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Socio-Economic Procurement in Resource Extraction

November 18, 2019 — This is one of a series of articles, based on a report commissioned by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) have been in place in Canada's North for decades. Like a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), an IBA is a legally binding agreement developed through consultation and negotiation with the relevant Indigenous bands. They outline...

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Socio-Economic Procurement in Aerospace & Defence

November 11, 2019 — This is one of a series of articles, based on a report commissioned by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Canada was one of the first countries to use Offsets, when Air Canada was still a Crown Corporation. Foreign vendors of passenger aircraft were required to show how their bids benefited Canada’s economy. Offsets involve activities designed to benefit...

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Introduction to Infrastructure Community Benefits in Canada

November 4, 2019 — This is one of a series of articles, based on a report commissioned by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). “Community benefits” are physical or socio-economic benefits for a local community, leveraged by dollars already committed to major infrastructure and land development projects. A Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is a legally binding and enforceable contract that sets forth specific...

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What constitutes a good community benefits policy framework?

October 28, 2019 — My recommendation for a framework around CBAs (I believe I may have mentioned my disdain for that term as it implies a requirement to apply benefits very narrowly in terms of geography) in broad terms would include the following: Eliminate the use of penalties to a developer or contractor. The idea of a bonus is attractive – the carrot and...

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Responsibility and Reputation: How ethical partnerships with big businesses and governments can pave roads and create jobs

September 24, 2019 — By Tim Runge, Partner It is interesting that the notion of a corporation having an interest in Socio-Economic Development issues is seen as new, and by some observers, evil.  At Babcock & Wilcox in 1987 my first assignment upon joining the company was to structure a large barter with Romania on behalf of a consortium of CANDU suppliers. At first...

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We should consider more than price when handing out government contracts

September 12, 2019 — By Tim Runge, Partner (This article first appeared in the Globe & Mail Report on Business in February 9, 2016) On April 9 last year, the Fraser Institute published a report that described Ontario's economic woes. With the second-highest debt in the country, highest annual budget deficit, and an average debt-to-GDP ratio of 38.6 per cent, Ontario, in the report's...

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Protectionist Policies and How Canadian Companies Can Fight Back

August 27, 2019 — By Tim Runge, Partner Much is being made (as it should) of the recent announcement by Bombardier that it will eliminate 550 jobs in Thunder Bay. It did not take long for senior-level politicians to assign blame at one another for the job losses, small consolation to the families who depend on these jobs. Is the slowdown in new orders...

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Innovations in Philanthropy: Social Impact and P3’s

July 22, 2019 — By Gray Hammond, Associate The growing numbers of foundations and non-profits in the world have generated a lot of innovation in philanthropy. Two of the most creative ideas are in Social Impact Investing and Public-Private Partnerships (“P3s”). Social Impact Social Impact Investing is not about making donations or grants, but investing assets. Normally a foundation gives 5% of its accumulated...

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Observations from the last Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships conference in Toronto: A growing awareness of Community Benefits Agreements?

June 17, 2019 — By Tim Runge, Partner Though it seems a long time ago the CCPPP meeting held at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre in November was as usual extremely well organized, offering terrific networking and learning sessions. It was, as a result well attended by people around the globe. Mark Romoff and his staff are to be complimented. It is an excellent gathering of...

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Are Community Benefits Agreements here to stay? Looks like it.

May 13, 2019 — By Jack Runge, Contributor Notwithstanding certain jurisdictions’ reluctance to add what some might consider an additional layer of “complexity” to infrastructure procurement, Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) are here in Canada and not going anywhere.  Look at Vancouver, BC where CBAs are now built into development ranging from projects like the 2010 Olympic Village to the $1.4bn Pattullo Bridge project. CBAs...

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What is a Community Benefits Agreement?

April 8, 2019 — By Tim Runge, Partner The term Community Benefits Agreement has until recent years been a relatively unknown one, at least in Canada. The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) defines Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) as “deals between developers and coalitions of community organizations, addressing a broad range of community needs. They are safeguards to ensure that affected residents share in...

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Community Benefits and Social Procurment Policies

June 30, 2017 — A Jurisdictional Review This report reviews community benefits and social procurement policies from around the world and analyzes the successes and challenges of the varied approaches. Through community benefits and social procurement policies, which align spending and purchasing activities with broader public policy objectives, governments are changing the way they do business to reap greater social and economic benefits. This...

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Federal Infrastructure Spending Benefits Only A Fraction

March 8, 2017 — In a special to the Financial Post, Charles Lamman and Hugh MacIntyre argue that Canadian Federal Infrastructure spending estimated at around $100 billion is only about 10% effective at actually stimulating the economy: In principle, sound infrastructure projects can improve the economy’s productive capacity. A needed road, bridge, railway or port that helps move people, goods and resources more efficiently...

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