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 10-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.
Angelo Marignani was born and raised in Windsor by his immigrant parents Franco and Felicia.
Mr. Marignani attended and graduated from the University of Windsor earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduation, he travelled to Tokyo, Japan where he worked and lived for eight years.
In Japan, Mr. Marignani was a Teacher and Human Resource Personnel for NCB, Nova, and Mitsubishi Industries.
In 1998, Mr. Marignani returned to Windsor where he became an entrepreneur in our Downtown core, opening Milk Coffee Bar with a mission statement to nurture the creative spirit of Windsor. In 2016, Mr. Marignani sold his business and is currently working at Magna International Intagram division.
Mr. Marignani’s participation in Committees and Boards includes, The Development and Heritage Standing Committee, The Committee and Court of Revision, the Essex Region Conservation Authority, the New City Hall Esplanade Committee, Tourism Essex Windsor Pelee Island Board of Directors, the Windsor Detroit Tunnel Corporation, Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc., and the Windsor Licensing Commission. He is also Chair of the International Relations Committee.
Angelo Marignani has lived in Ward 7 since 2001 with his wife Dayna who teaches for the Greater Essex County School Board and his two children. His daughter Sofia, will be starting at the University of Windsor and his son Sebastian will be attending St. Joseph High School. And finally, their cat Zuzu.
Councillor Renaldo Agostino came to Downtown Windsor from the city of Toronto in the early 90s with his twin brother Remo Agostino. Since then, he has owned or operated many successful businesses in the core. He has organized and produced some of the largest community events in our city, including Jurassic Park Windsor during the Raptors championship run, along with multiple concerts at Festival Plaza and events at Caesars Windsor.
Renaldo has been and will continue to be the ultimate advocate for Downtown Windsor.
Renaldo graduated from The University of Windsor with a bachelor of arts in communication studies and attended St. Clair College’s advertising program. He spends time as a volunteer coach and volunteer executive director at Border City Boxing Club on Drouillard Road where he trains champions and mentors Windsor’s youth. Renaldo’s focus for this term is the safety and the prosperity of Downtown Windsor. He loves and believes in this city, in its people and especially in Downtown Windsor. Let’s go!
Councillor Agostino also currently serves on the following agencies, board and committees:
- Community Services Standing Committee
- Environment Transportation & Public Safety Standing Committee
- Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
- New City Hall Steering Committee
- Windsor Licensing Committee
- Windsor Detroit Tunnel Corporation
- Windsor Public Library
- Wyandotte BIA
First elected to Windsor City Council in 2018, Kieran immediately took on tough issues and challenging committee assignments. Recognized as a leader, early into the term he was unanimously elected to chair the Essex Region Conservation by Authority by the board comprised of municipally elected officials from across the Windsor/Essex area. Kieran also serves as chair of the Windsor Bicycling Committee and the Public Transit Advisory Committee.
After years of controversial and divisive discussion, he introduced and successfully passed a motion to add lifesaving anti-overdose medication Naloxone to all first responders as a component of their field equipment inventory.
As a Councillor much of his work has focused on ensuring that municipal services, and the equitable access to them, are at the forefront of every issue that comes to Council. He is a strong advocate for the development of sustainable policy choices and capital investments to ensure that we build an inclusive community.
As a City Councillor he has continued to bring focus to environmental issues. He brought forward and was instrumental in successfully passing at both Windsor City Council and at the Essex Region Conservation Authority a motion to declare a Climate Emergency across our region, stating, “If we accept that Climate Change is real, then the obligation to invest in our communities to both mitigate and adapt is critical. Literally everyone is a stakeholder in this fight; the environment needs to be top of mind in virtually every single policy discussion.”
Kieran is the former chair and current vice chair of the Essex Region Conservation Authority. Additionally, he chairs both the City of Windsor’s Transit Advisory Committee and Bike Committee and is a member of both the Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority and Windsor Essex County Environment Committee. He is a commissioner for the Windsor Utilities Commission and chairs the utility’s governance committee.
Prior to being elected, Councillor McKenzie worked with Brian Masse, Member of Parliament (Windsor West), in a policy development role. As well, he was formerly a small business owner, broadcaster and served on several community boards, including as the chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex.
As a Legislative Assistant he helped to author Canada’s first Motion expressing the need to act to ban the use of micro-beads in cosmetic products and has done significant work advancing the concept an urban national park consolidating the Ojibway Prairie Complex in the Windsor Essex Region.
Kieran has worked to address several issues in his ward; working closely with residents he has been successful in securing investments and addressing critical infrastructure priorities. Some of these achievements include addressing community public safety concerns by adding traffic calming measures in neighbourhoods; adding solar lights in several parks; and advocating for and securing funding commitments for key infrastructure, particularly along the Howard Avenue corridor.
Kieran successfully created a policy that passed unanimously at Council that will help protect school children attending Roseland Public School. After years of residents, parents and school officials citing safety concerns for children crossing at Cabana and Karen, there will finally be a traffic signal at that corner to help students cross safely.
Additionally, Kieran worked with residents, the Mayor and Windsor Police Service to address property theft issues in the ward. Increased patrols and a dedicated neighbourhood safety plan came out of those consultations. Also, he is working with administration and the hospitality industry to create a greater degree of accountability for hotel and motel operators across the city for the activity that occurs on their property.
Kieran also continues to work with residents to address flooding in the ward, having brought forward a policy proposal to help residents repair culverts and securing funding for a comprehensive drainage study to identify ways to improve stormwater management in the city’s southeast.
As Councillor he also worked to secure a commitment from the Windsor Public Library to proceed with a feasibility study to construct a library in Windsor’s southeast and is working to ensure that the city sees no net loss of tree coverage through development.
Bio coming soon.
Renato Discenza is the Managing Director of Azcendis Inc., a boutique consulting firm that provides strategic advice to senior executives in the public and private sector.
Renato has extensive C-Suite experience and board experience. He is a certified director with both ICD.D and C. Dir. designations.
Recognized as an innovative and transformative leader, Renato has over 35 years of executive experience in both the public and private sector across a broad spectrum of industries particularly in the technology and innovation sectors, healthcare, government agencies, and start-up advisory.
Some of his past roles include President and CEO of HealthPRO, CEO of Invest Toronto, CEO of 4 regional health organizations in Ontario, EVP of Strategy and Innovation at Hamilton Health Sciences, and SVP at Infrastructure Ontario. He also was an officer and senior executive in the technology sector leading organizations at BCE and AT&T Canada in Enterprise Sales, Engineering, Capital Management, Strategy, Customer Services, Field Operations, Procurement, Government Relations, and Supply Chain.
Renato’s Board experience spans many different organizations. He is currently on the YQG (Windsor International Airport) board and the board of the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario. He has been a board member at HealthPRO, Credit Valley Hospital and Michael Garron Hospital, Mohawk Medbuy Corporation, the Change Foundation, an Income Trust Corporation, and numerous philanthropic boards..
Renato holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Keith Andrews has a unique blend of 30+ years of experience in both the public and private sectors.
He is a seasoned corporate executive, entrepreneur and former regulator who played a lead role in guiding the policy, legislative and regulatory processes for establishing commercial gaming in Ontario in 1993 – including the creation of the Ontario Casino Corporation (OCC) and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). He also served as a senior adviser to the Deputy Minister’s Selection Committee that was mandated to oversee the procurement process for selecting Ontario’s first private gaming operator.
Early in his career Keith served as Chief of Staff/Policy Advisor in the Ontario Public Service and the Government of Newfoundland where he worked on such diverse policy issues as first nations housing, consumer protection and Canada/US trade.
From 1994-2010 Keith was Vice President Corporate Affairs and Administration at Windsor Casino Limited (WCL), a partnership of – Circus Circus Enterprises, Hilton Gaming Inc and Caesars World. During this time, Keith led numerous corporate initiatives and key operational departments. Keith chaired the WCL rebranding team that saw the iconic Caesars brand introduced in Canada and co-chaired WCL’s operational development team for the $450-million redevelopment of Casino Windsor and construction of Caesars Windsor.
In 2010 Keith left the gaming industry to establish S-A-F Holdings Inc, a private investment and development company with a focus on hospitality projects. S-A-F partnered in concept design, construction, and operations of six highly successful food and beverage venues in the Windsor and London, Ontario as well as a commercial land development in Lasalle, Ontario with partners such as Starbucks, LCBO and Home Hardware. Additionally, during this time, Keith established S-A-F Advisory which focused on supporting c-suite level clients in a variety of industries.
Through S-A-F Advisory, in 2013 Keith turned his attention to providing services to Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited (GCEL) as they embarked on entering the Ontario market. As the architect and strategist for Gateway’s entry into Ontario, Keith lay the groundwork for phenomenal company growth in the ensuing two years. Subsequently, in 2014 Keith joined GCEL as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Ontario operations.
