Keynote Speakers

Michigan State Governor Snyder to Deliver Keynote Speech at Canadian Infrastructure Conference in Windsor, ON.

April 16, 2018- Windsor, ON –  The Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) is pleased to announce that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will be delivering a keynote address to the 300+ attendees of the 12th Annual CNAM Conference in Windsor, Ontario this May 14 – 17, 2018. The major infrastructure conference will be held at the Caboto Club.

As part of his keynote remarks, Governor Snyder will touch on the Michigan Infrastructure Commission and the Michigan Infrastructure Asset Management pilot project. The pilot project is being complimented by the creation of a Michigan Infrastructure Council which will set policy and standards. This further highlights the commitment and vision Governor Snyder is laying out to leverage asset management practices and policies that improve the safety, security and prolonged life of assets in the State of Michigan while also seeking to reduce the costs, improve health and comply with regulations.

The theme of this year’s CNAM conference is “Bridging the Gap” in infrastructure finance, engineering and public policy that sometimes exists within the asset management profession, not only in Canada, but across the border and elsewhere around the world.  There is a lot Canada and the United States can learn from each other and together, the two major trading partners can work to better manage North America’s aging public infrastructure.

This year’s conference will also have several other speakers from Michigan who will be sharing their experience and updating us on their projects including the City of Grand Rapids, City of Detroit, Genesee County, Oakland County and the City of Ann Arbor.  With infrastructure at the core of our quality of life and asset management plans continuing to emerge to assist in the long term maintenance and operation of infrastructure, the CNAM conference is an integral part of professional development for asset management at the local, regional, national and international levels.

The CNAM Board of Directors and Planning Committee are proud to welcome Governor Snyder to Windsor this May and hope asset management professionals from across Canada and the United States will be able to join us in Windsor, just across the bridge from Detroit, to participate in the CNAM 2018 Conference.

Keynote Speaker:  Mark Butler

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), Director of  Communications

Mark Butler is Director of Communications for Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) and has more than 30 years of experience in communications strategic planning and delivery. Prior to joining WDBA, Mark Butler spent 25 years with the Government of Canada and has held increasingly responsible positions on border-related initiatives within several federal departments including the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canada Revenue Agency, Transport Canada, and Infrastructure and Communities Canada. He has also worked in the Offices of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and at the Embassy of Canada in Washington.

Created in 2012, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Crown corporation which reports to Parliament through the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. As such, WDBA is wholly owned by the Government of Canada but is structured like a private company and operates independently from government.

WDBA will manage the procurement process for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the new bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan through a public-private partnership (P3). WDBA will select the P3 concessionaire and manage the P3 concession agreement. WDBA is also responsible for project oversight including the actual construction and operation of the new crossing. As the operator of the new bridge, WDBA will set and collect all tolls.

WDBA is led by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and governed by a board of directors who are responsible for overseeing the business activities and other affairs of WDBA. The board is comprised of up to nine members, including the CEO. All directors are approved by the Government of Canada with the Chair and CEO holding office for five years and the directors holding office for up to four years.

WDBA is located in Windsor, Ontario.

Keynote Speaker:  Jeff Adams, Paralympian and World Champion

For Jeff Adams, a wheelchair is a vehicle for success. This five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion in wheelchair sports is living proof that focus, determination, and spirit are the keys to achieving “gold medal” dreams. Combining his unique understanding of life’s challenges with his experience as a world-class athlete, Jeff synthesises his experience in sport, government, and business into messages that show how the path to success is often the same, regardless of the goal that is being pursued.

Jeff started using a wheelchair at nine years old; the radiation therapy that saved his life while battling cancer in infancy had, by nine, permanently damaged his spinal cord. Since then, he has faced this monumental challenge admirably, competing in six consecutive Summer Paralympics, from 1988 to 2008, and winning a total of three gold, four silver, and six bronze medals.

Jeff has appeared in television commercials, acted as a global spokesperson for multinational corporations, and worked as a journalist and commentator for media. He served as Chair of the Accessibility Committee for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Committee, and is Chair of the Ontarians with Disability Advisory Council. He is a recent inductee into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.

A rare breed of an athlete, Jeff successfully transitioned from sport to business.  He founded two companies, Marvel Wheelchairs, and Icon Wheelchairs, Marvel underwent an acquisition in 2010, and Icon was acquired in 2015.  Jeff is currently the Executive Director of the ArtsGames Foundation.