2021 Awards Program

Welcome to the 2021 ACR Annual Awards Celebration!


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kim Sturgess, President, ACR, WaterSMART Solutions Ltd.

Greetings From The Government of Alberta
Doug Lammie, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Energy

MIAC Scholarship Presentation
Peter Read, Vice President, Joint Venture Effectiveness Project, Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Ian Muirhead Scholarship Recipient

Award Presentations
Young Resource Leader Award
Indigenous Resource Leadership Award
Resource Leadership Award

Keynote Speaker and Q&A
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu, President, Alaska-Alberta Railway Development Corporation

Closing Remarks
Kim Sturgess, President, ACR, WaterSMART Solutions Ltd.



2021 MIAC Scholarship Recipients

2021 Ian Muirhead Scholarship Recipient

Michael Wolfenden


Indigenous Resource Leadership Award

The Indigenous Resource Leadership Award is presented to an individual, organization or project that has advanced the relationship between the Indigenous peoples of Alberta and the natural resource sector.

Chief Ramona Horseman  |  Horse Lake First Nation

Ms. Ramona Horseman is the Chief of Horse Lake First Nation (HLFN), Grand Chief of the Western Cree Tribal Council (WCTC), and Deputy Grand Chief of Treaty No 8 First Nation of Alberta that comprises of 24 first nations.

Ramona has shown leadership in areas of economic development by promoting governance models that are focused on for profit management by creating balanced non-political boards. She has provided leadership in both restructuring of existing operations and as well as new start ups. She has extensive experience in pipeline construction operations and is an active leader in philanthropy organizations both within Alberta’s Indigenous communities and the Grande Prairie region. In 2018, Horse Lake First Nation commissioned a state-of-the-art water treatment plant, bringing reliable fresh water to the Nation. Creating jobs for HLFN citizens and generating business opportunities is her top priority. Chief Horseman brings passion to build up her people and sees the Nauticol Project as a “generational opportunity” for the betterment of Horse Lake First Nation, the Nations of the Western Cree Tribal Council.





Resource Leadership Award

The Resource Leadership Award is presented to an individual, organization or project that has been significant to the sustainable development of Alberta’s natural resources.

Nancy C. Southern  |  Chair & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Ltd., Executive Chair, Canadian Utilities Limited

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

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. She serves on the boards of all ATCO subsidiary companies. Ms. Southern also serves as Executive Vice President of Spruce Meadows and is a Founding Director of AKITA Drilling Ltd., a Director of Sentgraf Enterprises Limited, an Honorary Director of the BMO Financial Group and serves on the Rideau Hall Foundation Board of Directors.

In addition to her business leadership, Ms. 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. She is an Honorary Chief of the Kainai (Blood Tribe of Alberta) and was given the name Aksistoowa’paakii, or Brave Woman in 2012. In 2015, at the request of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ms. Southern joined 100 global leaders for the G7 Forum for Dialogue with Women in Berlin.

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, a Canadian Member of the Trilateral Commission and a member of the South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Expert Group.  She is also a member of the Business Council of Canada, serves as Vice Chair of the Alberta Business Council and sits on the University of Calgary School of Public Policy Advisory Council. In March of 2020, Ms. Southern joined the Premier’s Economic Recovery Council with other policy and industry experts providing insight and strategies to accelerate diversification of Alberta’s economy.

In October 2020, Ms. Southern was honoured with the British Empire Medal for services to British equestrian, military and commercial interests in Alberta. In 2018, the University of Calgary School of Public Policy honoured her with the “Distinguished Policy Fellow Award”, in recognition of her lifetime commitment to Canadian public policy. Earlier that year, she received the “Canadian Business Leader Award” from the University of Alberta School of Business and its Business Advisor Council – making history as the first second-generation recipient of that honour. She was inducted as a Companion into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2017. In that same year, in recognition of her achievements in economics and industry, Ms. Southern was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Western University. In 2014, the University of Calgary awarded her its highest academic honour, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree bestowed in recognition of notable achievements and community service. In 2013, she received the “T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s Award” from the Fraser Institute for her entrepreneurial achievements and recognized accomplishments in the promotion of freedom and free markets. In 2012, Canada’s Public Policy Forum awarded Ms. Southern the “Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy”.

In 2016, Ms. Southern was included in Fortune’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women” outside of the U.S. and recognized by the Financial Post Magazine’s “The Power List”. Previously, she 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. In 2011, she was selected as “Business Person of the Year” by Alberta Venture Magazine and in 2005, was selected “Business Woman of the Year” by the Consumer’s Choice Awards.

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





Young Resource Leader Award

Andrea Bauer 

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining and Mineral Engineering) from the University of Alberta. She began her career as Mine Performance Engineer at KMC’s operations in Northern Alberta, progressing to Manager and then Director of Technical Services. In 2018 she added the responsibility of Asset Management to her portfolio.  Through her career, she has been instrumental in leading teams in the development of a robust, multi-component and all season Emissions Reduction Program and Idle Management Systems.

Andrea has experience leading strategic teams for Continuous Improvement, Project Estimating and Asset Management including being Chairperson of the Large Tire Users Group of the Surface Mining and Research Technology (SMART) organization. She is a member of APEGA and past member of Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM). 

Andrea is a volunteer with many non-profit organizations. She has served as a board member of ShareLife Foundation, an organization that sponsors initiatives that enhance education, relief of poverty and offers lasting hope to those in marginalized communities. Her community involvement includes time with local food banks, youth programs and child advocacy for Compassion Canada, Compassion International and World Vision.

Andrea has been married to Jon for 17 years and they reside in St. Albert, Alberta with their two children.


Jean Paul (JP) Gladu  |  President, Alaska – Alberta Railway Development Corporation

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President of A2A Rail and previously served as the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) from September 2012 until April 2020.  Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000, holds an Executive MBA from Queens University and the ICD.D from Rotman School of Management University of Toronto. JP has over 25 years of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada.

Currently, JP is the Chair of Mikisew Group of Companies, the board of Noront Resources and Suncor Energy while previously serving on the Board of Ontario Power Generation. He was appointed as the Chancellor of St. Paul’s University College Waterloo in 2017.  His previous appointments include Canadian Electricity Association Public Advisory Panel, Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.

JP is an accomplished public speaker with countless engagements not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Indigenous business and the growing Indigenous economy in Canada today.

As a father to his daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Indigenous and Indigenous business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.

Specialties: Leader, excels at understanding people and values, in-depth and skilled negotiator, financial sourcing, proposal development, building confidence in others, strong work ethic, excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and strategist with a long-view.