Meet the Team
Meet The BOARD
Wild Rose is Member owned and Members control the association by electing a Board of Directors to act on their behalf. As a Member, your vote is your voice. The elected Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction, governance, financial oversight and policy.
David is the third generation of his family to receive power from Wild Rose and became a member in 1998. His grandfather was a founding Member of the original REA and his father Bill spent many years serving on the Board. Currently, David is the President of the Board. David believes that being a part of the board means that he can help provide safe and reliable power for member owners where all of the members benefit, instead of a few investors. David is a fourth-generation farmer, who currently farms with his family and is preparing the fifth- generation to take on the farm. He is thankful to have the Association to provide services at a consistent and reasonable price. David is proud to be a part of such a well-run organization with great staff, and an exceptional board.
First Vice President
Moving to the area in 1906, Carl’s family has received power since the co-operative’s inception in the 1940’s. In 1997 Carl became a Member of Wild Rose and has served on the Board since 2013. Carl currently serves as the Vice President of the Board. Carl loves being involved in the local community and chose to become involved with Wild Rose after fondly remembering stories of his Uncle Ernie who was a power lineman, traveling Alberta building some of the very first powerline. Carl has served on numerous Boards in the past, but currently devotes his time to being on the Wild Rose Board and Westlock AG Board as the President. Carl also owns and operates a local business and spends time with his loving family, wife and two daughters enjoying rural living and being a part of a thriving community.
Second Vice President
Daylene has been a Member of Wild Rose since she purchased the family farm in 2007. She has served on the Board since 2013 and is currently the second Vice President. Daylene serves to ensure that Members such as herself continue to be provided with reliable power at an affordable price. She also appreciates the opportunity to learn, grow, and witness what a strong organization is capable of doing for the benefit of all its members. Daylene spends her spare time with her family and numerous grand children!
Since 1980, Earl has received power and been a Member of the Wild Rose. He has served on the Board since 2008 to act as a good representative for the Membership. Earl believes that there have been many highlights during his board involvement, but on the top of his list was the Board’s decision to employ a CEO. A strategic plan was developed to get the Wild Rose heading into the direction of a successful future. Many individuals may not realise that before 2009, the Wild Rose was operated by contractors and at this time, the decision was made to begin self-operating. These changes that were implemented by the Board resulted in considerable savings to the Wild Rose Membership. Earl believes that the future looks bright and positive for the Wild Rose, with the Wild Rose remaining a part of the community, providing safe and reliable power for all Members. You can find Earl farming west of Jarvie, where he enjoys the independence, challenges and rewards that this profession provides. In his spare time, Earl enjoys traveling, photography, restoration of old machinery and spending lots of time with his family (his wife, two sons and four grand children).
Gary has received power and been a Member of Wild Rose since 1994. He has served on the Board since 2005 and is a big believer in seeing smaller organizations thrive and not be squeezed out by larger corporations. Over the years, Gary has devoted his time to numerous organizations and currently spends serving on the Board, working as a crop adjustor and he also enjoys farming with his son in the Lunnford area!
Moving to the area in 1904, Melvin’s family has strong roots in the area and Melvin has received power and been a Member of Wild Rose since 1991 and has served on the Board since 2006. He believes that Members should understand the value of owning their utility. By being on the Board, he knows that it is a great way to ensure that the member owned utility is not sold to an investor- owned utility. In his spare time, you can find Melvin traveling with his wife to warmer destinations, enjoying all that the world has to offer.
Joe is the fourth generation of his family to live in the area and he has been a Member since the early 1970’s. Joe’s great grandparents who originally settled in the area had no power and he believes that they would have enjoyed the conveniences of it, had co-operatives such as the REA formed much earlier. Joe has served on the Board since 1997 and knows that he is helping his community maintain the efforts of so many who have allowed Members to be part of the less than 3% of Albertans that have ownership and direct control of their distribution system through a not-for-profit co-cooperative. In his spare time, you will find Joe repairing, refurbishing and building his own farm equipment, and farming with his son.
Kirk's family moved to the area in 1907 and started recieving power from Wild Rose as soon as it was available. Kirk himself has been a member of Wild Rose since 2000 and has served on the Board since 2014 to ensure that the REA is kept to a high standard. Kirk believes that the REA has excellent power restoration response times, keeps monthly costs to Members as low as possible and consistently has lower prices than alternatives. Krik knows that without the REA, Members would be receiving electricity from investor-owned utilities, paying much more for the same services In his spare time, you will find Kirk on the Pollard family farm and spending time with his amazing son Tirion and his lovely Fiancée Sharla.
Brian has received power from Wild Rose as long as it has been available on his farm. Brian’s father was involved with the REA from the start as he believed that power was absolutely essential to farms in the area. Brian himself has been a member since 1986 when he started farming north of Westlock. Brian has served on the Board since 2020, and previously served on the 1996-2002. Brian serves on the Board to ensure that the REA continues to provide safe and reliable power at a reasonable cost. He also believes that the REA provides value to its Members in the area in three different ways; 1.The REA is a not-for profit cooperative, therefore any money earned in the system ultimately benefits the Members of the cooperative rather than being sent to shareholders of a large corporation. 2.Having the cooperative as a competitor in the area, providing local power helps shed a light on the actual cost of providing power locally and helps keep costs lower for both the REA members and all other users across the province. 3.The REA hires local people, using local supplies where possible, thus helping our own community. Brian has served on numerous Boards in the past, and many cooperatives. Brian served on the Board for the Pembina River Natural Gas Coop, Alberta Wheat Pool, Westlock Seed Plant and The Westlock Terminals. Ultimately, Brian feels that they are all about providing competition in the market place and keeping returns local. Brian spends his time farming and ultimately, giving back to the community in any way that he can. He also offers the worlds most expensive child care with frequent flights to England to visit his grandson.