Mike Palmer

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Operations Group

The TTC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Palmer to the position of Deputy Chief Operating Officer (DCOO) of the Operations Group. The appointment was effective April 14, 2014.

Palmer’s most recent position was in London for Thales UK as a Project Manager on metro and mainline rail re-signalling programs. As DCOO, he is responsible for Subway Operations, Subway Engineering, the Line 1 (Y-U-S) re-signalling project and other projects within the division.

Previously, Palmer worked for London Underground (LU), starting as a Guard in 1982, and moving through the ranks as Transit Controller, Transit Supervisor and Mobile Supervisor. In 1995, he joined a project team building the Jubilee line extension, becoming the Control Centre Manager during and post commissioning. Once the line was open and stable, Palmer moved on to manage a train crew depot for three years looking after 150 Drivers and 14 Supervisors. More recently, he returned to the LU to manage projects as Lead Operational Manager for the Jubilee line seven-car project (increasing the trains from six- to seven-car consists) and the Jubilee and Northern line upgrades where he led the operational project team  representing the client/end user (where moving-block, transmission-based signalling systems were installed and commissioned).

Overseeing the LU’s and Thales’ response to major events as Euro 96, Millennium Celebrations and London 2012 has provided Palmer with extensive experience in planning and managing large-scale events. On leaving the LU in 2011 after almost 30 years, Palmer continued to work on the Northern line re-signalling project as the contractor with Thales before moving to Toronto.

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