The CEO, along with his Executive Team, oversees the day-to-day operations of WDBA in accordance with the Board’s direction
Bryce Phillips joined Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority as its CEO following an appointment by the Government of Canada in July 2018 and brings more than 35 years of experience as an executive in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Bryce most recently served as Vice President of Kinectrics where he oversaw major infrastructure projects for a broad range of clients in North America and in Europe. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Technical Support Services for AMEC, a company providing nuclear safety solutions for nuclear power plants worldwide. He also held key leadership positions at the Darlington and Pickering Nuclear Generating Stations, including Operations Manager, Plant Manager, Deputy Vice President and Senior Vice President. Among his many accomplishments, Bryce worked with the board of directors and led his team to achieve the Institute of Nuclear Operations Excellence Award for quality and safety, a first in the world for a four-unit nuclear facility. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Mr. Phillips holds an engineering degree from the University of Windsor.
Heather Grondin has 20 years of experience in communications strategic planning and delivery. Prior to joining Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, she was the Senior Manager of Communications and Issues Management at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation leading the communications and consultation efforts for the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway and the Manager of Corporate Communications with Public Works and Government Services Canada – Ontario Region. Heather leads an integrated team of strategic planning, policy and outreach professionals to deliver a robust and dynamic communications program for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
Grant Hilbers has 24 years of experience in the design, construction, and start-up of large infrastructure projects and management of complex environmental compliance programs. He has held a variety of roles in consulting, private enterprise, and government entities in both Canada and the United States. He holds a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Windsor and an MBA from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and is a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Michigan and Province of Ontario. Grant values professional development and, to that end, has held leadership roles in a number of technical organizations including the Air and Waste Management Association and American Society for Quality.
Vicky Tuquero has more than 15 years of experience as both legal counsel and a private practicing lawyer. Her expertise is in commercial transactions, including contract negotiation and drafting, real estate transactions, and procurement both in a public setting and through the evolving public-private partnership (P3) model. Vicky also has significant experience on cross-border litigation matters in Canada and the United States and has helped develop major projects in the field of infrastructure, construction, engineering and real estate.
Kevin Wilkinson has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, and transaction related matters. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Windsor and is a Certified Public Accountant. Kevin has experience in public accounting as an auditor and in mergers and acquisitions due diligence and has worked for several years in the automotive industry. He has been with WDBA since 2015 and has participated in its growth, the procurement of its private sector partner, and now the construction phase of the project.