In November 2007, the City approved a long-term management contract for the operations of the Airport to Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc., under the direction of an independent Board of Directors.
As a key transportation asset, Windsor International Airport is centrally located within the City of Windsor, the 16th largest census metropolitan area in Canada and the Region of Essex County with a population of approximately 420,000 people. It is the only business and general aviation airport, serving the surrounding communities of Essex and Kent County. Windsor International Airport is ideally situated on an international border between Canada and the United States; a 45-minute drive from downtown Detroit.
Board of Directors
Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc. is governed by an experienced and skilled 7-member board of directors who serve a term of four years and are eligible for reappointment without term limits by the Council of the City of Windsor.
Drew Dilkens was first elected as Mayor of the City of Windsor on October 27, 2014. He was re-elected October 22, 2018, for his second term. Mayor Dilkens is committed to a program of fiscal discipline and economic growth and diversification while building Windsor up into a world-class city. Since being elected, he has continued to focus on improving the city’s infrastructure, including roads and sewers, holding the line on taxes, supporting economic development that creates jobs and attracts investments, and positioning Windsor as a destination of choice for those looking to build homes, careers, and families.
Mayor Dilkens pledged to continue upgrading roadways and sewers throughout the city to help increase safety and protect the many homes and businesses in Windsor. As a result, significant investments have been made in roadways throughout the community. Key investments include a $3.5M upgrade to the intersection at Dominion and Northwood, $45M to improve Cabana Rd, a $2.5M upgrade to Banwell Rd, $4.85M road reconstruction on Huron Church, a $9M investment on Dougall Rd to create a multi-use underpass for pedestrians, and $10M to make E.C. Row Expressway a “world-class roadway”.
In October 2017, Mayor Dilkens presented an 8-Point Plan to address flooding – including a push to expedite completion of the city’s Sewer Master Plan. In July 2020, this Sewer and Coastal Flood Protection Master Plan was endorsed and approved by City Council. This historic $5B plan will provide a roadmap for the city to follow over the next 50 years.
Delivering on a commitment to help expand and improve public transportation available in the city, Mayor Dilkens sought to expand Transit Windsor’s services to neighbouring communities. He followed through by helping launch the town of Lasalle’s Transit Windsor Service in 2017. Later, in 2020, Transit Windsor’s “More Than Transit” Master Plan was approved by Mayor and Council to create more efficient transit routes, more buses, bus shelters, and facilities. This $135M plan is intended to help modernize public transportation in the city for the next decade.
Mayor Dilkens supports initiatives that provide residents with greater access to participate in physical activity in the community. In 2019, City Council passed a strategy to introduce more walking and cycling opportunities in Windsor through Walk Wheel Windsor – the City’s Active Transportation Master Plan. This $150M plan initiates more non-motorized modes of transportation over the next 20 years.
Mayor Dilkens has also focused his efforts on improving community policing, ensuring there are more officers on the ground and increasing engagement with the residents. In 2018, the Mayor and Council approved spending $1.4 million to have 12 new officers patrol the downtown core. In 2019, an additional eighteen Windsor police officers received badges. In 2020, another sixteen constables accepted their badges welcoming them to the Windsor Police Service. That same year, Council approved the purchase of 20 new surveillance cameras for the city’s downtown core. This $450,000 investment has a dual use — monitoring real time events and helping make modifications to traffic flow as needed. In 2019, Mayor Dilkens also served on the hiring panel that recruited Windsor Police Services’ first female Chief of Police.
Mayor Dilkens is committed to increasing the availability of affordable housing in the city. In 2018, the Mayor and Council approved a $39-million project coordinated by the Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation to introduce the 145-unit Meadowbrook project. This is the City of Windsor’s first affordable housing investment in nearly 30 years.
Focusing on quality-of-life improvements for all Windsorites while continuing to attract tourists and new residents to the community, Mayor Dilkens is leveraging arts, culture, and heritage as an economic driver through the approval of the Legacy Beacon. This $7M project will permanently enhance Windsor’s riverfront by becoming a centerpiece for the fully restored Streetcar No. 351, while expanding upon the outdoor seating and special event space located along the water. He also led the call to create themed districts throughout the city that capture, enhance and share Windsor’s unique heritage and its evolution through the years. The Walkerville Theming & Districting project is underway, serving as a pilot project for what is possible through these initiatives.
Mayor Dilkens successfully led the City of Windsor and its communities through major climate events involving floods and tornadoes, as well as the COVID-19 global pandemic. At all times, he has advocated with all levels of government to bring much needed funding relief and support to individuals, families, businesses and organizations impacted by extreme world events, with an eye to protecting the stability of Windsor’s people and economy.
During his second term leading the City of Windsor, Mayor Dilkens initiated the Windsor Works economic development strategy for the City’s future growth. This robust strategy, unanimously adopted by City Council, provides an in-depth and long-term plan to improve Windsor to serve the needs of current and future residents. Following the “LIFT” strategy, Windsor Works focuses on four pillars: Location, infrastructure, future economy, and talent. This is a road map to leverage our city’s strengths and capitalize on new opportunities to take our economy to the next level of growth and prosperity, creating a stronger, more resilient, and attractive Windsor, and the exciting work is underway. Less than a year after adopting the plan, Mayor Dilkens helped secure a monumental investment of $5B for the first domestic EV battery manufacturing facility – the largest investment in Canada’s auto industry, and one of the largest investments in Windsor in a century. This was thanks to the Council-endorsed Windsor Works strategy, and a major investment from LG Energy Solutions, Stellantis, the Government of Canada (Canadian Innovation), and the Province of Ontario. The game-changing new facility promises about 2,500 jobs created, and secures Windsor’s strategic location as the home of Canada’s electric vehicle future. As the world pivots to EVs, Windsor will soon be the home to the battery manufacturing facility that powers it all.
