The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) has announced a new Vice-President of Transportation.

The crown corporation says Drew Duquette will be replacing the current VP Grant Bailey when he retires in July. Duquette brings 35 years of experience to the table in many different positions such as Rail Traffic Controller, Train Master, and management roles responsible for preventative maintenance and major infrastructure projects.

Most recently, he served as Superintendent of Southwestern Ontario with the Canadian Pacific Railway.

“Drew is a strategic leader with exceptional railway experience,” says Corina Moore, President, and CEO of Ontario Northland. “I am confident that his strong skillset will continue to improve and expand our rail transportation services.”

“I am very pleased to be joining Ontario Northland, a company with strong roots and a rich history. I look forward to bringing my experience to this team of railroaders,” says Duquette. “I was born and raised in the North, so it feels good to return and contribute to a region that has always been important to me.”

Officials add that Duquette will be responsible for a strategic leadership that will shape the company policy and culture, further the ONTC’s legacy, and oversee operating and capital budgets for rail freight, mechanical, infrastructure, and passenger and freight car remanufacturing.