Having lived and worked in rural Alberta her entire life, Patricia (Pat) Bourne is passionate about rural communities, their development and their potential.
Pat began her career within the member-owned electric industry as the very first employee of the Central Alberta Rural Electrification Association (CAREA). Now, 25 years later, she considers herself privileged to have spearheaded the mergers of over 20 Rural Electrification Associations (REAs) that today constitute EQUS REA LTD.
Pat’s career has afforded her the opportunity to contribute both her professional expertise and personal commitment to the critical delivery of safe, reliable and competitive electricity within rural Alberta. As the CEO of EQUS, the largest member-owned utility in Canada, Pat oversees over 100 employees who provide services to an area spanning 26 Alberta Municipal Districts and Counties, from the U.S border in the south to Barrhead in the north (find our Service Area here).
Pat considers it a personal goal to find new and innovative ways to strengthen co-operative memberships and ensure businesses and families get reliable, quality power at the lowest price possible. Prior to moving to Innisfail, Pat's family lived and farmed just west of Penhold in rural Alberta for over 25 years. Dependable power was critical, not just for her family but for the success of her family’s business. This story is often the same for EQUS’ nearly 12,000 member-owners, and having been in the same situation, EQUS understands the importance of responsibility, operating with integrity and being there for our members 24/7/365.
That being said, Pat as well as EQUS Directors and employees also believe that the value of giving back to the communities EQUS serves, and calls home, cannot be underestimated. Being rural-based, rural-focused and community driven, the EQUS team has raised more than $120,000 for community foodbanks since 2006 through the EQUS Community Connection, which includes numerous unique and diverse fundraising initiatives. These contributions compliment EQUS’ Operation Round Up program, where members choose to have their electric bills ‘rounded up’ to the next highest dollar and funds are donated to rurally-based community programs/projects that have long-lasting impacts on youth and seniors.
Pat believes in values-based leadership and strives to reflect this every day in EQUS corporate culture. Delivering on EQUS’ promise of providing quality electrical services to our member-owners, Pat considers herself fortunate to represent an organization whose values of knowledge, respect, responsibility, quality, and community so clearly align with her own.
After more than 5 years of dedication as EQUS’ CEO, Pat was named Global’s ‘Woman of Vision’ in February of 2017. Global’s ‘Woman of Vision’ award celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding women in the Edmonton area who have implemented their passion, and whose personal dedication and actions inspire us all. Produced and hosted by Lesley MacDonald, the series is a monthly feature on Global news, airing the first Monday of every month.
All members are free to purchase electricity services through EQUS’ regulated rate tariff or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of electricity to you is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase electricity services from, you will continue receiving electricity from EQUS. For a current list of retailers you may choose from, visit http://www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310.4822 (toll free in Alberta).