Nancy Southern is Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd., as well as Chair & Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company. Reporting to the Boards of Directors, she has full responsibility for executing the strategic direction and ongoing operations for both companies.
After joining the ATCO Board of Directors in 1989, Ms. Southern served as Co-Chair of ATCO for 16 years prior to being elected Chair in December 2012. Ms. Southern was named President & Chief Executive Officer of both ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited in 2003. She serves on the boards of all ATCO Group subsidiary companies.
Ms. Southern serves as Executive Vice President of Spruce Meadows and is a Founding Director of AKITA Drilling Ltd., a Director of Sentgraf Enterprises Limited, and an Honorary Director of the BMO Financial Group.
Ms. Southern is a member of The U.S. Business Council, the Business Council of Canada, the American Society of Corporate Executives, the C.D. Howe Institute, a Canadian Member of the Trilateral Commission and is a member of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s Advisory Committee on the Economy aimed at growing and diversifying business in the province.
Previously, she was appointed by the late Hon. Jim Flaherty, former Minister of Finance, as a member of his Economic Advisory Council and was a member of former Status of Women Minister, Kellie Leitch’s committee to offer advice to the federal government on how to encourage more women on Canada’s corporate boards. She also served as a member of the Global Markets Action Plan Advisory Council, led by former Federal Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast. In 2015, Ms. Southern, at the request of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, also joined 100 other global leaders for the G7 Forum for Dialogue with Women in Berlin.
Ms. Southern is an Honorary Chief of the Kainai (Blood Tribe of Alberta) and was given the name Aksistoowa’paakii, or Brave Woman in 2012.
In 2014, the University of Calgary awarded Ms. Southern its highest academic honour, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree bestowed in recognition of notable achievements and community service. In 2013, she received the “T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s Award” from the Fraser Institute for her entrepreneurial achievements and recognized accomplishments in the promotion of freedom and free markets. Ms. Southern was also included in Fortune’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women In Business: The Global 50” and named as one of “The 50 Most Important People in Canada” in Maclean’s.
In 2012, Canada’s Public Policy Forum awarded Ms. Southern the “Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy”. In 2011, she was selected as “Business Person of the Year” by Alberta Venture Magazine and in 2005, was selected “Business Woman of the Year” by the Consumer’s Choice Awards.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Ms. Southern studied Economics and Commerce at the University of Calgary.