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Metrolinx Senior Management Team

Biographies

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Bruce McCuaig, President & CEO

Bruce McCuaig is the President and CEO of Metrolinx.

In his role, Bruce is building a team committed to transforming transportation in the GTHA, by building a strong customer service emphasis throughout the organization, delivering quality transportation services on time and on budget, and working collaboratively with our partners – all key elements to delivering on the promise of Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan.

Bruce began his career in public service in 1984, and has worked in areas involving land use planning and policy, municipal policy, and transportation planning, policy and operations. He spent 10 years with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and 15 years with the Ministry of Transportation, where his final role as Deputy Minister made him responsible for leading the 4,000 public servants dedicated to ensuring a safe and efficient provincial transportation system.

Bruce is on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Peel Region and the Policy Board of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), and is a member of the Providence Healthcare Campaign Leadership Committee.

He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University, and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.

CEO@metrolinx.com
416-202-5908

Mary Meledes, Executive Assistant
mary.meledes@metrolinx.com
416-202-5908

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John Jensen, Chief Capital Officer

John Jensen is Chief Capital Officer at Metrolinx.

John is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Metrolinx’s large and growing program of transit expansion projects in the GTHA. The program includes planning and construction of five new Light Rail Transit systems, Bus Rapid Transit improvements and the GO Regional Express Rail initiative.

John has extensive experience in delivering quality public transportation. Prior to joining Metrolinx in 2012 as Vice-President, Rapid Transit, he served in senior transit, light rail and commuter rail roles for the City of Calgary and the City of Ottawa. For the City of Ottawa, John served as Director, Rail Implementation, where he was responsible for leading the planning and procurement efforts for the successful delivery of the $2.1 billion Ottawa Light Rail Transit project and a $200 million Build Finance expansion of Highway 417. Since joining Metrolinx, John has lead the team implementing the rapid Transit Program and delivering successes like the Eglinton Crosstown.

John holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Transportation and Land Use and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography both from the University of Calgary. He also holds a Master’s Certificate in Operational Risk Management from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, and completed the Niagara Institute Leadership Development Program.

john.jensen@metrolinx.com
416-202-3435

Lori Hope, Executive Assistant
lori.hope@metrolinx.com
416-202-3412

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Judy Pfeifer, Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Judy Pfeifer is Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer at Metrolinx.

Judy oversees all aspects of Metrolinx’s communications strategy, and is responsible for overseeing corporate reputation, communications planning, internal and external communications, media relations, as well as government, community and stakeholder engagement.

Most recently, Judy held the position of Vice-President and Practice Lead with Hill+Knowlton Canada, where she implemented integrated communications plans in support of business objectives for clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

In her previous positions with the Toronto Community Foundation, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and City of Toronto, Judy provided leadership in policy, communications and stakeholder management.

Judy currently serves on the board of WoodGreen Community Services. She has previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Liveability Committee as a member of the Policy & Advocacy Committee with the Toronto Region Board of Trade, was a board member with Environmental Defence and was a founding member of the Emerging Leaders Network (CivicAction).

She is also a sought-after speaker on communications and stakeholder relations.

Judy holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University and a graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College.

judy.pfeifer@metrolinx.com
416-202-5902

Tracey Carvery, Executive Assistant
tracey.carvery@metrolinx.com
416-202-5907

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Robert Siddall, Chief Financial Officer

Robert Siddall is Chief Financial Officer at Metrolinx.

Robert oversees the long-range and day-to-day fiscal and fiduciary obligations of the organization and works closely with the Metrolinx executive group on corporate direction, strategy and financing.

Robert has over 30 years of senior management experience, covering a wide range of strategic and financial functions in both the private and public sectors.

Prior to Metrolinx, Robert was Chief Financial Officer for Waterfront Toronto Corporation and previously held the position of Provincial Controller with the Province of Ontario. He has taken part in two major Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants research studies, including costing of government services, and three standard setting task forces.

He currently serves as Chair of the Task Force on the Accounting for Financial Instruments project.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant.

robert.siddall@metrolinx.com
416-202-5905

Andrea Crockford, Executive Assistant
andrea.crockford@metrolinx.com
416-202-5947

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Helen Ferreira-Walker, Chief Human Resources Officer

Helen Ferreira-Walker is responsible for human resources programs and services that help Metrolinx meet its strategic goals. This includes HR Strategy and execution, Employee Engagement, total rewards, health, safety and wellness, leadership and organization development, employee/labour relations, workforce planning, and staffing and employment for Metrolinx.

She has more than 20 years of HR experience in the public sector. She joined Metrolinx in 2010 as Director, Human Resources. Prior to joining Metrolinx, she was Executive Director, Human Resources at the Corporation of the City of Brampton, where she had accountability for overall management, leadership, direction and support for delivering programs and services designed to enhance business performance in the areas of leadership development, health and safety and labour relations. She has also held progressive positions at the University of Toronto and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Helen has a post graduate certificate in Industrial Relations from Queen's University, has earned both the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) designations, and is currently working towards her MSC in Human Resources Management.

helen.ferreira-walker@metrolinx.com
416-202-5666

Fiona Loranger, Executive Assistant
fiona.loranger@metrolinx.com
416-202-5650

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Greg Percy, Chief Operating Officer

Greg Percy is Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading GO Transit and UP Express operations, and contributing to the leadership and strategic direction for Metrolinx.

