Board of Directors

Elected to the board

David Sibbald, President & Chairman of the Board

David is a respected leader in the agriculture industry with a strong background in governance and strategic management. He is a fifth generation rancher and partner of SSS Red Angus Association. David is also President and Partner at Triple S Cattle Co. Ltd. He is the immediate past president of the Canadian Angus Association, the largest breed association in Canada.

Dana Peers, First Vice-Chairman

Dana has had a 32-year career in the design, project management and land development industry, designing and completing projects throughout North America. He is currently President of Urbano Design and Development Ltd., which specializes in both residential and commercial design. Dana holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University.

Steve McDonough, Second Vice-Chairman

Steve has spent his professional career building organizations and taking on new challenges. A lawyer by training, Steve has served as a policy advisor to the federal government in Ottawa, built and sold an advertising agency, is involved in commercial property development and has built a franchise retail business.

Bill Gray, Immediate Past-President

Bill is a partner with Calgary law firm Miles Davison LLP and has more than 35 years of experience in corporate and commercial law. He regularly advises on leasing, financing and estate issues, and has been involved in many large and small corporate mergers and acquisitions. He received the Queen’s Counsel designation from the Province of Alberta in 2010.

Dale Befus

Dale’s early career was spent managing a group of automotive stores throughout Alberta, while also running his family farm. He has a passion for heavy horses, which led to his founding Alberta Carriage Supply. An innovator and entrepreneur, he has developed a device for ground thawing and a micro grain-malting machine for the brewing and distilling industry.

Elizabeth Burke-Gaffney

Elizabeth has 25 years of experience in the energy sector having held positions of increasing responsibility for strategic planning, corporate structures, stakeholder relations, finance and governance. She has continued to learn throughout her professional career, having completed TSX-sponsored programs and, most recently, courses in support of her ICD.D designation.

Toni Dixon

Toni has a proven track record in leading strategic projects, team building and fostering conflict resolution. Growing up and living on a farm led to a lifetime of agricultural pursuits and interests. Toni competed in many different equine disciplines and barrel races in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. In 2016, she became the oldest contestant to ever qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Garry Holbrook

Garry has spent more than 40 years in the commercial real estate and development business as well as being a partner in a small communications company which specializes in corporate sponsorship activation. He is known for his innovative market initiatives that help create value for his clients. Garry is a dynamic leader who excels in strategic thinking and execution.

Dave Lantz

Dave is a visionary entrepreneur with more than 40 years of diverse business experience. He is an influential leader with a wide range of knowledge, expertise and solid communication skills. Dave is well respected in the agriculture community, and his agri-business operations span two provinces. He studied heavy-duty mechanics at SAIT and is a proud supporter of the Calgary Stampede Foundation.

Dave Lougheed

Dave is a successful business owner in the financial industry and a former national team athlete. As a community leader with a proven track record in many volunteer roles, Dave has board experience in strategic planning and marketing and has proudly served as a Stampede volunteer for 13 years. Dave will complete the ICD Director’s Education program in April. Dave is a proud father of two Young Canadian members.

Sandy O'Connor

Sandy and her family are long-term participants in the rodeo community. As avid riders, Sandy and her husband Mike enjoy their horses on a small ranch outside Okotoks. Sandy is an experienced business professional specializing in energy sector compliance, governance and risk management, and has sat as a director on the Boards of three different organizations.

Stuart O’Connor

Stuart O’Connor is a businessman, entrepreneur, rancher, lawyer and engineer who, in addition to his Stampede activities, is also active in the community. He is currently the Executive Chairman of a software services company and sits on a number of private and public boards of directors. In the past, he was the Chief Executive Officer of an international software company, a former partner at a national law firm, Chairman of a public oilfield service company, and a cofounder of various companies in oil and gas, financing and real estate.

Tom O’Leary

Tom is a senior litigation lawyer with extensive experience in commercial, financial and energy-related matters. He appears regularly as counsel in all levels of court in Alberta, before various administrative boards as well as in arbitrations and mediations. Tom and his wife Shannon have three active children between the ages of seven and 12.

Will Osler

Will is a Calgarian who attended Queen’s University and the University of Calgary. He has been a lawyer since 1995, practising corporate/commercial law, and is currently a partner with Bennett Jones LLP. He has experience in corporate governance, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and major infrastructure projects. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in Canada.

