Ron Burnett, the president and vice-chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, was one of the speakers at a session on public-private partnerships (P3) and educational infrastructure at the recent Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships conference in Toronto.
Burnett said that one of the challenges of utilizing P3 is that the model does not allow much room for design, which was an important concern for the expansion of the Emily Carr campus to a new facility.
Burnett also pointed out the difference between educational facilities and almost every other form of long-term infrastructure.
"Roads, bridges and so forth, they wear out and politicians make decisions based on a lot of variables. Educational institutions just go on forever," he said.