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  • 18 Sep 2014 7:00 AM | Christine Heggart (Administrator)
    The current issue of the AAMDC Contact newsletter features Floodway Development Regulation Consultation information as well as ARHCA's Transportation Infrastructure Deficit White Paper.  Click here to read this week's Contact. 
  • 15 Sep 2014 4:17 PM | Christine Heggart (Administrator)

    New leadership, new voices, and a new way of doing things

    Alberta’s 16th Premier, The Honourable Jim Prentice, Q.C., P.C. and his Cabinet were sworn-in at Government House in Edmonton on September 15. 

    The Prentice Cabinet is smaller, more efficient; more focused and better able to defend the interests of the people of Alberta. Premier Prentice and Cabinet will meet for the first time immediately after the swearing-in. 

    “As of this moment, Alberta is under new management. This is a new government with new leadership, new voices and a new way of doing things. Today and in the days and weeks to come we will take strong and decisive action to bring real and tangible change to the way in which Alberta is governed,” stated Premier Jim Prentice.

    The new Cabinet has 16 Ministers and three Associate Ministers, in addition to the Premier, down from the 19 Ministers and 10 Associate Ministers that were sworn-in on December 6, 2013.

    The leadership team for Alberta's new government balances experience and fresh ideas. The Prentice Government is moving quickly to change and better serve the people of Alberta and their future by:

    • Assembling a Cabinet team with strong new voices to move Alberta forward.
    • Introducing tough new rules to put an end to entitlements and repair the bond of trust between the people and those who represent them. This will include the introduction of the Accountability Act in the fall session.
    • Bringing new leadership and significant reform to the civil service.
    • Bringing a new approach to how we operate within Canada and around the globe.
    • Bringing a new focus to the priorities of Albertans, especially as it relates to key public services.

    The Premier and members of Cabinet who are not sitting MLAs will seek seats in by-elections. The Fall session will begin with a Speech from the Throne after the legislature is prorogued, and the Premier will introduce his property rights legislation as Bill 1, followed by the Accountability Act.

    Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, administered the oaths of office. Premier Prentice was joined by representatives from First Nations, as well as several faith-based communities from across Alberta.  

    The following tables list the new Cabinet in order of precedence:

    Minister/Associate Minister

    Ministry, Responsible for

    Jim Prentice

    Premier, President of Executive Council, Chair of Agenda and Priorities

    International and Intergovernmental Relations

    Aboriginal Relations

    Robin Campbell

    Finance, President of Treasury Board

    Stephen Mandel


    Diana McQueen

    Municipal Affairs, Government House Leader

    Frank Oberle

    Energy, Deputy Government House Leader

    Gordon Dirks


    Manmeet Bhullar


    Verlyn Olson

    Agriculture and Rural Development

    Heather Klimchuk

    Human Services

    Kyle Fawcett

    Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

    Jonathan Denis

    Justice and Solicitor General, Deputy Government House Leader

    Jeff Johnson


    Don Scott

    Innovation and Advanced Education, Deputy Government House Leader

    Maureen Kubinec

    Culture and Tourism

    Wayne Drysdale


    Stephen Khan

    Service Alberta

    Ric McIver

    Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

    Teresa Woo-Paw

    Associate Minister of Asia Pacific Relations (Reporting to the Premier)

    Naresh Bhardwaj

    Associate Minister of Persons with Disabilities

    (Reporting to the Minister of Human Services)

    David Dorward

    Associate Minister of Aboriginal Relations (Reporting to the Premier)

    In addition to the members appointed to Cabinet today, Premier Prentice named the following individuals to their roles and responsibilities:

    Government Whip and Caucus Chair (non-Cabinet position):

    • George VanderBurg

    Legislative Secretaries (non-Cabinet positions):

    • Sohail Quadri, Legislative Secretary to the Premier (Reporting to the Premier)
    • Pearl Calahasen, Legislative Secretary, First Nations Education and Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour (Reporting to the Premier and the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour)
    • Rick Fraser, Legislative Secretary, Ambulance Services (Reporting to the Minister of Health)
    • Cal Dallas, Legislative Secretary, Intergovernmental Relations (Reporting to the Premier)

