Board of Directors

Elected to the board

Dana Peers, President & Chairman of the Board

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, First 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. Steve has a wide array of skills and experience.

Will Osler, Second Vice-Chairman

Will is a Calgarian who attended Queen’s University and the University of Calgary. He has been a lawyer since 1995, practicing 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.

David Sibbald, Immediate Past-President

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.

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 more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector having held positions of increasing responsibility in strategic planning, corporate structures, stakeholder relations, finance and governance. She has continued to learn throughout her professional career, having received her Corporate Directors ICD.D designation and completed TSX-sponsored programs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) from the University of Toronto and is currently enroled in a Master’s degree program.

Cherie Copithorne-Barnes

Cherie is a fourth generation rancher with a passion for driving innovation as it pertains to how people perceive agriculture. She is a respected agricultural leader having sat on numerous boards where principle, integrity and strong strategic management are key.

Toni Dixon

Toni has a proven track record in leading strategic projects, team building and fostering conflict resolution. She has been a proud Stampede volunteer for well over 30 years. Living on a farm all her life has led to a strong interest in all things agricultural. Toni barrel races at the professional level in Canada and the USA. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours, degree from York University.

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 14 years. Dave completed the ICD Director’s Education program in 2018.

Sandy O'Connor

Sandy is an experienced business professional specializing in energy sector compliance, governance and risk management, and has sat as a director on numerous boards. 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.

Stuart O’Connor

Stuart O’Connor is a businessman, entrepreneur, rancher, lawyer and engineer who is currently the chair of a software services company and sits on a number of private, public and not-for-profit boards of directors.

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 8 and 13.

Bob Park

Bob is a 45-year veteran of the Canadian oil and gas industry with a Bachelor of Arts and an honours BSc. 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

Maggie is an experienced business leader and proven community builder. She has completed the ICD Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials and Boardroom Financial Fundamentals programs, Indigenous Awareness and media training, plus years of sales and marketing training.

Brock Schroeder

Brock is a respected leader in consulting engineering for building development, with strengths in strategic planning & execution and business development. As founder and Managing Director, Brock has led Entuitive’s growth to more than 220 staff and seven offices in eight years. Brock is a lifelong Calgarian, husband, father and contributor to the community.

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 as a director on 18 not-for-profit boards. To support community initiatives, she has helped raise $150 million for capital projects, secured $5 million in sponsorship and $3 million ‘in-kind’ donations. Kate is a Certified Management Consultant (FCMC) and an entrepreneur with western values.

Wendy Tynan

A 26-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

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.

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.

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.

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.