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Meet the Team

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Dan Franco

Projects engineer

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.


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Holly Saunders

Executive assistant

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.  


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Mark Van Buren

Deputy commissioner, transportation and infrastructure services, engineering

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.


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Holly Wilson

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.

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