BRAMPTON, ON (November 15, 2023) – Today, the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) announced that Alex Milojevic, former General Manager of Brampton Transit and current Commissioner of Corporate Support Services, has been awarded the prestigious William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement Award.
This accolade recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to the public transit in Canada for at least 25 years.
Named after CUTA’s first president, William G. Ross, the award is a testament to Alex’s distinguished 40-year career, with more than three decades of dedication and consistent contributions to the transit industry.
Beginning his career in transit as a Bus Operator in 1990, he started his journey in Brampton in 2004, holding various roles and becoming General Manager in 2017, leading a workforce of over 1,300 employees.
Alex has been instrumental in Brampton Transit's growth, achieving 160% ridership growth prior to the pandemic, and 30% ridership growth today compared to 2019, which includes steadfast leadership through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. His strategic leadership played a role in the successful implementation of initiatives like PRESTO and Brampton’s Züm rapid transit system, and his vision for a greener community helped result in the Canada Infrastructure Bank committing up to $400 million to support Brampton Transit’s purchase of up to 450 zero-emission buses.
Alex's impact on public transit extends beyond operational achievements. His approach to leading by example has influenced significant advancements in transit funding, safety, and the industry's growth.
A trailblazer in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, Alex prioritized creating a respectful and welcoming workplace at Brampton Transit, fostering collaboration and growth within and beyond the organization. His mentorship and commitment have inspired many in the transit industry to develop lifelong careers. He has been dedicated to the industry through his work on various industry committees for nearly three decades, including serving as a Director on the Board of the Canadian Urban Transit Association and chairing the Ontario Regional Committee at CUTA.
Alex’s receipt of this award will see him inducted into the CUTA Hall of Fame.
“We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Alex Milojevic on receiving the William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement Award. Alex's dedication to Brampton Transit and our community has been nothing short of exemplary. His strategic leadership has transformed Brampton Transit into one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. This well-deserved recognition highlights Alex's unwavering commitment to public transit, a commitment that has greatly contributed to Brampton's sustainable growth and success. We are proud to have such a visionary leader at the City."
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton
"It is truly an honour to receive the William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement Award from CUTA. This recognition is a testament to the collective efforts of the entire Brampton Transit team and our commitment to advancing public transit in Brampton and Canada. Over the years, we have implemented innovative initiatives and navigated historic challenge like the pandemic, always with a focus on providing safe, efficient, and reliable transit services to our community. I share this achievement with my dedicated colleagues and the City of Brampton, as we continue to shape the future of public transit."
- Alex Milojevic, Commissioner, Corporate Support Services
"Alex's receipt of the William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement Award is a proud moment for the City of Brampton and a reflection of his exceptional leadership. Under Alex's guidance, Brampton Transit has achieved significant milestones, from the successful launch of Züm to groundbreaking initiatives in electrification. His strategic vision, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and advocacy for public transit funding have left an indelible mark on our city. Alex exemplifies the values of excellence and innovation, and we are fortunate to have him as an integral part of the Brampton team. Congratulations, Alex!"
- Marlon Kallideen, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
“We are thrilled to recognize Alex Milojevic for his remarkable career in public transit. He played a key role in expanding and modernizing Brampton Transit. The significant growth of ridership while he was at the helm of the transit agency is a testament to his effectiveness as a leader. We thank him for his dedicated service to Brampton and the Canadian public transit industry as a whole, and wish him well in his new role.”
- Marco D’Angelo, President & CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association
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City of Brampton Media Relations
Tomas (Brampton Transit), Heidi Dempster (Brampton Transit), Kelly Paleczny
(Chair, CUTA), Alex Milojevic (Commissioner, Corporate Support Services, City
of Brampton); Doug Reiger (Brampton Transit), Ryan Booth (Brampton Transit).