WINDSOR, ONT. — The federal government has announced the appointment of Bryce Phillips as CEO of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), the Crown corporation co-ordinating the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, Mich.
A June 26 media statement said Phillips was selected following a merit-based process, “bringing extensive experience in leadership and in infrastructure to WDBA.”
His first official day on the job will be July 16.
Phillips replaces Andre Juneau, who has held the position of interim CEO since December 2017. The release said Juneau will work with the new CEO until returning to his position on the WDBA board of directors in fall 2018. The project is being delivered through a public-private partnership with a private-sector partner expected to be in place by the end of September 2018. Construction is expected to begin this fall.
Phillips most recently served as vice-president of Kinectrics, where he oversaw major infrastructure projects throughout North America and in Europe, noted the statement. Prior to that, he was vice-president of Technical Support Services for AMEC, a company consulting on nuclear safety worldwide.
Phillips also served as operations manager, plant manager, deputy vice-president and senior vice-president at the Darlington and Pickering Nuclear Generating Stations.
“On behalf of the board of directors, we are excited to work with Bryce as he leads WDBA through the next stage in the delivery of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project,” said Dwight Duncan, chair of the WDBA board of directors, in the statement.
“Bryce’s considerable experience in both infrastructure and complex engineering projects, along with his strong track record of success in leadership positions, made him the outstanding candidate for the role of CEO.
“We thank Andre Juneau for his dedication and steadfast leadership as interim CEO and are fortunate to have his ongoing input and support on the board.”