• Aligning Public Interest with Private Investment

    The Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program (SIFP) is a G7 initiative that coincided with the G7 meeting in Quebec City in 2018. The SIFP was launched by the Investor Leadership Network (ILN), with support from the Government of Canada and representing some of the world’s largest private investors in infrastructure. With the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada as academic partner, the first three years of the Fellowship targeted the emerging economies.  The focus has now expanded in 2023 to encompass a broader audience.

    The Fellowship strives to increase the bankability of infrastructure programs and projects by mobilizing sources of private capital to assist in bridging the global infrastructure gap. The curriculum offers applied skills and knowledge in an academic setting for senior infrastructure managers and investors. The SIFP fosters an alignment amongst infrastructure sponsors and private investors, while building internal capacity to address the infrastructure gap and promote sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

  • Certification
    Upon completion of the program, Fellows are awarded the globally recognized Masters Certificate in Sustainable Infrastructure Development and Finance, from the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada.

    Live virtual 2-hr sessions, meeting once or twice per week. Internet access and basic video technology is required. Schedules are arranged to minimize impact on work hours with consideration of time zones across the world.

    Applications Accepted for 2024
    Open for Applications

    CAD$12,800 plus applicable taxes

    Contact us
    Please forward enquiries to Program Director, Karen Shlesinger at info-sifp@schulich.yorku.ca

“Acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with private investment in infrastructure and make projects 'bankable' from an investment perspective. An unmatched opportunity to interact with some of the largest global investors in infrastructure.”

James McKellarProfessor of Real Estate and Infrastructure and former Associate Dean, External, Schulich School of Business

The Program Overview

Practical Training on Sustainable Infrastructure Development and Finance

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In advanced and emerging economies, infrastructure is essential to supporting quality of life, prosperity, global competitiveness, and sustainability. In response to growing needs versus lack of public funds, investors are directing an increasing portion of their funds to infrastructure. These investments offer long-term, stable returns that match fiduciary obligations and contribute to more effective portfolio diversification.

On the demand side, there is a lack of knowledge on what investors are looking for, how investment decisions are made, and what investors consider to be ‘bankable’ projects. The Fellowship strives for capacity building towards long-term benefits by increasing the number of investment-ready projects and increasing the flow of private funds into infrastructure markets by developing an understanding of the broader infrastructure investment ecosystem.


Program Objective

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To provide Fellows with the foundational knowledge and skills to understand the framework of infrastructure as a business and develop their appreciation of the perspectives of key stakeholders involved in the infrastructure ecosystem. This includes understanding the language and terms of the investment community, overview of its history, conceptual frameworks and business models, risk tolerances, decision-making tools, and performance objectives. The course relies extensively on practitioners drawn from some of the largest investors globally, real case situations, and leading academics, combined in an on-line format that encourages constant interaction and discourse.

Who is the Program for?

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The program is designed for highly motivated individuals involved in infrastructure wanting to better understand the role of private investment capital in addressing sustainable infrastructure needs. Participants in the Fellowship should ideally be mid to senior level managers and investors in the infrastructure sector, within public and/or private organizations and agencies charged with the development, financing, investing, and operation of infrastructure. Participants may come from:

• Public and quasi-public sector organizations
• Private sector firms
• Bilateral and Multilateral development banks
• Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
• Indigenous community organizations

Program Curriculum

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  • Framework of Infrastructure as a Business
  • Project Delivery Models
  • Enabling Investment and Managing Risk
  • Investing in Greenfield vs Brownfield projects
  • Financing and funding of large-scale infrastructure