Patricia Mackenzie is a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Education. She taught high school in Quebec and Ontario, and was an alderman in Prescott, Ontario from 1974-80. Patricia moved to Edmonton in 1985 where she was elected to city council in 1986, serving three terms (1986-1995). She served on the boards of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM, 1991-95), and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA 1987-95), and was elected President of AUMA 1994. In 1995, Patricia joined TELUS Corporation as AVP Environment (1995-2005). In 2002-03 she chaired the provincial government's commission on learning, providing 95 recommendations for "Every Child Learns, Every Child Succeeds”. Patricia received a ICD.D designation in 2001 and has continued to be active serving on the Alberta Blue Cross Board, Roots of Empathy, Tree Canada (chair), the Centre for Family Literacy, the Law Enforcement Review Board, the Municipal Government Board, Homeward Trust (chair) and Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.