The Government of Canada has announced the appointment of André Juneau as interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), effective December 14, 2017.
“We are pleased that Mr. André Juneau is taking on the role of interim CEO of WDBA, and continuing to provide skilled guidance and seamless oversight to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The Government of Canada is committed to building the new bridge, which will support economic growth by ensuring the continuous flow of people and goods between Canada and the U.S.”
The first CEO of WDBA, Michael Cautillo, recently resigned from the corporation after being on personal leave since August. In order to maintain progress on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, Mr. Juneau will be taking on the role of CEO on an interim basis until the position is permanently filled through an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process led by the Government of Canada.
Mr. Juneau was initially appointed as an interim member of the board of WDBA in February 2017. In October 2017 he resigned from the board and took on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), absorbing the responsibilities of WDBA’s day-to-day operations while Cautillo was on leave.
As an experienced leader in intergovernmental relations, infrastructure policy, government decision making, as well as public sector boards, Mr. Juneau has extensive experience in managing complex files. His in-depth knowledge of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, along with the support of the WDBA Board of Directors, will help ensure it advances expeditiously in the coming months.
The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is currently in the procurement phase to select the private-sector partner. WDBA is expected to announce the preferred private sector partner in 2018, with construction to follow soon afterwards.