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 sworn in as Minister of Transportation on June 21, 2022. He previously served as Minister of Infrastructure.