01 Our Vision

02 Hell Or
High Water

04 CS in the Community

05 Awards and Recognition

08 2013 Financial Reporting

We’re greatest

2013 report to the community


Our vision

Creating a
gathering place

In 2013, we saw that the spirit of our city cannot be washed away.

In the wake of the southern Alberta floods, we saw volunteers show up by the thousands to help rebuild and “Hell or High Water” T-shirt orders pour in by the tens of thousands to support the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Floods Fund. We saw western hospitality, pride of place, commitment to community and integrity rise above the disaster.

Stampede 101 was a time to pause with friends and family, take a break from flood recovery and celebrate our community. 2013 was Calgary’s Stampede. As it has always been and will always be.

As we embark on the next chapter of our story, we will deliver exceptional experiences that entertain, educate and engage visitors; we will build inspired spaces to bring our community together to celebrate; and we will further energize the brand that has come to define our city.

Our vision is to create a world-class, year-round gathering place in the heart of our great city.

About us

The Calgary Stampede is a not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The Stampede contributes to our communities’ quality of life by promoting volunteerism, investing in youth and agricultural programs, providing world-class event facilities and offering a unique western experience for the world to enjoy.


At the root of the Calgary Stampede brand are the core values of western hospitality, integrity, pride of place, and commitment to the community. These values connect us to our past, to the present and to our future.

A message from the president and
chairman of the board and the CEO

Dear Friends,
2013 was an extraordinary year by any measure. The southern Alberta floods presented challenges of a magnitude we had never experienced in our history. They also reminded us, as disasters do, of what matters and why we do what we do.

We did what we do best: we came together as a community. Against all odds, we opened our gates on time. Stampede 101 became a symbol of our community’s resiliency and optimism.

Throughout the flood, our volunteers’ spirit shone through. During the initial hours of the flood evacuations, Stampede volunteers were mobilized to greet and help at the City of Calgary’s 24-hour reception centres. Some of our board members created a “We’re Greatest Together” Facebook group, which organized volunteers to help with relief efforts in hard-hit neighbourhoods, as well as fold, package and deliver more than 160,000 Hell or High Water t-shirts as the orders poured in. That volunteer- supported t-shirt campaign raised more than $2.4 million for Canadian Red Cross Alberta Floods Response. We cleaned flooded basements, served food to relief troops in Canmore, and provided warm breakfasts to a severely impacted Siksika First Nation.

Our employees were heroic, pulling out all the stops to ready for Stampede - cleaning buildings, repairing facilities and overcoming unimaginable obstacles. When it was safe to begin Stampede set-up, our volunteers and employees worked collaboratively and diligently under a compressed schedule to ensure everything was ready for opening day.

Flood recovery did not stop at the conclusion of Stampede 101. Right after Stampede ended we began full restoration of our facilities to their pre-flood state. This $51 million job is ongoing and we anticipate completing virtually all our facility repairs in time for the 2014 Stampede. We expect our insurance policies will cover the vast majority of the repairs. There will be additional flood mitigation and riverbank work that will fall under the auspices of the Province’s disaster and flood erosion funding programs.

While we will always remember 2013 as the year of the flood, we are also proud to report that we made significant progress last year against our 2013-2015 strategic plan. The three-year plan has six focused strategies and here are the highlights of what we accomplished in year one.

Support our people to ride for the brand

We invested in programs, training and leadership to help our people reflect our brand values in the experiences we deliver to our guests and community.

Over the course of the year, committee leadership reviewed and updated each of the mandates of our 47 volunteer committees, ensuring each committee was aligned with our strategic plan. In 2013 we redesigned our total compensation offering, to be introduced in 2014, to ensure a competitive offering to our current and future employees.

We received two people related awards in 2013 that recognized the strength of our culture and our status as a top provincial employer. Please see the awards section of this report for more details.

Strengthen and build urban and rural connections

After a year’s ownership, and in consultation with stakeholders, we achieved our goal to create an authentic working cattle operation at the OH Ranch. More than 200 bred cows arrived in 2013 and 204 live calves were born in the spring.

Our Corporate Relations committee hosted the 2013 President’s Event and President’s Ride at the OH Ranch. In 2013 the Calgary Stampede’s Artist Ranch Project was also held at the OH Ranch. Under this program, which is led by our Western Showcase committee, five artists learn about life on a working ranch and then create artwork inspired by this experience, for exhibit and sale at the Calgary Stampede. These kinds of activities show how the OH Ranch can connect urban audiences with our rural neighbours in new and meaningful ways.

We also made significant infrastructure enhancements to help deliver the western events that connect urban and rural audiences. We shortened the racetrack and completed a new tunnel to the infield. The two-lane tunnel separates people from vehicles and livestock, reduces vehicle traffic on the track, brings all livestock safely to the infield, and supports two-way vehicle traffic. Ultimately, the new tunnel will also provide exhibitors and competitors with better access to the Agrium Western Event Centre.

Co-create gathering spaces

The Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Stampede Foundation made incredible progress on the “We’re Greatest Together” Capital Campaign. At the end of 2013, we raised more than $92 million of the $100 million goal. This funding, a mix of individual, government, foundation and corporate donations, will be allocated to the three major Stampede Park development projects: the Agriculture Discovery Zone, Riverfront Park and the Youth Campus.

Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Don Taylor’s $15 million donation was the largest private donation ever made to the Stampede Foundation. The money will be used to create the SAM Centre, a western interpretive centre. The SAM will be a central piece of the future Youth Campus on Stampede Park, and will give local and global visitors a place to learn about the history of Stampede and southern Alberta throughout the year.

We are also appreciative of a number of other donations that were pledged in 2013 and will be publicly announced over the course of 2014.

Supportive volunteers and employees have also contributed through the family campaign, a number of whom made multi-year pledges as part of the 1912 Society– a special recognition for generous individuals. We thank every donor for their support of the Stampede’s vision.

In May, our Historical and Public Art committees completed a major restoration of the eight murals at Stampede Park. The artworks depict icons and moments of significance from the Stampede’s history. Our volunteers also created a new Art Walk guide to help visitors enjoy the prominent pieces of western art at Stampede Park.

In 2013, we worked with event promoters and producers to ensure Stampede Park continues to be a year-round gathering place for a myriad of events and occasions. We hosted everything from Cirque du Soleil to the Monster Jam motorsport event to a long-time Calgary Halloween attraction - Screamfest. The Social Enterprise World Forum Convention attracted delegates from more than 30 countries devoted to resolving the world’s most complex social challenges. The Gas and Oil Expo, which alternates with the biennial Global Petroleum Show, drew more than 20,000 local and international visitors and more than 600 exhibiting businesses. To wrap up the year, we worked with corporate Calgary to bring more than 35,000 employees and guests together for holiday parties where they could celebrate their organizations’ success.

Communicate animal care practices and programs

Prior to Stampede 101, we launched a new Animal Q and A website where anyone can pose their questions about animal care and get straight-up answers from experts. In 2013, we created and posted more than 30 new animal care videos on our YouTube channel, another information resource for community members interested in the Calgary Stampede and animal care.

