Board of Directors

Elected to the board

David Sibbald, president & chairman of the board

Dave 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, an internationally known seed stock producer. Dave is also president and partner at Triple S Cattle Co. Ltd. He has a strong understanding of agricultural business issues and has judged several Canadian national cattle shows along with numerous 4-H shows in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Dave is a current board member of the Canadian Angus Association. Dave became a Stampede volunteer in 1990 and was elected to the board in 2009.

Dana Peers, first vice-chairman

Dana is known as a motivator with strong strategic vision and foresight. He is president of Urbano Design and Development Ltd., specializing in large custom residential and commercial projects throughout North America, with recent commissions in places such as Mexico, California, Montana, British Columbia and Texas. A volunteer since 1991, Dana initiated several projects aimed to broaden the festival atmosphere during Stampede time within Calgary’s downtown. He was elected to the board in 2011.

Steve McDonough, second vice-chairman

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.

Bill Gray, immediate past-president

Bill is a corporate and commercial lawyer with more than 35 years’ experience and is a partner with the Miles Davison LLP firm. 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. During 2013, Bill chaired the Stampede board’s Strategy committee and in 2014, he chaired the Governance and People committee. He also sits on the board of Quest Theatre Calgary. He served as Stampede president & chairman of the board from 2015-2017.

Dale Befus

A great-grandson of Alberta pioneers, Dale made his mark on the agriculture industry as a farmer, entrepreneur and innovator. In 1979, he and his wife, Marsha, purchased a farm where they raised livestock. Dale is a born innovator and has developed an electronic device that stored voice on a chip, which has been used at parks and museums around the world. He also founded a company engaged in property management, is a founding partner of Alberta Carriage Supply, and has patented a device designed to speed up ground thaw for construction and utility applications. Dale has chaired the Dalroy Community Association, started a local Gymkhana club and has volunteered with Heritage Park for almost 25 years. He became a Stampede volunteer in 1999 and was elected to the board in 2015.

Elizabeth Burke-Gaffney

Elizabeth Burke-Gaffney has, since 1984, been employed in the energy sector as a Professional Landman. As a corporate officer, she has held positions of increased responsibility, including vice president land, chief financial officer, president, chief executive officer and director to lead the purchase and sale of public and private oil and gas companies. Elizabeth began her career as a Stampede volunteer in 1988 with the Downtown Attractions committee. She was chair of the Square Dance subcommittee from 2000 to 2006 and the Celebrity Rodeo Clowns committee which raised more than $80,000 for the Calgary Stampede Foundation. She joined the board in 2017.

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 is evident in her many contributions to the Stampede’s annual Western Showcase exhibition. Toni has served on the boards of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Association and the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association, and she is a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society. Toni joined the Stampede as a volunteer in 1986 and was elected to the board in 2010.

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, International Shotokan Karate Federation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 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. He currently divides his time between a private equity firm and a communications company, where he is the managing partner. In addition to commercial real estate, he has held senior positions in fund-raising and in corporate sponsorship. He sits on the board of Vertigo Theatre. Active in the western horse world, Garry has been a Stampede volunteer since 1985. He was elected to the board in 2011.

Dave Lantz

Dave’s roots run deep in Southern Alberta, a fourth generation farmer, on the land his great grandfather homesteaded. He is a visionary entrepreneur with over 40 years of diverse business experience in a variety of industries including: agri-business, international residential and commercial real estate and a charter airline company. He has agriculture operations that span two provinces with a large grain farm east of Calgary and irrigated hay, vegetable and sustainable cow-calf operation in British Columbia. Dave began his volunteer service with the Agriculture Education committee in 2001 and helped grow the award-winning program for students and the urban community to learn about life on the farm. He joined the board in 2017.

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 problems. Mike has held executive and board positions on numerous organizations. He has served on the advisory councils of three universities, as well as the Canadian and Alberta Geological Surveys and the Calgary Health Region. Mike joined the Stampede as volunteer in 1997 was elected to the board in 2009.

Stuart O’Connor

Stuart O’Connor is a businessman, entrepreneur, rancher and lawyer having been the CEO of an international software company, a former partner at the law firm of Bennett Jones, chairman of a $1.25 Billion public oilfield service company, and having co-founded five different companies in oil and gas, financing, real estate and technology. In 2005, Stuart began his Stampede involvement with and continues to serve on the Corporate Relations committee, which he chaired from 2010 to 2012. He also co-chaired the Centennial committee (2010-12) and served on the Nominating & Shareholder Relations committee (2009-11). He joined the board in 2017.

