“British Columbia is widely regarded as a leader within Canada for the development of an ambitious and rigorous P3 program,” said Sauder Dean Robert Helsley at the 2014 P3 Student Summit.

The Sauder School of Business and the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships co-hosted the event, held at the school from March 6 to 7.

The summit attracted students and industry professionals from all over Western Canada to share the latest research and developments within public-private partnerships (P3).

Over the last 20 years, P3s have emerged as one of the best ways to tackle the global “infrastructure deficit,” for example congested roads and run-down airports.

Currently, Canada boosts 2006 projects and new graduates entering the field are key to ensure the success of these and future ventures.

“Between the Sauder School of Business and UBC’s Department of Civil Engineering, this university is one of the largest academic centres in Canada for studying and teaching the topic of P3s,” said Helsley.

Several initiatives developed to address this need were highlighted at the summit, such as promoting young leaders in infrastructure and engaging with academics.

Speakers included Sauder Senior Associate Dean, Special Projects, Thomas Ross; Sauder Professor Anthony Boardman; Sarah Clark, President and CEO, Partnerships BC; and Mark Romoff, President and CEO, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.