We also engaged Calgarians in dialogue, bringing several community members to take part in animal care discussions and behind-the-scenes educational tours during Stampede so they could meet the animals and animal experts involved in our Rodeo and Chuckwagon events.

Committed to continuous improvement, in 2013 we expanded the scientific research program we have with the University of Calgary’s School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2013, researchers introduced the use of infrared thermography, known as IRT, to detect temperature levels amongst bucking stock and determine if this tool can add to the animal observational research already being conducted.

One significant capital improvement was our $500,000 investment in new state-of-the art rodeo chute steel, featuring improved safety features for animal and human competitors.

Our research showed that an overwhelming majority of Calgarians support animals being involved in competition, exhibition or education events at the Stampede - a strong indication of community support for our animal care program.

Engage Calgarians in their community backyards

In early summer, the Community Development committee and volunteers from six other committees hosted two Community Roundups in two busy Calgary community centres. In partnership with local community groups, these mini fairs brought neighbours together to celebrate the diversity, western heritage, and community spirit of Calgary.

In the fall, the Indian Events committee brought First Nations culture to CultureFest at the Genesis Centre, part of the Province of Alberta’s culture days celebrations.

Over the school year, several hundred school kids from across the Calgary area learned about western heritage and agriculture in the hands-on educational environment known as Stampede School.

On a regular basis, our Promotion committee visited Calgary-area seniors’ homes and provided residents with a Stampede experience in the form of line dancing and sing-a-longs.

Through the course of the year, activities such as these helped the Stampede connect with Calgarians of all ages and backgrounds outside of our 10-day celebrations.

Showcase the Calgary Stampede to the world

In January we hosted “An Evening with Oprah”, where Oprah Winfrey delivered inspirational messages, humorous anecdotes and personal moments with a sold out Saddledome audience. The post-event photo of Oprah wearing a white hat and giving two thumbs up received great attention- going viral via twitter and other social networking vehicles.

In the spring, we took the Stampede to outer space when we tweeted Commander Chris Hadfield while he was aboard the International Space Station with an invitation to lead our Parade. He came to Calgary in July, and led a memorable Stampede parade through downtown Calgary, creating a buzz across Canada and around the world.

When we opened our gates on time for Sneak-a-Peek on Thursday, July 4, 2013, even more of the world was watching, thanks to the ongoing interest in the flood. In fact, CBC’s the National ran a 10-minute documentary on our opening night chronicling our efforts to rebuild Stampede Park in two weeks.

Our brand saw solid exposure on either side of Stampede when we teamed up with Disney on promotions related to their western film The Lone Ranger. The Stampede was showcased at cinemas across Canada and at select screenings our volunteers and Royalty delivered some Stampede spirit and Calgary flair.

There was ongoing interest in our flood story, with the flood video we launched in July becoming the most watched You Tube video in Canada for that month. As well, over the remainder of the year, we took advantage of numerous opportunities to tell our story in person at events, conferences and meetings across Canada and the United States.

In November, the Stampede Queen and Princesses carried the CS banner at the CFL Grey Cup, promoting the Calgary Stampede spirit to our nation’s football fans. That same month, the 2014 Calgary Stampede Indian Princesses traveled to Germany to promote the Stampede and Alberta to international tourists.

In December, we provided more than 600 German travel writers and agents with a taste of Stampede as we hosted them at Stampede Park with an authentic Stampede breakfast and bull riding performance.

In summary, we managed our planned and unplanned work with discipline and passion. We advanced our brand and our mission with concrete results as we executed the first year of our strategic plan. The response to the flood uncovered new levels of spirit across our city and throughout our organization. An entire community came together to create a rallying point during very difficult circumstances.

All of our success is because of people. We are appreciative and thankful for our passionate volunteers, hard-working employees, diligent contractors, resilient neighbours, committed sponsors and loyal guests. The entire Stampede family can be proud. 2013 was a terrific year and the CS brand has never been stronger.

Thank you.

Bob Thompson
president and chairman of the board
Vern kimball
chief executive officer

Hell Or High Water

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Thursday Friday

June 20, 8:30 A.M.

Elbow River Rising

June 20, 12:45 P.M.

Calgary Stampede’s Emergency Command Centre (ECC) activated.

June 20, 1:11 P.M.

City of Calgary declares State of Emergency.

June 20, 1:24 P.M.

Jersey barriers installed to protect track. Indian Village evacuated. (Jersey barriers are modular concrete or plastic barriers.)

June 20, 2 P.M.

Flood defense priorities established: track, Grandstand, BMO Centre and electrical substation. Park combed for anything that might float away.

June 20, 2:38 P.M.

Evacuation begins for Calgary and area communities.

June 20, 4:30 P.M.

Sluice gates closed. Flood walls and sandbags installed around track. (Sluice gates prevent storm sewers from upwelling.)

June 20, 8 P.M.

Calgary Stampede volunteers deployed to City of Calgary Reception Centres. Employees called back to Park to move files, computers, phones, uniforms and all other valuables from basements to higher ground.

June 20, 11 P.M.

Tiger Dams™ installed around electrical substation. Sandbags and pumps put in BMO Centre. (A Tiger Dam™ system consists of elongated flexible tubes which may be joined end to end, stacked and filled with water. Together, they form a pyramid-shaped structure that creates a barrier.)

June 21, Midnight - 1 a.m.

Calgary transit and bridges closed. Stampede Park evacuated. A handful of employees stay through the night pushing water away from the electrical substation with pumps, brooms and squeegees.

June 21, Overnight

Blue bridge washed away, Infield tunnel and Indian Village submerged. Track, barns, Stampede Foundation buildings, Big Four Building, Agriculture Building, Headquarters Building and People Centre all flooded. Scotiabank Saddledome flooded to row 10.

June 21, Overnight

Elbow River peaks at 1,240 cubic metres per second, 12x the normal rate and 3x the 2005 flood.
Bow River peaks at 2,400 cubic metres per second, 8x the normal rate and 3x the 2005 flood.

June 21, 8:43 a.m.

Water flowing in and out of the reservoir equalizes.

June 21, 10:20 a.m.

Materials to rebuild track found and ordered.

June 21, 6:45 p.m.

Fuel deliveries and cleanup organized, including contractors, suppliers, pavers, track builders, elevator repair technicians, pumps and washers.

June 22, 8 a.m.

Water recedes. North American Midway Entertainment and independent vendors postpone arrival for recovery efforts.

June 22, 10:40 a.m.

Top priorities established: repair the breach of the track, pump out Grandstand, restore electrical, clean out BMO Centre, get the lights back on in the parking lots.

June 23

Park and Facility Services, one of the few functional buildings and running on a generator, is established as home base for employees coming back to work.

June 24

Press conference held to confirm that Stampede 101 will go ahead “Come hell or high water.”
Hell or High Water T-shirts go on sale.

June 24 - July 3

Contractors from across Canada and the United States arrive to help with flood recovery. Many stay on to help surrounding communities in the days and weeks to follow.

June 27

Employee orientations for 10-day Stampede begin. Midway vendors and volunteer committees begin to set up in a compressed timeline. The TransAlta Grandstand Show, which usually has eight to nine days for rehearsals, now has only three.

July 2

Downtown reopens.

July 3

Calgary Transit reopens. (About 50 per cent of Stampede guests arrive every year using Transit.)

July 4

Stampede Park opens on time for Sneak-a-Peek.

July 5 - July 14

1.1 million guests join us for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

July 15, 10:30 a.m.

Calgary Stampede presents a $2.1 million cheque to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Floods Fund.

the greatest
outdoor show
on earth

went on thanks to you

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Dirt removed from track and 88 million pounds of new dirt moved in to rebuild it.

63 buildings (or parts of buildings) remediated (emptied, repaired, cleaned, sanitized, dried and inspected).

900 flowers and 4 tandem trailers full of bark mulch replaced.

200 hours of people power to pull grass out of the fencelines.

A citizen brings 220 bagged lunches, each with a personal message, to the cleanup crew at the Grandstand, another community member provides hotdogs outside of the Saddledome, while yet another brings a carload of treats and food for relief workers.


Looking to The Future

Our vision is to transform Stampede Park into a world-class, year-round gathering place in the heart of Calgary. The We’re Greatest Together capital campaign is rooted in preserving western heritage, celebrating arts and culture, and promoting community spirit. The following three development projects will create inspired spaces, connect urban and rural communities, and deliver exceptional experiences that educate and engage visitors of all ages.


A focal point on Stampede Park, the Agriculture Discovery Zone will draw public audiences to agriculture events and educational opportunities year-round. At its heart is the Agrium Western Event Centre, a multipurpose complex that will triple the Stampede’s capacity to host international and domestic, cattle and equine events. The building's rotunda will be home to Journey 2050: Growing Responsibly —an inquiry-based educational experience for Calgary and area middle school children. This world-class program will challenge students to consider how to sustainably feed the world's projected nine billion people in 2050.

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Riverfront Park will be a vital green space for festivals, recreation and educational programming. The land along the Elbow River will be transformed into a beautiful, new city park and outdoor community gathering place. During the 10-day Stampede, the park will be the new home for Indian Village presented by Penn West Exploration. Year-round, Riverfront Park will celebrate our western heritage, our history and the environment.

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Youth Campus will position Calgary’s youth for success. Here, youth will develop strong roots in the community through education, performing arts, and making meaningful connections with southern Alberta’s heritage. Youth Campus will feature ample green space and be custom-designed for indoor and outdoor classrooms, training and performing. Youth Campus will be home to The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, Calgary Stampede Showband, Stampede School and the relocated Calgary Arts Academy. The SAM Centre will be a central piece of Youth Campus. This western interpretive centre will enhance the learning environment with galleries and education spaces, and be the new location for the Stampede’s archives.

Watch Youth Campus fly-by
Watch to learn more about the SAM Centre

Calgary Stampede
in the Community

The Calgary Stampede celebrates western heritage in more locations than Stampede Park. Our volunteer committees and youth groups work year-round to bring Stampede magic to all of Calgary and beyond. Volunteer committees have brought the Stampede in some way, shape or form to every point on the following map. Take a look and read a few highlights about how we are engaging Calgarians in their backyards.

Cultural Access Pass

Cultural Access Pass

For the second year in a row, the Calgary Stampede participated in the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s (ICC) Cultural Access Pass program. In 2013, more than 150 new citizens picked up their passes for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth at TELUS Spark. Since the Cultural Access Pass program’s launch five years ago, more than 60,000 new Canadians have received free access to more than 1,200 Canadian cultural attractions from coast-to-coast-to-coast.



In late September 2013, the Indian Events committee participated in CultureFest at the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness. Along with First Nations dancers and a tipi display, visitors enjoyed Bollywood and Hollywood movies, cultural pavilions, art exhibits and food booths.

Donation Program

Donation Program

The Calgary Stampede donation program made more than 190 donations to not-for-profit organizations that work to make southern Alberta a better place. In October, the Stampede donated an ultimate Stampede experience worth $2,200 to the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation that included an exclusive “behind-the-chutes” of the Stampede Rodeo tour.

Family Fun Day

Promotion committee at Family Fun Day

The Calgary Stampede Promotion committee proudly took part in the Canadian Paraplegic Association’s Family Fun Day celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Members of the committee, including Harry the Horse, stopped by to join the festivities, which included a free barbecue, face painting, arts and crafts, and wheelchair basketball. The Promotion committee attended numerous community events in 2013, bringing first-class western entertainment and goodwill wherever they went.

for the Cure

Calgary Stampede Showband performs at the CIBC Run for the Cure

The Stampede Showband performed at the 2012 and 2013 CIBC Run for the Cure as one of several community performances showcasing Stampede youth programs. The Showband-related programs make approximately 50 individual appearances annually at schools, community centres and private functions.

Community Roundups

Community Roundups

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Western Legacy Awards

Western Legacy Awards

In October 2013, the following individuals were recognized for exemplifying the Stampede values of western hospitality, pride of place, integrity and commitment to community: Carson Reiser (Award for Youth), Brian Nimijean and Paul Wagman (Award for Innovation), Rick Smith (Award for Sustained Contribution: Individual) and Children’s Hospital Aid Society (Award for Sustained Contribution: Group).

Stampede Lotteries

Calgary Stampede Lotteries

The Gaminde family, John and Natalie and their daughters Eoin (3) and Euan (1), became the proud new owners of the Rotary Dream Home on October 29. Over the past decade, Stampede Lotteries has donated more than $22 million to local charities. This year’s ticket sales totalled $1.2 million and benefited the Rotary Club, the Kinsman Club, the Calgary Stampede Foundation and the Calgary Stampede Showband.

Young Canadians

The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede perform in the community

In December 2013, The Young Canadians performed for three seniors’ care centres, including the Walden Heights Seniors Community (pictured here). In addition, they performed “A Christmas Spectacular” for more than 700 seniors at Jack Singer Concert Hall, a free concert presented by The Rotary House Club of Calgary. The Young Canadians also performed for Calgary schools during the Traffic Safety Awareness event presented by the Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils.

High River Flood Relief

Calgary Stampede helps out with flood relief

Members of the Calgary Stampede family jumped into action during and following the southern Alberta floods. Many Stampede volunteers answered the call for help at Reception centres. The Caravan committee served up a hot breakfast for relief troops in Canmore. Pictured here is the OH Ranch team who went to High River to help out with relief efforts.

L to R: Deb Pigeon (OH Ranch, Ken’s wife), Kevin Isherwood (Jessie’s boyfriend), Ken Pigeon (OH Ranch manager), Jessie Pigeon (Ken’s daughter), Dustin Coleman (Ken’s nephew), Miles Coleman (Deb’s brother).


Awards and Recognition

2013 Awards

We are proud of our success and are thrilled that our efforts have been recognized by so many of our industry peers. Here’s a roundup of the awards and recognitions we received in 2013.

