Speaker Series - calgary

In Conversation With Canada’s Most Powerful Female CEOs

Event Details:

Ever wonder how many female CEOs there are in Canada? Even though women make up just over half the Canadian population and nearly 48 per cent of the workforce, men still dominate the top tiers of business and government. According to Catalyst.org, only seven of the 249 companies listed on the main index of the Toronto Stock Exchange in September 2017 were run by women. However, women are slowly but steadily breaking through the glass ceiling and while few head up large corporations in Canada, a growing number are CEOs of NGOs and smaller companies, often which they started themselves.


6:00 pm – 6:40 pm – Registration & Networking

6:40 pm – 8:00 pm – Cocktails, Discussion & Networking

8:00 pm – Cocktail Concludes

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Optional Networking


Heather Christie-Burns – P.Eng., President & CEO, High Ground Energy Inc

Ms. Christie-Burns is a successful energy entrepreneur, having founded two companies in the last fifteen years. Over Heather’s twenty-five year career as a professional engineer she has developed expertise in petroleum exploitation, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture negotiations, reservoir engineering and production operations.

Ms. Christie-Burns is President and Chief Executive officer and a founder of High Ground Energy Inc., a private equity backed upstream E&P company with assets in eastern Alberta. Prior to founding High Ground Energy in 2014, Heather co-founded and was President and Chief Operating Officer of Angle Energy Inc., an Alberta based, TSX- listed upstream E&P Company with an enterprise value upon sale in December 2013 of $576 million.

Ms. Christie-Burns earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). She is an active mentor for both technical and financial professionals in the energy industry and has been recognized by Avenue Calgary, Oilweek, and the WXN for her accomplishments.

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

Dawn Farrell portrait

Nancy Southern is Chair & Chief Executive Officer of both ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited. She is also Executive Vice President of Spruce Meadows, 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.

Ms. Southern supports some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. She is a member of The U.S. Business Council and the American Society of Corporate Executives, and is a Canadian Member of the Trilateral Commission. In 2017, she was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

In addition to her business leadership, she advocates on social issues of global importance, including the role of women in business and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. She is an Honorary Chief of the Kainai (Blood Tribe of Alberta) and was given the name Aksistoowa’paakii, or Brave Woman, in 2012.



To be announced.

Silver Partners:

   Scotiabank logo

June 25, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Details Price Qty
Membershow details + $89.00 (CAD)  
Non-Membershow details + $129.00 (CAD)