New infrastructure financing program at York University’s Schulich School of Business to support G7 global development initiatives


TORONTO, June 6, 2018 − York University’s Schulich School of Business will launch a new program to teach the world’s latest advances in infrastructure financing and development to visiting G7 Fellows from  emerging economies. The program was specially created in response to key challenges in addressing the infrastructure gap that G7 leaders plan to discuss in Quebec later this week, such as climate change, the health of the world’s oceans, and the use and production of energy sources.

The infrastructure education program is part of a major G7 Investor Global Initiatives project announced today by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), in collaboration with other leading Canadian and international investors and the Government of Canada. The initiatives will focus on three themes: closing the infrastructure gap, climate change and gender equality.

York University’s Schulich School of Business, through the School’s Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure, is the initial educational partner.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaking at announcement of Canadian and G7 investors.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaking at announcement of Canadian and G7 investors.

“York University is working with partners around the globe and here at home to address the most pressing challenges of our time,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton. “As an educational institution that is dedicated to sustainability, York is proud to join with leading Canadian and G7 investors to build the expertise in infrastructure financing that is so critical in our interconnected world.”

The program will bring senior public sector infrastructure managers in emerging markets to Schulich for a three-month intensive business program, followed by an internship in the infrastructure group of a participating global investor.  Fellows will also receive training on the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation’s leading SOURCE platform for infrastructure project development.

“Schulich School of Business is proud to be the education partner, together with the Government of Canada and leading institutional investors, toward advancing the G7 goals of closing the infrastructure gap and addressing gender inequality and climate change in emerging and frontier economies around the world,” said Dezsö J. Horváth, Dean of the Schulich School. “We look forward to welcoming the accomplished women and men selected as the first G7 Fellows to take our new custom-designed infrastructure program through the School’s Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure.”

The first cohort of 12 Fellows will start their studies a year from now, and the number is expected to grow to more than 30 in future years.

“Schulich’s Infrastructure program is global and collaborative in outlook so that the first Fellows will learn not only from their professors, but also from each other, returning to their countries of origin equipped with the expertise and international network they need to successfully achieve their infrastructure goals, as set out by the G7,” said James McKellar, Director of Schulich’s Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure. “The Brookfield Centre is proud to play a role in addressing the challenges of city building and improving the quality of environment for people across the globe.”

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 25 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Global, innovative and diverse, Schulich School of Business offers business programs year-round at its state-of-the-art complex at York University; at its Miles S. Nadal Management Centre located in the heart of the Toronto’s financial district; and at its new campus in Hyderabad, India. Schulich also operates a number of satellite centres in Beijing, China; Mumbai, India; Seoul, South Korea; Mexico City, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schulich offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate business degrees that lead to rewarding careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and has 30,000 alumni working in over 90 countries. The School pioneered Canada’s first International MBA (IMBA) and International BBA (iBBA) degrees, as well as North America’s first ever cross-border Executive MBA degree, the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA. The School launched one of the world’s first Master of Business Analytics and Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure degrees and has one of the largest portfolios of Masters’-level degrees of any business school in North America. Schulich’s Executive Education Centre provides executive development programs annually to more than 10,000 executives in Canada and abroad.

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