Meet the Team
The Third Crossing is being led by the City of Kingston in collaboration with Kiewit and Hatch who are responsible for the oversight, design and construction of the project. The project team will continue to meet and engage the public at key points throughout the project.
Mark Van Buren
Deputy commissioner, major projects
Mark Van Buren, has been with the City since 2002, most recently taking on the role of deputy commissioner, transportation and infrastructure services, engineering – the group overseeing the construction of the Third Crossing. Born in Calgary, Mark went high school in Oshawa and got to know Kingston when he attended Queen's University where he achieved a B.Sc., a Masters and then a PhD in Engineering. He tested his mettle in Milwaukee and Chicago before coming back to work for the City of Kingston where he joined the Third Crossing project in 2009 as part of the Environmental Assessment team.
Projects engineer, Dan Franco, may have been born in London, Ontario, but considers Kingston his home town. He's been here since 1983 and attended Holy Cross Secondary School before heading to St. Lawrence College and then Queen's University as he worked to become a civil engineer. Armed with a Queen's Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Dan started working for the City of Kingston in 2005. He has been working on the Third Crossing project since the Environmental Assessment in 2009.
Manager, intergovernmental relations
Born and raised in Kingston, Holly Wilson has been with the City since 2012 – working to secure the funding for the Third Crossing from the upper levels of government. Now that piece is complete, she is focused on communicating and engaging the public on the progress of this milestone project. After getting her BA in Communications and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University – and an Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications from Sheraton College – Holly worked at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto and The Regional Municipality of Halton in Oakville before coming home to Kingston.
Lead communications and public engagement
Marie recently joined the Third Crossing project team in June 2018 focusing on communications and public outreach campaigns for the project. Marie previously worked for the City of Vancouver leading on some high-level projects such as building 600 temporary modular homes for people experiencing homelessness in Vancouver. She has a baccalaureate in Communications.
Executive assistant, Holly Saunders joined the team to build the Third Crossing in 2017 leading the administrative functions of the project. She has worked for the City of Kingston in diverse roles for 11 years, signing on just a couple of years after she moved to Kingston in 2004. Born in Barrie, Holly has degrees in Sociology from the University of Waterloo and Education from Queen's University.
Manager financial planning
Scarlet joined the City of Kingston in 2011 as a Financial Analyst where she has primarily supported capital related functions. Over the last couple of years, Scarlet has been part of a team responsible for the implementation of a new Financial Management System. Scarlet recently joined the third crossing project in August 2018 as the key financial support where she assists with the provincial and federal funding requirements and all other aspects of project financial management.
Peter Kiewit Sons ULC
Kiewit is one of the largest, most respected construction and engineering companies in North America, and has been selected as the contractor responsible for building the new Third Crossing. Kiewit's extensive infrastructure experience includes the design and construction of bridges, ferry terminals, roads, canals and other transportation projects that have helped shape the landscape across Ontario and other Canadian provinces.
In Canada, Kiewit's project history includes the construction of the Spadina Subway Extension in Toronto, the VivaNext D1, H2 and H3 public transit projects in the Toronto metro area, the Vancouver International Airport Runway, the Sea-to-Sky Highway and Port Mann/Highway 1 projects in Vancouver, and the Laval Metro Rail in Montreal.
Hatch, as the design engineers is committed to the quality, health and safety and sustainability of the project, and has a strong record of working closely with the community to ensure their ideas optimize the best solutions for Kingston. Whatever their clients envision, Hatch's teams can design and build. A Canadian company with over six decades of business and technical experience in the infrastructure, energy, and mining sectors, Hatch knows businesses and understands that challenges are changing rapidly. Hatch responds quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient and innovative, drawing upon 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for clients, employees, and the communities they serve. Hatch has been involved in some of the largest landscape changing projects across Ontario and Canada. Hatch has worked on the Sea to Sky Highway and Port Mann Highway 1 projects in Vancouver, are currently entrenched in the Calgary Green Line LRT project, and have tunneled under most of Toronto to set up the TTC subway system, including the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT projects.
SYSTRA International Bridge Technologies
SYSTRA keeps the world moving through connecting people and places. By enabling mobility, SYSTRA's work strengthens communities and improves people's access to employment, education and leisure by delivering consultancy, engineering and specialist technical services that enable safe, efficient mobility and foster economic prosperity. SYSTRA International Bridge Technologies (part of SYSTRA's global network of bridge specialists) deliver award-winning signature bridge projects for public and private sector clients. SYSTRA provides high-quality technical expertise across the full spectrum of bridge design. For more than 60 years they have helped cities and regions thrive through designing and modernizing their transport infrastructure.