The Calgary Stampede Family consists of volunteers and employees who embody our brand values of western hospitality, pride of place, commitment to community and integrity. They are dedicated individuals who work passionately year-round, to create exceptional experiences, programs and events that connect and enrich the spirit of our community, bringing together all walks of life.
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): Steve McDonough, Second Vice-Chairman; David Sibbald, President & Chairman of the Board; Dana Peers, First Vice-Chairman
Middle row (left to right): Stuart O’Connor; Bob Park; Lesley Conway; Councillor Joe Magliocca; Toni Dixon; Ted Haney; Mike O’Connor; Kate Thrasher; Tom O’Leary; Cindy Provost; Garry Holbrook; Dale Befus; Bill Gray
Top row (left to right): Councillor Andre Chabot; Maggie Schofield; Greg Kwong; Brian Malkinson, MLA; Shane Doig; Paul Polson; John Third; Roc Spence; Marcel Coutu; Elizabeth Burke-Gaffney; Bob Taylor; Will Osler; Dave Lantz
Not pictured: Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Ward Sutherland
Elected Officers from left to right:
Dana Peers, First Vice-Chairman
David Sibbald, President & Chairman of the Board
Steve McDonough, Second Vice-Chairman
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer
Vice President, Park Planning & Development
Premier of Alberta
Government of Canada
Government of Alberta
Mayor, City 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.
Indian Princess Savanna Sparvier
Savanna is 20 years old and from the Siksika First Nation. Her Blackfoot name is Mootwistsiiksiinaki, which means “All Around Snake Woman”. Savanna is a traditional dancer and is working towards her goal of becoming a teacher in both the English and drama departments.
ITB Berlin is the world’s leading travel trade show, with approxiamtely 180,000 people attending each year. Stampede Royalty attends every year and it is always a highlight of their reign. This year, attending the event was especially meaningful to Stampede Indian Princess, Savanna Sparvier, as she was able to meet delegates from all over the world, participate in media interviews, perform traditional dances and learn more about her German ancestry.
In 2017 the Indian Princess equestrian program blazed a new trail, with Savanna Sparvier, 2017 Indian Princess, participating in the youth riding/rodeo programs that were held in three of the five nations of the Treaty 7.
The welcome and the evening with the Kainai A’stipiiks Rodeo Club was an extremely emotional experience. The love, kindness and appreciation the youth, the Elders, councillors and the community showed Savanna was astounding. One of the most memorable highlights was when Savanna led a young girl, who had never been on a horse before, around the indoor arena - bringing tears to the young girl’s father’s eyes.
Savanna’s Indian Princess outfit was a one-of-a-kind creation with deep meaning and family ties. Her family’s tipi was one of the very first in Indian Village, belonging to her great-great grandfather, the last traditional chief of Siksika (John Duck Chief). The top of the dress is a replication of her great-grandmother’s dress with five tipis on it to represent the five nations of Treaty 7. There are numerous maple leaves all over the dress as well in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Savanna was honoured to wear this unique creation and follow in the footsteps of her ancestors.
As Stampede ambassadors, the Calgary Stampede Royal Trio spread western hospitality and values throughout southern Alberta, Canada and abroad during their reign.
The Canada Day in Canmore Parade is a fantastic event where performers and floats from across Alberta come to display their Canadian pride, with stunning mountain views in the backdrop. The Royalty Trio attended this event, along with the Calgary Stampede Marching Band, to represent Stampede’s commitment to community. They loved being a part of this celebration to honour Canada’s 150th birthday!
Aggie Days bridges the gap between rural and urban life. The event, which lasts for five days with exclusive access for students in the first three days and public access for the last two days, showcases the importance of agriculture and the big part it plays in the southern Alberta way of life. The event is geared towards providing children with a chance to take part in hands-on learning experiences with animals and agriculture. The Royalty Trio attends every year and this year, they loved cuddling baby lambs and piglets, feeding the llamas, draft horses and donkeys, and putting smiles on countless children’s faces!
Every year, the Happy Trails program visits various retirement homes throughout Calgary to bring laughter, joy and share a little bit of Stampede’s western hospitality. The program is run by the Calgary Stampede Promotion committee, with the Royalty Trio joining in on the fun. For the 2017 Royalty Trio, being part of Happy Trails was one of their most favourite and memorable experiences.
At the heart of our organization are more than 2,300 dedicated volunteers. It’s their dedication, passion and commitment to community that make the Calgary Stampede a year-round world-class gathering place for the community.
We also remember the significant contributions of volunteers who passed away. We bid farewell to:
Our employees are passionate and talented individuals, who work alongside our volunteer committees to bring the vision of the Stampede to life. They consist of 1,500 year-round casual part-time and full-time employees and 3,500 seasonal.