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 of Canada 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.
C. Anthony Fountain, Chair, Essar Oil Limited
C. Anthony Fountain
Chair, Essar Oil Limited
Mr. Fountain is Chairman of Essar Oil Limited, a major oil and gas refining and marketing company headquartered in Mumbai, India. Prior to this role he was Chairman of Sellafield Ltd., a U.K. company responsible for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, storage and decommissioning with some 12,000 employees. Mr. Fountain was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, owner of the U.K.'s legacy civil nuclear assets and was previously Chief Executive Officer of Refining and Marketing at Reliance Industries in India. Mr. Fountain had a 25-year career with British Petroleum, with his last role as Group Vice President, COO, Fuels Value Chains. He brings extensive operational, strategic, risk, health and safety, and environmental experience to the Board.
Mr. Fountain graduated in Economics and International Studies from Warwick University and also holds a M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University. Mr. Fountain has also attended several Executive Education Programs at Stanford, Harvard and Cambridge.
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, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal DSM N.V.
Robert J. Routs PhD
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal DSM N.V.
Until his retirement in 2008, Dr. Routs was an Executive Board Member at Royal Dutch Shell plc. He 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.
Nancy C. Southern
Chair & Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Southern was appointed Chair of ATCO and Canadian Utilities effective December 1, 2012 and has been Chief Executive Officer of ATCO since January 1, 2003, and President of ATCO from January 1, 2003 until February 28, 2018. Ms. Southern has also been Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Utilities since January 1, 2003 and was President of Canadian Utilities from 2003 to 2015. Previously, she was Deputy Chair of each of ATCO and Canadian Utilities from 2008 until 2012, Co-Chair and Co-Chief Executive Officer of each company from 2000 until 2002, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of each company from 1998 to 1999, and Deputy Chair of each company from 1996 to 1999. Ms. Southern has full responsibility for the strategic direction and the operations of ATCO and reports to the Board of Directors. Ms. Southern is a founding director and is a member of the Board of Directors of AKITA Drilling Ltd. She is also a director of Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd. and an Honorary Director of the Bank of Montreal.
Ms. Southern is a member of The U.S. Business Council, a member of the American Society of Corporate Executives, and a Canadian member of The Trilateral Commission. She is also a member of the Business Council of Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation Board of Directors.
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. 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 is a founding director, and currently serves as Board Chair, of AKITA Drilling Ltd. 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.
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.
Charles W. Wilson, Lead Director, ATCO Ltd.
Charles W. Wilson
Mr. Wilson is Lead Director for the Board of Directors of ATCO Ltd. and is a director of ATCO Australia Pty Ltd. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Canada from 1993 to 1999, and Executive Vice President, U.S. Downstream Oil and Chemical of Shell Oil Company from 1988 to 1993. Before 1988, he was Vice President, U.S. Exploration and Production of Shell Oil Company, and also held various executive positions in the domestic and international natural resource operations of Shell.
As the former Head of the Environment Committee of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Mr. Wilson was actively involved in climate change matters and emerging regulatory policies related to the petroleum industry.
Mr. Wilson holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and an M.Sc. in Engineering.