Who We Are

Created in 2012, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Crown corporation which reports to Parliament through the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. As such, WDBA is wholly owned by the Government of Canada and the powers necessary to carry out the Crown corporation’s mandate are vested in the board that directs it.

WDBA is responsible for the delivery of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, through a public-private partnership (P3). It is also responsible for project oversight of the construction and the operation of the new crossing. As the operator of the new bridge, WDBA will set and collect all tolls.

WDBA is located in Windsor, Ontario.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WDBA is led by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and governed by a board of directors who are responsible for overseeing the business activities and other affairs of WDBA. The board is comprised of up to nine members, including the CEO. All directors are approved by the Government of Canada with the Chair and CEO holding office for five years and the directors holding office for up to four years.

Board of Directors

Dwight Duncan
Chairperson
Bio

Bryce Phillips
Chief Executive Officer
Bio

Karla Avis
Director
Bio

Marie Campagna
Director
Bio

Judi Cohen
Director
Bio

Shelly Cunningham
Director
Bio

André Juneau
Director
Bio

Rish Malhotra
Director
Bio

Michael J. Mueller
Director
Bio

 

Committees of WDBA

WDBA’s Board of Directors conducts its oversight functions in concert with key board committees so that WDBA and its board operates both effectively and in accordance with a high standard of corporate governance and, as well, adheres to the requirements of the Financial Administration Act (FAA). The committee mandates and their members are as follows:

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is responsible to ensure transparent and accurate reporting of financial information; effective risk management practices; internal control; and the corporation’s standards of integrity and behavior. While the Auditor General of Canada is the corporation’s external auditor, the Audit Committee oversees WDBA’s internal audit function.

Marie Campagna
Committee Chair

Karla Avis
Committee Member

Rish Malhotra
Committee Member

Dwight Duncan
Ex-Officio

 

Communications and Outreach Committee

The Communications and Outreach Committee assists the Board with respect to WDBA’s communications strategies and stakeholder relations efforts.

Judi Cohen
Committee Chair

Karla Avis
Committee Member

Mike Mueller
Committee Member

Dwight Duncan
Ex-Officio

 

Governance and Human Resources Committee

The Governance and Human Resources Committee is responsible to develop effective corporate governance practices and to advise WDBA on a range of human resources issues to ensure that that appropriate strategies and plans are in place for the attraction, retention and succession of employees. The committee also will periodically review the corporation’s compensation structure and philosophy and human resource policies.

Shelly Cunningham
Committee Chair

Judi Cohen
Committee Member

Dwight Duncan
Ex-Officio

 

The International Authority

The International Authority is a joint Canada-Michigan governance entity responsible for monitoring compliance of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) with the Crossing Agreement signed by Canada and Michigan.

The International Authority consists of six members with equal representation from Canada and Michigan. Two members are appointed by Canada, one appointed by WDBA and three appointed by Michigan.

The appointment terms for members of the International Authority will last until one year after the bridge opening.

International Authority

Kristine Burr (appointed by Canada)
Chair

Eddie Francis (appointed by WDBA)
Director

Michael D. Hayes (appointed by Michigan)
Director

Birgit M. Klohs (appointed by Michigan)
Director

Matt Rizik (appointed by Michigan)
Director

Vacant (to be appointed by Canada)
Director