June 29, 2018 

Program - 
Heather Grondin, V.P., Communications & Stakeholder Relations,
Windsor-Detroit International Bridge Authority
The Building of the Gordie Howe Bridge

Heather Grondin is the Vice President of Communications and Stakeholder Relations for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), the agency overseeing the planning and construction of the new Gordie Howe Bridge

 

She has served in various advisory and senior management positions in the area of public affairs for the Ontario Ministry of Transporation and Canada’s Public Works and Governmental Services Ministry/Services Publics et Approvisionnement Canada. 

 

Grondin further worked in communications and public affairs at the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, New York.  Grondin graduated from the University of Windsor and earned a Master’s from Niagara College.

 

The $2.1 billion dollar Gordie Howe Bridge addresses four regional transportation needs. 

 

First,  The bridge improves the flow of cross-border traffic, through which 25% of U.S./Canada trade flows. 

 

Second, it creates a redundant bridge crossing point for the first time in 88 years. 

 

Third, the bridge provides improved highway-to-highway connections. 

 

Finally, it improves the ability of both Canadian and American authorities to enforce their respective border laws.  The Gordie Howe Bridge represents a major infrastructure investment for Windsor and for Detroit and will impact both cities for years to come.

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