Calgary – Each year, the Calgary Stampede and BMO Bank of Montreal come together to recognize the outstanding contributions that farm families across southern Alberta make to their communities with the BMO Farm Family Awards. On Monday, July 10, winning farm families from each southern Alberta municipal district will gather at the BMO Centre on Stampede Park for a celebratory brunch and award ceremony, hosted by Darrel Janz.

The Farm Family Awards acknowledge each family’s commitment to both agriculture and the community, celebrating families who take an innovative approach to growing their business, demonstrate a commitment to traditional western values and maintain an exceptional standard of sustainability.

At the ceremony and brunch, the families will meet with BMO Bank of Montreal representatives, government officials, Calgary Stampede Board Members, and Stampede Royalty, who will all be present to help recognize the families’ achievements.

WHAT:            BMO Farm Family Awards

WHO:              19 winning Farm Families from across southern Alberta

                        Oneil Carlier, Alberta minister of agriculture        

                        David Sibbald, president and chairman of the board, Calgary Stampede

                        Susan Brown, senior vice president, BMO Bank of Montreal

WHEN:           Monday, July 10, 2017 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:         Palomino Room, BMO Centre, Stampede Park

For more information on the BMO Farm Family Awards, please visit


About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west.  The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.


About BMO and the Calgary Stampede

BMO Bank of Montreal's ties to the Calgary Stampede are long and remarkable. The relationship between BMO and the Calgary Stampede is the oldest business relationship in Western Canada, dating back to 1884. BMO has been the banker to the Calgary Exhibition since 1899 when lands were christened at Victoria Park. The Agricultural Society had purchased 94 acres of land from the Dominion of Canada and built a race track, cattle sheds and an exhibition building. BMO continued as the banker in 1912 when the first rodeo took place and it became the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.


For more information, please contact:

Christine Thompson
Media Relations Coordinator
Calgary Stampede