Tom O’Leary

Tom is respected within the Calgary business community for his legal, governance and relationship-building acumen. He has practiced law since 1991, has been a partner with Dentons Canada LLP since 1999 and is co-chair of its national Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. He appears regularly before Alberta courts and as counsel for dispute resolution in commercial and energy matters. Tom became a Stampede volunteer in 1996 and was elected to the board in 2010.

Will Osler

Will Osler has practiced corporate and commercial law in Calgary since 1995 and is currently a partner at Bennett Jones LLP. Will is recognized as one of Canada's leading corporate and energy lawyers, and has significant experience in corporate governance, domestic and international joint ventures, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Will currently chairs the Stampede board Governance & People committee. Will also serves on the Calgary Health Trust board of trustees and is a director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada (Southern Alberta Branch). A Stampede volunteer since 1995, he was elected to the board in 2014.

Bob Park

An accomplished geologist, Bob has had a 40-year career of resourceful and creative oil and gas exploration and management. He has significant experience managing large and complex business deals and growing companies. Bob is currently the senior exploration geologist of Harvest Operations Corporation and the vice-president of exploration for American Leduc Petroleums, where he has doubled corporate production through exploration and development projects. Bob has been a cub master, served on a number of community organizations and was past chairman and member for the Riverview United Church board. A Stampede volunteer since 1994, Bob was elected to the board in 2015.

Paul Polson

Paul is an architect by profession and since 2001 has been vice-president at Stuart Olson Construction, one of Canada’s largest construction management firms. 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. Paul is a board member for Theatre Calgary and is a member of the Dean’s advisory council for the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary and SAIT Polytechnic. He has been a Stampede volunteer since 1986 and was elected to the board in 2010.

Maggie Schofield

Maggie the executive director for the Downtown Calgary Association and has had a successful career in sales, data management, business administration and leadership. She is known for her collaborative and inclusive leadership style and natural ability to build strong relationships. She received an Outstanding Community Service award from The City of Calgary in 2010 and was listed as one of the Calgary Herald’s Top 20 Compelling Calgarians in 2008, demonstrating Maggie’s deep commitment to her community. Maggie 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 started helping his father with the Parade committee when he was just 15 years old. Roc is highly respected in the community and well known for his energetic, focused, motivated and creative solutions. He 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 with more than 27 years of experience. Bob has a reputation for integrity, independence, financial and analytical skills, and an excellent ability to communicate. He built one of the most successful insolvency and corporate restructuring practices in Western Canada, and led RSM Richter LLP’s corporate restructuring and insolvency practice in Calgary until the company merged with Ernst & Young LLP in 2011. Bob became a Stampede volunteer in 1999 and was elected to the board in 2008.

John Third

John is a successful real estate development consultant, developer and project manager throughout North America. He brings to the Stampede strong business acumen, communication and business development skills, with a team approach to problem solving, visioning and planning. John has volunteered for more than thirty-years with the Calgary Stampede and is a past chair of both the caravan and chuckwagon committees. He was elected to the board in 2013 and is passionate about his western heritage.

Kate Thrasher

Kate is a visionary leader, business executive and community builder. As president of KTG Enterprises Inc., and Selling Success Inc., she combines strategic planning expertise and marketing tactics to direct multi-faceted, complex projects and events. Her successes include 650 small business startups; work search training to 3,500 management and professionals; consulting services to seven Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committees; and achieving win-win outcomes and return on investment for hundreds of Alberta businesses. Kate was awarded, in 2016, a ‘Fellow’ designation by the Institute of Certified Management Consultants, and in 2012, a Western Legacy Award Honoring Top 100 Albertans. She is a director on the Military Family Resource Centre and the CMC-Alberta Boards. Kate has been a Stampede volunteer since 1981 and was elected to the board in 2013.

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.

Cindy Provost

Cindy is a senior constable, level 1 and Indigenous Strategic Engagement Officer with Calgary Police Services (CPS). She is also Blackfoot from Piikani First Nation where her great Grandfather was a successful rancher returning from WWI. Her 20 years of experience with CPS has taught her to mediate and consult in any scenario, provide training for cultural awareness and competency, participate with numerous committees, boards and agencies, and liaise with local, regional, national and international sectors. She has strong problem-solving, mentorship and negotiation skills. Cindy has been a Stampede volunteer since 2010 and was most recently the Chair of the Indian Events Committee. She has received the First Nations Women’s Economic Security Council service award (GOA), Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award, Calgary Police Commission Community Policing Award and Stampede President’s Certificate of Appreciation. She was appointed to the board in 2017.