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Federal Bridge Corporation Limited appoints new chair to board

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 12:22 PM | By John Chunn


Transport Canada announced the appointment of Pascale Daigneault as the new chair of the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) board of directors for a two-year term.

According to the government’s press release, Daigneault has been a member of the FBCL board since 2015. Her appointment provides stability to the strategic direction defined for the corporation and solidifies its ability to deliver continued effective management and operational results. Her recent contributions in the establishment of FBCL’s strategic planning framework and her duties as a Governance, Policy and Human Resources Committee chair have suitably equipped her for this new challenge.

A resident of Sarnia, Ont., near FBCL’s Blue Water Bridge, Daigneault has an impressive resumé of experience and accomplishments. She has formerly served on several boards including as the president of the Ontario Bar Association, director of the Canadian Bar Association, director of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association (Lawyers Financial) and is currently president of Le Réseau des Femmes du sud-ouest de l’Ontario. Daigneault has studied in engineering and holds degrees in biochemistry and law from the University of Ottawa. She currently practises at Fleck Law, a firm she co-founded, dividing her time between Sarnia and Toronto.

FBCL extends its appreciation to departing vice-chair Rick Talvitie of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., a professional civil engineer who completed more than four years with FBCL and countless others in support of the prior subsidiary, St. Mary’s River Bridge Company. Talvitie served on many board committees and held the leadership of the FBCL board of directors since February 2019.

Also nominated to the board of directors are John Lopinski of Port Colbourne, Ont., and Rakesh Shreewastav of Toronto. Lopinski, appointed to a two-year term, brings significant bridge governance experience to his appointment. Shreewastav, appointed to a four-year term, is a civil engineer with experience in various government of Ontario agencies.

FBCL owns, manages and operates international bridges and associated structures in Sault Ste. Marie, Point Edward, Lansdowne (Thousand Islands) and Cornwall, Ont. FBCL’s mandate is to provide the highest level of stewardship so that its international bridges and associated structures are safe and efficient for users.