Created in 2012, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation which reports to Parliament through the Government of Canada. As such, WDBA is wholly owned by the Government of Canada but is structured like a private company and operates independently from government.
WDBA was created to manage the procurement process for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan through a public-private partnership (P3). WDBA is also responsible for project oversight.
WDBA is led by a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and governed by a board of directors who are responsible for overseeing the business activities and other affairs of WDBA. The board is led by the Chair and includes the President and CEO. All directors are approved by the Government of Canada with the Chair and President/CEO holding office for five years and the directors holding office for up to four years.
The International Authority is a joint Canada-Michigan governance entity established to oversee and approve key steps in the P3 procurement process for the Gordie Howe International Bridge. It is also responsible for monitoring compliance of WDBA with the Crossing Agreement signed by Canada and Michigan. The International Authority consists of six members with equal representation from Canada and Michigan. Two members are appointed by Canada, one appointed by WDBA and three appointed by Michigan.
WDBA has made significant progress on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project since becoming operational in 2014:
|August 2014 – present||Staffing nearing completion: over 50 positions filled|
|Selection of key advisor firms to assist with engineering, technical, legal work|
|Selection of fairness monitor to oversee P3 procurement process|
|May 2015||Official naming of the Gordie Howe International Bridge|
|July 2015||P3 procurement process started with issuance of Request for Qualifications (RFQ)|
|August 2015||Contract award for Early Works activities at Canadian Port of Entry followed by construction start|
|October 2015||Six response submissions to the RFQ received for further evaluation|
|January 2016||Three short-listed respondents announced|
|November 2016||The Request for Proposals (RFP) issued to the Proponents|
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