Prior to being elected Mayor, and during his eight years as a member of Windsor City Council, Councillor Dilkens chaired the International Relations Committee and the Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority and spearheaded the creation and implementation of the new Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Windsor International Airport Board of Directors, the Planning and Economic Development Committee and EnWin Energy. As a Councillor, he led the Steering Committee overseeing the construction of Windsor’s $78M state-of-the-art aquatics facility – the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre and premier family attraction – Adventure Bay Family Water Park presented by WFCU Credit Union.
Mayor Dilkens has an extensive history of community involvement in Windsor. He spent 15 years with the Windsor Police Auxiliary where he was a Staff Sergeant. He was a founding Board Member for the Canadian Manufacturing Hall of Fame. He is also an annual Area Captain in the Windsor Goodfellows Paper Drive. He has served as President to both the Windsor and Essex County Crime Stoppers and Windsor Road Watch programs. Mayor Dilkens is also a past Executive Board Member of Windsor Regional Hospital, a Past Vice-President of the Windsor Jaycees, former Chair of the Windsor Red Cross Emergency Services Unit, and past board member of the Appeals Panel and Government Relations Committee for HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association).
The Mayor brings a wealth of economic development, international trade, human resource, and labour relations experience to the office. He served as an International Trade Officer at the Canadian Consulate in Detroit and as a labour relations consultant at a large consulting firm in Detroit, and most recently practised in the areas of labour and employment law at McTague Law Firm in Windsor.
Mayor Drew Dilkens is a lifelong resident of the City of Windsor. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a law degree from the University of Windsor. He was called to the bar in 2012. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University and received his Doctorate of Business Administration from the International School of Management in Paris, France with a focus on municipal amalgamation in Ontario. He obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (2021). He holds the professional designation of a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), along with training certificates from the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, Canadian Securities Institute and Federal Bureau of Investigations in the United States.
Mayor Dilkens is married to Jane Deneau, has two children, Madison and Jack, and a golden doodle named Finn. They are an active family that enjoys travelling together, as well as attending local events and festivals. The Mayor is a history enthusiast and can often be found researching local archives and books detailing the history of Windsor, and penning poems inspired by Windsor’s past, present and future.
Fred Francis was born on November 22, 1980 in Windsor, Ontario and is the youngest of three sons to Farid and Arlette Francis, who immigrated to Windsor from Lebanon in the early 1970s.
Fred was raised in South Windsor where he attended Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School and Holy Names Catholic High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (combined honours History/Political Science) from Western University in 2003 and studied at the University of Windsor, earning both a Master of Arts degree (History) in 2006 and a Bachelor of Education degree in 2009.
Prior to being elected to Windsor City Council in 2014, Fred worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He has extensive management experience having been the Director of Business Development for the region’s largest automotive retailer group and currently serving as the Executive Director of the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County.
Fred and his wife Carolyn reside in Ward 1 in the City of Windsor. He is a second-term City Councillor, re-elected in 2018 on a platform that placed taxpayers first, while working to build stronger neighbourhoods. As a councillor, Fred has been a strong proponent of fiscal responsibility at City Hall. He has also focused on job creation in the region; holding the line on property taxes; continuing to decrease the City’s debt, increasing its financial reserves; and investing in our roads, sewers and parks infrastructure. Fred believes in a strong and vibrant City of Windsor with a quality of life that is second to none.
Councillor Francis currently serves on the following Agencies, Boards and Committees:
- Environment, Transportation & Public Safety Standing Committee
- Community Services Standing Committee
- ENWIN Energy
- International Relations Committee (Chair)
- Town & Gown Committee
- Roseland Golf Club Board of Directors (Chair)
- Windsor Canada Utilities
- Your Quick Gateway (YQG) Board of Directors
- Court of Revisions Committee
Bio coming soon.
Information coming soon.
Renato Discenza is the President and CEO of Invest Toronto,
Renato is President and Chief Executive Officer of Health PRO, where he guides the strategic direction of the business and the management of several billion dollars in contract value.
Recognized as an innovative and transformative leader, Renato has over 30 years of executive experience in both the public and private sectors, most recently playing a critical role of transforming the Ontario healthcare system under Ontario Health to help drive more integrated and patient-centric care.
Prior to this, he held diverse roles in healthcare, serving as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at Hamilton Health Sciences and as Board Member at Credit Valley Hospital and Michael Garron Hospital, Mohawk Medbuy Corporation, and the Change Foundation. He also has served as CEO of Invest Toronto successfully bringing international investment into Canada.
Within the private sector, Renato has and held senior executive roles with national telecommunications organizations including Bell Canada and AT&T Canada.
Renato holds a Chartered Director designation, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a proud Professional Engineer.
Ms. Scislowski is the City Council appointee to the YQG Board of Directors. She is a retired Registered Nurse by background and proudly calls Windsor her life long home.
Her community commitment includes past service as Chair of the Community Advisory Board of the Southwest Detention Centre. She was also a Director for the Windsor Essex Community Health Center, Teen Health Center and Sandwich Community Health Centre. She served for 7 years as a Director for the Windsor Police Services Board, serving the last 3 years as Vice Chair. As part of her role on the Windsor Police Services Board, she was actively involved in the development of the Human Rights Charter for the Windsor Police Service.
Ms. Scislowski worked for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in various roles including Nurse Consultant, Service Delivery Manager and Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist. While working for Windsor Regional Hospital she facilitated the cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes programs. She is a graduate of the University of Windsor (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and holds a graduate diploma in Disability Management from Dalhousie University. She held the designation of Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) with the Canadian College of Vocational Rehab Professionals.
Information coming soon.