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 & CEO of both ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited in 2003. She serves on the boards of all ATCO Group subsidiary companies.
Ms. Southern also serves as Executive Vice President of Spruce Meadows. She is a Director of AKITA Drilling Ltd., Sentgraf Enterprises Limited, and is an Honorary Director of the BMO Financial Group.
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. The University of Calgary awarded Ms. Southern its highest academic honour in 2014, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree bestowed in recognition of notable achievements and community service.
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 and a Canadian Member of the Trilateral Commission. Additionally, she was appointed by the late Hon. Jim Flaherty, former Minister of Finance, as a member of his Economic Advisory Council and is a member of a committee led by Status of Women Minister, Kellie Leitch, to offer advice to the federal government on how to encourage more women on Canada’s corporate boards. She also serves as a member of the Global Markets Action Plan Advisory Council, led by Canada’s Federal Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast and was named to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s Advisory Committee on the Economy aimed at growing and diversifying business in the province. 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.
In 2013, Ms. Southern 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. She 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, Ms. Southern was selected as Business Person of the Year by Alberta Venture Magazine and in 2005, she was selected Business Woman of the Year by the Consumer’s Choice Awards.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, she studied Economics and Commerce at the University of Calgary.