Stampede Sponsorship Manager shares his expertise at the 2016 Irish Sponsorship Summit

Patrick O’Brien, sponsorship manager attended the 2016 Irish Sponsorship Summit (ISS) last Thursday, February 25. Three hundred of the industry’s thought leaders and Ireland’s sponsorship professionals had the opportunity to share their insight on the future of sponsorship. O’Brien spoke alongside seven other international keynote speakers.

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I had the opportunity to chat with Pat before he attended the event.

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Stampede supports the 2016 Immigrant of Distinction Awards

The 20th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards gala (IDA) is on Friday, March 11.

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Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) has hosted the gala since 1997 to recognize the achievements and life stories of some of Calgary’s most community-minded individuals. Twenty-five Immigrants and refugees in the Calgary community are finalists for the award and they will be acknowledged at IDA for their exceptional contributions and achievements in the following categories: Achievement Under 35; Arts and Culture; Community Service; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Hadassah Ksienski Lifetime Achievement; STEM; Organizational Diversity; and Youth Scholarships. Continue reading

A year in review: Calgary Stampede 2015 Report to the Community

We invite you to tour our new interactive, online Calgary Stampede Annual Report to the Community. Be sure to check out the many videos and infographic statistics for a comprehensive and entertaining view of the Stampede and its year-round initiatives.

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A tradition of community service has long been the hallmark of the Stampede’s culture. Looking back over this past year, the Stampede continued to deliver exceptional Stampede time experiences and diverse year-round programming. As you review the highlights of our 103rd year, we hope that you will agree that the Stampede is a world-class, year-round gathering place for the community, in ways which we can all be incredibly proud. To read our report, click here.

To see past reports, visit the Calgary Stampede Annual Report Archives.

Chef Roger Breton shapes a sugar palace for Ronald McDonald House

Chef Roger Breton is known across Stampede Park for his enthusiasm, bright smile and trademark, “GIDDY UP!” greeting. His kitchen colleagues and Wild West Chef interns are familiar with his big heart and impressive sculpting abilities but it wasn’t until a chance glance at the Calgary Stampede blog that gave chef Breton the chance to share his sweet skills with the community.

Pictured: Chef Breton hand delivered his sugar masterpiece to Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, December 20, 2015

Pictured: Chef Breton hand delivered his sugar masterpiece to Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, December 20, 2015

Once a month, employees from the Stampede Food & Beverage department round up their teams to rustle up brunch for Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern Alberta families. Chef Breton, who signed up for the December shift, wanted his first House visit to be a super sweet one. Continue reading

Thanks a brunch, Stampede Food & Beverage team!

When Karen Monaghan, catering supervisor, and William Kwong, executive sous chef, heard about opportunities to contribute to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern Alberta they decided to put their western hospitality skills to the test. They rounded up other employees to help cook for the families through the “Home for Dinner” program (which also includes breakfast, brunch and lunch).

Pictured: Brenna, Stampede Concession team and Julia, Stampede front of house serving captain.

Pictured: Brenna, Stampede Concession team and Julia, Stampede front of house serving captain.

The Ronald McDonald House in Calgary provides a home away from home for out-of-town families with sick children receiving medical attention in the Calgary Children’s Hospital. More than 18,000 families have stayed at the House since it opened and it is one of 14 homes across Canada and one of more than 300 Houses worldwide. Continue reading

AltaLink and the Calgary Stampede team up to promote farm safety!

On Thursday, November 26, AltaLink generously announced that they will donate $1.5 million to create AltaLink Hall, a 20,000 square foot multi-purpose space within the Agrium Western Event Centre, and support agriculture programming. One of the fantastic new initiatives is Farm Safety Day, a one-day farm safety program aimed at rural youths in grades six to nine.

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Pictured: (L) Scott Thon and (R) Warren Connell

“AltaLink’s generous donation to create Farm Safety Day and AltaLink Hall is a milestone in the Calgary Stampede’s effort to continue to showcase agriculture and western experiences,” said Warren Connell, chief executive officer of the Calgary Stampede. Continue reading

Introducing Jeff de Boer

I know that all you culture cravers and urban art aficionados are eagerly awaiting the opening of ENMAX Park in July 2016—since we announced that local artist, Jeff de Boer was selected to create a new sculpture to grace the MacDonald Bridge entrance earlier this year, the community has been abuzz with excitement!

Photo credit: Jeff de Boer website

Photo credit: Jeff de Boer website

I got the opportunity to tour de Boer’s studio and learn more about his work, as well as what inspires him to create.

de Boer is a multimedia artist, best-known for his whimsical metal sculptures—you may have seen his work at the Calgary International Airport (Tin Toy) or Cyclone, at the Glenbow Museum. He’s also received a Board of Governors Award of Excellence for his work instructing at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD). An ACAD graduate, who majored in jewelry design, de Boer now works with various mediums to create pieces that surprise, delight and make memories. Continue reading

Calgary Stampede hosts 10 Chinese chefs for kitchen tour

Cowboy culture and a deep appreciation for Stampede time drew 10 Chinese chefs from Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing out to tour our Food & Beverage facilities late last month.

These international guests traveled to our fair province to learn more about Alberta Beef, our culinary scene and world-famous hospitality industries; they traveled with Cargill representatives to tour various locations during their week-long stay.

Pictured: (in white jackets) Chef Dale and Chef Kwong making memories with the Chinese tour group and Cargill representatives. Our guests not only got a tour of Stampede facilities, they also got a chance to check out the public art pieces on Stampede Park, like the Roundup, featured behind the group

Pictured: (in white jackets) Chef Dale and Chef Kwong making memories with the Chinese tour group and Cargill representatives. Our guests not only got a tour of Stampede facilities, they also got a chance to check out the public art pieces on Stampede Park, like the Roundup, featured behind the group

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Stampede recognizes community builders with Western Legacy Awards

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Pictured: 2015 Western Legacy Awards recipients (L to R) Chuck Groenveld, Quinn Clark, Marilyn Dyck and Brad Fisher

On November 12 we honoured three outstanding individuals and one incredible group—as well as two inspiring Chairman’s Award recipients—at the 11th Annual Western Legacy Awards.

These awards were established in 2005 to recognize unsung heroes in Southern Alberta who exemplify the Calgary Stampede’s values of commitment to community, pride of place, integrity and western hospitality.

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October is Disability Employment Awareness month

Disability Employment Awareness month (DEAM) was established to spotlight the positive outcomes of hiring persons with disabilities in Canada.

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Pictured: In A DEAM World

Five employees from the Calgary Stampede Food & Beverage team helped to bring attention to this great cause on Monday, October 26, 2015. Twelve local organizations were invited to join Mike Montgomery, from the Prospect House placement agency, as well as representatives from Studio C, to help create an inspiring 15 foot by five foot canvas mural, entitled In A DEAM World. Continue reading

Stampede Employees in Action: Calgary Corporate Challenge 2015

Pictured: Team Calgary Stampede participating in the 2015 Torch Relay. Yahoo!

Pictured: Team Calgary Stampede participating in the 2015 Torch Relay. Yahoo!

The Calgary Stampede is proud to be part of Calgary Corporate Challenge (CCC) for the fifth year in a row! From volleyball to trivia, the Stampede RANGERS are ready for the challenge and eager to raise money to help support KidSport Calgary, the Calgary Food Bank, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Blood Services. Continue reading

O Canada!

Breathtaking, incredible, inspiring– these are just some of the terms used to describe the 2015 TransAlta Grandstand Show: Canadian Classic.

The 2015 TransAlta Grandstand Show - Classic Canadian

The 2015 TransAlta Grandstand Show – Classic Canadian

It’s hard to say what made this year’s show so amazing; between the tribute to Canadian innovation, allusions to our nation’s natural wonders, The Hockey Song and electrifying pyro technic displays, each set was just as astonishing as the last. But what made me tear up every single time without fail, was the nightly citizenship ceremony.

For 10 nights, live in front of an audience of 20,000 people, 13 immigrant families came onstage with The Young Canadian’s of the Calgary Stampede to take their citizenship oath and were celebrated in spectacular Stampede style.

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Going for gold (and winning) at the 2015 Drum Corps International’s SoundSport and DrumLine Battle competitions

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The Calgary Stampede Showband was in Indianapolis, Ind. last week for the Drum Corps International’s (DCI) SoundSport and DrumLine Battle competitions. After facing off against the best of the best in the Marching Music’s Major League, we are proud to report that the Stampede Showband achieved a gold rating in the SoundSport competition for the all-age, more than 50 members category! The Showband also won Best in Show for SoundSport!

The bands battled it out at Pan Am Plaza on Georgia Street, in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

The bands battled it out at Pan Am Plaza on Georgia Street, in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

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