Tourism Awards

Deanne Carson, Calgary Stampede vice-president, marketing and external relations and Tyson Matheson, WestJet vice-president, inflight and learning and development. Tyson presented the Calgary Stampede with the White Hat of the Year Award.


The Calgary Stampede was honoured to receive the White Hat of the Year award in the Attraction/Festival/Event category. The Calgary White Hat Awards celebrate the front-line staff, behind-the-scenes workers and visionary leaders who are the lifeblood of the hospitality and tourism industry in Calgary.


The 2014 Calgary Stampede is one of five Alberta events listed in North America’s 100 Best Events for 2014 by the ABA. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations Magazine, indicates that these events offer excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travellers from around the world.

L to R: Bob Thompson, Calgary Stampede president and chairman of the board; the Honourable Michelle Rempel, P.C., M.P.; Joan Crockatt, M.P.; Steve Allan, Canadian Tourism Commission chairman.


The Calgary Stampede was especially honoured to receive the special President’s Award of Distinction. This accolade was accepted by our president and chairman of the board, Bob Thompson, on behalf of the Stampede and the citizens of Calgary, in recognition of the resiliency and heroic efforts demonstrated during the devastating floods. The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by TIAC to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada's tourism industry. The awards have become the standard of excellence for businesses and organizations in the travel industry, showcasing the nation's best tourism products, services and experiences.

Company Culture Award


The Calgary Stampede was recognized as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures by Waterstone Human Capital. This national program recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having a culture that helps enhance performance and sustain competitive advantage.

Industry Awards


Calgary Stampede received the Best of Show (Large Fair) award at the 2013 CAFE conference. CAFE represents a broad spectrum of fairs, from small community rural fairs to large urban exhibitions. In addition, the membership includes provincial associations that represent agricultural societies from across the nation, industry service providers, and affiliate associations who have a direct interest and link with the Canadian fair industry.


For the ninth consecutive year, the Calgary Stampede proudly won the Consumer Choice Award for Best Calgary Convention Centre. Voted by consumers, this award recognizes business excellence. Winners of the Consumer Choice Award are selected based on delivery of optimal value for services and goods, as well as a rewarding consumer experience.


The Calgary Stampede was honoured to receive the WFA’s Merrill Award. This award is named in honour of the WFA founder, Louis Merrill, and awarded to those organizations that clearly demonstrate innovation, vision and excellence.

Media and marketing awards


Calgary Stampede-based media productions were nominated for five AMPIA Awards:

Equine Outfit of Excellence (an internal Stampede production): nominated for Best Promotional Production and Best Director (Non-Fiction Under 30 Minutes).

Tails Promo Trailer (a Stampede Entertainment production): nominated for Best Promotional Production and Best Director (Non-Fiction Under 30 Minutes).

Stampede 100: A Celebration of 100 Years of the Calgary Stampede (a CBC production): nominated for Best Musical or Variety Special.


The Calgary Stampede was recognized by the IAAPA as a Silver Member for 25 years of continuously promoting safe operations, global development, professional growth, and commercial success of the amusement parks and attractions industry. The Stampede’s InstaStampede social media initiative was chosen as the Brass Ring Marketing Excellence winner for Best Social Media Campaign.


The Calgary Stampede was a finalist in TA’s ALTO Awards in the Alberta Pride category for the “Hell or High Water” campaign and also recognized in the Tourism Media category for Travel and Escape magazine’s “Behind the Scenes at the Calgary Stampede”.


The Calgary Stampede topped the Canada Ads Leaderboard for July. Our Second Century Begins, a two-minute time-lapse of flood recovery efforts on Stampede Park was the most watched ad on YouTube in Canada for the month of July. To date, the video has been watched more than 164,000 times.

Programming awards

Lindsay Ell, programming production manager, and Rod Tate, programming manager.


Despite the loss of the Saddledome concerts during Stampede 2013, the other music venues saw great crowds. These efforts were recognized when, for the third consecutive year, the CCMA Industry Awards presented the Calgary Stampede with the Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year award. Lindsay Ell, programming production manager, and Roderick Tate, programming manager, were also honoured to be nominated for the Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year award.

Calgary Downtown Association (CDA)

The CDA presented the Calgary Stampede with the 2012 Downtown Vitality Award for Arts and Culture in recognition of the “100 Days to Stampede” event that took place Friday, March 29, 2012 at Olympic Plaza. Thousands of Calgarians attended the spirited 100-day kickoff party to get a first look at the Stampede’s Centennial celebrations.

Youth education program awards

The Calgary Stampede Showband in Chiba, Japan.


The Calgary Stampede Showband successfully defended its World Championship Title at the WAMSB Championship in Chiba, Japan. The Stampede Showband is proud to hold four world champion titles at what is considered to be the largest and most reputable competition of its type in the world.

The John Philip Sousa Foundation

In December 2013, the Calgary Stampede Showband was awarded the Sudler Shield from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, recognizing the program as an International World-Class Ensemble. This is the first time a Canadian Marching Ensemble has been recognized by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.


After a 12-year hiatus, The Young Canadians returned to the competition world at Dance Power, one of the largest dance competitions in North America. They received High Gold, the top award, in the Production category, achieving the highest scores ever given out in the category.

Rodeo awards

L to R: Ken Rehill, Stampede Ranch livestock coordinator; Keith Marrington, director of rodeo and chuckwagons; Rick Cole, Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame director; Gary Rempel, long-time official rodeo arena pickup man.


The Calgary Stampede was honoured with three inductions into the Ellensburg Hall of Fame. Gary Rempel, a Stampede pickup man whose career spans three decades, was inducted for his outstanding work saving cowboys and keeping shows running smoothly and safely. Grated Coconut, now retired and enjoying his job as top stud at the Stampede Ranch, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the world of rodeo. The Stampede Ranch Born to Buck breeding program was also recognized for five decades of horse breeding and training programs at the Stampede Ranch.


Calgary Stampede stock received recognition at the 2013 National Finals Rodeo with S83 Special Delivery placing third in the World Bareback standings. Also, the top bronc riders of the PRCA presented legendary Calgary Stampede bucking horse, John Wayne, with the first ever “Hell Ya” Award. The “Hell Ya” award is an expression used by rodeo champion, Chet Johnson, during callbacks when he says “sometimes a guy draws a horse and isn’t too pumped, and then there are the times when you’ll say Hell Ya!” John Wayne may not have been the “rankest ride”, but more than $300,000 has been won on the buckskin throughout his career. He will be retired after his final performance in the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

2013 Stampede Champions

Since the days of Guy Weadick, the rodeo has been at the heart of the Stampede. The event brings the skills and legacy of the original working cowboys to life. With skill and grit, cowboys and cowgirls rope, ride and race in hopes of capturing a piece of more than $2 million in prize money. The 10-day competition culminates in Wildcard Saturday and Showdown Sunday, where the winners of the Rodeo’s Richest Afternoon takes home $100,000.

$100,000 Rodeo

  • Bareback Riding
    Caleb Bennett
  • Tie-Down Roping
    Bradley Bynum
  • Bull Riding
    J.B. Mauney
  • Saddle Bronc Riding
    Cort Scheer
  • Steer Wrestling
    Wade Sumpter
  • Barrel Racing
    Jean Winters


  • Guy Weadick Memorial Award
    Jim Berry
  • Novice Saddle Bronc
    Rusty Wright
  • Novice Bareback
    Kody Lamb
  • Boys’ Steer Riding
    Stetson Wright
  • Champion Saddle Bronc
    Spring Planting
  • Champion Bull
    Bomb’s Away


  • Aggregate Champion
    Jason Glass
  • $100,000 Champion
    Jason Glass
  • Rookie Award
    Chanse Vigen
  • Safety Award
    Kirk Sutherland
  • Outstanding Outrider
    Chance Flad

and Sponsors

A Special Thank You to our Government Partners

2013 Sponsors

Sponsors are vital to the success of the Calgary Stampede. Through their active support of the 10-day Stampede and our year-round programs and activities, our trusted partners help us deliver exceptional experiences and inspired spaces.

Stampede Champion

Stockmen’s Club
$150,000 — $374,999

$60,000 — $149,999

  • BP Canada
  • Bull's-Eye BBQ Sauce (Kraft Canada Inc.)
  • Bush's ® Baked Beans
  • Canada Dry Mott's
  • Corus Entertainment Inc
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • EFW Radiology
  • Green Drop Ltd.
  • Halliburton
  • Hidden Valley Ranch
  • Homes by Avi
  • Jack Daniels (Brown Forman)
  • Matco Investments Ltd.
  • Maxim Power Corp.
  • McSweeney's
  • Mustad Hoofcare SA
  • Palm Bay
  • Penn West Exploration
  • Pizza 73
  • Presentation Services Audio Visual
  • Safeway Canada Ltd.
  • Sasol Canada
  • Shell Canada Limited
  • SNC-Lavalin Inc.
  • Southland Transportation Ltd.
  • Spot On Entertainment Inc.
  • Super 8 Worldwide
  • Trophy Foods Inc
  • UFA Co-operative Limited
  • Virgin Mobile Canada
  • Waste Management of Canada Corporation
  • WorleyParsons Canada
  • The Yellow Bus Foundation

Cattle Baron
$20,000 — $59,999

  • Abell Pest Control Inc
  • Alberta Milk Producers
  • Anderson Ranch
  • Bar T5 Agra Services Inc.
  • BFL Canada Insurance Services Inc.
  • Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Burnbrae Farms Limited
  • Caltrax Inc.
  • Canadian Oil Sands Limited
  • Carriage House Inn
  • Clarity.ca Inc.
  • Coast Wholesale Appliances
  • CTV Calgary
  • Davis LLP
  • Dentons Canada LLP
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Express Employment Professionals/Express Ranches/Express Clydesdales
  • Fireworks Spectacular Canada Ltd.
  • FLIPP Advertising Inc.
  • GEC Architecture
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Greatwest Kenworth Ltd.
  • Greenview Nurseries & Tree Farms Corporation
  • Guarantee RV Centre Inc.
  • Heathercrest Ranch
  • Highwood Distillers
  • Imperial Tobacco
  • Import Tool Corporation Ltd
  • IÖGO
  • J & L Supply Co. Ltd
  • KLM
  • Kubota
  • Loram 99 Corporation
  • Merck Animal Health
  • Mercuria Energy Canada Inc.
  • National Smokeless Tobacco
  • Parsons
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Second to None Meats
  • Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick Limited Partnership
  • Soderglen Ranches
  • United Parcel Service Canada Ltd.
  • up! 97.7
  • Westcan Bulk Transport Ltd.
  • Weston Bakeries Limited

Trail Boss
$10,000 — $19,999

  • Alberta Beef Producers
  • Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency Ltd.
  • Alberta Pork
  • Allstream
  • AMJ Campbell Van Lines
  • AVW Telav Audio Visual
  • Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo
  • Bestway Television & Appliances Ltd.
  • Big Rock Brewery
  • Calgary Regional 4-H Council
  • Collins Barrow Calgary LLP
  • ConocoPhillips Canada Ltd.
  • Dare Foods Limited
  • Digitex Inc.
  • Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc.
  • Eamor's Custom Saddlery
  • Fraser, Bill
  • Global Experience Specialists
  • Good Time Party Rentals Ltd.
  • Hi-Hog Farm & Ranch Equipment Ltd.
  • Horses All
  • Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart LLP
  • Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos
  • Ocean Sales Ltd.
  • Olson Silver Company
  • Re/Max Maximized Promotions Inc.
  • Scholastic Canada
  • Silver Bow Woodcraft Ltd.
  • Smithbilt Hats
  • Sterling Silver Premium Beef
  • TSX
  • Vic Firth Percussion
  • Wade Adams Enterprises
  • Western Jib Inc
  • Where Calgary Magazine
  • X-Treme Packaging Services Inc.
  • Zen Grill at Cowboys Casino

$1,500 — $9,999

  • 2W Livestock Equipment Ltd
  • Advanced Metal
  • Agri Beef
  • Agri Food Canada
  • Al Azhar Shriner Mounted Patrol
  • Alberta Auction Markets Association
  • Alberta Barley Commission
  • Alberta Boot Company
  • Alberta Canola Producers Commission
  • Alberta Cattle Feeders' Association
  • Alberta Chicken Producers
  • Alberta Hereford Association
  • Alberta Shorthorn Association
  • Alberta Simmental Association
  • Alberta Wheat Commission
  • Allende Ventures Ltd.
  • Alltech
  • Alta Genetics
  • Amazing Signs & Designs
  • Ambrozic, Tanja
  • Apex Distribution
  • Aria Studios
  • Aristos Corporation
  • Associated Grocers/AG Foods
  • Autographics Inc.
  • Barefoot Wine and Bubbly
  • Bayer CropScience
  • BDO Canada LLP
  • Beaute Prestige International
  • Becker Buckles Inc.
  • Bentall Kennedy
  • Big Guns Energy Services
  • Birchcliff Energy Ltd.
  • Blacksmith Buddy
  • Blairs.ag
  • Blue Grass Garden Centre
  • Bobenic, John
  • The Bolt Supply House Ltd.
  • Brant Lake Wagyu
  • Brian Davison P.C.
  • Britannia Shopping Centre Ltd.
  • Broadacre Agriculture Inc.
  • Bruce Williams Holdings Ltd.
  • Bubbles Car Wash
  • Buchanan Barry LLP
  • Bunge Canada
  • Burrell, Gordon, Honorary Life Director
  • Calaway Park
  • Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm
  • Calgary Italian Bakery Ltd.
  • Calgary Stockyards
  • Canada Beef Inc.
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen
  • Canadian Beef Breeds Council
  • Canadian Cattlemen Association
  • Canadian Charolais Association
  • Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine
  • Canadian Speckle Park Association c/o Rod Remin
  • Canxpress Ltd.
  • Carbon Copy Digital
  • C.A.R.S. Automotive Ltd
  • Charter Telecom Inc.
  • The Christian Contractor
  • CHS
  • Circle J Ranches Ltd.
  • City Wide Towing & Recovery Services Ltd.
  • Country Inn & Suites
  • Crowfoot Ag Solutions Inc.
  • Dalhousie Fine Dry Cleaners
  • Davidson Enman Lumber Ltd.
  • Deer Valley Dental
  • DeJong Design Associates Ltd.
  • Donald B. Edwards Professional Corp
  • Dwyer, Wayne & Woolston, Lynn
  • Economy Glass (Calgary) Ltd.
  • Egg Farmers of Alberta (formerly Alberta Egg Producers)
  • Elanco Animal Health
  • Elite Livestock Ltd.
  • Fabu Framing
  • Farm Credit Canada
  • FBC
  • Federal Wholesale Drilling Mud
  • Feedlot Health Management Services
  • Friends of Heritage Park
  • Galarneau, Sylvia
  • Gas Alberta Inc.
  • G.K. Jim Farms
  • Godfrey-Morrow Insurance and Financial Services Ltd.
  • Gold Medal Marketing
  • Grafton Asset Management
  • GryzkoHarperBouw
  • Handy, Larry & Sharon
  • Heavens Elevated Fitness
  • HiTech Fluid System Ltd.
  • Holbrook Media Services
  • Hoof & Nail Farrier Supplies Ltd. Calgary
  • Hopewell Development Corporation
  • Hurst Construction Co. Ltd.
  • Hyatt Regency Calgary
  • Identity Marketing Group Inc
  • Infosat Communications LP
  • Jackson Agri-Business Ltd.
  • Janine's Custom Creations (formerly Alterations and Design)
  • Janzen, Mike
  • JBS-Canada
  • JDR & Associates
  • Jim Pattison Lease
  • Jock Osler Communications Inc.
  • John Scott Productions
  • K & K Livestock Co.
  • Katie Kempthorne of Fabu Hair Studio
  • Kearns, Kelly
  • Kiehl's
  • Kienna Coffee Roasters
  • Kinsmen Club of Calgary
  • Kirk Sutherland
  • Krita Investments Ltd.
  • L & S Handcraft Industries Ltd.
  • The Lake Louise Ski Area Ltd.
  • Landstar Development Corporation
  • Lantz Farms Ltd.
  • Laser Equation Ltd.
  • Law Boutique
  • Leader Tours Inc
  • Lifestyle Equities Inc.
  • Livestock Identification Services Ltd.
  • Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
  • Longbow Sales Inc.
  • Lushus Concepts Nail Care Studios
  • Majestic Ranches
  • Martinizing By Dan and The Gang
  • Masterfeeds
  • McNally Land Services Ltd.
  • Meredith Lockhart Collection
  • Meston Livestock Transport Ltd.
  • Militano, Tony
  • Miniature Donkey Promotional Group
  • Montana Silversmiths
  • Montrose Mortgage
  • MWH Canada Inc
  • Nagy & Company Chartered Accountants
  • National Motorcoach Systems Ltd.
  • NCI Construction
  • Newton's Fine Dry Cleaning Ltd.
  • NORR Architects Planners
  • Oak Environmental Inc.
  • Paul Van Ginkel
  • Pedersen, Annemarie
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Progress Energy Canada Ltd.
  • Pyramid Electric Corporation
  • Raging River Exploration
  • Range Road Media
  • Rare Oilfield Services Corp
  • Red Rose Florist
  • River Café Ltd.
  • Ron Scott Financial Consulting Inc.
  • Sears Canada Inc
  • Service Master
  • ShowChampions Inc.
  • Sierra Springs Shopping Centre Ltd.
  • Sign World Alberta Ltd.
  • The Social Page
  • S.O.S. Paint & Autobody
  • Southland Transportation Ltd
  • Sparks Innovations
  • Stampede Crane & Rigging Inc.
  • Stampede Steel
  • The Station Recording Co.
  • Stella Developments Ltd.
  • Sukapii Creations
  • Superior Paint & Body Service Ltd.
  • Sutherland, Mark
  • Swinton's Art Supply & Instruction
  • T Dawson Photo/Graphics Ltd.
  • Tansley Associates Enviromental Sciences
  • TEC Ltd
  • Tecumseh Canada Corp
  • Tempco Drilling Company Inc.
  • Teva Canada
  • TOYO Engineering
  • TransX Trucking
  • Triple T Oilfield Services
  • Truman Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Unisource
  • Viktor Grant
  • W.A. Ranches Ltd.
  • Western Midland Communications Ltd.
  • Western Refrigeration & Beverage Equipment Ltd
  • Whissell Contracting Calgary Ltd.
  • White's Flowers
  • Williams and Woods Simplified Social Media
  • You R Here Interactive Directories

Calgary Stampede
Foundation Donors

The Calgary Stampede Foundation is a charitable organization with a commitment to developing the potential of young people in our community by providing them with the means to become spirited citizens with roots in western heritage and values. The Foundation supports Stampede School, The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, Calgary Stampede Showband and various youth scholarship programs.

The Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Stampede Foundation have raised more than $92 million of their $100 million goal for the We’re Greatest Together capital campaign to fund the creation of the Agriculture Discovery Zone, Riverfront Park and Youth Campus.

We’re Greatest Together

Calgary Stampede Capital Campaign and Calgary Stampede Foundation
working with investors and donors to build a legacy for our community

Pacesetting Gifts
and Investments

Leadership Gifts

Major Gifts

  • Steve Allan and Bob Taylor
  • Denise and Bill Andrew, Meridian Farms
  • Dr. David and Joanne Chalack
  • Cam Clark
  • John Finn
  • Galvin Family Trust
  • Dick and Lois Haskayne
  • Dan and Kathy Hays
  • Dave Lantz
  • Long Run Exploration Ltd.
  • M. Ann McCaig
  • David and Jenny McDermid
  • Dawn McDonald and Grant Bartlett
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • RGO Office Products Ltd.
  • Jane and Steve Snyder
  • Joan Snyder
  • Sam Switzer
  • Bob and Gretchen Thompson
  • W.A. Ranches Ltd.

Family and Community Gifts

  • Achtemichuk (Yule)
  • Greg Alexander
  • Dorothy Allred
  • Mark Ambrose
  • Ron Anderson
  • Norma Ansloos
  • Cheryl Arany
  • Jack Armstrong
  • Judy Bedford
  • Lisa Bednarik
  • Hazel Bennett
  • Bernard and Maureen Benning
  • Alec Blair
  • Vicki Blais
  • Kathy and Don Blood
  • Bev and Kim Blue
  • Kathy Boremann
  • Trevor and Ashley Bourassa
  • Mark Bowman
  • Alan Breakey
  • Kathy Brennan
  • Michael Broadhurst
  • George Brookman
  • Carla Brown
  • D. Burak
  • M. Elizabeth Burke-Gaffney
  • Kevin and Cheri Burke-Gaffney and Family
  • P. Nicole Burns
  • Michael Casey and Brenda Armitage
  • Cathy and Paul Cochrane
  • Stan Church
  • Susan Church
  • Bonny Clarke
  • Linda Clarkson
  • Judy Collins
  • Trudy Cowan
  • Hans Cremers Family
  • Jill Cross and James Heppner
  • Lauchlan and Karen Currie
  • Randall Dahlman
  • Richard Dalton
  • Deb Davidson
  • Toni and Howie Dixon
  • Shane Doig
  • Debra Downey
  • Joe Dragani
  • Gerald Dyck
  • Maureen Eberts
  • Darlene Ell
  • Don and Beth Ellingson
  • Jackie and Ed Engstrom
  • Farran Family
  • Nancy Farries
  • Pam Fawcett
  • Mira Federucci
  • Stephanie and Brian Felesky
  • Laura Frank
  • Peter Fraser
  • Max Fritz
  • Quentin Fyffe
  • Mike and Jan Gale
  • Kate Gernat
  • Tracey Gledhill
  • Kari Gordon and Craig Smith
  • Tamara de Grandmaison
  • Gordon Gowdy
  • D. (Card) Grabatin
  • Bill Gray
  • Bernadette Gristwood
  • Tanya Hagel
  • Allen Hagerman and Family
  • Julie and Bob Hamilton
  • Frank and Donna Harbour
  • Brent Harris
  • Sarah Hayes and Clare Prosser
  • Dr. Neville Headley
  • Nicole Henson
  • Justin Heskes
  • Dr. Margaret Hess
  • John Hind
  • Garry Holbrook and Family
  • Hunter Ridge Farm
  • Greg Hurd
  • Byron and Pat Hussey
  • Darlene Hutchinson
  • Sherry Jackson
  • Laurie Jacob-Toews
  • Ted Jeal
  • Jack and Glenda Johansen
  • Ivan Juul-Hansen
  • Kendra Karch-Sinclair
  • and Robert Sinclair
  • James Kaye
  • Dianne Kerr
  • Ken and Janice Kilroe
  • Vern Kimball and Wendy Ryan
  • Josie Kirkpatrick
  • Cynthia Kumar
  • Alex Laidlaw
  • Rob Laidlaw
  • Kevin Larsen
  • Heather, Shawn, Moira and
  • Chloe Lawton
  • Sandra LeBlanc
  • Robert Lee
  • Al Lennox
  • Carole Leroux
  • Dianne Little
  • Michael Love
  • Sandra Lunder
  • Jack Maloney
  • Maureen Marston
  • Angela Martin
  • F. Richard Matthews
  • Jill Mawer (Richardson)
  • McCann Family Holding Corporation
  • W. Randers McClary
  • Bruce and Carol McDonald
  • Stephen McDonough
  • Melissa McKay
  • Roxanne McKendry
  • Teri and Brian McKinnon
  • Cherie McMaster
  • Terry and Lorna McNeill
  • Carol McPherson
  • Joanne Melville
  • Judith Melville
  • Don and Pat Metz
  • Graham Moon
  • David Morgan
  • Barry and Val Munro and Family
  • Jennifer Neufeld
  • Dr. Michael O’Connor
  • Shannon Ohama
  • Tom O’Leary
  • Beth and Dick Olver
  • Cindy Opsal
  • Jock and Diana Osler
  • David J. Palmer
  • Park Family
  • Wally Patterson
  • Eileen and Gordon Pearce
  • Allan Pedden
  • Dana Peers and Family
  • Paul and Laurie Polson
  • Albert Price
  • Collin and Susan Pritchard
  • Cliff and Ashley Proleviat
  • Carl Purdy
  • Dianne Quinton
  • Ruth Ann Rayner
  • Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
  • Vicki and Stu Reid and Family
  • Norma Robinson
  • Brent Ronald
  • Mike Ross
  • Rozsa Foundation
  • David Rudd
  • Russ Sabo
  • Sherali Saju
  • Ronald Salomonson
  • Maggie Schofield
  • John F. Scott
  • David Sibbald
  • Christine Smith
  • Jared Smith
  • Rick and Erika Smith
  • Molly Sue Smith
  • Roc and Lori Spence
  • Marlene Stevens
  • Glenn and Peggy Street
  • Bev Longstaff and Joe Struck
  • Debbera Swainger
  • Darlene Switzer-Foster
  • Val Taylor
  • Freddy Taylor
  • Roger Thomas
  • Kate and Kati Thrasher
  • Tidswell Family
  • Catherine Torfason
  • Josh Traptow
  • Jeanette Turner
  • Orlo Tveter
  • Wendy Tynan
  • Paul Valentine
  • Peter Valentine
  • Lynda Valliere
  • Paul Van Ginkel
  • C. Van Staden
  • Maureen and Bill VanderBurgh
  • Kathryn Vincent
  • Bianca von Nagy
  • Warbourton and Associates Inc.
  • Sue-Anne Wearmouth
  • Robert White
  • Brian and Marilyn Will
  • Shelley and Blake Willard
  • Wilton Family
  • Roy Wright
  • Tammy Yamkowy
  • Bob Young
  • Vilem Zach
  • Anonymous Donors

Matching Gifts

  • ARC Financial Corp.
  • Cenovus Energy Inc.
  • Enbridge Inc.
  • Encana Corporation
  • Longbow Sales Inc.
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • TELUS Corporation
  • Tournament Exploration Ltd

In Memorium

  • John Falk
  • Dick Caines
  • Laurence Gracie
  • Ron and Shirley Gillis
  • Harley and Jenny Hodgson
  • Alfred Batke
  • David Hugh Planche
  • Elaine McKay
  • Sue Richardson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gene Nolin (Albi Homes Ltd.)

fundraising partners

  • Accolade Promotion Group
  • Big Four Family Reunion
  • Calgary Stampede Employee Christmas Party
  • Calgary Stampede Lost and Found
  • Community Spirit Program
  • D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club
  • Friends of the Young Canadians
  • Honorary Life Directors and Past
  • President’s Endowment Fund
  • Stampede Volunteers and Friends
  • Divot Classic Golf Tournament
  • Western Showcase Committee


  • Chairman of the Board
  • M. Ann McCaig
  • Board of Directors
  • Steve Allan
  • George Brookman
  • Michael Casey
  • Cathy Cochrane
  • Brian A. Felesky
  • Bob Hamilton
  • Barry Munro
  • Dave B. Robson
  • Peter Valentine, Honorary Life Director
  • Full-time Employees
  • Mike Jewitt
  • Aaron Park
  • Ryan Hancock
  • Amanda Hansen
  • Sarah Hayes
  • Bianca von Nagy
  • Candice Weremey

Calgary Stampede Family

The Calgary Stampede family is a group of dedicated volunteers and employees who make everything we do possible. They are committed to the western values of pride of place, commitment to community, western hospitality and integrity. We are so proud to number these individuals as part of our family.


The Calgary Stampede is governed by a volunteer board of directors that sets strategic direction and guides the organization in achieving its vision of being a world-class, year-round gathering place rooted in western heritage and values.

2013 Elected Officers

L to R

Bill Gray, vice-chairman

Bob Thompson, president and chairman of the board

Dave Sibbald, vice-chairman

2013 Executive Management Team


Vern Kimball, chief executive officer

Back row (L to R)

Deanne Carson, vice-president, marketing and external relations

Paul Rosenberg, vice-president, programming

Warren Connell, vice-president, park development

Paul Harrison, chief financial officer and vice-president, support services

Susan Garnett, vice-president, people services


president and chairman
of the board Bob Thompson

immediate past president Mike Casey

vice-chairman Bill Gray

vice-chairman Dave Sibbald

chief executive officer Vern Kimball

vice-president, marketing and external relations Deanne Carson

vice-president, park development Warren Connell

vice-president, people services Susan Garnett

chief financial officer and vice-president,
support services Paul Harrison

vice-president, programming Paul Rosenberg

Past Presidents

Steve Allan

George Brookman

Dr. David Chalack

Bob Church

Donald Cross

Bob Dinning

Roger Jarvis

Bob Laidlaw

Rob Matthews

Ken Moore

Gordon Pearce

Jack Steen

Don Wilson

Bob Young

Honorary Life Directors

  • Linda Abercrombie

  • Fred Allen

  • Eleanor Bailey

  • Guy Buchanan

  • Gord Burrell

  • Gordon Bussey

  • Bob Cairns

  • Cam Clark

  • John Copithorne

  • Marshall Copithorne

  • Bob Dyck

  • Steve Edwards

  • Len Holman

  • Sally Holman

  • Bob Hymas

  • Ian Irwin

  • Don Jacques

  • Ray Jones

  • Rob Laidlaw

  • Pam Lang

  • Harry Langford

  • Chris LeGeyt

  • Howard Macdonald

  • Rod McBride

  • Shirley McClellan

  • Rod McDaniel

  • Patsi Minnes

  • Graham O'Connor

  • Larry O'Connor

  • Ross Phillips

  • Bob Poffenroth

  • Bill Porter

  • Val Robinson

  • Quincy Smith

  • Steve Snyder

  • Bob Sumner

  • David Talbot

  • Lee Thompson

  • Harold Thornton

  • Russ Tynan

  • Wee Yee

2013 Patrons

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada

His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, O.C., O.M.M., A.O.E., M.S.C., C.D., L.L.D.
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

The Honourable Alison Redford
Premier of Alberta

The Honourable Gerry Ritz
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, Government of Canada

The Honourable Verlyn Olson, Q.C.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Canada

His Worship Naheed Nenshi
Mayor of Calgary

2013 Royalty

At communities next door or events around the globe, the Calgary Stampede Royalty takes great pride in their role as ambassadors for the Stampede. The Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses and the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess make up a close-knit group of four talented, intelligent and spirited young women. Together, they attended more than 300 events both near and far, bringing the Stampede’s western hospitality to everyone they met.

Indian Princess Events

Prairie Waters Elementary School

In April 2013, Amber Big Plume, the 2013 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess visited the Prairie Waters Elementary School in Chestermere, Alberta. During the culture fair, Amber represented the First Nations of Treaty 7 with a fancy shawl dance demonstration and spoke with many excited youth.

Leduc Black Gold Rodeo

The Leduc Black Gold Rodeo, held from May 30 to June 2, 2013, was one of many Alberta attractions that Amber Big Plume took part in.

ITB Berlin

Amber Big Plume represented not only the Calgary Stampede and Indian Village, but also Alberta and Canada at ITB Berlin—the world’s largest trade show in Berlin, Germany. ITB Berlin took place in early March 2013 and consisted of 27 pavilions, sorted by continents and countries promoting travel and showcasing their unique food, music, culture and attractions.

Queen and Princesses

Calgary Aids Walk

The Calgary Stampede Queen Jessica Williams and Princesses Danielle Kakoschke and Catherine Morneau joined a courageous and spirited crowd at the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, held on Sunday, September 22, 2013. More than 700 people gathered at Eau Claire Plaza for the national walk to help fund prevention and education work and support those living with AIDS.

Bishop Carroll

Youth development is a key component of the Calgary Stampede Queen and Princess program. Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary was one of many visits the Stampede Queen and Princesses made to spread the word about the Stampede and encourage young adults to follow their dreams.

Tim Hortons Camp Day

Stampede Princess Danielle Kakoschke, Stampede Queen Jessica Williams and Stampede Princess Catherine Morneau, with Tim Hortons employees on Tim Hortons Camp Day. On Camp Day, Tim Hortons restaurant owners generously donate all proceeds from coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation (THCF), helping send kids on an unforgettable, fun-filled camping adventure.

2013 Volunteers

The Stampede has 47 volunteer committees and five strategic board committees with more than 2,200 volunteers contributing their time, energy and leadership to the organization.

Our volunteers earn their classification based on years of service and on recommendation of committee chairs and director liaisons. After four years of service, volunteers can become Stampede shareholders and run for the board of directors.



  • Volunteer (V) Volunteers with less than two
    years of service
  • Associate (A) Volunteers with more than two years
    of service and on recommendation of
    committee chair and director liaison.
  • Senior associate (SA) Volunteers with six years of service and on recommendation of committee chair and director liaison.
  • Stampede life member (LM) Volunteers nominated by their peers and awarded this designation by the board of directors for their exemplary service.
  • Honorary life director (HLD) Volunteers who have served as a director or made other notable contributions to the Stampede. They are appointed by the board of directors.
  • Appointed Representative (AR) Representatives from City departments such as
    the Fire and Police Departments that sit
    on and advise volunteer committees.
  • Alumni (ALM) Non-active volunteers with more
    than 10 years of service.
  • Shareholder (SH) Volunteers with four years of service are eligible to become a shareholder of the organization.
  • Past president (PP) Past president and chairman of the Calgary Stampede board of directors.
  • Vice-chair (VC) Elected officer of the Calgary Stampede
    board of directors.
  • Immediate past president (IPP) Outgoing president and chairman of the Calgary Stampede
    board of directors.
  • President and chairman (PCM) Elected officer of the Calgary Stampede
    board of directors.
  • Director (D) Member of the Calgary Stampede board
    of directors.
  • Stampede Royalty (SR) Goodwill ambassadors of the Calgary Stampede.

We also remember the significant contributions of volunteers who passed away. We bid farewell to:

Deceased in 2012 and 2013

  • Batke, Alfred
  • Collins, Bill
  • Eggerer, Ed
  • Garden, James
  • Hourie, Bill
  • Jonassen, Amund
  • Klein, Ralph
  • Marshall, Ed
  • Pritchard, Herb
  • Reeb, Fred
  • Thompson, Don

2013 Full-Time Employees

Day in and day out, the Calgary Stampede employees work to bring the community world-class events and experiences.

We have a core group of 1,200 full-time and part-time year-round employees. An additional 3,500 employees are hired for the 10-day Stampede in July.

Full Time Employees


2013 Financial Reporting

Thank you for reading about the Calgary Stampede’s 2013 journey.

Click the link below to download the 2013 financial statements.

2013 Financial Reporting

Thank you
for an
amazing 2013