Stampede volunteers and employees embody our brand values of western hospitality, pride of place, commitment to community and integrity. They work tirelessly, year-round, to create experiences, programs and spaces that enrich our community.
The Calgary Stampede is governed by a volunteer board of directors that sets the strategic vision for the organization. Their guidance steers the Stampede toward its vision of being a world-class, year-round gathering place for the community.
Front: (left to right) Dana Peers, second vice-chairman; Bill Gray, president & chairman of the board; David Sibbald, first vice-chairman
Middle: (left to right) Bob Park, Tom O’Leary, Kate Thrasher (seated), Will Osler, Councillor Andre Chabot, Mike O’Connor, Paul Polson, Toni Dixon, Garry Holbrook, Teri McKinnon, Bob Taylor, Roc Spence, Councillor Shane Keating, Steve McDonough
Back: (left to right) Maggie Schofield, Dale Befus, Shane Doig, John Third, Byron Hussey, Ted Haney, Marcel Coutu, Bob Thompson.
The Elected Officers are positioned:
David Sibbald (L) Bill Gray (C) Dana Peers (R)
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer
Vice-President, Events & Park Services
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Premier of Alberta
Government of Canada
Government of Alberta
Mayor of Calgary
The Calgary Stampede Royalty are ambassadors of the Stampede, representing western heritage, hospitality, integrity, commitment to the community and pride of place on behalf of Calgarians to the rest of the world. Together, the Stampede Indian Princess and Stampede Queen and Princesses attend more than 400 year-round events in southern Alberta and around the world.
In 2016, the Calgary Herald named Indian Princess Vanessa Stiffarm one of Calgary’s 20 “Compelling Calgarians.” Throughout more than 350 appearances from our own backyard to places such as Germany and Australia, Vanessa was an amazing cultural ambassador of the five tribes of Treaty 7 and the Calgary Stampede.
In collaboration with Travel Alberta and Destination Canada, Vanessa travelled to the Australian cities Adelaide, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sydney for a major tourism roadshow about all of the incredible things Canada has to offer. Vanessa had the opportunity to perform her jingle dance in the Sydney Opera House, share the history of Indian Village all over Australia, and compare traditions and culture with local indigenous people.
In August, Vanessa was a guest speaker at the Community Futures Treaty 7 – Youth Trades Exposure Camp at SAIT. “I believe in each and every one of you,” she said as she encouraged the students to work hard and pursue their passions.
Vanessa was a guest at the Crescent Heights High School Traditional Pow Wow. One thing Vanessa treasured most about her time as Indian Princess was being a positive role model to First Nations youth.
As Stampede ambassadors, the Calgary Stampede Royal Trio spread western hospitality and values throughout southern Alberta, Canada and abroad during their reign.
The Queen and Princesses went to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December 2015. For the first time in eight years, the Trio was able to represent the Calgary Stampede at the biggest rodeo in the world. Meeting hundreds of people over their three days in Vegas, the trio invited rodeo fans from all over the world to visit The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
The Queen and Princesses were thrilled to help WestJet launch its inaugural flight to London's Gatwick airport. They welcomed passengers on board, line danced in the departure lounge and checked out the sights in the British capital. Needless to say, those in the airport were surprised and delighted to be greeted with some true Calgary Stampede spirit.
During the 10 days of the 2016 Stampede, the Trio was honoured to be asked to be a part of making a wish come true for three kids from the Make-A-Wish and Children’s Wish organizations. The Trio was able to visit with the children, take photos and welcome them to Stampede as part of their Calgary Stampede wish. Experiences like these are humbling and touching for the Queen and Princesses, and they were so grateful for the opportunity to help make the wishes come true for these deserving kids.
In the local community or events around the world, approximately 2,300 active Calgary Stampede volunteers, across 48 committees, are proud to contribute their time, energy and leadership. 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.
We also remember the significant contributions of volunteers who passed away. We bid farewell to:
Calgary Stampede employees deliver exceptional world-class events and experiences for our guests. We have a core group of 300 full-time and 900 part-time year-round employees. An additional 3,500 employees are hired for the July Stampede.