President and Chief Executive Officer (full-time position)

Salary range: From $210,600 to $247,700
Location: Windsor, Ontario, or the County of Essex, Ontario

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), a parent Crown corporation, was established in October 2012. Its mandate is to enable construction and operation of a new international crossing between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan. The project includes four components: a six-lane high-level bridge; a Canadian port of entry (POE) with border inspection and toll facilities; a U.S. POE with border inspection; and an interchange with Interstate 75. Project procurement and operations are governed by the Canada-Michigan Crossing Agreement concluded in June 2012, which can be found at

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for all aspects of the Authority’s activities.

The ideal candidate should possess a degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, training and/or job-related experience.

The ideal candidate would have significant leadership and management experience at the senior executive level in a major public and/or private corporation. Significant experience in project management and in the delivery of major infrastructure projects, preferably in a multi-stakeholder organization, is desired. He or she would also have experience in dealing with different levels of government, preferably with senior officials. Experience dealing with multi-modal transportation networks, bridges and/or international crossings as well as experience with public-private partnerships would be considered assets.

The ideal candidate would have knowledge of the newly created WDBA’s mandate, legislative framework and activities as well as knowledge and understanding of sound business practices and principles, including human resources, financial and risk management. He or she would also possess knowledge of the respective roles and objectives of federal, provincial and municipal governments in transportation matters, in addition to knowledge of strategic corporate planning, monitoring and evaluation of corporate performance and knowledge of political and public policy environments, processes and best practices. Knowledge of current international bridge safety and security issues as well as knowledge of the trends and issues relating to public-private partnerships generally and/or infrastructure development in Canada is also desired.

In order to achieve the WDBA’s objectives and carry out its mandate, the President and CEO should demonstrate the ability to provide corporate leadership and vision. The candidate should possess sound judgment, initiative, tact, diplomacy, superior interpersonal skills, high ethical standards and integrity. He or she would have the ability to analyze complex issues and develop strategies to enable the WDBA to optimize its human, financial and material resources.

The ideal candidate would have the ability to effectively develop, with Canadian and U.S. federal, provincial, state and municipal governments as well as the WDBA’s stakeholders, the relationships required to construct the new international crossing and to promote continued cross-border transportation and economic networks. The ability to establish and communicate short- and long-range objectives for the future of the WDBA is desired. He or she should also possess superior communications skills, both written and oral, and the ability to act as a spokesperson in dealing with the media, public institutions, governments and other organizations.

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

The successful candidate must reside in or be willing to relocate to Windsor, Ontario, or the County of Essex, Ontario, or to a location within reasonable commuting distance.

The Government is committed to ensuring that its appointments are representative of Canada’s regions and official languages, as well as of women, Aboriginal peoples, disabled persons and visible minorities.

The selected candidate must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders. The Guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments Web site, under “Reference Material,” at

The selected candidate will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s Web site at

This notice has been placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for this position. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

Further details about the letters patent for the WDBA can be found at

Should you be interested in learning more about this leadership opportunity, please visit for the full job specification. To apply in confidence, please forward your curriculum vitae and a letter of introduction or All submissions will be acknowledged.

English and French notices of vacancies will be produced in an alternative format upon request. For further information, please contact Publishing and Depository Services, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S5, 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

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