Jim Laurendeau, Vice-President – Park Development & Operations

Jim joined the Stampede in 1999 and held increasingly senior roles in various departments before being appointed Vice-President in 2015.

In his current role, Jim is responsible for development on Stampede Park, including the build-out of the Youth Campus, the extension of 17th Avenue through Stampede Park, the design and construction of the BMO Centre expansion, the introduction of a hotel and numerous other initiatives. In collaboration with Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and The City of Calgary, Jim and his team are working to develop the area as part of Calgary’s Culture & Entertainment district. As well, Jim oversees the organization’s operations related to public safety, maintenance, parking, and environmental stewardship.

Previously, Jim led the programming of the 2012 Centennial Stampede, mobilized the organization’s 2013 operational response following the worst flood in Canadian history, and led the Stampede’s safety response during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also is the Past President of the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions and a Roll of Honour inductee in that organization.

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