For Immediate Release
Dwight Duncan appointed Interim Chair of Board of Directors of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
December 18, 2015 Ottawa, Ontario Infrastructure Canada
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – On behalf of the Government of Canada, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced today the appointment of Dwight Duncan as Interim Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), effective January 1, 2016.
Mr. Mark McQueen was the first Chair of the Crown Corporation and recently announced his intention to leave the Board. In order not to delay the construction of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge and recognizing the importance of this project for Canada’s economy and for the region, Mr. Duncan will be taking on the role on an interim basis until the new appointment process is established.
Mr. Duncan currently serves as a Senior Strategic Advisor at McMillan LLP and sits on the Boards of the MS Society of Canada Scientific Research Foundation, The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, the Management Advisory Board of the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor and the Advisory Board of KTG Consultants.
With deep roots and involvement in his hometown of Windsor, Mr. Duncan has had a distinguished career in public service that spanned close to 25 years. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2013. He handled many high profile portfolios, including Finance, Energy, Revenue and Government Services and served as Deputy Premier for the Province of Ontario. His experience in managing complex and sensitive files, paired with his knowledge of the region will help ensure the project advances swiftly to meet established timelines.
WDBA is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown Corporation that manages the procurement process for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. The WDBA will also be responsible for overseeing and managing the construction and operation of the new crossing.
WDBA board is comprised of up to five members, including the President/Chief Executive Officer. All are appointed by the Governor in Council (GIC).
"I would like to thank Mr. McQueen for his work to this day. We are pleased that Dwight Duncan has agreed to come on board immediately while an appointment process is put in place in order to avoid any unnecessary delay in the project. Mr. Duncan is not only well-known in the local community but is also well-respected internationally. His strong business and financial acumen will be an asset to WDBA as it moves forward in the next step of procurement of the new bridge and its construction and operation. The Government of Canada is strongly committed to building the Gordie Howe International Bridge and I look forward to working with the WDBA team on this important project for Canada and the Windsor community."
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
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