2017 Student Research Symposium

NPN-logoThe Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) invites you join us for its 11th Annual Conference in Calgary, Alberta, May 15 – 18, 2017.  This year CNAM will be holding its 4th annual Student Research Symposium. The purpose of the symposium is to showcase asset management research projects in Canadian universities and provide a platform for communication, collaboration and networking among young researchers and practitioners in the field of asset management.

The 2017 conference theme is “Harnessing the Power of Asset Management” and poster presentations are being solicited that fall within one of the following topics:

  • Strategic planning
  • Performance measurement
  • Infrastructure finance
  • Risk based planning and decision making
  • Levels of Service
  • Information technology applications in asset management

Other novel topics that are related to infrastructure asset management will also be considered.

Symposium entrants are not required to pay to register for the conference.  A complimentary code will be provided for your registration.  Registration is complimentary with entry into the poster contest.  This includes an ability to attend daily sessions, workshops, the NPN wine and cheese reception and daily meals.  Group tours and tickets to the Gala Dinner are available at additional cost. 

On Tuesday May 16th, during the conference networking breaks, student presenters will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work with conference participants.  Posters are displayed in a manner and location that promotes interest and presents opportunities for students to network with leading practitioners and employers in the field of asset management.  Wednesday May 17th student presenters will convene after the morning key note speech.  Each presenter will be given ten (10) minutes to explain their work to the judging panel of past CNAM Chairs, followed by a five (5) minute question and answer period.  Poster presentations will be evaluated and prizes will be awarded to the best submissions.

Submission Requirements

Students will be required to submit an extended abstract (500 words or less) of their work to skinawy@kpmg.ca. The abstract should clearly state the motivation for their work, key research objectives, approach, and a summary of key findings.

Accepted abstracts will be invited to prepare a poster (40” x 27” – Landscape Orientation) to present their work during the CNAM conference.  We recommend the use of PowerPoint to create the required custom page setup for poster submissions.

Students are required to print their finished poster and bring the poster to the conference registration table at 8:30am on the morning of Tuesday May 16, 2017.

Key Dates

  • Submission of abstracts no later than Friday March 17, 2017
  • Author notification of abstract acceptance: March 31, 2017
  • Submission of electronic version of poster: April 28, 2017
  • Poster presentation: May 16-17, 2017 at CNAM Conference in Calgary

About CNAM

The Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) was established by seven visionary municipalities (Hamilton, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Burnaby, Montreal and Halifax) to further the practice of asset management in Canada. CNAM was formalized as a not-for-profit association in 2009 to promote industry awareness, innovation and knowledge transfer of municipal and utility infrastructure asset management principles and practices among both operational and strategic practitioners. CNAM leads an inclusive and multi-disciplinary approach for infrastructure asset management, resulting in reliable public services that support the wellbeing of Canadians and sustainable communities. As a national leader for infrastructure asset management, CNAM is a recognized source of knowledge, promotes innovation and collaboration and provides a common voice to facilitate action.  CNAM’s New Professionals Network was formed in 2014 to support the activities of the Association, create networking opportunities and foster relationships between young professionals in the field of Asset Management.

Congratulations to this year’s participants

Special thanks to the 2017 sponsor EllisDon

Research Presenters:

Representing the University of Waterloo, NAIT, and UBC Okanagan, congratulations to Zaid Alyami,Yekenalem Abebe, Ngandu Balekelayi, and Vivek Kevat pictured here after yesterday’s presentation.



Sherif Kinawy

CNAM NPN Poster Competition Coordinator