Back-to-back events in May 2022 provided opportunities to put Envision® front and center on an international stage. Recognition of Envision as a transformative framework for sustainable infrastructure keeps growing, and below are some key activities President and CEO Anthony Kane and Managing Director Melissa Peneycad undertook to continue that momentum.
Envision Italia and University of Genoa Keynotes
While in Italy for the Envision Italia Conference, Kane gave a presentation on sustainable infrastructure at University of Genoa, on May 25. A 550-year-old university well known for its program in sustainable architecture, engineering, and design, Università di Genova provided an opportunity for Kane to speak about the state of sustainable infrastructure in front of an audience of faculty and students (some of whom are using Envision in their master theses!). The next day, he traveled to Rome to deliver a keynote address at the Envision Italia Conference, organized by our Italian partner, ICMQ. Senior leaders representing the companies, operators, and ENV SPs that make up the Envision community in Italy were in attendance. The event’s return to an in-person format after more than two years delivered valuable project updates and lessons learned on developing sustainable infrastructure in Italy. In the same week, ISI was also pleased to announce that another Italian project had received an award through Envision Italia, the Bologna Bypass Project.
Melissa Peneycad represented ISI at the 6th UNECE International Public-Private Partnerships Forum in Barcelona (May 4-6, 2022), where PPP practitioners from around the world gathered to challenge one another and share best practices. She moderated a panel on how the circular economy can be supported by “People-first” PPPs, that are evaluated against five people-first outcomes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a discussant in another session, she provided live assessments of projects from Mexico, Brazil and Slovenia that were submitted to UNECE as case studies aligning with its People-first evaluation methodology, leading to a robust discussion about sustainable PPP development.
Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Conference
Peneycad delivered the opening keynote at Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Conference in Whistler, B.C. ISI-approved Envision-qualified trainers from luuceo consulting presented an Envision Workshop, and ISI also had a booth at this conference. Attended by 550 academics and practitioners, from 14 countries, this conference provided an unparalleled opportunity to communicate the value of Envision on projects alongside ISI’s partner in Canada, the CSCE. The event saw participation by key infrastructure leaders and decision-makers, including plenaries by the federal and provincial (British Columbia) ministers of infrastructure. A full announcement about CSCE 2022 appeared on the Envision Canada website.