Ronald Southern

About Ronald Southern

Birth Day: July 25, 1930
Birth Place: Canada
Other names: Ron
Occupation: Director, ATCO Group
Known for: Founder of ATCO and Spruce Meadows
Partner(s): Margaret Southern
Relatives: Nancy Southern

Ronald Southern

Ronald Southern was born on July 25, 1930 in Canada. Ronald Southern cofounded ATCO Group, the Alberta, Canada-based power and utility company, with his father, S.D. Southern, in 1947. The group has interests in logistics, energy, utilities and technology industries. The pair got their start by purchasing 15 utility trailers and renting them out in the Calgary area under the name Alberta Trailer Hire. ATCO now employs more than 9,000 and boasts total assets of approximately C$18 billion. The company's assets first topped a billion when it acquired a controlling interest in Canadian Utilities, its largest subsidiary, for C$323 million in 1980. Ronald was ATCO's president for 48 years; his daughter Nancy is now at the helm. Ronald built Spruce Meadows, a family-owned equestrian complex on the outskirts of Calgary known for producing Olympic riders, including his daughter Linda.
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As per our current Database, Ronald Southern has been died on January 21, 2016(2016-01-21) (aged 85)\nCalgary, Alberta, Canada.

🎂 Ronald Southern - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

When Ronald Southern die, Ronald Southern was 85 years old.

Popular As Ronald Southern
Occupation Energy
Age 85 years old
Zodiac Sign Leo
Born July 25, 1930 (Canada)
Birthday July 25
Town/City Canada
Nationality Canada

🌙 Zodiac

Ronald Southern’s zodiac sign is Leo. According to astrologers, people born under the sign of Leo are natural born leaders. They are dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist, able to achieve anything they want to in any area of life they commit to. There is a specific strength to a Leo and their "king of the jungle" status. Leo often has many friends for they are generous and loyal. Self-confident and attractive, this is a Sun sign capable of uniting different groups of people and leading them as one towards a shared cause, and their healthy sense of humor makes collaboration with other people even easier.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Ronald Southern was born in the Year of the Horse. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse love to roam free. They’re energetic, self-reliant, money-wise, and they enjoy traveling, love and intimacy. They’re great at seducing, sharp-witted, impatient and sometimes seen as a drifter. Compatible with Dog or Tiger.

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In 1947, Southern and his Father each invested $2,000 in the original Alberta Trailer Hire Co., which later became ATCO. Southern received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Alberta in 1953 and began to work full-time for the company. As of 2007 the Southern family is still in control of ATCO. He passed the title of Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer to his daughter, Nancy Southern, in January 2000.


Southern and his wife Margaret Southern were the founders and co-chairs of Spruce Meadows. Opened in 1975, it was built for their daughters who had long been involved with competitive Equestrian riding.


He received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Calgary in 1976 and the University of Alberta in 1991. In 1990, Southern received the International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, presented by the University of Manitoba through the Faculty of Management and in 1995 Southern was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. In 1996, Southern was named Financial Post CEO of the Year. He and his wife were inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.


Southern received Canada's highest civilian honor when he was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986. He was inducted as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1990, in recognition for his promotion of Anglo-Canadian relations in the fields of commerce, culture and sport. In 1992 He received the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal. In 2002 He received the Canadian Version of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. In June 1995, he was promoted to the level of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In August 2003, Southern was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 2006. In September 2006 He was awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau in the degree of officer by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 2012, Southern was appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence. In 2012, Southern and wife Margaret were awarded the Canadian Version of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Donald Ethell.


Southern served as a Director of several corporations including Lafarge, Southam Inc., Chrysler Corporation of Canada, Imasco, Canadian Airlines, Fletcher Challenge, Royal & SunAlliance and Canadian Pacific. He was a Director of Akita Drilling Ltd. and Chairman of Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd. Southern was also a member of the Trilateral Commission. In September 2006, Ron Southern was appointed Officer of Orange Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.

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