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2018 Visions, Insights & Perspectives (VIP) Infrastructure

June 12 - 14, 2018 | Shangri-La Hotel Toronto | Toronto, Canada


VIP Infrastructure (formerly known as Institutional Investing in Infrastructure – i3) brings together institutional investors and investment managers who are actively investing in the infrastructure asset class or are exploring it for the future. The event will offer exclusive content, expert analysis and insightful perspectives.

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Registration Fees:
Investment Manager & Other Fee: USD 1,995

Early Bird Pricing: USD 1,795 (ends May 1, 2018)

Qualified Institutional Investor & Government Official: Complimentary**

**The Qualified Institutional Investor registration category is reserved for individuals employed by a public, corporate or union pension fund organization, a foundation or endowment, or an insurance company with responsibility for infrastructure investment strategy or decision-making. A government official is defined as a federal, state, local or city-level government employee focused on the policy making, planning, and/or funding/financing of infrastructure projects, as well as legislators and their staff. This definition does not include pension/benefit plan administrators.

Investors interested in attending the conference can contact Chase McWhorter at or +1 949-903-2128.

IREI reserves the right to review the credentials and employment status of anyone registering for VIP Infrastructure. If an individual does not meet our criteria for any of the registration categories, we reserve the right to decline registration or enforce an additional registration fee. Registrations are not confirmed until a payment has been received where applicable.

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  • Agenda
The 2018 VIP Infrastructure theme is “Evolution of infrastructure and impact of technology and how its disruptive forces are creating new opportunities and risks.” Please refer to the agenda below to see how these themes are incorporated into the sessions.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
4:00 p.m. Investor-Only and Manager-Only Roundtable Breakout Session

Discuss timely issues with your fellow investors or managers in an open-forum discussion designed to examine various topics of interest to both groups. We will then bring the two groups together and listen to table leader reports. As each table reports, discover where differences and common ground exist and gain new insights and a broader perspective on important issues.

5:30 Welcome Reception

Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Overview
9:15 A Global Perspective: The World As Our Editorial Advisory Board Members See It

IREI’s president and CEO will share key themes and insights from our global editorial board meetings and then lead a moderated Q&A session with two advisory board members for comments about global trends.

Geoffrey Dohrmann, President & CEO, Institutional Real Estate Inc.

Carolyn Hansard, Director, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Eugene Zhuchenko, Executive Director, Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association

10:00 Global Capital Flows

FundTracker Trends highlights open the session to set the stage for a panel discussion on global capital flow trends and what challenges and opportunities they present for investors.

Jonathan Schein
SVP Managing Director of Global Business Development
Institutional Real Estate Inc.

Sid Vittal
Principal, Infrastructure
Mercer Private Markets

Deborah Zurkow
Managing Director
Global Head of Alternatives
Allianz Global Investors

10:30 Speed Networking

Every person at each individual table will take a few moments to network together by stating their name, title and organization as well as a brief (1-2 minutes) personal story about their favorite trip, movie, concert or sport. Toward the end of this session, one of the event chairs will randomly select a few tables to have them share the most interesting story they heard.

10:45 Break
11:15 Evolution of Infrastructure

Infrastructure, while evolving, remains a relatively immature asset class. Is there a universal infrastructure definition? What should core attributes include? What are some types of infrastructure that have gone from alternative to mainstream? What are some of the new emerging alternative types of infrastructure today? Where would they fit on the risk / return spectrum? We’ll review and discuss how and why they could go mainstream.

David Altshuler, Executive Director, IFM Investors (US)

Stephen Dowd, Partner, CBRE Caledon Capital Management

Andrew Hay, Senior Principal, Infrastructure, Real Assets, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

12:15 Lunch
1:30 Evolution of Infrastructure: Roundtable Discussions and Group Leader Reports

Each table will have a group leader as a facilitator and will have the option of picking one of several topics around evolution and related questions for discussion. Following table discussions, we will have an interactive open forum with the audience during our group leader reports, where group leaders will share their findings.

2:30 State of Benchmarking

Benchmarks are essential to determining success and assessing opportunity costs. What are the different benchmarking options? What are the strengths and limitations of these different benchmarks? What factors should investors consider when evaluating different benchmark options to decide which might be best for their organization and implementation approach?

Peter Hobbs
, Managing Director, Private Markets, bfinance
Dan Winters, CRE, Head of Americas, GRESB

3:15 Speed Interview
3:30 Break
4:00 How are disruptive technologies reshaping infrastructure’s opportunities and risks sets?

Technological innovation is changing the way in which infrastructure is being viewed and implemented. Which sectors and strategies have new opportunities? What new risks are emerging? Is traditional infrastructure a stable and safe investment option in the world of shifting innovation? Are data and battery storage centers really infrastructure? Are parking garages a long-term option? How might blockchain technology change the energy market? How might technology change the supply/demand dynamics of transportation investments?

Lennart Blecher, Partner, Deputy Managing Partner and Head of Real Assets, EQT Partners
Ross Israel, Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC
Todd Lapenna, Partner, Stepstone Group
Zaman Velji, Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure & Renewable Resources, BCI

4:45 Which sectors and strategies have the best risk-adjusted returns in this part of the cycle?

Many consider core infrastructure expensive at this point in the cycle and are searching for better risk-adjusted returns. Can debt be an alternative to core equity? Are there greenfield opportunities with core attributes? Traditional energy vs. renewables: which one offers the best risk-adjusted returns now and why? What regulatory trends should investors watch for new opportunities and risk sets?


