Former long-time provincial government MPP and cabinet minister Dwight Duncan has been named the permanent chairman of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.
The former Ontario finance minister and long-time Liberal insider held down the board chairman’s job on an interim basis since being appointed by the federal government in January.
“I was grateful when I was initially appointed,” Duncan said. “I enjoyed the year doing the job on an interim basis.
“I was put through a rigorous process with interviews and was delighted when the (infrastructure) minister offered me the appointment.”
The bridge authority has been put in place to oversee construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Duncan suggested his appointment brings stability to the project going forward and dealing with potential hurdles.
“As chairman you oversee the executives,” he said. “(CEO) Michael Cautillo will captain the ship. As a board member I liken it to being in the crow’s nest looking out at the horizon for the challenges ahead.”
Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi made the announcement on Wednesday and indicated Duncan’s appointment will be for a five-year term.
The appointment was made following “an open, transparent, and merit-based” selection process,” he said in a released statement.
“I am pleased to confirm the appointment of Dwight Duncan as chairperson of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority,” Sohi said.
“His experience in effectively managing complex and sensitive files, paired with his deep knowledge and passion for the region, will be pivotal in assuring the advancement of this organization, which is so vital to maintaining Canada’s most significant trade partnership with the United States.”