About Our Co-op
Welcome to Alberta Cooperative Energy – a new customer-focused alternative for your energy needs.
SPARK (Alberta Renewable Energy Co-operative), Northern Lights Energy and Power Ltd., and Merit Energy & Power, have joined forces to form Alberta Co-operative Energy (ACE) for the good of the community! They have combined their vast networks, professional staff and over 25 years of trusted industry experience to provide better energy products and services for their customers and member-owners.
ACE offers a wide range of options to meet the electricity and gas needs of your home, business or organization:
- Competitively priced electricity and natural gas plans
- Hassle-free billing - Two utilities on one bill
- Flexible and convenient payment options
- Green your power - Buy 100% local green power from micro-generators in your neighbourhood
Meet The A Team
Vicki Zinyk / CEO
Vicki Zinyk is the General Manager of North Parkland Power REA Ltd. Vicki’s career, over the last 30 plus years, has been predominately centered within the energy sector. Initially, in operations and management with Nova Gas Transmission and then TransCanada Pipelines, participating in the operations of natural gas transportation and finally in the redesign of the tariff. She later entered the electricity field with Enmax Corporation where she developed the company’s retail gas product and the marketing strategy for the Alberta based large commercial market and conducted business development activities that included environmental initiatives, mergers and acquisitions. Years later, she emerged in the co-operative world as the Utilities Director of Thorhild County; overseeing not only water and sewer operations but also the natural gas co-op. More recently, she held the position of Chief Administrative Officer for a municipality just north of Edmonton. It was from there that she returned to the co-operative environment when she assumed the role of General Manager with North Parkland Power REA Ltd.
Board of Directors
Carl Beniuk / Chair
Carl is President of Craigend Recreation and Agriculture Society as well as a director of North Parkland Power, Northern Lights Energy and Power and Alberta Community and Cooperative Association. He is a community leader involved in Lac La Biche Community Futures and many other local groups volunteering to help rural development whenever possible. After graduating from U of A with a B.Sc. in Agriculture, he worked in the corporate world as an agronomist . A few years later, he came back home and took over the mixed family farm where he resides today with his wife Angele.
David Vonesch / Vice Chair
David Vonesch is the Chair of Alberta Renewable Energy Co-operative (SPARK) and COO & Partner at SkyFire Energy, Western Canada’s leading solar contractor. David Vonesch has worked on hundreds of solar projects across Canada. David recently led the design and construction of a 2 MW solar farm East of Calgary which is Alberta’s first utility scale solar PV system and the largest system in Western Canada. David is a Professional Engineer (University of Alberta) and a CanSIA/Seneca College Certified Photovoltaic Technician. As a volunteer with the non-profit Light up the World, David spent three weeks training local technicians and assisting in the installation of six solar electric systems in remote areas of the Peruvian Amazon.
Harvey is in many ways the glue that has brought ACE into being. He is a long time director of North Parkland Power REA and Northern Lights Energy and Power Ltd, and a founding member of Alberta Renewable Energy Cooperative (SPARK). He has a B. Sc. degree in Agriculture Education from the Penn State University and was employed with the Alberta Agriculture for over 30 years working as a District Agriculturist and Forage Specialist. Since his retirement in 2002, he has served as a director of the Lac La Biche Natural Gas Co-Op and Alberta Gas Inc, the gas supplier for all of Alberta Gas cooperatives as well as for ACE. At the present time, he is a director of Corridor Communications, a private company supplying high speed internet and phone services. The shareholders of Corridor Communications are local Natural Gas Co-ops.
Mike is the Treasurer for Alberta Renewable Energy Cooperative (SPARK) and a Strategy and Operations Consultant based out of Edmonton. He has an MBA from the University of Alberta and Six Sigma Yellow Belt. While his career has predominately been in the public sector, he has also worked with privately held and publicly traded companies in recent years. Mike has experience in strategic planning and developing and improving business processes to achieve service delivery goals, effective governance and cost reduction. Personally, Mike is an avid traveler, hobbyist musician and outdoors enthusiast. He moved to Edmonton from Baltimore, MD three years ago to earn his MBA and be with his wife, who was born and raised in Alberta. Before joining SPARK, Mike sat on the Executive Board of both the Student and Professional Net Impact Edmonton Chapters, where he served as Treasurer and Marketing lead as well as supported events focusing on social entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability.