Statement by Dwight Duncan, Chair of the Board of Directors - Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA)

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA)

For Immediate Release

December 15, 2017     Windsor, Ontario 

The following statement was issued today by Dwight Duncan, Chair of the Board of Directors - Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority  

“The Board of Directors welcomes the decision by the Government of Canada to appoint André Juneau as interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA).

In September 2017, Mr. Juneau resigned from the WDBA Board to assume the position as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The Board of Directors delegated the equivalent responsibilities of the CEO to him as COO.

As CEO, Mr. Juneau will now return to WDBA’s Board of Directors which was also recently expanded.

Mr. Juneau brings considerable government sector, infrastructure and corporate governance insight and experience that will certainly benefit WDBA.

WDBA is making great strides towards construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge and has invested more than $350 million in preparatory activities at the Canadian and US Ports of Entry.

We look forward to working with Mr. Juneau during this critical stage of the procurement process to select a private-sector partner and as we continue the momentum towards the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in 2018.”

For more information on André Juneau, please see the biography below.


Contact: Mark Butler

André Juneau

Mr. Juneau has significant experience in intergovernmental relations, infrastructure policy, government decision-making, and public-sector boards.

He is a fellow of the Queen's University Institute of Intergovernmental Relations of which he was the director from 2010 to 2013. He is also an advisor to the Forum of Federations.

In 2014-2015, he chaired the national board of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

From 2006 to 2009, he represented Canada and Morocco on the resident board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. He was elected twice as chair of the board's steering group.

In 2002, he created the federal department of infrastructure of which he was the first deputy minister. In 2004, Infrastructure Canada was given the task of negotiating the transfer of a portion of the federal gas tax to municipalities. He personally led the discussions with Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Toronto and supervised the other discussions.

From 1975 to 1998, he held a series of positions in the Department of Finance, the Privy Council Office and served as a director general and an assistant deputy minister for policy on labour market issues, immigration and health. From 1999 to 2002 he was assistant deputy minister for intergovernmental operations and then deputy secretary to the Cabinet for operations at the Privy Council Office.

Mr. Juneau has an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and received a master's degree in urban affairs from the New School for Social Research in New York City.

He represented Canada on the executive board of the World Health Organization and he represented Health Canada on the board of the Canadian Institute for Health Information. He was also on the board of the Institute of Governance.

In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to Canadian municipalities.


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