommodate growth, and new infrastructure that may be required as demand continues to increase.

4:20 p.m.

Panel Discussion


4:20 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Networking Reception

5:00 p.m.

Deputy Minister's Awards Dinner

6:00 p.m.

New for 2013 is a fifth Awards category for transit related projects.

The conference offers all participants a great opportunity to network and learn more about current and future major trends and projects that will shape British Columbia's transportation system. Presentations from previous conferences are available below.


Presentations from previous transportation conferences are availalble here: