Robert (Bob) Coppock
Director Lakeland REA
Bob is a strong believer in the co-op business model for selling and delivering energy.
A veterinarian, Bob started his professional career in in his home state of Michigan in clinical pharmaceutical research for a large company. Next, he went into private practice in Michigan and Manitoba.
Bob has a PhD in toxicology from the University of Illinois and is a board-certified specialist in toxicology— one of two in Canada. He immigrated to Alberta in 1984 to lead scientific research and clinical investigations in toxicology with Alberta Environment at the Vegreville research facility.
In 2002, he set up his own specialty toxicology practice. Working from home on his quarter section north of Holden, he consults nationally and internationally on animal poisoning issues and also provides expert opinion.
He is a Director with ACE and Lakeland REA, a co-op that owns electrical transmission wire and sells electricity.
“I am a big believer in co-ops,” he says, explaining that co-ops keep business and decision-making local and put pressure on other providers to bring down their service prices. He adds that electrical co-op wire owners serve 70 per cent of the land mass in the U.S., and many of these co-op also own generators.
“ACE is a co-op that is linking energy co-ops together in Alberta," he says.
"We’re bringing together the co-op community spirit for ACE customers and making sure the benefits, decision-making and point of contact stay local.”