• Aligning Public Interest with Private Investment

    Created in 2018 as G7 initiative, by the Investor Leadership Network (ILN), with support from the Government of Canada, and in collaboration with the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada, the Fellowship offers applied skills and knowledge in an academic setting for senior public-sector infrastructure managers from emerging markets. By better aligning the expectations of infrastructure sponsors with private investors, the Fellowship seeks to build capacity, diminish the infrastructure gap, and address sustainability.

  • Delivery: On-line virtual 2-hr sessions, meeting once or twice per week over six months. Internet access and video technology required.

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

    Contact us: Please forward enquiries to info-sifp@schulich.yorku.ca

    Stay Tuned for Exciting Updates on the 2023 Delivery of the Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program!

“The Fellowship is an unmatched opportunity to interact with some of the largest global investors in infrastructure and learn directly from them how they make their investment decisions. Most are eager to pursue investment opportunities in the emerging markets”

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

The 2022 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, large institutional 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.

It is acknowledged that new infrastructure in emerging economies is not attracting its fair share of private investment capital.  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 towards long-term benefits by increasing the number of investment-ready projects and increasing the flow of private funds into emerging and frontier infrastructure markets.


Program Objective

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To provide Fellows with the foundational knowledge and skills to attract and retain private capital in their infrastructure projects.  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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ILN and Schulich School of Business are seeking highly motivated individuals to participate in this intensive on-line learning experience.  The Fellowship is open to public-sector officials in emerging market government ministries, municipalities, organizations, and agencies charged with the development, financing, and operation of infrastructure.  The Fellowship is structured to minimize the impact on work schedule.

Program Curriculum

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  • Enabling environment for infrastructure
  • Project delivery models
  • Project design and preparation
  • Investing in Greenfield vs Brownfield projects
  • Financing vs funding of large-scale infrastructure
  • Equity and debt investments