Champion for New Approach for Infrastructure Development Gets Diamond Jubilee Award
February 25, 2013

February 25, 2013 - The champion of a powerful tool for infrastructure delivery -- Public-Private Partnerships -- has been awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by i-CANADA and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA).

"As President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Mark Romoff and his organization have helped Canada become recognized as a world leader in PPP activity," said Barry Gander, Co-Founder of i-CANADA and EVP, CATA. "We have serious under-funding of the communications infrastructure in Canada, and PPPs are definitely going to be part of the solution." I-CANADA is calling for the attainment of ultra-speed networks for all Canadians by 2020, to match competitive pressures in the rest of the world.

"Overall, Canada has a significant infrastructure deficit, in line with a global infrastructure deficit estimated to be upwards of $57 trillion. Effectively addressing our infrastructure deficit, particularly given current fiscal challenges, requires governments to look at innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery such as those offered by the P3 model available in Canada."

Mr. Romoff is also a member of the i-CANADA Governors Council. The Council is Chaired by New Brunswick Premier David Alward, and includes other Premiers, Mayors and CEOs. i-CANADA's goal is to create an Intelligent Nation, where each community is making full use of digital inclusion, ultra-broadband communications, and a rainbow of applications, to prosper with the higher employment and better living standards that are the hallmark of Intelligent Communities.

About Mark Romoff
Prior to being appointed President and CEO of CCPPP in January 2011, Mark led an international consulting practice focused on global trade, investment and innovation strategy. Previously, he was the founding President and CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, driving successful commercialization of new technologies, developing the next generation of entrepreneurs and enabling new company start-ups through seed capital investments across priority sectors.

Over his twenty five year career with the government of Canada, Mark served as Executive Director at Industry Canada and in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as a senior diplomat in Nigeria, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan and the United States with responsibility for Canada's trade, investment, and science and technology relationships.

Mark is a committed volunteer who serves as a member of the Board of Career Edge Organization, the Quebec City Conference, the Central Canadian Public Television Association and is Vice-Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships Governing Council. His education includes a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, a Masters in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, and he is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program and the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation.

About the CCPPP
The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships was established in 1993 as a national not-for-profit, non=partisan, member-based organization with broad representation from across the public and private sectors. Its mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. The Council Is a proponent of evidence-based public policy in support of P3s, facilitates the adoption of international best practices, and educates stakeholders and the community on the economic and social benefits of public-private partnerships. The Council organizes an annual conference that is recognized internationally as the premier forum bringing together senior government and business leaders in the P3 community at which the most successful Canadian public-private partnerships are celebrated through CCPPP's National Awards For Innovation and Excellence.

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About i-CANADA
i-CANADA is a movement dedicated towards making all Canadian communities -- large and small, urban and rural -- into Intelligent Communities, fully employing e-health, e-work, e-commerce, e-education and e-government, to provide the sustainable prosperity that comes from full digital enablement. i-CANADA is powered by Canada's largest technology organization: the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA). I-CANADA's mission is to provide Canadian communications with the knowledge and tools to become leaders in the global intelligent economy. It is currently working with some 50 Canadian communities, rural and local, to transform them into Intelligent Communities. 'First the community, then the country', is the motto that i-CANADA uses to visualize the evolution of Canada into one of the world's Intelligent Nations.

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