Sherrold Moore Award: Nancy Southern
June 13, 2019
As an annual tradition, the Calgary Chamber has recognized those who have volunteered their time in not only benefiting the organization, but the Calgary community at large. The Sherrold More Award is given to those who utilize their business skills and share them to help create a better community. These individuals have played an impactful role in initiatives that support Chamber values.
We had the chance to discuss the Chamber volunteer experience with this years winner of the 2019 Sherrold Moore Award, Nancy Southern, Chair & CEO of ATCO Ltd and Chair Canadian Utilities Limited.
Calgary Chamber CC: When and why did you get involved with the Chamber?
Nancy Southern (NS): My father and ATCO joined the Chamber about 50 years ago. The Chamber has continued to evolve since those early days and has played an important role in assisting, enlightening and supporting enterprise in Calgary.
CC: What is your favourite part about the chamber?
NS: As one of the most influential and respected voices of the Calgary business community, the Chamber does a tremendous job tackling complex issues faced by local businesses, creating forums that open up important dialogue, and supporting our local businesses who aspire to grow within Calgary and beyond its borders. The Chamber has always recognized the entrepreneurial spirit the city holds, that to which ATCO has proudly built on, and they are genuinely interested in helping all businesses, big and small, succeed in achieving their aspirations.
CC: What are your visions for the future of the chamber? What would you like to see the Chamber accomplish?
NS: The Chamber recently launched “It’s Grow Time” campaign, a visionary rally cry for Calgary businesses that aims to empower, inspire, and nourish the world.
The Chamber plays a tremendously important and privileged role as a voice of commerce for our city. The Chamber must continue to use their important, respected and influential voice to help tackle and improve the challenging issues that face our City, our Province and our Country.
CC: What is your vision for the City of Calgary?
NS: A robust business friendly environment that champions its industries; large and small. A place that always strives to ensure business has the opportunity to compete on a “level playing field”. A city that is agile, flexible, and responsive to the needs of commerce during all aspects of economic cycles.
CC: What does winning this award mean to you?
NS: I am deeply honoured to receive the Sherrold Moore Award from the Chamber on behalf of the thousands of women and men in ATCO who have worked so diligently these past 70 years to bring our products and services to the world.
CC: You have been a huge advocate for community development and investment through your business, and as an individual. Why has this been so important for you?
NS: Calgary is my home. Our business and my family have been so very privileged to be a part of this great city and it is to find ways to say thank you for the unparalled support we have received for our endeavors. Participating in and encouraging community development and investment is our way of giving back to this wonderful city.
CC: What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
NS: I love spending time with my family and enjoying the best the world has to offer in the sport of show jumping at Spruce Meadows.
CC: Anything else you would like to share?
NS: A huge thank you to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for all you do to support and encourage our business community.
About Nancy Southern:
Nancy Southern is Chair & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd. and Chair Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company.
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. Over the course of her career, Ms. Southern has served with some of the world’s most prestigious and influential organizations. She 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. In 2016, Ms. Southern was included in Fortune’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women” outside of the U.S. and was also included in Fortune’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business: The Global 50” and named as one of “The 50 Most Important People in Canada” in Maclean’s Magazine. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, she studied Economics and Commerce at the University of Calgary.
About the Sherrold Moore Award
Named in honour of the incredible Calgarian Sherrold Moore, a man who has helped build both our business community and community at large. He begun volunteering initially to help create a better community for his daughter, and he transferred his substantial business skills honed from years of senior business and directorship roles into the sporting world to also become a leader in sport in Alberta. Sherrold’s commitment to improving the quality of life for Albertans extends well beyond the business and sporting arena as well, as he is involved in many other organizations committed to the betterment of the arts, health, politics, and the environment.