The International Authority consists of six members with equal representation from Canada and Michigan. Two members are appointed by Canada, one appointed by Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) and three appointed by Michigan.
Mrs. Burr has had a distinguished career with the Government of Canada over the past 40 years, most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy for Transport Canada. She previously held positions with the Solicitor General of Canada, the Privy Council Office and the Treasury Board Secretariat.
Mr. Alade is a Founding Partner of Century Partners, a real estate development company in Detroit. Mr. Alade previously held the positions of Investment Banking Vice President for Credit Suisse Securities and Investment Banking Associate with Barclays Capital. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics in urban studies from Columbia University.
Mr. Francis is president of the Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU). Prior to joining the WFCU, Mr. Francis was Mayor of the City of Windsor for three terms (2003-2014). His past experience saw him leading a successful family business as well as practicing law with an international law firm. He has also served on numerous boards in Windsor-Essex. Mr. Francis holds a combined undergraduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario and a law degree from the University of Windsor Law School.
Mr. Hayes retired as President and CEO of the Midland Center for the Arts in 2015. He presently serves as vice president and secretary of the board of directors of the Michigan Baseball Foundation. He founded Main Street Consulting, specializing in community relations and economic development following his retirement as vice president of Executive Relations with Dow Chemical. Mr. Hayes also served four terms as a state representative in the Michigan Legislature and also as the Midland County Clerk. He previously served on the board of directors of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and was chair of the board of directors of the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Klohs is the President and CEO of The Right Place, Inc., the regional economic development organization for the retention, expansion and attraction of business in the West Michigan area. During her career, she has worked with the Prince Corporation, the Berrien County Economic Development Corporation, and the Michigan Department of Commerce. Mrs. Klohs has organized numerous trade missions to Europe, the Far East and Israel. She is also a frequent speaker at national and international economic development conferences, having lectured in France, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, China, Australia, and Israel.
Mr. Norton is a seasoned diplomat whose career has spanned over 40 years in Canada-U.S. and international relations. Mr. Norton is a former Consul General in Detroit and Chicago and was Chief of Protocol of Canada at Global Affairs Canada. He has worked in the Ontario Legislature and the Canadian Parliament. Mr. Norton is currently a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Global Fellow of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.