2011 Award Winners for Innovation & Excellence

TORONTO, November 15, 2011 – The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) announced the eight 2011 Award Winners for Innovation and Excellence in public-private partnership infrastructure development in Canada. Recognized for outstanding achievement in the areas of project financing, service delivery, and infrastructure investment, this year's recipients include two highways, two courthouses, a government data centre, a concert hall, Canada's national cryptologic agency and P3 Champion David Johnstone. Case studies of selected winners are available in the bookstore.

According to Mark Romoff, CEO, CCPPP, this year's award winners are a true testament that Canada is leading in the use of P3s or AFPs, Alternative Financing and Procurement, as they are known in Ontario, to deliver infrastructure and services faster and with better value to communities that are in high demand for renewal and investment.

"These P3 projects saved Canadian tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars and at the same time delivered much needed infrastructure, quality jobs, and social benefits to society," said Romoff. "The Gold Award for the Sea to Sky Highway not only showcased Canada to the world during the Vancouver Winter Olympics it also provided approximately $131 million in additional benefits to the community including training and employment for many First Nations workers and recreational trail improvements along the highway. This is public-private partnership at its best."

Gold Award Winners

Service Delivery

Sea to Sky Highway – a $600 million project to improve the safety, sightlines and slope stabilization of the 95 kilometre long section of Highway 99 highway from West Vancouver to Whistler, B.C.


L'Adresse Symphonique – a $259 million new acoustic concert hall in Montreal that provided $46.8 million in cost savings.

Project Financing

Surrey Pretrial Services Centre – a $90 million Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified correctional facility developed to help reduce overcrowding in the existing facility and improve the correctional environment.

Silver Award Winners

Service Delivery

Durham Region Courthouse – a $334 million fully functional and most technologically advanced courthouse in Ontario delivered $49 million in cost savings to the Government of Ontario.

Project Financing

Communications Security Establishment Canada – a $867 million accommodation facility for Canada's national cryptologic agency saved $176 million.


Ontario Ministry of Government Services Data Centre – a $352 million new data centre to house increased data storage capacity and security for the Government's new online services strategy. Garnered $64.2 million in cost savings.

Award of Merit for Infrastructure

North East Stoney Trail Highway – A $650.7 million ring road highway around Calgary and Edmonton improved access and safety that was approximately 63% of the cost compared to traditional project delivery

2011 Champion

The Council also recognizes David J. Johnstone as a P3 Champion in Canada for his outstanding leadership and achievements in developing major public-private transportation partnership projects in New Brunswick since 1995. As head of New Brunswick Highway Corporation from 1995-2010, Mr. Johnstone was responsible for the award winning 195 km. Fredericton-Moncton Highway project, and the 275 km. Trans-Canada Highway Project from Long's Creek to the Quebec border, just to name a few.