Celebrating Success: Our Awards

The dedication and innovation of our employees has allowed Canadian Utilities to celebrate many achievements, including top industry awards. The following are but a few of our awards.


Safety Performance

  • ATCO Electric and ATCO Gas received two awards in 2012 for their unique approach to safety education for young people. The Canadian Gas Association and the Mayors Award for Innovative Support of the Arts by a Business (Edmonton) both recognized ATCO Energy Theatre.

  • ATCO Electric and ATCO Gas received two Awards of Excellence in 2011 for their unique approach to safety education. The Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators (Edmonton) both recognized ATCO Energy Theatre – a program aimed at educating young people about gas and electricity safety.

  • ATCO Electric received the Ambassador for Safety Business Partner Award in 2010 for being a champion among local businesses in Grande Prairie. 

  • ATCO Power, ATCO Pipelines, ATCO Midstream and ATCO Electric have all been honoured over the years as “Best Safety Performers” by Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Council.

  • ATCO Power received the Bronze Award of Excellence from the Canadian Electricity Association for employee safety in 2009 and 2006.  

  • ATCO Gas was recognized by the Canadian Gas Association in 2007 for its best practices in pipeline damage prevention. The company achieved the lowest number of third-party damages per 1,000 locates in all of Canada.

Business Practices

  • In 2013, ATCO Electric's Historical and Archaeological Resource Protection Plan  received two awards recognizing its efforts to preserve historical resources during the construction of the Hanna Region Transmission Development project. The first award was the Richard G. Forbis award presented by the Archaeological Society of Alberta-Calgary Centre and the second award was the Award of Planning Merit  for Special Studies presented by the Alberta Professional Planners Institute.

  • ATCO Electric received the Disaster Recovery Institute’s 2012 Award of Excellence for its business continuity management program. ATCO’s business continuity program is designed to continue critical operations during a major disaster, accident or power disruption such as the Slave Lake wildfires in 2011.

  • Nancy Southern, President & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Group, was named 2011 Business Person of the Year by Alberta Venture Magazine. In announcing the award, Publisher Ruth Kelly, said Ms. Southern “exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit” that shapes Alberta. 

  • ATCO Electric received the Edison Award for construction of the 350 km Dover-to-Whitefish transmission line in 2005. The international award recognized ATCO Electric’s leadership, innovation and contribution to the advancement of the electric industry in constructing a major transmission line on-time and on-budget.

  • ATCO Pipelines was awarded an International Gold Quill Award in 2014 by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for the public information campaign associated with its Urban Pipelines Replacement Project. The program also received IABC’s National Silver Leaf Award of Merit.

  • ATCO Structures & Logistics received the 2013 Premier Council’s Award of Excellence in Employment for its commitment to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in its work environment.

  • ATCO Pipelines also received the 2014 Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association Environment Award for the Elbow River Crossing project. Following the 2013 flood, this project successfully restored the riverbed and surrounding banks of the Elbow River along the Weaselhead Natural Environment Park to secure a section of the Jumping Pound West Transmission Line that was exposed during the flood.   

Aboriginal Relations

  • ATCO Structures & Logistics and Fort McKay First Nation were honoured by the Alberta Government and Alberta Chamber of Resources with the 2009 Rewarding Partnerships Award.

Community Commitment

  • ATCO Gas received a Canadian Blood Services Lifeblood Award in 2010 for its outstanding support of the national blood donor program.

  • ATCO Electric and ATCO Gas received the Mayor's Excellence Award in 2007 in the category of Curriculum Support for its partnership with Drumheller Composite High School and the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

  • ATCO Electric and ATCO Gas received the Wild Rose Foundation’s Corporate Volunteer Award of Excellence in 2007.

  • ATCO Gas received an Energy-TV award in 2008 for Best Corporate Community Giving Program – ATCO EPIC (Employees Participating in Communities).

  • ATCO Gas was named one of the "Heroes of the Flood" in honour of the company's efforts during the 2013 floods in southern Alberta.

  • ATCO was selected by the Association of Fundraising Professionals to receive the 2014 International Award for Outstanding Corporation for the Company's many extraordinary contributions to philanthropy and the charitable sector.

The Environment

  • In 2013, ATCO Gas's Drake Landing solar community project in Okotoks, Alberta, won the prestigious International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme SOLAR AWARD. In 2011, the project won the prestigious Energy Globe World Award after achieving a world record with its first-of-a-kind, large-scale seasonal storage solar heating system. The 52-home solar community is the first in the world to receive 80 per cent of its yearly space heating through solar energy. In 2007, ATCO Gas received an Energy-TV Award for the project.

  • ATCO Pipelines achieved the Gold Champion Level Reporter designation – the highest level – from the Canadian Greenhouse Gas Challenge Registry for its Greenhouse Gas Action Plan to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

  • ATCO founders, S.D. Southern and his son, R.D. Southern were inducted into the Modular Institute Hall of Fame for their lifetime industry achievements.