|Birth Day:||July 25, 1930|
|Death Date:||Jan 21, 2016 (age 85)|
As per our current Database, Ron Southern died on Jan 21, 2016 (age 85).
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In 1947, he and his father started the Alberta Trailer Hire Company, a business that eventually developed into ATCO.
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 invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986. He was invested as a Companion 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 elevated as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In August 2003, Southern was elevated as an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 2006. In September 2006 he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau 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.
Currently, Ron Southern is 92 years, 0 months and 17 days old. Ron Southern will celebrate 93rd birthday on a Tuesday 25th of July 2023.
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