Board of Directors

Ronald D. Southern

Ronald D. Southern, C.C., C.B.E., LL.D.
Chairman Emeritus & Founder, ATCO Group 

Mr. Southern is Chairman Emeritus of Canadian Utilities & Founder, ATCO Group. He was Chairman of the Board until December 1, 2012, and continues to be a director of both Canadian Utilities and ATCO. Together with his late father, S.D. Southern, Mr. Southern founded ATCO Group in 1947 and served as ATCO’s President for 48 years. He is credited with transforming Canadian Utilities into an internationally recognized conglomerate of industrial and utility businesses until 2003 when his daughter Nancy assumed the role of President & Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Southern is a director of ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd; Deputy Chairman of AKITA Drilling Ltd.; and Chairman of Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd. Mr. Southern is also a Canadian member of The Trilateral Commission.

Some of Mr. Southern’s many distinctions include: Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1995; Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau, 2006; Companion of the Order of Canada, 2007; Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012; and Alberta Order of Excellence, 2012.