INFRA Congress 2017 - December 4 to 6

2017 INFRA Congress

Our Urban Heritage: A Matter of Sustainable Infrastructure Management

Municipal assets are an integral aspect of the urban landscape and, indeed, the overall urban experience. Built to cater to residents’ needs, they are an important part of our collective heritage. Not only are these facilities a strategic component of cities as they grow and transform, underpinning their social, environmental and economic development, but they must also be taken into account when undertaking any work in the public realm. INFRA 2017 will take a closer look at some of the key issues associated with municipal infrastructure and put forward effective solutions and tools to foster sustainability-minded development and management practices.

How can we maintain and improve these assets to optimize their value and their longevity for generations to come? How can we address pressing issues of densification, climate change, water, wastewater and stormwater management, urban mobility, the shared use of urban spaces and the reform of practices and techniques, all within a sustainability framework? Which best practices in design, maintenance, development and management can engineers, managers, city planners, researchers and other professionals incorporate into their work? These are a few of the topics that will serve as food for thought for our attendees.

First and foremost, however, this 23rd edition of the INFRA Congress will continue to build on the momentum of previous years by shining the spotlight on solutions that promote innovation and the development of new skills based on multidisciplinary collaboration and a “big picture” view of sustainable urban asset management. The program will feature a wide array of technological innovations, including new materials, techniques and strategies designed to improve the quality of life of the people to whom this urban heritage rightly belongs. 


80% municipal infrastructure specialists: managers, engineers, urban planners and technologists
15% government representatives: elected officials, policy-makers and civil servants 
5% academic stakeholders: university professors, researchers and students

In numbers

  • 3 DAYS
  • 100 SPEAKERS
  • 17 SESSIONS 

General Theme

  • Municipal and transportation infrastructure
  • Asset management
  • Risk management
  • Water, wastewater and stormwater management
  • Surface infrastructure
  • Underground infrastructure
  • Engineering structures
  • Urban public utilities

Specific Focuses

  • Life cycle analysis
  • Inspection
  • Project costs and funding
  • Green infrastructure
  • Integration of urban transportation systems
  • Materials
  • Maintenance methods and procedures
  • Planning, integrated design and civic engagement
  • Rehabilitation
  • Key networks and urban developments
  • Decision-making strategies and systems
  • Work supervision and quality assurance
  • Technology and equipment
  • Vulnerability and adaptation of infrastructure to climate change


the development of knowledge and know-how on an ongoing basis
the multidisciplinary expertise of decision-makers, engineers, planners, managers, researchers and technicians 
the efforts of specialists in Quebec to foster sound infrastructure management 
various innovative networks together


Engineers, technicians, decision-makers, managers, researchers and urban planners from a wide range of backgrounds to share experiences and work together to find solutions.

Simultaneous Interpretation

Professional simultaneous interpretation services (English/French) will be provided in all of the conference rooms for one full day in order to facilitate the participation of representatives from outside Quebec. The day these services will be offered cannot be confirmed until the final INFRA 2017 program is published in August. 


  • Michèle St-Jacques, ÉTS
    Présidente du comité organisateur
  • Sylvain Roy, ville de Montréal
    coprésident du comité organisateur
  • Louise Babineau, ville de Québec
  • Alexandre Beaupré, IGF Axiom
  • France Bernard, ville de Montréal
  • Pierre Berté, Colas Canada
  • Nathalie Bleau, Ouranos
  • Martin Bouchard Valentine, MDDELCC
  • Jean Carrier, ville de Montréal
  • Marie-Élaine Desbiens, Consultante
  • Sophie Duchesne, INRS ETE
  • Claude Duplain, Gaz Métro
  • Christian Fallu, Ambassadeur du CERIU
  • Richard Frenette, Brodeur Frenette
  • Manon Gauthier, ville de Québec
  • Mélanie Glorieux, Groupe Rousseau Lefebvre