Executive team

Executive Team

This complex mega project requires strategic leadership and experience in infrastructure delivery at the same scale to ensure it is delivered successfully. Collectively, the Green Line leadership team has decades of experience in building major infrastructure projects across the world.


Darshpreet Bhatti, CEO

As a strategic leader with multifaceted experience in delivering multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects, Darshpreet is responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of Calgary’s largest infrastructure project, the Phase 1 Green Line LRT Project.

Throughout his career as a professional engineer, Darshpreet has been responsible for complex transit infrastructure projects including the Metrolinx Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project and Region of Waterloo Rapid Transit (LRT/BRT) Project. He has also been involved in navigating and delivering major city-building initiatives including the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization, City of Brampton AcceleRide Project, and the City of Windsor Detroit River Tunnel project providing genuine leadership to the team and with stakeholders to realize the full potential of each project. 

Darshpreet sets the vision and the course for the Green Line project team and reports to the Green Line Board which is fully accountable for the delivery of the Green Line LRT Project.


Saeed Ganji, COO

Saeed joins the Green Line LRT Project with a diverse background of senior roles in procurement, project execution, dispute resolution, and program controls for large infrastructure projects, including the $5B Hurontario LRT. Saeed’s experience includes transit (LRT and BRT), heavy civil, industrial (oil and gas), and nuclear construction sectors. In addition to his professional experience, he has a Master's degree in Civil Engineering. 

As COO, Saeed provides direction on executing and implementing Stage 1 of the Green Line LRT Project and is accountable for providing executive oversight to the Green Line’s construction, technical, commercial, business services, legal, PMO, stakeholder relations & communications, and HR teams.


Lisa Adamo, Director, Commercial

Lisa brings executive leadership experience to the Green Line team in delivering large-scale, complex commercial transactions across the transportation, social, electricity and information technology sectors. 

As Executive Vice President of Operations for SaskBuilds, she led the development and implementation of the Government of Saskatchewan’s Public Private Partnership (P3) Program and a $3B+ portfolio of P3 projects which included the Regina Bypass, the largest transportation project in the province’s history.    

Lisa has extensive experience providing advice to provincial and municipal governments and oversees the Green Line LRT Project’s commercial portfolio setting strategy, priorities, and direction. Lisa also holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.


Mary Anne Bendfeld, Lead Counsel

Mary Anne has a diverse background in municipal law, including legislative services and governance. She has worked extensively on procurement and construction contracts including the City’s first P3 project, the organics facility, as well as co-chaired initiatives to streamline and update processes and documents for procurement and construction for The City.  

In her role as Lead Counsel for the Green Line LRT Project, Mary Anne manages the internal Green Line legal team and external counsel to provide support to the Green Line Board and legal support to the team across all areas of the Green Line Program.

Prior to obtaining her Juris Doctor in Law, Mary Anne obtained a Master's in Analytical Philosophy. Throughout the course of her work in the infrastructure area, she has also obtained Osgoode Certificates in Public Procurement Law & Practice and Construction Law. 


Rizwan Hussain, Director, Construction

Rizwan is leading the Construction team including safety, environment, and quality management and brings more than 25 years of project delivery experience to the Green Line LRT Project. He has successfully delivered large-scale transportation projects on time and on budget, while demonstrating strong leadership, effective communication, and collaborative approach towards managing complex technical, stakeholder, and contractual issues.

Rizwan was recently working as a Chief Technical Officer, delivering the Design-Build-Finance-Maintain, Modernize I-75 project in Michigan. The project included construction of approximately 5-mile-long tunnel in an urban environment using a Tunnel Boring Machine.

Prior to that, Rizwan worked with Alberta Transportation for 15 years, most recently as their Project Director, Major Capital Projects, where he led the delivery of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road ($2.2B), 240 km of Highway 63 twinning from Grassland to Fort McMurray ($1.2B), and Fort McMurray Urban Services Area infrastructure improvements ($1B).


BalaRama Iyer, Director, Technical

BalaRama leads the Green Line LRT Project technical team including engineering, design, environment, and quality management.  He is a genuine leader with global multi-sector experience in leading multi-disciplinary and advisory service teams and the development and delivery of large and complex multi-billion-dollar capital projects for local, provincial/state, and federal agencies. 

Most recently BalaRama was the Technical Director for Rail and Transit with WSP where he represented the California High-Speed Rail Authority in overall program management.  He has also been in leadership roles delivering significant infrastructure projects including Prague Tram Line, Turkish High-Speed Rail, Madrid Metro and BNSF Railway.

With multi-lingual skills, BalaRama holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration and is a chartered manager and a certified public procurement and contract management professional.  


Wendy Tynan, Director, Stakeholder Relations and Communications

Wendy joined the Green Line team in 2020 with more than 20-years of diverse experience in stakeholder engagement, communications, government relations and reputation management from both the private and public sectors including: Centrica Energy, Canlin Energy, Direct Energy, SAIT, University of Calgary and the Alberta provincial government in a Minister’s Office, Executive Council, and the Premier’s Office.

Under Wendy’s leadership, the Stakeholder Relations and Communications team works to engage and support stakeholders, including businesses, community associations, BIA’s, property owners and residents, along the Stage 1 Green Line alignment.

A recognized community leader, Wendy is on the Board of Directors for the Calgary Stampede, Chair of the Calgary Counselling Centre, and a Board member with the Epilepsy Association of Calgary and the Heritage Park Society. She has been recognized as one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 and a University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business Graduate of Distinction. 


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