There are two major factors that determine if a project makes it onto the Top 100 Projects list:

Every year at ReNew Canada and Actual Media, we manage close to two hundred projects and information from hundreds of key players. Because of information often comes in for each project from a dozen or more sources, we’ve developed our own standard definitions for terms such as “project” or “owner.”

To help make the submission process easier for the many key players who share project information with us, and to create the most comprehensive report possible, we’ve created a submission guide for Top 100 projects. Below, you can read about the process we use to collect information, learn more about why projects are accepted or rejected, and get a sense of what sector your projects fits into and how to categorize your role as key player.

Sectors included in the Top 100

Public transit

Subways, Light Rail Vehicle lines, Bus Rapid Transit, heavy rail. As well, infrastructure associated with any of those technologies such as bridge/tunnel work, storage/maintenance facilities and station revitalizations are all included.


highways, roads, and bridges.

Health Care



wastewater treatment facilities, pipe systems, water treatment facilities.


Nuclear, coal, natural gas, renewables, hydroelectric, transmission infrastructure.


Brownfields, flood prevention projects.


College or university campus facilities.


Public Buildings

social infrastructure (museums, rec centres, etc.), government facilities, courthouses, jails/prisons, police stations.


Mining, oil, and gas development projects are not considered for the purposes of our list. Commercial buildings (hotels, residences) are also not considered for our list.



The owner of the project, as defined for our purposes, is the government, company, agency or organization that will retain ownership of the property. While we recognize that many key players refer to themselves as the project owner for the purposes of their contract, our definition is limited to the stakeholder that owns the physical asset.

Key Players

A key player is any company involved in a substantial aspect of the project’s design or construction. This includes, but is not limited to, materials and equipment suppliers, engineering firms (providing design, consultation, or project management services), constructors, and architects, and financiers. However, certain types of after-construction service providers are generally excluded, such as painters and interior decorators. If your company is involved in an aspect of construction that is critical to the project’s completion, you will be considered a key player.

Key player categories:


PDC; prime; consultant; landscape


Owner’s engineer; mechanical; electrical; consulting; preliminary planning/study; design; emergency access; tunnel design

Project Manager

Program Manager


Prime; sub contractor; steel construction; concrete pouring


Tunnel boring machines; prefabricated concrete; information technology; construction materials

Facility Manager

Law Firm

Specific role

Management Consultant


Banks; landers

P3 Team

Design, build, finance, maintain, operate


Environmental Assessment; owner’s advisor; impact studies; surveying; consultant (please specify); sector specific role (i.e. Light Rail Transit planning)


This is probably the most contentious terms because it has many potential definitions. For us, a project is an infrastructure construction project that is either situated in one location (i.e. buildings, energy projects) or connected by virtue of the project sector (i.e. subway stations connected via tunnels, rail lines, transmission lines).


Initiatives that involve more than one project. This includes single contracts for multiple renovations, expansions, or new builds (across multiple locations). Infrastructure programs will not be considered for inclusion on the Top 100.






Email submission form and images (images optional) to

Submitting your project

For the 2012 version of the Top 100, ReNew Canada received approximately 200 submissions in the first phase of our collection process and outside of our in-house research. Of these, nearly 150 projects were rejected for a variety of reasons. This section will discuss some of the primary reasons why submissions are rejected from our selection process.

Of course, if you have any concerns about your project’s qualifications, you can contact the research department at or 416-444-5842, ext 118.

We are constantly reviewing our criteria for inclusion on the list and often redefine the scope of what projects are considered. This is why your submission should be based on the criteria listed below and NOT on projects that have been included in past issues of the Top 100.

TOP 100 Projects Checklist

When submitting a project for our review, please ensure that all of the information below is included in your submission.

If you are submitting a project that is a public-private partnership please include the names of all of the team members and the type of P3 contact (i.e. DBFMO).

Total project cost. Please clarify whether you mean contract value or total contract value when submitting a project on which you worked.

Project name

Funding source (private/government/public-private partnership)

Estimated start date of construction

Estimated completion date of construction

Your company’s role on the project (see Key Player Glossary)

Project location (city or region)

Name of your company

And of course, your contact info so we can follow up!


Level(s) of government involved

Architectural rendering or image (300 dpi at 100%)

Project description(50 to 300 words)