Thomas G. Pryce is elected chairperson
At its annual general meeting, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, the binational 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 2013. Thomas G. Pryce (New York) was elected chairperson, and Ernest K. Smith (Ontario) was elected vice-chairperson. Kathleen L. Neville (N.Y.) was elected secretary, and Dr. Kenneth E. Loucks (Ont.) was elected treasurer. Frank Soda (N.Y.), Janice A. Thomson (Ont.), Russell G. Quarantello (N.Y.) and Michael J. Goodale (Ont.) comprise the rest of the NFBC board.
U.S. commissioners serve at the pleasure of the governor of the state of New York, while 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.
Pryce, a Youngstown resident, was appointed to the commission in January 2008. He recently retired from the position of business manager and financial secretary of Iron Workers Local 9 in Niagara Falls. He serves as a trustee for the Iron Workers District Council of Western New York Pension, Welfare and Annuity Funds. A graduate of Plattsburgh State, Pryce served 12 years as a member and officer of the Lewiston-Porter Board of Education, and sits on several charitable and community development boards.
Appointed to the commission in November 2009, Smith, a resident of Niagara Falls, Ont., is retired from Canada Immigration after more than 31 years of service with experience in such areas as enforcement, operations and intelligence. Since retiring, Smith has been contracted by the International Region of Citizenship & Immigration Canada to work as a visa officer in England, Hong Kong, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Smith holds a B.A. from Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier University) in Ontario, and a Master's degree from Niagara University.
Neville, a resident of Wilson, was appointed to the commission in March 2012. A public relations professional, Neville previously served as senior vice president at Hill and Knowlton Public Relations International in New York City and as a senior consultant at Ketchum Public Relations in Washington, D.C. She is a former executive director of Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo and the author of several non-fiction books and articles on conduct in today's workplaces and schools. The former television and radio broadcaster obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the Rochester Institute of Technology and received a graduate teaching fellowship in English/communications from Niagara University.
Loucks, a resident of Sauble Beach, Ont., and formerly of St. Catharines, Ont., was appointed to the commission in April 2006, and served as chairperson in 2010. Loucks is professor emeritus of the Faculty of Business, Brock University (St. Catharines), and the holder of HBA, MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. His career in education encompasses appointments at two secondary schools and three universities in Ontario, and two adjunct appointments in Australia. He is a specialist in entrepreneurship and business strategy. Throughout his career, Loucks has maintained an active management consulting practice. He has served, as well, as a consultant to bilateral and multilateral development agencies in small enterprise creation and economic development programming with assignments in more than 30 countries. During his career, he has served on numerous public and private sector boards and commissions.
Appointed to the commission in March 2012, Soda retired in 2010 after a 41-year teaching career. He resides in Niagara Falls and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Niagara University and an M.S. from Buffalo State College. He taught at Niagara Falls High School for 23 years and is also an adjunct at Erie Community College and Niagara University. A former Niagara Falls City Council member (twice), he also served on the Love Canal Area Revitalization Agency.
Thomson, a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., was appointed to the commission in April 2006 and has previously served as secretary, following two years as chairperson (2007 and 2008). She was actively involved in the recent reconstruction of the Queenston Plaza, serving as liaison between the Board of Commissioners and the design and construction team. She presently occupies the position of executive director of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau, and previously held executive management positions at the national offices of Jaguar Canada and BMW Canada over an 18-year period. Thomson also serves as chair of the Niagara Parks Commission, a board member of the Niagara Foundation and Project Niagara (Toronto Symphony-National Arts Centre), and serves on many tourism-related committees within Niagara.
Quarantello was appointed to the commission in March 2012 and resides in Lewiston. He currently serves as the business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 237. Quarantello is a master electrician who has worked for numerous electric contractors over the years, including the Carborundum Co., Viatran Corp., and the U.S. Small Business Administration. He was elected to his position as the union local's principal officer in 2007.
Appointed to the NFBC in August 2008, Goodale most recently served as chairperson. A Grimsby, Ont., resident, he is the assistant deputy minister, corporate services division and chief administrative officer for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Goodale has worked in the Ontario Public Service for more than 30 years in a variety of progressively responsible positions with the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Finance. A graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., Goodale holds a combined honours degree in economics and urban geography.
About the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
A joint resolution of the 1938 U.S. Congressional Third Session created the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. The Extra Provincial Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario, Canada, licenses the NFBC. Canada and the U.S. are equally represented on the NFBC by an eight-member board of commissioners. Initially established to finance, construct and operate the Rainbow Bridge, the commission proved sufficiently efficient and effective to assume responsibilities for the Whirlpool Rapids (Lower) and Lewiston-Queenston bridges. The NFBC builds and maintains all facilities for customs and immigration functions on both sides of the international border. The NFBC is self-supportive, largely through user fees (tolls) and private-sector tenant leases. NFBC is federally chartered to conduct international commercial financial transactions and issue federal (U.S.) tax-exempt bonds.