Board of Directors

Elected to the Board

Bill Gray, president and chairman on the board

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.

David Sibbald, first vice-chairman

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, second 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.

Bob Thompson, immediate past-president

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. Bob is a member of Calgary Economic Development's Financial Sector Advisory Committee. 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. He served as Stampede president and chairman of the board from 2013-2015.

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.

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.

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.

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. He headed a joint venture company established to supply the East Coast oil and gas industry, while owning and operating a successful oil and gas service business in Calgary. He is currently a partner and vice-president at 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 is a highly effective relationship builder with extensive project management, leadership and administrative oversight. She has focused her career on creating and facilitating life-skills programs through government agencies, community organizations and an international youth adventure company. Teri is currently manager of The Fashion Institute by Olds College. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to three award-winning Calgary Herald publications. Teri also owns and operates a custom feedlot and grain farm with her family. She sits on the Alberta Agricultural Product Marketing Council and the board of Valour Canada. Teri became a Stampede 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 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.

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. He 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 serves on the Calgary Health Trust board of trustees, is chair of the Trust's Governance committee and is a director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. 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.

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 certified executive management consultant and the president of KTG Enterprises Inc. She earned national recognition for helping persons with disabilities become self-employed and discharged officers in the Canadian Armed Forces become entrepreneurs. Kate received the Alberta Small Business Award of Achievement, was a 2012 Western Legacy Award winner and in 2014 was recognized by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs. 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 Stampede volunteer since 1981 and was elected to the board in 2013.

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