Inside the minds of privatizers

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It's no secret that the people who want to privatize public services are mainly interested in one thing: profit. They look at public services and they see large projects, steady demand, and reliable funding. In other words, they see opportunities to make money, and lots of it 

But an upcoming conference on privatization provides an even more detailed glimpse into the minds of privatizers, and what they think about when they think about public services, including:

  • Capitalizing on the Trump Presidency
  • Finding the next "hot" privatization opportunities
  • Managing the costs of "community benefits."

Hosted by an organization that calls itself "The Canadian Council on Public Private Partnerships," the P3-2017 Conference is taking place Nov. 6 and 7 in downtown Toronto. Billed as the "largest annual P3 conference in the world," the organizers are expecting that more than 2,000 lobbyists and corporate investors will pay the $1,750 entry fee to rub shoulders with pro-privatization politicians and party insiders.

Outside of the conference, community and labour leaders will be rallying against privatization.

Inside the conference, a number of politicians will be speaking. They include:

  • Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
  • Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi
  • Toronto Mayor John Tory
  • China Public Private Partnerships Center Deputy Director Bin Han
  • Canada Infrastructure Bank Chair Janice Fukakusa
  • Federal Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott

During the two-day event, participants will be able to attend a variety of workshops and lectures that offer hints and tips on subjects like capitalizing on the Trump presididency, find lucrative privatization projects, and keeping the costs of "community benefits" as low as possible. The sessions include:

  • Re-Building America: The Trillion Dollar Plan. P3s are at the centre of the Trump Administration’s infrastructure plan. What are the opportunities?
  • What’s Hot? What’s Needed in Advancing International P3 Markets? Who are the new global players in the P3 space? What do they need from the international market to bring their projects successfully to market?
  • Building Local Support: Getting to Yes. Every successful project plans to bring benefits to local communities. But at what cost? What is the ‘new normal’ of collaboration between owners, project companies and communities?
  • Speed Networking. Shorter than a coffee chat but longer than an elevator pitch, this is one of the premier networking opportunities P3 2017 has to offer.