Tuesday, June 12, 2012

ACCIONA to grow business in Canada

ACCIONA, a leading global provider of renewable energy, infrastructure and water services, is reinforcing its activities in Canada by creating the new role of President for its Canadian businesses.

Robert M. Park, President of ACCIONA’s Infrastructure division in Canada since 2007 and Area Director for North America, has been appointed President, ACCIONA Canada, a new, non-executive role in which he will represent, support and promote the company’s core businesses in the country. His appointment takes effect immediately.

Purificaci√≥n Torreblanca, one of ACCIONA’s top engineers in Spain, will move to Canada to lead the company’s infrastructure team. Last year, the College of Civil Engineers in Andalusia, Spain’s largest region, voted Ms Torreblanca “engineer of the year”. Ms Torreblanca joined ACCIONA in 1994 and has been the Director of ACCIONA Infrastructure in Andalusia since 2006. She holds an engineering degree, an MBA and a PDD from the Instituto de Empresa, one of Spain’s top business schools.

Bob Park joined ACCIONA in 1993 in Hong Kong, where he was General Manager, Project Director and Area Director, International Construction. He moved to Canada in 2007 to establish the head office for ACCIONA Infrastructure in Canada. In his new role, Mr Park will be responsible for deepening ACCIONA’s institutional links with government entities, financial institutions and business partners in Canada. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in the development and management of infrastructure projects in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

Canada is a strategic market for ACCIONA, accounting for 8 percent of its global construction business and 44 per cent of its concessions portfolio. ACCIONA recently completed the Royal Jubilee Hospital and Patient Care Centre in Victoria, British Columbia and has been contracted by Quebec’s Ministry of transport to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the new Autoroute 30 (A30) toll road along Montreal’s South Shore. ACCIONA is also building the Southeast Toney Trail Highway in Calgary, Alberta – a 25 km, 8-lane highway – and the Windsor Essex Parkway, an 11 km freeway and 7 km highway in Ontario. Meanwhile, the Company is using LEED Gold Standards to construct the Fort St. John Hospital in British Columbia, which it will also operate. In renewable energy, ACCIONA operates four wind farms in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick totalling 181 MW.

Source: Acciona Press Release

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