Greg was previously Vice-President, GO Capital Infrastructure where he provided leadership for the delivery of a $1.2 billion capital plan for the design, construction and delivery of more than 250 civil engineering infrastructure projects.

Previous to this, Greg was the Vice-President, GO Operations, where he had leadership responsibility for rail and bus service delivery, rolling stock acquisitions, maintenance facilities and service delivery partner contract oversight.

Greg’s 34 years of experience in the Canadian transportation industry spans both the private and public sectors.

He spent 18 years with Canadian Pacific Railway in various marketing and operations positions, then joined GO Transit as Director, Rail Services in early 2000. He left GO Transit for two years for a post as Vice-President, Transit with an international engineering consulting firm, before re-joining GO Transit as Vice-President, Operations in 2008.

Greg is a past President of the Toronto Railway Club and Special Technical Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. He is on the Board of the Railway Association of Canada, the Board of the Canadian Urban Transit Association and the Executive Committee of the American Public Transportation Association.

Greg holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from Queen’s University.

greg.percy@gotransit.com
416-202-5544

Allison Collins, Executive Assistant
allison.collins@gotransit.com
416-202-5502

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Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer Planning and Policy

Leslie Woo is Metrolinx’s Chief Planning Officer Planning and Policy, leading Metrolinx’s planning and policy.

Leslie’s portfolio spans the long range vision for mobility in the region, as set out in The Big Move (2008), to detailed service planning for GO Transit rail and bus, and includes capital project pre-planning, setting scope and defining projects. Leslie ensures that the $31 billion capital public investments are guided by good planning evidence and robust policy research. She is also a champion for driving corporate sustainability, innovation, design excellence and leads Metrolinx’s network for women in management.

As a member of Metrolinx’s Senior Management Team, Leslie brings her executive expertise in addressing complex urban development challenges in constrained environments to deliver results. Her leadership in tackling the integration of the $13.5 billion GO Regional Express Rail with local transit initiatives, with challenging the status quo on transit fare structures in the Toronto region and her determination to deliver planning that is built on strong business case has been recognized nationally. She was named the 2015 Outstanding leader by Canada’s Women’s Infrastructure Network.

Prior to joining Metrolinx she worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She shaped the influential Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan (2006), which over the last ten years, has resulted in urban intensification totalling over 18 per cent increase in multi-family residential development, a two-thirds reduction of greenfield lands consumption, and has conserved about 800 square kilometres of agricultural and rural land.

Amongst her many global professional associations, Leslie is a 2011/12 Fellow and member of the International Women’s Forum, a Global Trustee with the Urban Land Institute, a member of the Scientific and Strategy Council of the Institut pour la ville en mouvement (2012-2015), and a retired member of the Ontario Association of Architects. Leslie holds many community volunteer roles including Vice Chair of the YMCA for the Greater Toronto Area and founder of shebuildscities.org.

Leslie received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo where she also studied Urban and Regional Planning. She is also the 2015 recipient of the Renison University College Distinguished Alumna Award.

leslie.woo@metrolinx.com
416-202-5943

Gisele Zwicker, Executive Assistant
gisele.zwicker@metrolinx.com
416-202-5918

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Mary Martin, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Mary Martin is Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Metrolinx. Mary’s 36 year legal career spans both the private and public sector.

At the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Renewal Mary was the lead counsel supporting a team structuring, negotiating and finalizing transactions involving the Province’s chief commercial assets. Her responsibilities included legal oversight of a transaction generating over $5 billion of net proceeds for the Province.

Mary’s has over 20 years’ experience in the private sector including 14 years as a senior partner in a leading national law firm. There she structured and negotiated complex commercial agreements and led multi-disciplined transaction teams on acquisition, financing, joint venture and technology transfer deals.

Mary is Metrolinx’s chief governance officer and supports the Metrolinx Board of Directors and its four Board Standing Committees. In carrying out this role she draws on previous experience as a board member or corporate secretary for a number of publicly traded corporations.

Mary is a graduate of the University of Toronto law school and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982.

mary.martin@metrolinx.com
416-202-5915

Sabrina DiNicolantonio, Executive Assistant
sabrina.dinicolantonio@metrolinx.com
416-202-5709

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Robert Hollis, Executive Vice President, PRESTO

Robert Hollis has been the Executive Vice-President, PRESTO since October 2012.

Robert’s mandate is to deliver the PRESTO transit fare card program to our current and future partners. PRESTO’s current partners include eleven transit agencies in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area as well as OC Transpo in Ottawa. Current work is centred on deploying PRESTO throughout the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

Prior to joining Metrolinx, Robert was the Chief Information Officer for the Land and Resources l&IT Cluster with the Ontario Public Service. Robert was also previously with the Ministry of Transportation, where he led the original PRESTO project from concept through to initial launch.

Previous to this, Robert held a number of executive positions in the financial services sector supporting personal banking, wealth management, wholesale banking and U.S. Brokerage business lines.

Robert is a graduate of York University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.

EVPPRESTO@metrolinx.com
416-202-3213

Alba Briceno, Executive Assistant
alba.briceno@prestocard.ca
416-202-3210

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