Tag Archives: Centennial College

The space between

In 2014, NetGain clients trod the dangerous ground between the public and private sectors in ways that illustrate the problems with 3P’s.  Like the example of Centennial College’s proposal for Guild Inn Park, these suffered from the misalignment of public and private sector cultures and demonstrated the need for a third party intervener. One client…
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P3’s – Better well hung than ill wed

Ontario’s Auditor General is calling attention to the general failure of public private partnerships.  Intuitively we’ve known about this for a long time. Every P3 mega deal seems to go awry.  The MaRS bailout is only the latest and by no means the most embarrassing.  Highway 407 is Ontario’s favourite example. Developed first  by Liberal…
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Plodding to “yes” on an economic no-brainer

Skeptics have an easy time dismissing claims about failsafe investments in the economy.  My favorite example, the $40 million Downsview Aerospace Campus, probably suffers from this.  The return on investment sounds too good to be true, and skepticism tends to trump opportunism when public sector spending decisions are made. When governments demur from an expensive…
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Colleges as corporations

Which is more surprising – that community colleges struggle in a highly competitive environment, or that I’m just starting to understand why?  After five years of working around these institutions, their way of doing things is making more sense to me. In the 45 years since provincial legislation brought them into being, everything has changed…
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