Appointments to the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority



    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointments
of Mary Fickel and Henry Froese to the board of directors of the Buffalo and
Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority.
    "I am pleased that these experienced individuals have accepted these
appointments to the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority," said
Minister Cannon. "Ms. Fickel's well-developed managerial skills and her strong
leadership abilities will be great assets for the Authority, as will
Mr. Froese's background in design and engineering."
    Ms. Fickel has a bachelor of arts degree from Queen's University and
teaches chemistry at Niagara College. She is also an instructor in first aid
disaster management and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, and is a member of
various committees for the Canadian Red Cross. Ms. Fickel has been appointed
to the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority for a period of one year.
    Mr. Froese holds an honours bachelor of arts degree from Brock
University, education specialist degrees from York University and the
University of Toronto, and a fine arts certification from the Ontario College
of Art. He currently is an industrial consultant for local business, and a
commercial and residential architectural designer. Prior to a career in
education, he was employed as a design and engineering draftsman, a product
designer, and an architectural designer. Mr. Froese worked in the Ontario
education system for close to 30 years as a secondary school teacher, program
administrator and developer, consultant and as an associate university
professor. Mr. Froese has been appointed to the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public
Bridge Authority for a period of two years.

    The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, a bi-national bridge
authority, has owned and operated the Peace Bridge since 1933. The bridge,
which was opened to traffic in 1927, spans the Niagara River between Fort
Erie, Ont., and Buffalo, N.Y. The authority has a 10-member board with an
equal number of representatives from Canada and the United States. In 1995, an
amendment to Canada's An Act respecting the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public
Bridge Company transferred administrative responsibility, including
appointments to the board of directors, from the Minister of Finance to the
Minister of Transport.




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