Strong, steady leadership
The role of our Board of Directors has evolved alongside our business, providing oversight to an organization with a growing global footprint and a diverse, yet complementary suite of premier products and services. The Board strives to ensure that its corporate governance practices provide for the effective stewardship of the company, and it regularly evaluates those practices to ensure they are keeping with the highest standards.
Robert T. Booth, Q.C., Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
Robert T. Booth, Q.C.
Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
Mr. Booth is a partner in the law firm Bennett Jones LLP, based in Calgary, Alberta. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Booth is honorary counsel to the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada and Foundation, the Conference of Defence Associations and the CDA Institute.
Mr. Booth’s legal practice covers many areas of the natural resources, energy, defence and security fields, including client representation in oil and gas exploration, production and marketing, major pipeline transportation and liquefied natural gas projects, uranium mining and production, power generation and transmission, and energy utility businesses.
Mr. Booth obtained a B.Eng. degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1974, and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1977. In 2009, he obtained his ICD.D certification from the Director Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Denis M. Ellard, Corporate Director
Denis M. Ellard
Prior his retirement in 2003, Mr. Ellard was Senior Vice President Business Development, ATCO. Over his 35 year career, Mr. Ellard held several senior positions within the organization, including Senior Vice President and General Manager, Northwestern Utilities Limited; Senior Vice President, Canadian Utilities Limited; and President, ATCO Singlepoint Ltd. His responsibilities included oversight of operations, management, and regulatory matters, as well as reviews of risk, general safety, and environmental issues. Mr. Ellard has served in various capacities on several community and industry boards, including the Alberta Economic Development Authority.
Mr. Ellard has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with a major in Finance from the University of Alberta.
Michael R.P. Rayfield, Corporate Director
Michael R.P. Rayfield
Mr. Rayfield was Vice Chair, Investment and Corporate Banking, BMO Capital Markets until 2013. He was responsible for senior corporate relationships in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and management of BMO’s investment banking business in China and India. Mr. Rayfield was also on the Canadian Management Committee. He has extensive international banking experience in Latin America, Australia and Japan. Mr. Rayfield is also a director of ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd.
Mr. Rayfield is a graduate of The Chartered Institute of Bankers in the U.K.; the Senior Manager’s Program at Harvard Business School; and the Advanced Executive Program at J.L. Kellogg Graduate School, Northwestern University. He studied at Cambridge University and is a graduate of the Director Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors where he obtained extensive enterprise risk and financial strategy knowledge.
Robert J. Routs, PhD, Lead Director
Robert J. Routs, PhD
Dr. Routs is Lead Director for the Board of Directors of ATCO Ltd. Until his retirement in 2008, he was an Executive Board Member at Royal Dutch Shell plc. Dr. Routs was responsible for the global refining, chemical, marketing, trading and renewable businesses. During his career, he held various senior management positions in the U.S., Canada and The Netherlands, including Chairman of Shell Canada prior to the buyout of the public shareholding by Royal Dutch Shell plc. Dr. Routs is also a director of ATCO Australia Pty Ltd.
Dr. Routs has substantial experience in the refining and chemical industry with a strong focus on operational safety and sustainable operations to reduce the industry's impact on the environment.
Dr. Routs is an emeritus member of the International Advisory Council to the Economic Development Board of Singapore and received the Distinguished Citizen of Singapore medal.
Dr. Routs graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven in The Netherlands, where he also obtained a PhD in Technical Sciences. He completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 1991.
Nancy C. Southern, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Ltd. & Canadian Utilities Limited
Nancy C. Southern
CHAIR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ATCO LTD. & CANADIAN UTILITIES LIMITED
Nancy Southern is Chair & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd., and Chair & Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company. Reporting to the Boards of Directors, she is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, and operations of 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 ATCO Ltd. in 2003. She also serves as Executive Vice President of Spruce Meadows Ltd. and is a founding Director of AKITA Drilling Ltd., a Director of Sentgraf Enterprises Limited, an Honorary Director of BMO Financial Group, and serves on the Rideau Hall Foundation Board of Directors.
