Alberta Forward Forum


EQUS is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Alberta Forward Forum, taking place on February 24 – 25, 2020 in Olds, Alberta.

The first of its kind in our province – this immersive event will bring together over 200 attendees including key stakeholders, municipalities, business owners, government, and industry thought leaders, who will gather to discuss and debate key issues affecting economic development in rural Alberta, all with the same objective in mind – to boost our rural economy and move rural Alberta forward.

Alberta Forward Forum
February 24 - 25, 2020
Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College

More information and tickets can be found here.

The EQUS Community Connections is proud to be teaming up with McMan Youth, Family and Community Services to bring a series of rural mental health workshops to EQUS communities. 

These workshops will teach attendees how to recognize mental health problems in family and friends, positive mental health coping strategies, reducing the stigma of mental health and provide connections to local community supports and services.

EQUS is a rural-based and rural-focused co-operative. We know that our members and many of our staff live and work in rural communities, which is why the health and wellbeing of these communities is so important to us. Many rural communities lack access to local mental health resources and support. Our hope is that by bringing these workshops to 10 EQUS communities we can help build resilience by creating awareness and resources for rural residents.

For more information about the community workshops please contact Sarah Gunderson at 403.994.4497 or sarah.gunderson@mcmancentral.ca.

Registration is not required and anyone is welcome to attend the free workshops which will be held at the following locations:

January 20 Barnwell 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Willow Park Place
(Old Library)
500 - 2 Street West
January 20 Bow Island 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Bow Island Multiplex
1040 - 2 Street East
January 21 Fort Macleod 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Fort Macleod Public Library
264 - 24 Street
February 3 Onoway 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Onoway Heritage Centre
Room 3
4708 Lac Ste. Anne Trail North
February 3 Barrhead 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Blue Heron Support Services
Room C
5123 - 50 Avenue
Please pre-register if possible by January 31, 2020
at www.bhssa.ca/book-online or by calling 1-780-674-9643
February 4 Evansburg 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Evansburg Legion
4823 - 50 Street
February 4 Ponoka 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Ponoka Learning Centre
5604 - 50 Street
February 13 Rimbey 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Rimbey Provincial Building
5025 - 55 Street

February 13 Lacombe 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Lacombe Memorial Centre
Servus Credit Union Room
5214 - 50 Ave
March 2 Claresholm 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Claresholm Public Library
Bill Simpson Room
211 - 49 Avenue West


2020 Annual General Meeting

Save the date! Join the EQUS Board of Directors, CEO and staff at one of our three Annual General Meetings. Members in attendance will be able to review the Annual Report and financials, elect Directors and visit the EQUS booths to ask questions and learn about what's happening in 2020.

RSVP information will be available in the new year.

Lethbridge Tuesday, March 31

The Coast Hotel & Conference Centre
526 Mayor Magrath Drive South

Red Deer Wednesday, April 1 Radisson Red Deer Hotel
6500 67 Street
Stony Plain Thursday, April 2 Best Western Sunrise Inn & Suites
3103 43 Avenue

Thank you to all the members who joined us at our 2019 Member Input Sessions and shared your valuable opinions on the topics that were discussed. As a co-operative it is of the utmost importance that we factor the input and feedback of our members into our strategic planning.

This year, nearly 60 members joined us for dinner in Stony Plain, Red Deer and Lethbridge where they had the opportunity to discuss the Board of Directors strategic planning with EQUS Directors and the CEO.

Members participated in an exercise that asked them to identify what kind of innovator they felt EQUS was. They then worked with their tables to brainstorm answers to questions about what they felt EQUS could do in the future as an innovator and as a champion of rural economic development.

A summary of the information and member input received at the sessions is available by logging in to the EQUS member portal.

2019 Member Input Sessions


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