Our Associate Deputy Minister
Associate Deputy Minister of Transport
Helena Borges has been Associate Deputy Minister of Transport since August 12, 2013.
Ms. Borges has been with the Canadian public service for over 25 years, where she has held a variety of progressively more senior positions within Transport Canada.
Most recently, from July 2011 to August 2013, Ms. Borges held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs. She was responsible for overseeing both national and Transport Canada-owned airports, ports, ferries and real property; administering numerous contribution programs; environmental stewardship of Transport Canada's assets; and the development and implementation of the Detroit River International Crossing project as well as the planning, development and implementation of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence River.
Prior to that, from May 2009 to July 2011, she was the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy (Gateways and Infrastructure) where she led the advancement of gateway strategies and long-term transportation infrastructure investments with a particular focus on ensuring progress on the Windsor-Detroit crossing.
From July 2006 to May 2009, Ms. Borges was Director General, Surface Transportation Policy, with responsibility for policy development for rail, motor carrier, intermodal, urban transportation, surface and border crossing infrastructure, and gateway and trade corridor initiatives. Prior to that Ms. Borges held the positions of Executive Director, Rail Policy and the Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Ms. Borges also held shorter-term assignments with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Industry Canada between 1996 and 1998.
Ms. Borges holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of Windsor and a Master's degree in International Affairs from Carleton University in Ottawa. Ms. Borges is conversant in English, French and Portuguese.
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