    Senior Advisor (non-Cabinet position):

    • Doug Horner, Senior Advisor to the Premier on Internal Trade and Federal and Provincial Relations

    Department Changes

    The Department of Seniors has been created to provide dedicated political and departmental leadership to supporting those Albertans who built this province. Minister Johnson and his department will focus their efforts on visiting and consulting seniors across Alberta. Responsibilities include:

    • Ensuring Alberta has a strong and effective elder abuse strategy in place that focuses on awareness and prevention. 
    • Collaborating with Health and Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions to develop and implement initiatives to raise the awareness of Albertans of effective proactive approaches to brain health and prevention of cognitive decline.
    • Addressing the fire code and safety issues surrounding existing seniors accommodation in Alberta.
    • Leading the renewal and renovation of the ASLI program to increase the number of units under development, including new partnerships with Alberta's faith communities.

    Continuing to improve Alberta's quality of life is one of the top five priorities for the Prentice Government. Recognizing the many areas of interconnectivity, functions from the former Tourism, Parks and Recreation ministry will be integrated into other ministries. The tourism function will become part of the new department of Culture and Tourism, and parks and recreation will become part of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. Working together, these new teams will collaborate on strategic approaches to supporting the high level of quality of life Albertans enjoy.

    Government Committee Membership

    Treasury Board

    • Robin Campbell - Chair
    • Kyle Fawcett - Vice-Chair
    • Diana McQueen
    • Frank Oberle
    • Gordon Dirks
    • Manmeet Bhullar
    • Jeff Johnson
    • Stephen Khan
    • Ric McIver
    • Pearl Calahasen
    • Cal Dallas
    • Everett McDonald
    • Richard Starke

    Agenda and Priorities

    • Jim Prentice - Chair
    • Robin Campbell - Vice-Chair
    • Stephen Mandel
    • Diana McQueen
    • Frank Oberle
    • Gordon Dirks
    • Manmeet Bhullar 
    • Verlyn Olson
    • Heather Klimchuk
    • Kyle Fawcett
    • Jonathan Denis

    Operations Committee

    • Stephen Mandel - Chair
    • Diana McQueen - Vice-Chair
    • Robin Campbell
    • Frank Oberle
    • Manmeet Bhullar
    • Jonathan Denis
    • Jeff Johnson
    • Ric McIver
    • George VanderBurg
    • Linda Johnson
    • Jason Luan
    • Everett McDonald

    Note: Online version corrected Sept 15 at 3:15pm. Parks and recreation will become part of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.

  • 11 Sep 2014 7:44 AM | Christine Heggart (Administrator)
    Click here for link to CTV or CBC news clips.

    Jim Prentice announces transition team members

    CBC News Posted: Sep 07, 2014 3:07 PM MT Last Updated: Sep 07, 2014 3:50 PM MT

    Jim Prentice addresses the crowd on Saturday after he was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative party by a decisive margin.

    Jim Prentice addresses the crowd on Saturday after he was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative party by a decisive margin. (Michelle Bellefontaine/CBC News )

    Premier designate Jim Prentice has called in one of Edmonton’s former mayors to help as the newly-elected leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party works to form his government.

    Stephen Mandel is one of five individuals named by Prentice as members of his “transition team.”

    The other named members are Tim Hearn, the Hon. Robin Campbell, Sarah Raiss and Robert Seidel.

    “This is a group of talented, principled, and well respected Albertans who will assist in the transition to a new Progressive Conservative government, and I am honoured to have them on my team,” said Prentice in a statement on Sunday.

    “Under my leadership we will restore the bond of trust betweenAlbertans and their elected officials, and return to sound conservative fiscal principles.”

    Prentice won the PC leadership Saturday evening in a landslide first ballot election held in Edmonton.

