This June, IREI is hosting its 10th annual Institutional Investing in Infrastructure conference (now, IREI: Infrastructure Strategies) and 7th annual I3 Editorial Advisory Board meeting. A lot has changed in the market during those years, and as I began preparing for the meetings in Toronto a few weeks ago, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at our earlier event agendas and my notes to see what issues, opportunities and concerns were on the minds of our guests, and see how they might compare to this year’s meetings.
What stands out from earlier events beginning in 2006 is the introductory nature of the panels and sessions — most investors (and some editors) in the United States were just getting to understand what exactly was infrastructure as an investment.
“What is infrastructure?” was a question that was often discussed on panels and in the hallways between sessions and at tables over dinner and drinks. After