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Apr 23

Accelerating Growth with Infrastructure Banks: A Conversation with the Canada Infrastructure Bank and Ontario Infrastructure Bank

Toronto ON, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300

Roundtable Luncheon with Ehren Cory and Brian J. Porter

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C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

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With Canada facing a $1 trillion infrastructure deficit, accelerating projects across the country will be critical to building the next generation of infrastructure Canadians need. On April 23 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, join us for an insightful discussion with Ehren Cory, CEO of the Canada Infrastructure Bank and Brian Porter, Chair of the Ontario Infrastructure Bank on the transformative role of infrastructure banks in shaping our communities, fostering economic growth, and reducing the infrastructure gap. This event will explore the important role of both organizations in catalyzing investment in essential infrastructure by providing flexible financing options and bridging the gap between the public and private sector.

Ehren Cory, Chief Executive Officer, Canada Infrastructure Bank

Ehren Cory is the CEO of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), an impact investor deploying capital to develop the next generation of infrastructure Canadians need. He is a recognized leader in sustainable finance and infrastructure investing in Canada.

Ehren joined the CIB in 2020, bringing his infrastructure expertise and track record of delivering results by partnering with the private and public sectors. He is focused on the CIB's strategic direction to accelerate infrastructure investment in Canada, and building the CIB as a sustainable, results-oriented organization.

Prior to joining the CIB, Ehren was the CEO of Infrastructure Ontario, a Provincial Crown Agency responsible for financing, building and increasing the value of the province's infrastructure and real estate assets. He became CEO in 2017 after spending four years in executive roles in the organization. Between 2001 and 2012, Ehren was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Toronto, where he was a leader in the Public Sector and Capital Projects practices, advising clients in both the private and public sectors.

Ehren is involved in a number of Canadian and international organizations tackling sustainability in relation to financing infrastructure, including the Institute for Sustainable Finance at Queen's University and the Sustainable Finance Action Council. He also serves on the boards of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and Unity Health Toronto.

Ehren graduated with distinction from the MBA program at INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France. He also received an Honours degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Brian J. Porter, Chair of the Board, Ontario Infrastructure Bank

Brian Porter served as Scotiabank’s Chief Executive Officer from November 1, 2013 to January 31, 2023.

Mr. Porter served as Chair of the University Health Network (UHN) for 7 years and remains on the Board of Trustees. 

He serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Huron University College at Western University, is a member of the Fairfax Board of Directors, Chair of the Board of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (Canada) and has joined the board of directors for Emera.

Mr. Porter previously served as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Washington-based Institute of International Finance (IIF) as well as a Board Member of the Council of the Americas and The BlackNorth Initiative.

Mr. Porter earned a B.Comm. from Dalhousie University, and has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from Dalhousie University (2008) and Ryerson University (2018). He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.

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