Benedicte Colin

Benedicte brings over 25 years’ experience in leadership and investment roles in the infrastructure sector, with a particular focus in operations and asset management. She is passionate about delivering and operating projects that improve the life of communities and leaving a long lasting legacy.

Benedicte was previously the Senior Investment Director at global investment group Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). She was responsible for investment and asset management of a $5 billion infrastructure portfolio across Australia and New Zealand. She represented CDPQ on Boards including the Port of Brisbane, Plenary Group Holding, and a portfolio of PPP assets (greenfield and brownfield) in NSW, including the new automated Sydney Metro. She also sits on several board committees for risk, remuneration, health and safety, capital structure.

Prior to joining CDPQ, Benedicte was the CEO of Keolis Downer, a leading public transport operator in Australia (Yarra Trams, Gold Coast Light Rail) and General Counsel at Aquasure, the company responsible for the finance, design, construction and operation of Australia’s largest desalination plant in Victoria under a PPP model.

Benedicte made Australia her home in 2007 after leaving France where she was a co-founding partner of the law firm De Gaulle Fleurance since 2001.

She is the President of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Board member of the Sydney Community Foundation and Be Kind Sydney.

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AusRAIL Custom Stand Venue guidelines

All temporary structures will be professionally designed, structurally sound and will contain reasonable provision for:

  • Safety of persons to be accommodated in the event of fire including means of egress
  • Prevention of fire
  • Suppression of fire
  • Patrons must give consideration for wheelchair access to the Stand (NCC – Section D3.3) The reduction of the existing level of fire protection is not permissible.

Designers and builders have an obligation to design and construct to these principles and any relevant standards or legislation while meeting the special needs of their client. Parts of these principles include:

  • Stands over 18m2 where roofing is fitted must have a “Smoke Detection Device” and have a fire extinguisher installed. The recommended material for the roofing is “shark tooth” type material that allows water penetration from sprinklers and fire cannon.
  • Audience chairs within a temporary structure must be secured in groups of not less than 4 and not more than 16. Maximum seats in each row must not exceed 8 where there is an aisle at one end only or 16 where there are aisles on both sides of the row. (NCC NSW H101.11.1).