Speaker Profiles

Andy Byford

Andy Byford

Chief Executive Officer

Toronto Transit Commission

Andy Byford was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Transit Commission in March, 2012. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the largest transit agency in Canada, and the third largest in North America, carrying over 500 million riders on an annual basis. Andy joined the TTC as Chief Operating Officer in November, 2011 and was responsible for the delivery of safe, punctual, reliable bus, streetcar, subway and Wheel-Trans services.

From 2009 to 2011, as Chief Operating Officer of Rail Corporation, Sydney, Australia, Mr. Byford was responsible for delivery of service to a million customers a day on Australia’s largest transit network. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Byford held the positions of Operations Director and Operations and Safety Director with Southern Railway and South Eastern Transit Limited, UK.

During his tenure with London Underground from 1989 to 2003, he held a variety of managerial positions including Station Manager, Kings Cross and General Manager – Customer Service for three of the busiest subway lines.

Mr. Byford graduated from the University of London with a Diploma and Certificate in Transport. He holds a B.A. degree in French and German from the University of Leicester.

Mr. Byford is a member of the University Club of Toronto, the Institute of Railway Operators and the Institute of Transport and Logistics. He is married and lives in Toronto.