The CEO, along with the Executive Team, oversees the day-to-day operations of WDBA in accordance with the Board’s direction
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.
Zaher Yousif, M.Sc., P.Eng. is a Structural Engineer with 30 years of experience, specializing in the field of Bridge Engineering. Zaher has extensive experience in roadway and highway bridge planning, design, P3 project management, light rail and pedestrian bridges as well as contract administration and rehabilitation planning. During the course of his career, he has been involved in bridge structures using both cast-in-place post tensioning box and precast concrete girders, as well as steel. Mr. Yousif has extensive experience in delivery of large and complex highway projects using the design-build and P3 model of delivery, this includes Calgary ringroad P3, Northeast and Northwest Anthony Henday P3 in Edmonton, Circle Drive DB and procurement phase of Regina by Pass P3 in Saskatchewan.