Bob Park

Bob is a 45-year veteran of the Canadian oil and gas industry with a Bachelor of Arts and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology. He has held varying positions throughout his career, with 20 years in senior management. He has managed his family grain farm and investment companies and has raised significant funds for various startup corporations.

Paul Polson

An architect by profession, Paul is Senior Vice President at Stuart Olson Inc., one of Canada’s largest construction management firms. Throughout his career, he has developed strong ties to key players in Western Canada’s business and development sectors. Paul was admitted to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s College of Fellows in 1990.

Maggie Schofield

Following years in the energy sector and at XEROX, Maggie became the Executive Director of the Calgary Downtown Association in 2006. She has completed the ICD Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials and Boardroom Financial Fundamentals programs, Indigenous Awareness and media training, plus countless sales and marketing training modules.

Roc Spence

Roc has more than 35 years of laboratory, chemical and semiconductor industry experience focused on global expansion and strategy for several prominent medical and scientific companies. With a degree in business administration, he has held President and Chief Executive Officer positions with various organizations.

John Third

John is a licensed broker/owner of a real estate brokerage providing real estate development consulting services. With more than 40 years of experience developing and marketing real estate in Western Canada and abroad, John brings to the Stampede strong business acumen, communication and business development skills, with a team approach to problem solving.

Kate Thrasher

Formally recognized as one of Alberta’s Top 100 Outstanding Citizens, Kate is a community leader who has served(ing) as a director on 18 not-for-profit boards. She has helped raise $150 million for community projects, secured $5 million in sponsor dollars and, $3 million ‘in-kind’ donations. Kate is a Certified Management Consultant (FCMC) and business owner with western values.

Wendy Tynan

A 25-year Stampede volunteer, Wendy has highly coveted skills in stakeholder engagement, strategic counsel and reputation management. Leveraging a background in accounting, her unique professional and volunteer experiences deliver results. She is a community leader, one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 and a Haskayne School of Business Graduate of Distinction.

 

 

Appointed to the board

Lesley Conway

Lesley has spent the last 20 years of her 30-year career in the real estate industry in Alberta with Hopewell Residential. She led the organization as president for 14 years. In recognition of her corporate success and philanthropic activity, Lesley has received the Order of the University of Calgary, the Haskayne School’s MAX (Management Alumni Excellence) Award, the YWCA Woman of Vision Award and has been inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame having been voted four times as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Lesley has an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business. She has two children – a son Cole (24) and a daughter Sydney (21). She was appointed to the board in 2017.

Marcel Coutu

Marcel is past president and chief executive officer of Canadian Oil Sands Limited, a position he held from 2001-2014. He was also chairman of Syncrude Canada Ltd. from 2002 - 2014. Over the course of his career, Marcel has held various positions in the areas of corporate finance, investment banking, and mining and oil and gas exploration and development. He is a director of Brookfield, Enbridge, Lifeco Inc. and its subsidiaries Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life, and he is also a director of Power Corp. He has also held board positions with Gulf Indonesia Resources Limited, TransCanada Power Limited Partnership and the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Marcel was appointed to the Calgary Stampede board of directors in 2014.

Shane Doig

Shane is a partner at KPMG LLP in the audit practice. A chartered accountant, Shane has worked with KPMG for more than 18 years, specializing in accounting, tax and finance for public and private entities, primarily in the energy sector. He has also worked with various construction, agricultural and mining clients. A seasoned traveller, Shane feels fortunate that his work with international clients has allowed him to travel widely around the globe, including to South America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa. He has a passion for all the wonderful things that the Stampede is involved with, how integral it is to our community, and how driven the Stampede is to ensure our western heritage and values are preserved for future generations. Shane has been a member of the Audit & Finance committee since 2012 and was appointed to the board of directors in 2015.

Greg Kwong

Greg is regional managing director, Alberta for CBRE Limited. With more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry he has accumulated expertise in commercial real estate leasing, investment sales, financing, design-build and hotel & leisure investment. Before entering the Calgary market, Greg spent a number of years in the Toronto, Ontario market and has worked with clients in major international centers. He is also a director of Winsport Canada as well as other private companies. The Kwong family extends three generations in Alberta, and giving back to the community is important to Greg and his wife. He and his wife Elly have been together for more than 30 years and have two daughters and a son. He was appointed to the board in 2017.