During his time at GCEL, Keith led the acquisition of OLG assets and operations including the seamless onboarding of over 4000 staff and operating systems at 13 gaming sites across the province. With a focus as on driving operational efficiencies, enhancing the customer experience, and increasing site profitability the company’s footprint doubled in size nationally as did its financial performance. Having steered Gateway Ontario for over five years, Keith retired from GCEL 2019. Later that year GCEL announced a merger/transaction valued at $1.4 billion.
Over his career Keith has been a trusted advisor to elected and non-elected officials at the highest levels of municipal, provincial, and federal government on a range of complex issues. He is recognized as a strategist and consensus builder who has established strong relationships with key community, labour, government, and business stakeholders.
Keith’s community and board service has included:
ENWIN Utilities Limited (Board and Governance Committee)
ENWIN Energy Limited
Honorary Chair Teen Health Centre Fundraising Campaign
Windsor Regional Hospital (Board and Human Resources Committee)
Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation
Daniel Ableser is a resident of Windsor, Ontario and a practicing lawyer at Kirwin Partners LLP.
Mr. Ableser holds a BA from the University of Windsor (Political Science) and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. Mr. Ableser practices law primarily in the areas of family law, litigation and municipal law and regularly appears before courts and tribunals across Ontario.
Mr. Ableser previously worked for the City of Windsor Building & Development Department and for Elections Canada. In addition, he previously served on the City of Windsor International Relations Committee, as a Director of the Essex Law Association and as Vice Chair of the Windsor-Essex Community Benefits Coalition.
In his spare time, Mr. Ableser enjoys travelling, having travelled to 53 countries and counting. He also enjoys watching a variety of sports attentively and playing them poorly.
Diletta is an accomplished entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience in the private sector.
She is deeply entrenched in the local community and well respected as an astute Business Leader, Philanthropist, College Instructor, Real Estate Investor and committed travel sports mom. She holds an MBA from Wayne State University and was a proud member of Young Presidents Organization for many years.
The valuable insights gained from her diverse experiences in life and business ventures will enable her to make significant contributions to the YQG Board.
In 1991, Diletta started working at Bello Metal Recycling. She rapidly acquired extensive industry knowledge by immersing herself in all facets of the business operations. She was responsible for market analysis and sales, business development and expansion, operations, production and inventory management, marketing and product development, cost and inventory control, quality control and implementation, environmental compliance, bank negotiation and relations, human resources management and commodity market negotiations. Diletta became the President and CEO of Bello Metal Recycling by the age of 30. She played a pivotal role in establishing Bello’s product as a prominent brand in the metal recycling industry and broke barriers for women in this traditionally male-dominated business sector. Diletta’s exceptional sales and numerical expertise propelled the company to achieve unprecedented levels of sales and profitability. She maintained a track record of consistent returns over her tenure. In 2021, Diletta played a crucial role in facilitating the successful negotiation of the sale of Bello Metal Recycling.
Diletta’s knowledge of financial management, administration and managerial accounting were influential in the many successful years of business for Snapd Windsor, a local and popular community publication showcasing events, people, and businesses in and around Windsor Essex County. Diletta served as the controller of the local operations of the Snapd franchise for 10 years.
Recognizing opportunities to invest in Windsor/Essex real estate, Diletta and her husband Jeff, both entrepreneurs at heart, established Venturis Enterprises in 2017. They are enjoying the process of exploring both residential and commercial projects in real estate development.
Excited to share her corporate knowledge, Diletta became a sessional Instructor at St. Clair College in the Business and Information Technology Program. Her focus is on accounting and entrepreneurship courses.
Diletta is proud to be involved with 100 Women Who Care, and Women United.
She is also one of the founders of the Cancer Research Collaboration Fund, a charity that raises money for local cancer research. The main fundraising event is “Play For A Cure”, a Pro-Am hockey tournament and with 3 events under its belt, the Fund has already accumulated over $1 million for local cancer research.
For six years Diletta served on the Board of Roseland Golf and Curling Club. She was also involved on the board for the Italian School at Ciociaro Club as treasurer for many years.
Diletta is a proud mom of Isabella 14, and Carlo, 10. Born in Torino, Italy, Diletta speaks fluent Italian and looks forward to returning whenever she has the opportunity. Travel has always been a passion of hers, and Diletta believes one of the best ways to experience a new place and culture is by trekking and biking in its most remote areas.
She is delighted to join the YQG Board as a new member, viewing her participation as an opportunity to contribute value to the community she wholeheartedly supports.
Bio coming soon.