Rupen Pandya. LinkedIn

REGINA – SaskPower announced on June 10 that after a nationwide search, Rupen Pandya will be the company’s new president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective July 1. He replaces interim president and CEO Troy King and previous long-term CEO Mike Marsh.

Pandya takes over at a time of extraordinary pressure on the Crown corporation to deal with what has been described as the “energy transition” away from fossil fuels. In nearly all instances, this refers to increasing electrification of the transportation system, as well as, in some jurisdictions, home heating. All of this will require massive increases in power generation, as well as corresponding increases in grid and distribution capacity. This also comes at a time when SaskPower is being forced by the federal government to move away from coal-fired power. The ever-increasing carbon tax and rising price of natural gas are also impacting natural gas-fired power. Then there’s also the push for increasing renewable energy, specifically from solar and wind, despite the fact neither can be considered baseload power.

Saskatchewan is working with Ontario, New Brunswick and Alberta in the development of small modular nuclear reactors, and is currently looking to replace its baseload coal fleet with these reactors. This will surely be a major part of Pandya’s focus in coming years.

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According to a SaskPower release, Pandya has developed extensive experience since beginning his professional career in 1997 with the provincial government. Pandya worked for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, Ministry of Social Services, and Ministry of Advanced Education before taking on more senior roles. As an assistant deputy minister for Immigration Services, Pandya helped develop recruitment and retention plans for the province. He also held assistant deputy minister positions with both the Ministry of Advanced Education and with the Ministry of Economy before becoming the President and CEO of SaskBuilds for five years. At SaskBuilds, Pandya led the entity’s three-year strategic plan, operating plan, policies and procedures as well as oversaw the procurement and delivery of over $3 billion in alternative finance procurements involving transportation and social infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan.

In 2017, Pandya was appointed deputy minister of Finance where his responsibilities included oversight of government revenue, expense, assets and liabilities; leading fiscal policy and budget development; designing and administering competitive tax regimes; and more.

Pandya holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Regina. He was raised in Regina where he resides with his wife, Terri, and their two daughters.

Pandya is looking forward to working with SaskPower’s executive team and employees, the release said.

SaskPower board chair Chief Darcy Bear thanked interim president & CEO Troy King “for doing an outstanding job of leading SaskPower over the past six months,” saying King’s leadership has been instrumental in helping the company navigate through this transformational period.

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  • 0026 Buffalo Potash Quinton Salt
  • 0024 Southern Bolt Katrina Southern Folk Rock Intro
  • 0023 LC Trucking tractor picker hiring mix
  • 0022 Grimes winter hiring
  • 0021 OSY Rentals S8 Promo
  • 0019 Jerry Mainil Ltd hiring dugout
  • 0018 IWS Hiring Royal Summer
  • 0016 Estevan Meter Services
  • 0014 Buffalo Potash What if PO
  • 0015 Latus Viro PO Ad 01
  • 0013 Panther Drilling PO ad 03 top drive rigs
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  • 0006 JK Junior
  • 0004 Royal Helium PO Ad 02
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