Alex Greenbaum, Senior Vice President, GIC Private Limited

Dylan Foo, Partner, Head of Americas, Infrastructure, AMP Capital

Chris Koski, Global Head of Investment Strategy, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Greg Taylor, Partner, Sequoia Investment Management Company

5:15 Wrap-Up Summary
5:30 Adjourn
6:30 Networking Cocktails
7:30 Dinner
9:30 Adjourn
Thursday, June 14, 2018
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 Building Partnerships: JV, Co-Investment, Fund of One

What makes a good GP and LP partnership? As an investor, what is required and expected with these investment models: JV, Co-Investment and Fund of One? In these discussions, we will also cover governance issues and how best to avoid the challenge of adverse selection.

Stephen Beatty
Global Chairman, Infrastructure
Chairman, Cities Centre of Excellence

Mark Canavan
Senior Portfolio Manager
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

J. Michael McCarthy
Senior Portfolio Manager
APG Asset Management

Jim Metcalfe
Partner and Head of Global Investments
Alinda Capital Partners

10:15 Building Partnerships: Roundtable Discussions and Group Leader Reports

Each table will have a group leader as a facilitator and will have the option of picking one of several building partnership topics and related questions for discussion. Following table discussions, we will have an interactive open forum with the audience during our group leader reports, where group leaders will share their findings.

11:00 Advisory Board Wrap-Up Panel

Gain perspective as several advisory board members share key insights and questions for you to keep in mind from our event.

James Maloney, Director, Illinois Public Pension Fund Association
Janet Rabovsky, Partner, Ellement Consulting Group
Howard Stern, Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual

11:30 Farewell Lunch & Afternoon Networking Activity
2:00 p.m. Adjourn
  • Board/Speakers

Our speakers for 2018 Visions, Insights & Perspectives (VIP) Infrastructure are currently being recruited. If you are interested in speaking at this event, please contact John Hunt, our conference program manager, at +1 925-244-0526 or


2018 VIP Infrastructure Co-Chairs:

Geoffrey Dohrmann
President & CEO
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Chase McWhorter
Managing Director, Infrastructure
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Jonathan Schein
SVP, Managing Director of Global Business Development
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.


2018 VIP Infrastructure Advisory Board:

Mark Canavan
Senior Portfolio Manager
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

Carolyn Hansard
Teacher Retirement System of Texas

James Maloney
Illinois Public Pension Fund Association

J. Michael McCarthy
Senior Portfolio Manage
APG Asset Management

Ali Naqvi, CFA
Portfolio Manager, Real Assets Strategy
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Janet Rabovsky
Ellement Consulting Group

Howard Stern
Managing Director
Northwestern Mutual

Eugene Zhuchenko
Executive Director
Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association

  • Hotel & Venue

Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

188 University Avenue

Toronto, Canada

  • Attendees

VIP Infrastructure – Partial List of Previous Attending Organizations

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)
Alinda Capital Partners
Allstate Investments
AMP Capital Investors
Antin Infrastructure
Arcus Infrastructure Partners, LLP
Aviva Investors
Bank of Nova Scotia Pension
Bastion Infrastructure Group
BMO Pension Fund
Brookfield Asset Management, Inc.
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Caledon Capital Management
California Public Employees’ Retirement System
California State Teachers’ Retirement System
Cambridge Associates
Campbell Lutyens & Co.
Canada Life
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Canada Post Pension Plan
Canadian National Railway Pension
CBRE Clarion Securities
CenterSquare Investment Management
Cohen & Steers Capital Management
College of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan
Desjardins Group Pension Plan
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
EISER Infrastructure
Emerging Energy & Environment, LLC
Establishment Retraite Additionnelle de la Foncition Pubique (ERAFP)
First Avenue Partners, LLP
First Reserve Corporation
First State Investments Limited
Florida State Board of Administration
Generali Deutschland Immobilien GmbH
Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Investment Group
Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Hydro One Pension Plan
I Squared Capital
IFM Investors
John Hancock Financial Services
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation
Meridiam Infrastructure Managers
Morgan Stanley Infrastructure
National Pension Service of Korea
New Mexico State Investment Council
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
Officer of the New York City Comptroller
OMERS Investment Management
Ontario Pension Board
Ontario Power Generation
Ontario Public Services Employees Union Pension Trust
Ontario Teachers Pension Plan
Panada Power Funds
Partners Group
Pegasus Capital Advisors
QIC Limited
RARE Infrastructure
Saudi Aramco Investment Management
Seattle City Employees Retirement System
Starwood Energy Group
State of Michigan Retirement System
State of Wisconsin Investment
StepStone Group
Sun Life Financial
Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association (TIAA)
Towers Watson
UBS Global Asset Management
University of Toronto Asset Management
USAA Real Estate Co.
Utah State Retirement System
Virginia Retirement System
Washington State Investment Board

  • Contact

Registration Inquiries
Jenny Krasnovskaya

Event Coordinator or +1 925-244-0500 ext. 145

Lucero Jaramillo

Conference Director or +1 925-244-0500 ext. 130

Sponsorship Opportunities
Randy Schein

Conference Sales Manager or +1 212-706-7023

Speaking Opportunities
John Hunt

Conference Program Manager or +1 925-244-0500 ext. 137

Advisory Board
Chase McWhorter

Managing Director, Infrastructure or +1 949-903-2128

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