From the Minister

October 19, 2020 | Alberta's Recovery Plan

Message from Minister of Infrastructure Prasad Panda

September 04, 2020 | Alberta's Recovery Plan

An update on how government is building vital public infrastructure to support Alberta's Recovery Plan.

Accomplishments

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Construction of the Calgary Cancer Centre facility is on track and on budget. This project is creating approximately 21,000 jobs for Albertans and is set for completion late 2022.

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Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program funding has been approved for 72 total projects supporting transit, green infrastructure and community facility upgrades in the province. Seventy-six projects have been endorsed in Budget 2020.

Infrastructure launched a Vendor Performance Management program in January 2020 that will will assist in ensuring the delivery of quality infrastructure projects on time, on budget and within scope.

Key information

  • Investing in public infrastructure
  • Demonstrating financial stewardship
    • Alberta Infrastructure effectively manages government-owned and operated facilities in a cost-effective and efficient manner ensuring taxpayers money is spent wisely.
    • Alberta’s government works to reinforce fairness, transparency and integrity in the procurement process.
    • Alberta Infrastructure is exploring public-private partnerships for priority infrastructure projects in Alberta.
  • Ensuring long-term stability
    • Alberta Infrastructure will provide transparent and predictable capital planning by implementing a 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan
    • Alberta’s government is seeking input from Albertans on the 20-Year Strategic Capital Plan.

In focus

An ambitious strategy to create jobs, build and diversify.

Limiting cost-plus contracts

The new policy fulfils a mandate to limit the use of cost-plus contracts, ensuring fiscal accountability and making prudent use of public money.

Alberta Infrastructure Act

The act will outline how government will prioritize capital spending, while the plan will anticipate future infrastructure needs.

Capital maintenance and renewal

The government is doubling the capital maintenance and renewal (CMR) funding in 2020-21 from $937 million to $1.9 billion. These smaller projects (like repairing roofs and replacing boilers) are creating jobs.

Biography

Minister Panda was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in a by-election on September 3rd, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-Foothills. Mr. Panda was re-elected on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for the newly formed riding of Calgary-Edgemont.

Born in Sangam Jagarlamudi, Andhra Pradesh, India, Panda has lived in the constituency of Calgary-Edgemont for 15 years. An active member of his community, his volunteer experience includes serving as president of the Telugu Association of Calgary and as the first vice-president of the India-Canada Association of Calgary. Panda organizes an annual Food Drive for Calgary Veterans.

A professional engineer by trade, Mr. Panda holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering and is a member of APEGA. He previously worked in the energy sector for 28 years, during which time he held Senior Management Positions with Reliance Industries Ltd. and Suncor Energy Inc. Panda was a key member of the Project Management Teams that built world scale projects worth over $100 Billion Dollars, including Petroleum, Petrochemical, Power, Pipelines, and Marine Infrastructure and Oil Sands Development projects.

During the last Legislature, Panda was a member of the Legislative Standing Committees on Public Accounts, Resource Stewardship and Alberta’s Economic Future and served as the Official Opposition Critic for Energy and Economic Development and Trade.

Prasad Panda was appointed as Alberta’s Infrastructure Minister on April 30, 2019.