David Podmore, OBC, founder and chair of Concert Infrastructure, is the recipient of the 2021 Champion Award presented by The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP).
The Champion Award is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to public-private partnerships in Canada. The award recognizes Podmore’s contribution to delivering essential public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure projects across Canada.
“I am humbled and honoured to be recognized by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the board of directors and its members, and be amongst a group of tremendous leaders who previously won this award,” said Podmore. “It’s been wonderful to see the growth of the Canadian P3 market and to successfully deliver and manage the critical infrastructure projects that Concert is so proudly part of.”
In 1989, Podmore co-founded Concert Properties to deliver assured rental housing on behalf of the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia.
In 2010, through Podmore’s vision and relationship with Concert’s long-standing union and management pension plan shareholders, Concert Infrastructure was founded as an independent entity to directly invest in, develop and manage Canadian P3 infrastructure projects.
Concert Infrastructure has since gone on to successfully deliver essential infrastructure projects across Canada.
“David’s vision for P3s has touched every corner of the Canadian market,” said Brad Nicpon, partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and chair of the national awards committee. “He founded Concert, an important Canadian player in the social infrastructure space, brought pension plan investors into the P3 fold and advocated for use of the P3 model across the country within unique and challenging asset types. David had a remarkable vision of what the P3 model could achieve that others are continuing to follow to this day.”