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Appointments Made to Detroit River Bridge Authorities

Posted on August 1, 2014

Appointments have been made to the International Authority that will oversee the construction of the new publicly owned bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.

Kristine Burr and Geneviève Gagnon have been appointed by Canada, and Michael Hayes, Birgit Klohs, and Matt Rizik have been appointed by Michigan. Burr will also serve as the chairperson of the International Authority. A third Canadian member will be selected by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) in the near future.

Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt also announced appointments to the board of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority. Michele “Michael” Cautillo has been appointed as president and CEO, Mark McQueenas chairperson of the board of directors, and William Graham and Caroline Mulroney Lapham as directors.

“These appointments to the International Authority and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority are a significant step forward toward building a new publicly owned bridge between Canada and the United States,” Raitt said. “These individuals bring strong leadership skills, engineering, legal, and financial expertise, and wide-ranging business experience to the International Authority and the WDBA board. We will benefit greatly from their knowledge and commitment to community service.”

The International Authority was created pursuant to the Crossing Agreement signed by Canada and Michigan on June 15, 2012. Composed of six members with equal representation from Canada and Michigan, the International Authority will oversee and approve key steps in the P3 procurement process for the new Windsor-Detroit bridge crossing. It will also monitor the compliance of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority with the Crossing Agreement signed by Canada and Michigan.

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority was created in 2012 and is Canada’s newest Crown Corporation. The WDBA will manage the procurement process for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the new bridge through a public-private partnership (P3). It will also oversee the work of the public-private partnership, manage the concession agreement and payments, and set and collect tolls.

The project is known as the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) in Canada and the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) in Michigan. The project consists of four major infrastructure components: the bridge, the Canadian port of entry (POE), the U.S. POE, and an interchange connection to Interstate 75 in Michigan.


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