Report to the Community 2018
Our people reflect the Calgary Stampede brand values in the stories we tell, experiences we deliver and the spaces we create. The Stampede's unique partnership of volunteers, employees and community truly reflects the sentiment that "We're Greatest Together!"
The Calgary Stampede is governed by a volunteer board of directors that sets the strategic vision for the organization. Their guidance steers the Stampede toward its vision of being a world-class, year-round gathering place for the community.
Front row (left to right): Steve McDonough, Second Vice-Chairman; David Sibbald, President & Chairman of the Board; Dana Peers, First Vice-Chairman
Middle row (left to right): Brian Malkinson, MLA; Bob Park; Lesley Conway; Stuart O’Connor; Wendy Tynan; Toni Dixon; Kate Thrasher; Garry Holbrook; Sandy O’Connor; Elizabeth Burke-Gaffney; Will Osler
Back row (left to right): Dale Befus; Greg Kwong; Tom O’Leary; Maggie Schofield; Paul Polson; Bill Gray, Immediate Past President; Roc Spence; Dave Lougheed; Shane Doig; Dave Lantz; Marcel Coutu; John Third
Not pictured: Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Councillor Joe Magliocca, Councillor Ward Sutherland
Elected Officers from left to right:
Dana Peers, First Vice-Chairman
David Sibbald, President & Chairman of the Board
Steve McDonough, Second Vice-Chairman
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Vice-President, Sponsorship, Marketing & Employee Services
Vice-President, Park Planning & Development
Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer
Vice-President, Volunteer Services, Communications & Corporate Secretary
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Premier of Alberta
Government of Canada
Government of Alberta
Mayor, City of Calgary
The Calgary Stampede Royalty are ambassadors of the Stampede, representing western heritage, hospitality, integrity, commitment to the community and pride of place on behalf of the Calgary Stampede to the rest of the world. Together, the Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess and Stampede Queen and Princesses attend more than 400 year-round events in southern Alberta and around the world.
Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess Cieran Starlight
Cieran Starlight attended nearly 400 events during her year as First Nations Princess. Cieran is from Tsuut’ina nation and is 21-years-old. In the Dene language of Tsuut’ina, Cieran’s name is ʔikoeza Tsik’a, or Spirit Woman. Her parents are Anthony and Frances Starlight, tipi holders in Elbow River Camp.
This year, the Stampede collaborated with the University of Calgary to hold their annual Campfire Chat at ENMAX Park on National Indigenous Peoples Day. Cieran performed and was part of a panel during which she shared her experiences growing up in a tipi holding family in Elbow River Camp. She also spoke about challenges she faced as she pursued her creative passions, switching schools and starting at the Alberta University of the Arts to develop her artistic skills. Her message to youth attending was very clear: don’t let anything stop you from pursuing your dreams. Later, when she performed a fancy dance, a young girl from the audience began to dance and wander close to Cieran. In response, Cieran changed her steps to dance with the child, whose smile quickly widened ear-to-ear. The shared dance demonstrated all that Cieran had just spoke about and provided a collective heartwarming moment at the event.
ITB Berlin is the world’s leading travel trade show, with approximately 180,000 people attending each year. Stampede Royalty was once again fortunate enough to attend in 2018. While there, Cieran met people from around the world and shared the stories of Elbow River Camp and the historic relationship between the Stampede and the tipi-owning families of Elbow River Camp. As a special highlight this year, Cieran was selected for an additional performance. In an event planned to highlight Indigenous cultures of Canada, Cieran joined two other Indigenous dancers from other parts of Canada to dance under the Brandenburg Gate. There, many people stopped to enjoy the performance and meet the dancers afterward. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Cieran.
Throughout her reign, Cieran connected with thousands of young people across southern Alberta. She has four brothers and two sisters and her passion for engaging youth was a mainstay of her platform. She visited classes in Stampede School, answering questions about her regalia, what life is like as part of a tipi owning family at the Stampede, and about Treaty 7 First Nations cultures. She travelled to Kainai nation to present prize belt buckles to youth participants in the A’sitapiiks Rodeo Club, encouraging them to keep working hard as young rodeo athletes. Cieran also led a session in the Calgary Stampede Foundation’s Indigenous Youth Program in which young participants were asked to create art that showed what they thought an ideal future world would be. The participants were inspired to see First Nations Princess Cieran Starlight sharing her artistic talents with them and it was a day that no one would soon forget.
As Stampede ambassadors, the Calgary Stampede Royal Trio spread western hospitality and values throughout southern Alberta, Canada and abroad during their reign.
Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses were honoured to give a Stampede send-off to children and families travelling to Disneyland as part of Dreams Take Flight program, a national volunteer program that gives the experience of a lifetime to medically, mentally, physically, socially or emotionally challenged children. With an early wakeup call of 3:30 a.m., Queen Lindsay and Princesses Jaden and Jessica arrived at YYC to spread the Stampede spirit to the planeload of excited children on their Disneyland adventure.
The Calgary Stampede Royalty once again participated in the world’s leading travel trade show, ITB Berlin, where they supported Tourism Calgary’s efforts to show the world what Calgary and Alberta have to offer. They were able to “go around the world in a day” by visiting representatives from several countries. Queen Lindsay and Princesses Jessica and Jaden spent five days showcasing their community spirit and western hospitality to the world.
A special relationship exists each year between the Stampede Royal Trio and the First Nations Princess, and this year was no different. This year, the Trio, joined First Nations Princess, Cieran Starlight and took part in the Tsuu T’ina Pow Wow and Rodeo. It was an honour for the Trio to be a part of this event.
At the heart of our organization are more than 2,500 dedicated volunteers. It’s their dedication, passion and commitment to community that make the Calgary Stampede a year-round world-class gathering place for the community.
We also remember the significant contributions of volunteers who passed away. We bid farewell to:
Our employees are passionate and talented individuals, who work alongside our volunteer committees to bring the vision of the Stampede to life. They consist of 1,500 year-round casual part-time and full-time employees and 3,500 seasonal.