At its annual general meeting earlier this month, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, the bi-national entity that owns and operates the Rainbow, Whirlpool-Rapids and Lewiston-Queenston bridges between Canada and the U.S., elected its slate of officers for 2011.
Patrick D. Brown of Niagara Falls, N.Y., was elected chairperson, and Michael J. Goodale of Grimsby, Ontario, Canada, was elected vice chair.
First appointed to the Bridge Commission in December 2007, Brown most recently served as vice chair. A certified public accountant-partner with Brown & Co., CPAs of Niagara Falls, Brown brings extensive and diversified financial management, business accounting and budgeting experience to the commission.
Brown is an active member of the following organizations: Niagara Military Affairs Council; Town of Niagara Industrial Development Agency; Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association; Kiwanis Club of Lewiston; Niagara Falls Water Authority; and Town of Niagara/Fashion Outlets of Niagara USA Fund.
Others elected as officers to the bridge commission are: Ernest K. Smith of Niagara Falls, Ontario, secretary; and Thomas G. Pryce of Youngstown, treasurer. Linda M. DiPasquale of Wheatfield; Janice A. Thomson of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Norma J. Higgs of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and Kenneth E. Loucks of Sauble Beach, Ontario, comprise the rest of the NFBC board.
U.S. commissioners serve at the pleasure of the governor of the state of New York, and Canadian commissioners serve at the pleasure of the premier of the province of Ontario. All officers hold their respective office for one year until the next annual meeting, unless the commission deems a change is necessary.