Robert (Bob) Peyton
Secretary-Treasurer Lakeland REA
Bob is an economist with a bachelor’s from the University of British Columbia and decades of experience running businesses and energy co-ops.
Bob started his career in Vancouver with the paper company, Scott. He went to Suncor and Fort McMurray as an internal consultant when oilsands production was just beginning. He worked in Churchill, Manitoba, and then joined the federal government’s Department of Supply and Service, first in Ottawa and then in Toronto as Director General for the Ontario region.
In 1981, he came back to Alberta to run procurement and logistics for the provincial government. He directed purchasing for all departments plus the agencies, boards and commissions, including the Workers’ Compensation Board and Liquor Control Board.
Bob retired in 1999 and moved to the Lamont area, where he became part of the Lakeland REA, which owns Merit Energy and Power.
Bob says co-ops are very good for the economy.
“The most important thing is they are owned by members,” he says. “It is very, very valuable for folks to actually have a say in the way their business is run.”
ACE is also growing, which is increasing revenues and lowering costs for all its member co-ops, making community-owned energy a certainty in Alberta.