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Nancy Southern has the skills and experience to help Alberta find its way forward


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Nancy C. Southern is one of the heavy hitters tasked with helping us find our way forward from the economic downturn in the energy industry and the devastating impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Southern is Chair & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd., as well as Chair of Canadian Utilities Limited (an ATCO company). Reporting to the Board of Directors, she has full responsibility for executing the strategic direction and ongoing operations.

She joined the ATCO Board of Directors in 1989, was named President & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO in 2003 and was appointed Chair in December 2012. She also serves on the boards of the majority of ATCO subsidiary companies. Ms. Southern is a founding director of AKITA Drilling Ltd., a director of Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd., and Executive Vice President of Spruce Meadows.

Born and raised in Calgary, Southern studied Economics and Commerce at the University of Calgary.

During her career, she has served many roles with some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. Southern is a member on the, Canadian Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards, C.D. Howe Institute, American Society of Corporate Executives, Canadian Member Trilateral Commission, Business Council of Canada, also on Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Economic Strategy Table, University of Calgary School of Public Policy Advisory Council and the U.S. Business Council.

In addition to her business leadership, Southern has long played a leading role in advocating on social issues of global importance – most notably, the rights of Indigenous peoples and the role of women in business.

Honorary Chief of the Kainai (Blood Tribe of Alberta)

In 2012, she was made an Honorary Chief of the Kainai (Blood Tribe of Alberta), was given the name Aksistoowa’paakii, or Brave Woman. Southern is also a board member at the Pension Fund Society of Bank of Montreal, Rideau Hall Foundation and was indicted in the Canadian Business Hall of Fame 2017, received the Canadian Business Leader Award from the University of Alberta in 2018, was honoured as Distinguished Policy Fellow by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, named to the Fortune’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women” outside of the U.S., 50 Most Important People in Canada in Maclean’s Magazine, Financial Post Magazine’s “The Power List” and to Alberta Venture’s Alberta’s Business Person of the Year for 2011.

Here are the members of the committee.

  • Jack Mintz, chair
  • Clive Beddoe – former chair, president and CEO, WestJet
  • Robert Blakely
  • Brent Belzberg – founder and senior managing partner, TorQuest Partners
  • Bob Dhillon – founder, president and CEO, Mainstreet Equity Corporation
  • Chris Fowler – president and CEO, Canadian Western Bank
  • Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper – Canada’s 22nd prime minister
  • Peter Kiss – owner and president, Morgan Construction and Environmental
  • Zainul Mawji – president, Telus Home Solutions
  • Nancy Southern – chair and CEO, ATCO Ltd.
  • Kevin Uebelein – CEO, AIMCo
  • Mac Van Wielingen – founder, ARC Financia

Dr. Jack M. Mintz heads up Alberta Economic Recovery Council






Seven survivors of Alberta tour bus rollover near Jasper file lawsuit

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EDMONTON — A northern Alberta woman who survived a fatal tour bus crash in Jasper National Park this summer says she is one of the lucky ones, but her recovery will be long and painful. 

Sweta Patel, 27, from High Prairie, Alta., is one of seven people who have filed a lawsuit against operators of the vehicle involved in the rollover.

Three people, including her uncle and a friend, died July 18, when a glacier sightseeing bus rolled off a road on the Columbia Icefield. Fourteen suffered life-threatening injuries.

“Sometimes in your life a quick moment can change everything. For me and my friends, July 18 was that moment,” Patel said Wednesday.

“Though I survived, I am left with devastating mental and physical injuries. I now live a completely dependent life, filled with a series of doctors and legal appointments.”

Brewster Travel Canada Inc., Viad Corp., Glacier Park Inc., Brewster Inc., Brewster Tours, Banff-Jasper Collection Holding Corp., the unidentified driver and an unidentified employee of one of the tour operators are named in the statement of claim.

Patel, who wears a halo head brace for her neck injury, appeared at a news conference in Edmonton with her husband, who was also hurt in the crash.

She said she has a C1 fracture in her neck that is still healing and could be permanent.

“I have over 20 fractures and the pain that I go through every day — it’s not easy,” she said.

“Financially, we are also struggling at a time when there is extra economic uncertainty across the county.”

The seven plaintiffs are from the High Prairie and Whitecourt areas, but have been told to stay in Edmonton for better access to treatment for their injuries.

“Overall, I think the lasting effect is the trouble my clients have had trying to get their treatments covered through this tour bus company,” said Basil Bansal, a lawyer with Diamond and Diamond LLP.

The lawsuit alleges that the operators failed to ensure the bus was safe, failed to provide seatbelts, employed a driver who acted recklessly and unreasonably, failed to carry out proper inspections and failed to properly train their drivers. 

The allegations have not been proven in court.

This is the second legal action against the tour bus operators. In August, an application for a class-action lawsuit was filed by James H. Brown and Associates with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary.

The lead plaintiff in that lawsuit is Devon Ernest, 22, from North Battleford, Sask., who was on the tour with his girlfriend, Dionne Durocher of Canoe Narrows, Sask., and his cousin Winnie Ernest.

Durocher died at the scene.

The class action, which so far includes 10 of the 27 people on the bus, must be approved by a judge if it is to go ahead.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2020.

Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press

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‘Small number of kooks:’ Alberta premier condemns apparent racist rally in Edmonton

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SPRUCE GROVE, ALBERTA — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is adding his voice to others condemning an apparent white supremacist rally in Edmonton.

Police broke up what they called a demonstration involving opposing groups on Tuesday night in the city’s northeast.

About 100 people were involved and police say physical confrontations took place between those calling themselves patriots and others calling themselves anti-fascists. 

Kenney says racists and white supremacists are un-Canadian and un-Albertan.

He says Canada, while imperfect, was built on the concepts of human dignity and equality.

Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu has also condemned the demonstration. 

It’s the latest in a series of racial encounters in the province.

Workers at a project near a junior high school in Edmonton were fired recently after swearing and using racist language during an Indigenous smudging ceremony, and clashes have taken place between white supremacist groups and Black Lives Matter demonstrators.

“It’s unfortunate that we’ve got a small number of kooks who go around trying to get attention for a message of hate,” said Kenney. “We condemn racism and racial prejudice.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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october, 2020

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