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July 19, 2022

OLRT Commission Panel of Experts Participating in the Discussion on Public-Private Partnerships July 28, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.

UPDATED JULY 25, 2022 - The Ottawa Light Rail Transit Commission is convening a panel of experts to discuss public-private partnerships on July 28, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Bent Flyvbjerg

Bent Flyvberg is the BT Professor and Chair of Major Programme Management Emeritus, at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School as well as the Villum Kann Rasmussen Professor and Chair of Major Program Management, IT University of Copenhagen.

His main areas of expertise are megaproject management and research methodology.

He is the author or editor of 10 books and more than 250+ papers in professional journals and edited volumes. His publications have been translated into 20 languages.

Flyvbjerg serves as advisor and consultant to government and business, including the US and UK governments and several Fortune 500 companies. He is an external advisor to McKinsey and other consultancies. He has worked on some of the largest projects in the world, on all aspects from front-end planning, delivery, and rescue of failing projects.  He obtained his Ph.D. in economic geography from the University of Aarhus and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Matti Siemiatycki

Matti Siemiatycki is the Director of the Infrastructure Institute at the School of Cities, University of Toronto, and Professor in the Department of Geography & Planning.

Matti’s work focuses on delivering large-scale infrastructure projects, evidence-based infrastructures investment decisions, and the effective integration of infrastructure into the fabric of cities. His recent studies explore transit policy decisions and the value for money of public-private partnerships.

He is widely published in the field of private public partnerships including in the delivery of transit. He regularly provides advice to governments, civic institutions, and industry, and is a frequent commentator in the media and public realm on urban issues. Professor Siemiatycki obtained his PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia.

Anne Stafford

Anne Stafford is a professor of accounting and finance at the Alliance Manchester Business School. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association.

Her experience includes five years working as a management accountant in industry and commerce and over thirty years lecturing in financial reporting, financial statement analysis and corporate governance to a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, professional, and executive students.

Her research and work focus on financial analysis of public-private partnerships with a focus on the taxpayer as public stakeholder and the importance of public accountability.

She obtained her Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick.