2013 report to the community
In 2013, we saw that the spirit of our city cannot be washed away.
In the wake of the southern Alberta floods, we saw volunteers show up by the thousands to help rebuild and “Hell or High Water” T-shirt orders pour in by the tens of thousands to support the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Floods Fund. We saw western hospitality, pride of place, commitment to community and integrity rise above the disaster.
Stampede 101 was a time to pause with friends and family, take a break from flood recovery and celebrate our community. 2013 was Calgary’s Stampede. As it has always been and will always be.
As we embark on the next chapter of our story, we will deliver exceptional experiences that entertain, educate and engage visitors; we will build inspired spaces to bring our community together to celebrate; and we will further energize the brand that has come to define our city.
Our vision is to create a world-class, year-round gathering place in the heart of our great city.
The Calgary Stampede is a not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The Stampede contributes to our communities’ quality of life by promoting volunteerism, investing in youth and agricultural programs, providing world-class event facilities and offering a unique western experience for the world to enjoy.
At the root of the Calgary Stampede brand are the core values of western hospitality, integrity, pride of place, and commitment to the community. These values connect us to our past, to the present and to our future.
Elbow River Rising
Calgary Stampede’s Emergency Command Centre (ECC) activated.
City of Calgary declares State of Emergency.
Jersey barriers installed to protect track. Indian Village evacuated. (Jersey barriers are modular concrete or plastic barriers.)
Flood defense priorities established: track, Grandstand, BMO Centre and electrical substation. Park combed for anything that might float away.
Evacuation begins for Calgary and area communities.
Sluice gates closed. Flood walls and sandbags installed around track. (Sluice gates prevent storm sewers from upwelling.)
Calgary Stampede volunteers deployed to City of Calgary Reception Centres. Employees called back to Park to move files, computers, phones, uniforms and all other valuables from basements to higher ground.
Tiger Dams™ installed around electrical substation. Sandbags and pumps put in BMO Centre. (A Tiger Dam™ system consists of elongated flexible tubes which may be joined end to end, stacked and filled with water. Together, they form a pyramid-shaped structure that creates a barrier.)
Calgary transit and bridges closed. Stampede Park evacuated. A handful of employees stay through the night pushing water away from the electrical substation with pumps, brooms and squeegees.
Blue bridge washed away, Infield tunnel and Indian Village submerged. Track, barns, Stampede Foundation buildings, Big Four Building, Agriculture Building, Headquarters Building and People Centre all flooded. Scotiabank Saddledome flooded to row 10.
Elbow River peaks at 1,240 cubic metres per second, 12x the normal rate and 3x the 2005 flood.
Bow River peaks at 2,400 cubic metres per second, 8x the normal rate and 3x the 2005 flood.
Water flowing in and out of the reservoir equalizes.
Materials to rebuild track found and ordered.
Fuel deliveries and cleanup organized, including contractors, suppliers, pavers, track builders, elevator repair technicians, pumps and washers.
Water recedes. North American Midway Entertainment and independent vendors postpone arrival for recovery efforts.
Top priorities established: repair the breach of the track, pump out Grandstand, restore electrical, clean out BMO Centre, get the lights back on in the parking lots.
Park and Facility Services, one of the few functional buildings and running on a generator, is established as home base for employees coming back to work.
Press conference held to confirm that Stampede 101 will go ahead “Come hell or high water.”
Hell or High Water T-shirts go on sale.
Contractors from across Canada and the United States arrive to help with flood recovery. Many stay on to help surrounding communities in the days and weeks to follow.
Employee orientations for 10-day Stampede begin. Midway vendors and volunteer committees begin to set up in a compressed timeline. The TransAlta Grandstand Show, which usually has eight to nine days for rehearsals, now has only three.
Calgary Transit reopens. (About 50 per cent of Stampede guests arrive every year using Transit.)
Stampede Park opens on time for Sneak-a-Peek.
1.1 million guests join us for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
Calgary Stampede presents a $2.1 million cheque to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Floods Fund.
Dirt removed from track and 88 million pounds of new dirt moved in to rebuild it.
63 buildings (or parts of buildings) remediated (emptied, repaired, cleaned, sanitized, dried and inspected).
900 flowers and 4 tandem trailers full of bark mulch replaced.
200 hours of people power to pull grass out of the fencelines.
A citizen brings 220 bagged lunches, each with a personal message, to the cleanup crew at the Grandstand, another community member provides hotdogs outside of the Saddledome, while yet another brings a carload of treats and food for relief workers.
A focal point on Stampede Park, the Agriculture Discovery Zone will draw public audiences to agriculture events and educational opportunities year-round. At its heart is the Agrium Western Event Centre, a multipurpose complex that will triple the Stampede’s capacity to host international and domestic, cattle and equine events. The building's rotunda will be home to Journey 2050: Growing Responsibly —an inquiry-based educational experience for Calgary and area middle school children. This world-class program will challenge students to consider how to sustainably feed the world's projected nine billion people in 2050.watch video
Riverfront Park will be a vital green space for festivals, recreation and educational programming. The land along the Elbow River will be transformed into a beautiful, new city park and outdoor community gathering place. During the 10-day Stampede, the park will be the new home for Indian Village presented by Penn West Exploration. Year-round, Riverfront Park will celebrate our western heritage, our history and the environment.watch video
Youth Campus will position Calgary’s youth for success. Here, youth will develop strong roots in the community through education, performing arts, and making meaningful connections with southern Alberta’s heritage. Youth Campus will feature ample green space and be custom-designed for indoor and outdoor classrooms, training and performing. Youth Campus will be home to The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, Calgary Stampede Showband, Stampede School and the relocated Calgary Arts Academy. The SAM Centre will be a central piece of Youth Campus. This western interpretive centre will enhance the learning environment with galleries and education spaces, and be the new location for the Stampede’s archives.
For the second year in a row, the Calgary Stampede participated in the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s (ICC) Cultural Access Pass program. In 2013, more than 150 new citizens picked up their passes for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth at TELUS Spark. Since the Cultural Access Pass program’s launch five years ago, more than 60,000 new Canadians have received free access to more than 1,200 Canadian cultural attractions from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
In late September 2013, the Indian Events committee participated in CultureFest at the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness. Along with First Nations dancers and a tipi display, visitors enjoyed Bollywood and Hollywood movies, cultural pavilions, art exhibits and food booths.
The Calgary Stampede donation program made more than 190 donations to not-for-profit organizations that work to make southern Alberta a better place. In October, the Stampede donated an ultimate Stampede experience worth $2,200 to the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation that included an exclusive “behind-the-chutes” of the Stampede Rodeo tour.
The Calgary Stampede Promotion committee proudly took part in the Canadian Paraplegic Association’s Family Fun Day celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Members of the committee, including Harry the Horse, stopped by to join the festivities, which included a free barbecue, face painting, arts and crafts, and wheelchair basketball. The Promotion committee attended numerous community events in 2013, bringing first-class western entertainment and goodwill wherever they went.
The Stampede Showband performed at the 2012 and 2013 CIBC Run for the Cure as one of several community performances showcasing Stampede youth programs. The Showband-related programs make approximately 50 individual appearances annually at schools, community centres and private functions.
In October 2013, the following individuals were recognized for exemplifying the Stampede values of western hospitality, pride of place, integrity and commitment to community: Carson Reiser (Award for Youth), Brian Nimijean and Paul Wagman (Award for Innovation), Rick Smith (Award for Sustained Contribution: Individual) and Children’s Hospital Aid Society (Award for Sustained Contribution: Group).
The Gaminde family, John and Natalie and their daughters Eoin (3) and Euan (1), became the proud new owners of the Rotary Dream Home on October 29. Over the past decade, Stampede Lotteries has donated more than $22 million to local charities. This year’s ticket sales totalled $1.2 million and benefited the Rotary Club, the Kinsman Club, the Calgary Stampede Foundation and the Calgary Stampede Showband.
In December 2013, The Young Canadians performed for three seniors’ care centres, including the Walden Heights Seniors Community (pictured here). In addition, they performed “A Christmas Spectacular” for more than 700 seniors at Jack Singer Concert Hall, a free concert presented by The Rotary House Club of Calgary. The Young Canadians also performed for Calgary schools during the Traffic Safety Awareness event presented by the Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils.
Members of the Calgary Stampede family jumped into action during and following the southern Alberta floods. Many Stampede volunteers answered the call for help at Reception centres. The Caravan committee served up a hot breakfast for relief troops in Canmore. Pictured here is the OH Ranch team who went to High River to help out with relief efforts.
L to R: Deb Pigeon (OH Ranch, Ken’s wife), Kevin Isherwood (Jessie’s boyfriend), Ken Pigeon (OH Ranch manager), Jessie Pigeon (Ken’s daughter), Dustin Coleman (Ken’s nephew), Miles Coleman (Deb’s brother).
The Calgary Stampede was honoured to receive the White Hat of the Year award in the Attraction/Festival/Event category. The Calgary White Hat Awards celebrate the front-line staff, behind-the-scenes workers and visionary leaders who are the lifeblood of the hospitality and tourism industry in Calgary.
The 2014 Calgary Stampede is one of five Alberta events listed in North America’s 100 Best Events for 2014 by the ABA. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations Magazine, indicates that these events offer excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travellers from around the world.
The Calgary Stampede was especially honoured to receive the special President’s Award of Distinction. This accolade was accepted by our president and chairman of the board, Bob Thompson, on behalf of the Stampede and the citizens of Calgary, in recognition of the resiliency and heroic efforts demonstrated during the devastating floods. The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by TIAC to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada's tourism industry. The awards have become the standard of excellence for businesses and organizations in the travel industry, showcasing the nation's best tourism products, services and experiences.
The Calgary Stampede was recognized as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures by Waterstone Human Capital. This national program recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having a culture that helps enhance performance and sustain competitive advantage.
Calgary Stampede received the Best of Show (Large Fair) award at the 2013 CAFE conference. CAFE represents a broad spectrum of fairs, from small community rural fairs to large urban exhibitions. In addition, the membership includes provincial associations that represent agricultural societies from across the nation, industry service providers, and affiliate associations who have a direct interest and link with the Canadian fair industry.
For the ninth consecutive year, the Calgary Stampede proudly won the Consumer Choice Award for Best Calgary Convention Centre. Voted by consumers, this award recognizes business excellence. Winners of the Consumer Choice Award are selected based on delivery of optimal value for services and goods, as well as a rewarding consumer experience.
The Calgary Stampede was honoured to receive the WFA’s Merrill Award. This award is named in honour of the WFA founder, Louis Merrill, and awarded to those organizations that clearly demonstrate innovation, vision and excellence.
Calgary Stampede-based media productions were nominated for five AMPIA Awards:
• Equine Outfit of Excellence (an internal Stampede production): nominated for Best Promotional Production and Best Director (Non-Fiction Under 30 Minutes).
• Tails Promo Trailer (a Stampede Entertainment production): nominated for Best Promotional Production and Best Director (Non-Fiction Under 30 Minutes).
• Stampede 100: A Celebration of 100 Years of the Calgary Stampede (a CBC production): nominated for Best Musical or Variety Special.
The Calgary Stampede was recognized by the IAAPA as a Silver Member for 25 years of continuously promoting safe operations, global development, professional growth, and commercial success of the amusement parks and attractions industry. The Stampede’s InstaStampede social media initiative was chosen as the Brass Ring Marketing Excellence winner for Best Social Media Campaign.
The Calgary Stampede was a finalist in TA’s ALTO Awards in the Alberta Pride category for the “Hell or High Water” campaign and also recognized in the Tourism Media category for Travel and Escape magazine’s “Behind the Scenes at the Calgary Stampede”.
The Calgary Stampede topped the Canada Ads Leaderboard for July. Our Second Century Begins, a two-minute time-lapse of flood recovery efforts on Stampede Park was the most watched ad on YouTube in Canada for the month of July. To date, the video has been watched more than 164,000 times.
Despite the loss of the Saddledome concerts during Stampede 2013, the other music venues saw great crowds. These efforts were recognized when, for the third consecutive year, the CCMA Industry Awards presented the Calgary Stampede with the Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year award. Lindsay Ell, programming production manager, and Roderick Tate, programming manager, were also honoured to be nominated for the Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year award.
The CDA presented the Calgary Stampede with the 2012 Downtown Vitality Award for Arts and Culture in recognition of the “100 Days to Stampede” event that took place Friday, March 29, 2012 at Olympic Plaza. Thousands of Calgarians attended the spirited 100-day kickoff party to get a first look at the Stampede’s Centennial celebrations.
The Calgary Stampede Showband successfully defended its World Championship Title at the WAMSB Championship in Chiba, Japan. The Stampede Showband is proud to hold four world champion titles at what is considered to be the largest and most reputable competition of its type in the world.
In December 2013, the Calgary Stampede Showband was awarded the Sudler Shield from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, recognizing the program as an International World-Class Ensemble. This is the first time a Canadian Marching Ensemble has been recognized by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
After a 12-year hiatus, The Young Canadians returned to the competition world at Dance Power, one of the largest dance competitions in North America. They received High Gold, the top award, in the Production category, achieving the highest scores ever given out in the category.
The Calgary Stampede was honoured with three inductions into the Ellensburg Hall of Fame. Gary Rempel, a Stampede pickup man whose career spans three decades, was inducted for his outstanding work saving cowboys and keeping shows running smoothly and safely. Grated Coconut, now retired and enjoying his job as top stud at the Stampede Ranch, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the world of rodeo. The Stampede Ranch Born to Buck breeding program was also recognized for five decades of horse breeding and training programs at the Stampede Ranch.
Calgary Stampede stock received recognition at the 2013 National Finals Rodeo with S83 Special Delivery placing third in the World Bareback standings. Also, the top bronc riders of the PRCA presented legendary Calgary Stampede bucking horse, John Wayne, with the first ever “Hell Ya” Award. The “Hell Ya” award is an expression used by rodeo champion, Chet Johnson, during callbacks when he says “sometimes a guy draws a horse and isn’t too pumped, and then there are the times when you’ll say Hell Ya!” John Wayne may not have been the “rankest ride”, but more than $300,000 has been won on the buckskin throughout his career. He will be retired after his final performance in the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The City of Calgary is a long-time partner of the Calgary Stampede, providing our 100-year lease and support for our credit facilities. With this year’s flood in June, the organizations worked together to facilitate the city getting back in operation as quickly as possible for Calgarians. This partnership enhances the community’s ability to participate in our activities at Stampede Park and throughout the city, both year-round and during our annual 10-day event.
The Government of Alberta, through the Alberta Lottery Fund, supported a number of the Stampede’s programs and facilities. We received a $9.3 million operating grant, as well as $250,000 that was used to renovate the Stampede Corral washrooms. Support from the Community Enhancement Facilities Program of $125,000 enabled the complete repair of the BMO Centre dividing walls. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development provided a $100,000 annual operating grant for agriculture activities and $75,000 to assist the Rodeo and Chuckwagon offices moving into the Agriculture Building. Alberta Livestock and Meat Association provided $17,500 towards educational and business to business initiatives. A $25 million matching grant from Alberta Agriculture supported the new infield tunnel, reconfigured track and construction of the Agrium Western Event Centre.
Calgary Stampede Capital Campaign and Calgary Stampede Foundation
working with investors and donors to build a legacy for our community
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Bill Gray, vice-chairman
Bob Thompson, president and chairman of the board
Dave Sibbald, vice-chairman
Vern Kimball, chief executive officer
Back row (L to R)
Deanne Carson, vice-president, marketing and external relations
Paul Rosenberg, vice-president, programming
Warren Connell, vice-president, park development
Paul Harrison, chief financial officer and vice-president, support services
Susan Garnett, vice-president, people services
president and chairman
of the board Bob Thompson
immediate past president Mike Casey
vice-chairman Bill Gray
vice-chairman Dave Sibbald
chief executive officer Vern Kimball
vice-president, marketing and external relations Deanne Carson
vice-president, park development Warren Connell
vice-president, people services Susan Garnett
chief financial officer and vice-president,
support services Paul Harrison
vice-president, programming Paul Rosenberg
Dr. David Chalack
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, O.C., O.M.M., A.O.E., M.S.C., C.D., L.L.D.
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
The Honourable Alison Redford
Premier of Alberta
The Honourable Gerry Ritz
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, Government of Canada
The Honourable Verlyn Olson, Q.C.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Canada
His Worship Naheed Nenshi
Mayor of Calgary
In April 2013, Amber Big Plume, the 2013 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess visited the Prairie Waters Elementary School in Chestermere, Alberta. During the culture fair, Amber represented the First Nations of Treaty 7 with a fancy shawl dance demonstration and spoke with many excited youth.
The Leduc Black Gold Rodeo, held from May 30 to June 2, 2013, was one of many Alberta attractions that Amber Big Plume took part in.
Amber Big Plume represented not only the Calgary Stampede and Indian Village, but also Alberta and Canada at ITB Berlin—the world’s largest trade show in Berlin, Germany. ITB Berlin took place in early March 2013 and consisted of 27 pavilions, sorted by continents and countries promoting travel and showcasing their unique food, music, culture and attractions.
The Calgary Stampede Queen Jessica Williams and Princesses Danielle Kakoschke and Catherine Morneau joined a courageous and spirited crowd at the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, held on Sunday, September 22, 2013. More than 700 people gathered at Eau Claire Plaza for the national walk to help fund prevention and education work and support those living with AIDS.
Youth development is a key component of the Calgary Stampede Queen and Princess program. Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary was one of many visits the Stampede Queen and Princesses made to spread the word about the Stampede and encourage young adults to follow their dreams.
Stampede Princess Danielle Kakoschke, Stampede Queen Jessica Williams and Stampede Princess Catherine Morneau, with Tim Hortons employees on Tim Hortons Camp Day. On Camp Day, Tim Hortons restaurant owners generously donate all proceeds from coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation (THCF), helping send kids on an unforgettable, fun-filled camping adventure.
We also remember the significant contributions of volunteers who passed away. We bid farewell to:
Deceased in 2012 and 2013