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In memory of Ron Southern (1930 – 2016)

In memory of Ron Southern, a Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta founder

Ron Southern – One Of The Business Leaders Who Brought JA to Calgary

southern_ronald_-_1995 (1)The Board, staff, students and stakeholders of JA Southern Alberta express our deepest regrets on the passing of Mr. Ron Southern. Mr. Southern was an entrepreneurial role model, and one of the business leaders responsible for bringing JA to Calgary in 1959.  He was a visionary leader and dedicated mentor who built many relationships that enabled JA’s growth and sustainability.


JA Southern Alberta’s Charter Position Statement grew from the beliefs of early leaders like Mr. Southern – JASA inspires and educates young Albertans to succeed in the global economy by providing them with opportunities to experience free enterprise, understand business and economics, and develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills.  A stalwart supporter of JA, Mr. Southern was proud that ATCO has been one of JASA’s donors since the Charter’s inception.


Founder of ATCO and Spruce Meadows equestrian centre, Mr. Southern was an accomplished man. In 2007 he became a Companion of the Order of Canada, and in 2012 received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamon Jubilee Medal acknowledging his significant contributions and achievements as a Canadian. These are just some of the many awards received by Mr. Southern for his philanthropy and entrepreneurial spirit.


JA Southern Alberta extends our deepest sympathies to Mr. Southern’s wife, Margaret Southern, his daughters, Nancy Southern and Linda Southern-Heathcott, and other family and friends.  JASA will be eternally grateful for Mr. Southern’s impact not only on JA, but on our city, our country and the global community.