    Who’s who

    Robin Campbell


    Robin Campbell is the current MLA for West Yellowhead, and also the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. He has a background in labour relations, acting as a president for the United Mine Workers of America prior to entering politics. He lives in Jasper.


    Tim Hearn

    (Hearn & Associates)

    Tim Hearn is the former chairman and CEO of Imperial Oil Limited. In the past, he has also sat on boards for the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the new Public Policy School. He is the current chairman of Hearn & Associates, and serves on the board of directors for the Royal Bank of Canada. He lives in Calgary.


    Stephen Mandel


    Stephen Mandel served as Edmonton’s mayor from 2004 through to 2013, where he spearheaded massive infrastructure upgrades including expanding the city’s LRT system and supporting the construction of the new downtown arena and Blatchford development. He lives in Edmonton.


    Sarah Raiss

    (Women on Board)

    Sarah Raiss sits on the Board of Directors of Loblaw Companies, Canadian Oil Sands, Vermilion Energy, the Alberta Electric System Operator Board and National Board of the Institute of Corporate Directors. In the past, she has worked for TransCanada Corporation and also served as the president of the Calgary Petroleum Club. She lives in Calgary.


    Robert Seidel

    (Davis LLP)

    Robert Seidel is a partner at Davis LLP where his law expertise is in real estate, energy, environment and natural resources, forestry, commercial lending and project finance. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and serves on the City of Edmonton’s Investment Committee. Seidel is also Alberta’s honourary consul for the Kingdom of Denmark. He currently lives in Edmonton.

  • 02 Sep 2014 12:06 PM | Christine Heggart (Administrator)

    On August 15, 2014 the LAPP Board provided a written submission to the Legislative Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future. A copy of the presentation, in response to Bill 9, is available here

    The standing committee was asked in May by the Hon. Doug Horner, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance to review pension reform Bills 9 & 10, which passed second reading in the legislature in April. The committee heard presentations from experts and stakeholders of four Alberta Public sector plans, including from LAPP's Board and those presentations are available on the standing committee website.

    As part of its review, the standing committee also held public hearings in seven Alberta communities and the transcripts of those presentations are also available on the committee's website. In addition to the presentations and the public hearings, the committee called for written submissions from anyone interested, by August 15, 2014, and will spend the next few weeks reviewing all the feedback in preparation for reporting back to the Legislature in the fall session, as requested by the Minister.

    More information on the government's proposal to reform public sector pensions can be found on the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance website, as well as more information on Bills 9 & 10.

    The LAPP Board will continue to update you on any developments with respect to pension reform as they occur.

    For more information or if you have any questions related to this submission please contact us at the Executive offices of LAPP

  • 14 Aug 2014 12:30 PM | Christine Heggart (Administrator)
    This week's AAMDC Contact newsletter contains information regarding stormwater infrastructure webinar and the Tire Recycling Program.  Click here for AAMDC's latest newsletter. 
  • 03 Aug 2014 11:47 AM | Anonymous
    Welcome to AMSA’s newly designed website. This summer, AMSA executive undertook a rebranding campaign and developed a new AMSA logo and website for the association. The new AMSA logo features fresh new colours and design. When you looked at the logo, did you see the asphalt with line painting in the two "A"s at first glance?

    Within the new website, you will find information about our association, upcoming events, a careers section and links to join AMSA. There is a member only section which includes a discussion board and links to samples and templates. AMSA has also ventured in the social media realm, so be sure to click the Facebook and Twitter links to like and follow us!

  • 18 Jul 2014 12:28 PM | Christine Heggart (Administrator)

    On behalf of AMSA, congratulations on your retirement Herb.

    Click here to read letter sent to Herb from AMSA president.   

  • 09 Jul 2014 8:40 AM | Christine Heggart (Administrator)

    Check out the latest Contact Newsletter for New Local Road Bridge Design Guidelines information.

  • 16 Jun 2014 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    Click here to view the latest issue of AAMDC's Contact Newsletter

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