In addition to her business leadership, Ms. Southern has long played a prominent role in advocating on social issues of global importance—most notably, the rights of Indigenous peoples and the role of women in business. She is an Honorary Chief of the Kainai (Blood Tribe of Alberta) and was given the name Aksistoowa'paakii, or Brave Woman, in 2012. In 2015, at the request of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ms. Southern joined 100 global leaders for the G7 Forum for Dialogue with Women in Berlin.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Southern has served with some of the world’s most influential academic and business organizations. She is a member of the Business Council of Canada, the U.S. Business Council, the American Society of Corporate Executives, and is a Canadian member of the Trilateral Commission. She also sits on the University of Calgary School of Public Policy Advisory Council. In 2020, Ms. Southern was appointed to the Premier of Alberta’s Economic Recovery Council to help guide the province through the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Linda A. Southern-Heathcott, Vice Chair, ATCO Ltd. and President & Chief Executive Officer, Spruce Meadows Ltd.
Linda A. Southern-Heathcott
Vice Chair, ATCO Ltd. and President & Chief Executive Officer, Spruce Meadows Ltd.
Ms. Southern-Heathcott is President & Chief Executive Officer of Spruce Meadows Ltd., an internationally recognized equestrian facility in Calgary, Alberta. As a former professional equestrian rider, Ms. Southern-Heathcott was a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team for nine years and competed in the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also a founding director and currently serves as the Executive Chair & Chief Executive Officer of AKITA Drilling Ltd., an oil and gas drilling contractor with operations throughout North America. Ms. Southern-Heathcott brings significant management and business experience to the Board and was appointed Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of ATCO in November 2016 and of Canadian Utilities and CU Inc. on March 1, 2017.
Ms. Southern-Heathcott also serves on the Boards of ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd. and Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd.
In 2010, Ms. Southern-Heathcott received her ICD.D certification from the Director Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Norman M. Steinberg, Vice Chair, BFL Canada
Norman M. Steinberg
Vice Chair, BFL Canada
Mr. Steinberg is a Director and Vice Chair of BFL Canada and Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee.
From 2017 to 2019, he was Chair Emeritus of the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright Canada previously holding the positions of Co-Chair, Chair and Global Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright. During his legal career, Mr. Steinberg focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, privatizations and corporate governance.
Mr. Steinberg currently serves as Co-Chair of Dorel Industries Inc. and is Chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee, Director of Fiera Capital Corporation and Chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee, Co-Chair of Women in Governance, and member of the Board of Directors and Organizing Committee of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum. He is also Senior Advisor to Persistence Capital Partners and Strategic Advisor of Vanadium One Iron Corp. and Member of the Board of Advisors of Alexa Translations.
Mr. Steinberg has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Roger J. Urwin, PhD, C.B.E., Corporate Director
Roger J. Urwin, PhD, C.B.E.
Dr. Urwin is the Chair of ATCO Australia Pty Ltd. He has worked in gas, electric and telecom utilities throughout his career. He retired at the end of 2006 as Group Chief Executive of National Grid plc. He played a key role in establishing National Grid's international strategy and its successful expansion into the U.S., creating one of the largest investor-owned utility companies in the world. Dr. Urwin was the Managing Director and Chief Executive of London Electricity from 1990 to 1995. He was non-executive Chairman of Utilico Investments Limited until October 2015 and has been a special advisor to Global Infrastructure Partners, an international infrastructure investment fund. He was Chair of Alfred McAlpine plc from 2006 to 2008.
Dr. Urwin is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Dr. Urwin has a Physics degree and a PhD from the University of Southampton, U.K.
Susan R. Werth, Corporate Director
Susan R. Werth
Ms. Werth retired as Senior Vice President & Chief Administration Officer, ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited in May 2014. In this role Ms. Werth was responsible for Human Resources, Corporate Secretarial, Marketing and Communications, Security, Real Estate, Aviation and Administration. She was Chair of ATCO’s Disclosure, Management Pension, Crisis Management, and Donations & Sponsorship Committees. She was Vice President, Administration, ATCO Group from 1995 to 2000. During her career, Ms. Werth has gained a wealth of experience and brings significant insight into all aspects of ATCO's business. Ms. Werth is also on the Board of ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd. and Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd.