Newsletter 29 August 2023

This week’s ALN Th@3 pm ET will continue the special presentation on the United Nations’ approach to helping establish a culture of asset management in an entire country, region, or city. The 1-hour program will include interactive discussion that continues what was started last week. We hope to learn more about the United Nations Asset Management Brain Trust that was mentioned last week. See more below in People and Upcoming Events.


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Linda Newton, consults with the United Nations on asset management content creation, training implementation, and other strategic issues. Ms. Newton was with Defense Construction Canada for 10 years, has a Masters in Engineering, a PhD in Civil Engineering, and was Adjunct Professor and Contract Instructor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa for 17 years. She will continue as a guest on the ALN Th@3 pm ET this week when she will have a chance to talk in more detail about the UN Handbook on Infrastructure Asset Management, for which she wrote the first 4 chapters and contributed to more sections. Register at this link.


Brandon Kriner, Director, CGI, has written a brief overview on implementation of Artificial Intelligence in asset management. The paper addresses Generative AI, discusses Natural Language Chatbots, and touches on Computer Vision tied to AI. The 4-minute read is at this link and provides an introduction to AI in asset management.


Check out “The Tree Man”

“The Tree Man” documentary about the wildly successful rock keyboard player, Chuck Leavell, gets its name because he is also a wildly successful tree farmer in Georgia. Mr. Leavell has been the National Tree Farmer of the Year, and he offers some excellent advice on treating trees as an asset. Check out minute 32:11 – 35:06 which focuses on his award and minute 56:02 where he mentions tree asset management in Paris. Check out the entire documentary about his work with the Alman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Counting Crows, Blues Travelers, Eric Clapton, and more. That part is really cool. But the parts about the trees are a prelude to our upcoming ALN AiBrainSTORM – TreesSTORM when we will address trees as assets. Stay tuned for more details. (Pun intended.)

Upcoming Events

August 24 – ALN Th@3 pm ETDaniel Platz, PhD. United Nations Senior Economic Affairs Officer/ DCF Team Leader guided the creation of the UN’s Managing Infrastructure Assets for Sustainable Development: A Handbook for Local and National Governments. Mr. Platz will have a web discussion on his background, the background of the Handbook, and how it has been implemented in many countries.

August 31 – ALN Th@3 pm ETDaniel Platz, PhD. will be joined by U.N. team members for a full hour with a presentation and discussion on the Handbook.

September 14 – ALN Th@3 pm ETChristina Benty, Founder and President, Strategic Leadership Solutions was Mayor of Golden, British Columbia and earning her Masters of Art in Leadership at the same time. She now consults and has a focus on culture and human behavior issues related to asset management. Her company has joined the ALN at just the right time as we start to explore the human side of asset management. Please join us so we can give a big and very warm welcome to the very accomplished Ms. Benty, who has given TEDx presentations.

If you are part of an ALN Member Organization, please send information about your upcoming speaking engagements to