About

First elected in a by-election in 2015, Prasad Panda is the United Conservative MLA for Calgary Foothills.  A professional engineer by trade with decades of experience working in Oil and Gas around the world, Prasad is honoured to serve as the UCP’s Energy Critic.  In this role, Prasad has been at the forefront of the United Conservatives' fight to defend the Oil & Gas Industry and the thousands of Albertans who work in it.  He has also worked hard to promote new pipelines to tidewater in every direction, been a forceful critic of the NDP's bungling of the electricity file, promoted growing Alberta's economy around the world, and stood firmly against the NDP's carbon tax and cap on oil sands production. 

Like so many others, Prasad chose to move his family to Alberta because of the tremendous opportunities in this province, from high-paying jobs and world class education, to low taxes and a government that exhibited fiscal restraint.  He was motivated to seek public office after seeing too many politicians squandering the Alberta Advantage that had brought him here.

Prasad was an early supporter of the Wildrose party and ran as Wildrose Candidate three times.  His by-election win gave Wildrose its first seat in one of Alberta's major cities. 

Prasad holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering and is a member of APEGA.

Prasad and his family live in Edgemont.

Accomplishments

Successfully advocated for the extra lanes on south-bound Shaganappi Trail over Stoney Trail

Helped advance commencing the engineering on the new North Calgary High School

Continues to advocate for a fix to the Hidden Valley access off of Shaganappi

Passed Motion 505 with the unanimous support of all Members of the Alberta Legislature to promote Canadian Oil.  The motion advocated for Canadian energy independence through a phaseout of oil imports from countries with lower environmental standards and fewer human and labour rights.

Helped unemployed engineers organize and demonstrate at the Legislature and arranged meetings with ministers and officials.

Exposed NDP plot to consolidate all government procurement into one Crown Corporation.

Helped attract Malone Group from Ireland to set up a Calgary office.

 

Advocacy

Appeared as witness to the Federal Senate Committee on Transport and Communications to advocate for pipelines.

Provided a written submission to the Federal House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in opposition to Bill C-48, the tanker ban on the Northwest coast of British Columbia.

Provided a written submission to Federal House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in opposition to Bill C-69, which reforms to the National Energy Board's approval of major projects including pipelines.

Toured the province on four occasions to listen to local economic issues and concerns and examine development opportunities.

Visited the Port of Metro Vancouver and the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Pipeline terminal to see Alberta’s trade in action.

Visited Metro Vancouver and met with federal and provincial elected representatives about the Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion and other mutual economic concerns.

Visited Regina to discuss mutual economic development opportunities with Saskatchewan Government Ministers.

Visited Queen's Park and met with elected officials to discuss common issues of concern between Alberta and Ontario.

Visited Parliament Hill and met with Members of Parliament and government officials to discuss about the pipeline matters, agricultural exports, economic development opportunities. 

Traveled to Manitoba to discuss market access and mutual economic concerns with members of Manitoba’s Cabinet in Winnipeg and Town of Churchill stakeholders.

Visited Alberta’s International Offices in London, New Delhi, and Tokyo as well as Dublin, Ireland, Hamburg, Germany and Mumbai, India at his own expense, to advocate for Alberta. 

Held numerous meetings with business leaders, diplomats, and elected officials including federal & provincial cabinet ministers, Chief Minister, the High Commissioner of India, Consul General of India, Consular General of UK and the Ambassador of Ireland to discuss economic development opportunities.

Roles

Current:

Critic for Energy

Member of the Legislature Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Member of the Legislature Standing Committee on Resources Stewardship

Former:

Shadow Minister of Economic Development and Trade

UCP Caucus Chair

Chair of UCP Shadow Cabinet Economic Policy Committee

Member of the Legislature Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future