Smart investments require thoughtful planning. As the pandemic has brought on the greatest recession since the Great Depression, we have a once-in-a-generation-opportunity to build back better and choose infrastructure priorities for the Canada we want over the next 30 years. Hear from the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, in conversation with Amanda Lang, about how she’s bringing Canada’s priorities into action as a part of the government’s new blueprint for building modern, sustainable infrastructure as Canada charts a path for a prosperous, inclusive and net-zero emissions future.
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Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure & Communities
In 2015, Catherine McKenna was elected the first female Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre and appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change. She was re-elected in 2019 and serves as Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
As the former Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine helped negotiate the Paris Climate Agreement and Canada’s first climate plan with a price on pollution, expanded parks and protected areas across Canada, and brought in the Impact Assessment Act to protect the environment and build a stronger economy.
As Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, she oversees Canada’s $180 billion infrastructure program including the Invest in Canada Infrastructure Program with provinces and territories that is building thousands of projects, creating jobs across the country and building cleaner and more inclusive communities. Her mandate includes leveraging private sector capital to build infrastructure in the public interest through the Canada Infrastructure Bank and launching Canada’s first National Infrastructure Assessment to map out Canada’s infrastructure with a focus on growth, inclusion and a path to a net zero future by 2050.
Catherine previously worked as a competition and trade lawyer in Canada and Indonesia, was a negotiator with the UN peacekeeping mission in East Timor, taught at the Munk School of Global Affairs and co-founded the charitable organization Level Justice.
Anchor & Reporter, BNN Bloomberg
Amanda Lang rejoined BNN Bloomberg in January 2018, returning to the channel she helped create almost 19 years earlier. As New York correspondent, she was a key part of the team that launched BNN Bloomberg’s predecessor, ROBTV, in 1999.
Lang has been covering business news in North America for 20 years. She started her journalism career at The Globe and Mail and then the National Post, before moving into television with ROBTV and then CNN.
Lang returned to BNN Bloomberg/ROBTV in 2002 as anchor of the network’s flagship morning show before creating and hosting SQUEEZEPLAY, a nightly issues-driven debate show with Kevin O’Leary. In 2009, Lang left BNN Bloomberg to join the CBC as its senior business correspondent. Most recently she worked as an anchor for Bloomberg Television Canada.
Lang studied architecture at the University of Manitoba before becoming a journalist. Her best-selling book, The Power of Why, (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success. Her second book, The Beauty of Discomfort, was published in 2017.