Board of Directors

Elected to the Board

Bob Thompson, president and chairman of the board

Bob has a strong background in finance, management and board governance, and is founder, president and CEO of Brownstone Asset Management, a Calgary-based investment counsel firm. Bob is a passionate supporter of Alberta’s rural roots and agricultural backdrop. A strong believer in the volunteer system, Bob has been a volunteer with the Stampede since 1987 and was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service. Bob is a member of Calgary Economic Development's Financial Sector Advisory Committee.

Bill Gray, first vice-chairman

Bill has practiced in the corporate and commercial law field for more than 35 years and recently merged his firm with Miles Davison LLP where Bill is now practicing as a senior partner. The Province of Alberta recognized Bill’s contribution to the legal profession and the community with a Queen’s Counsel designation in 2010. Bill has been a Stampede volunteer since 1986 and a board member since 2006, and currently chairs the Board's Governance and People Committee. He also sits on the board of Quest Theatre Calgary.

David Sibbald, second vice-chairman

A respected leader in the agriculture industry, Dave has a strong background in governance and strategic management. He is a fifth generation rancher and partner of SSS Red Angus - an internationally known seed stock producer. Dave's Stampede volunteer experience began in 1990 and he has chaired several committees. Dave enjoys volunteering his time at the hockey arena, lacrosse field and 4-H shows. He is also a board member of the Canadian Angus Association.

Toni Dixon

Toni has a strong agriculture background and is focused on delivering results. She has considerable experience in business, communications and a proven track record in leading strategic projects. She is an accomplished quarter horse breeder and barrel racer. Her love of the arts in evident in her many contributions to the Stampede’s annual Western Showcase exhibition. Toni joined the Stampede as a volunteer in 1986 and was elected to the board in 2010.

Jackie Engstrom

Jackie has a retail management background and human resource and volunteer management skills that provide her with the organizational and leadership skills necessary to be an effective volunteer leader. A volunteer since 1991, Jackie was elected as a board member in 2005. Besides her role on the Stampede board, she also sits on the Calgary Arts Partners in Education board.

Ted Haney

Ted is an agri-business executive with 30 years of experience in domestic and international management and marketing. He has proven his leadership in crisis management, public relations and communications, and in working to resolve issues and barriers to success for the Canadian agriculture industry. His community involvement includes volunteer work for the University of Calgary, Summerstock Conservatory Society, YMCA and International Shotokan Karate Federation. He became a Stampede volunteer in 1997 and was elected to the board in 2014.

Garry Holbrook

Garry is an experienced business executive and entrepreneur known for his energetic and proactive approach to getting the job done. Garry is the managing partner at Nesle Corporation and GRPH Land and Cattle Company, both are private equity companies involved in commercial real estate. Active in the western horse world, Garry has been a Stampede volunteer since 1985. He was elected to the board in 2011.

Byron Hussey

Byron is a team player with high ethical standards, forward-thinking and a strong listener who brings realistic sound judgment to the board and board committees. Byron has had a successful career in the steel and oil and gas industry and is also an active partner in Smithbilt Hats. He became a Stampede volunteer in 1995 and joined the board in 2007.

Steve McDonough

Steve’s first job, at age 13, was as a bingo caller with Conklin Shows at the Calgary Stampede. Steve is an entrepreneur and a lawyer. He has served as a policy advisor to the federal government in Ottawa; built and sold an advertising agency; became involved in commercial property investing and built a thriving franchise retail business. Steve started volunteering with the Stampede in 1980 and was elected to the board in 2009.

Teri McKinnon

Teri has spent the last 15 years championing the agriculture industry. She has focused her career development on creating and facilitating life-skills programs through government agencies, community organizations and an international youth adventure company. Work overseas enhanced her global perspective and insight on community and youth development. Teri is a freelance writer and has contributed to three award-winning Calgary Herald publications. She joined the Stampede as volunteer in 1982 and was elected to the board in 2007.

Mike O’Connor

Mike is an experienced business executive and entrepreneur with a strong background in corporate governance, strategic planning, environmental stewardship and engineering. As a registered professional engineer, geoscientist and geophysicist, he has spent the last 30 years providing common sense solutions to challenging environmental problem globally. Mike joined the Stampede as volunteer in 1997 was elected to the board in 2009.

Tom O’Leary

Tom is respected for his governance, risk management, dispute resolution and relationship building acumen within the Calgary business community. He has been a partner at a major law firm since 1999. Tom became a Stampede volunteer in 1996 and was elected to the board in 2010.

Will Osler

Will is currently a partner at Bennett Jones LLP and national co-head of the firm’s Capital Markets and Mergers and Acquisitions practice. He is recognized for his effectiveness within his corporate, commercial legal practice. Will is a past chair of the Courtesy Car committee and was a member of the Centennial committee. He became a Stampede volunteer in 1995 and was elected to the board in 2014.

Dana Peers

Dana is known for his strong strategic vision and foresight. He is an architect and president of Urbano Design and Development Ltd., specializing in large custom residences. A volunteer since 1991, Dana initiated several projects aimed to broaden the festival atmosphere during the Stampede within Calgary’s downtown. He was elected to the board in 2011.

Paul Polson

Paul is an architect by profession and has been vice-president with one of Canada’s largest general contractors since 2001. Throughout his career, he has developed strong ties to key players in Calgary’s business and development sectors, having been involved in significant land development projects. He has been a Stampede volunteer since 1986 and was elected to the board in 2010.

Maggie Schofield

Is the executive director for the Downtown Calgary Association and has had a successful career in sales, data management, business administration and leadership. She is past chair of the reception committee, has been a Stampede volunteer since 1989 and was elected to the board in 2013.

Roc Spence

Following in his dad’s footsteps, 36-year Stampede volunteer Roc Spence has had a unique relationship with the Calgary Stampede. He is highly respected in the community and well known for his energetic, focused, motivated and creative solutions. Roc has held senior level positions in the medical, laboratory equipment and chemical distribution businesses, serving customers across Canada and around the world. He was elected to the board in 2009.

Bob Taylor

Bob is known for his leadership skills and proven track record in dealing with a wide range of complex business and financial issues. He is a chartered accountant and has over 19 years experience in corporate insolvency. Bob became a Stampede volunteer in 1999 and was elected to the board in 2008.

John Third

Is a successful real estate development consultant, developer and project manager throughout North America. He is a past chair of both the caravan and chuckwagon committees. John is a thirty-year volunteer with the Calgary Stampede, was elected to the board in 2013 and is passionate about his western heritage.

Kate Thrasher

Is an executive management consultant and is also a past chair of the grandstand committee. A 2012 Western Legacy Award winner, Kate serves on the Mount Royal University Partnership Council, is a founder of the EPCOR Centre and thrives on the Calgary Stampede. Kate has been a volunteer since 1981 and was elected to the board in 2013.

Appointed to the board

Allen Hagerman

Allen has more than 25 years of experience in financial management of energy companies and was most recently the chief financial officer at Canadian Oil Sands Trust, the largest partner in the Syncrude joint venture. Allen has been a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede since 1992 and was appointed to the board in 2009.

Government of Canada

M.P. Joan Crockatt

Government of Alberta

MLA Yvonne Fritz

City of Calgary

Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Councillor Andre Chabot

Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart