Patrick (Pat) J. Blair CPA, CA
Pat’s introduction to the world of economics happened at an early age, as he assisted his mother while she operated her coffee shop and store in the small town where he grew up.
After a dubious beginning as a taste-tester at the candy shelf, he came to observe, close up, the challenging world of business management. Real-life examples provided good lessons in local economics, supply and demand, competition, cash flow, and credit management. These were tight years in a small market, but through the years he came to learn that the concepts of strong business management – and consequences of decisions - were much the same.
Pat attended Red Deer College and completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Alberta in 1974. He articled with Winspear Higgins & Co. (now Deloitte & Touche) in Edmonton from 1974 to 1976 and earned his designation as Chartered Accountant in 1976. Relocating to Red Deer that year, Pat was admitted to partnership in a local firm where he served a diverse clientele until establishing the partnership of ProVerus LLP in 2009. Pat is currently a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.
From his humble beginnings at his family’s coffee shop and store, the hub of his small town, Pat learned the importance of community and a responsibility to give back. He has enjoyed the sense of accomplishment and the camaraderie from his community involvement through the years in volunteer positions, which have included:
Member, President, and Director of the Kiwanis Club of Red Deer
Member of Red Deer Safety City, and Co-Chairman of the Safety City Farm Grow Program Member of the Twilight Homes Foundation
Member of Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts
Member of the Elks of Canada Red Deer #85 and Management Committee
Chairman of Finance Committee for the Grand Lodge of the Elks of Canada
Secretary-Treasurer and Director of Central Alberta Chartered Accountants Club
Pat now focuses his diverse public practice experience on financial and tax consulting for small to medium-sized owner-operated businesses, as well as business purchases, sales and restructure, and succession and estate planning.
As Pat’s career has evolved through the years, he has been honored to provide service to the next generation of his established clientele as they assume control of businesses he has watched grow, or venture into business interests of their own. His continued development in the areas of succession and estate planning reflects his commitment to staying current and providing his clientele with the services that are most valuable to them.
Many changes have occurred in his industry during Pat’s years of practice, and some he has embraced more than others. He will freely admit that he has a love-hate relationship with his computer. At the same time, he enjoys the challenge and variety of continual learning that adds to the value of his experience and allows him to achieve the best results for his clients. While he has adapted to the times and mastered his email account, he has held tight to the business values he first learned: integrity, honesty, and commitment.
The Latin adjective that forms the ProVerus name represents those qualities… professionalism that is true, genuine, proper, suitable, and just.