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Manitoba Government Announces Blue-Ribbon Panel on Infrastructure that will Build up our Province for all Manitobans

Press Release

March 25, 2024

The first meeting of the newly established Blue-Ribbon Panel on Infrastructure is being held tomorrow. The panel will play a leading advisory role in shaping the province’s multi-year plan and infrastructure strategy, helping to build up our province for all Manitobans, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Lisa Naylor announced today.

“Our government has carefully selected experts from across the province to provide advice and recommendations on critical infrastructure investments across the province,” said Naylor. “The Blue-Ribbon Panel on Infrastructure will listen to community voices as we prioritize the projects that will grow our economy, create jobs and deliver results for Manitoba families. I would like to thank the panel members for their commitment and knowledge as we carry out this important work.”

The Blue-Ribbon Panel will ensure the province’s multi-year plan and infrastructure strategy is informed by all Manitobans, blending advice from both a regional and private sector perspective. The panel will provide advice and recommendations on the province’s long-term infrastructure investments and strategies with the goal of creating jobs, improving public safety, supporting economic growth and improving major infrastructure like roads and highways.

Panel members include:

  • Co-chair Carly Edmundson, president and CEO of Centreport;
  • Co-chair Scott Phillips, councillor of Rural Municipality of Sifton, Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) board member;
  • Victor DaSilva, business manager of Labourer’s International Union of North America;
  • Pamela Kolochuk, CEO of Peak of the Market;
  • Chris Lorenc, president and CEO of Manitoba Heavy Construction Association;
  • Joan Hardy, former rail and agriculture executive, sat on Strategic Corridors Advisory Committee;
  • Dennis Meeches, president of Tribal Councils Investment Group, former Chief of Long Plain First Nation, Economic Development Winnipeg board member;
  • Andre Murphy, mayor of The Pas, AMM director;
  • Kam Blight, president of AMM, reeve RM of Portage la Prairie;
  • Jennifer Freeman, executive director, Winnipeg Metropolitan Region;
  • Chief Larson Anderson, Norway House Cree Nation; and
  • Chief Heidi Cook, Misipawistik Cree Nation.

“This diverse panel will help us prioritize the projects that communities need most,” said Naylor. “We look forward to their guidance to assist in our goal of building the infrastructure that Manitobans need.”

The panel members represent Manitoba’s diverse regions and economic interests and are appointed by the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and serve at the discretion of the minister.

This first panel meeting is scheduled to take place on March 26,  as noted by the minister.

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ATTACHED

For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications and Engagement: newsroom@gov.mb.ca.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Cabinet Communications: cabcom@manitoba.ca.

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