Calgary – Following a year of unprecedented circumstances, BMO Bank of Montreal and the Calgary Stampede are proud to belatedly recognize the southern Alberta farm families who received 2020 BMO Farm Family Awards. Each year 19 families are selected for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their community, and are traditionally celebrated at a special awards ceremony during the annual Calgary Stampede. With the cancellation of the 2020 Stampede as a result of the global pandemic, last year’s winners could not be recognized in the traditional way. However, their passion for farming and dedication to their communities and family farms remains significant, particularly during these challenging times.  

“The BMO Farm Family Awards recognize the positive contributions farmers across Alberta have made to their communities and the vital role they play in the health and sustainability of the economy,” said Lynda Taylor, Senior Vice President and Head, Agriculture and Agribusiness, BMO Bank of Montreal. "BMO has a long and proud history of supporting Canada's agricultural community, and we are thrilled to honour the leadership, innovative approach to farming, and commitment to western values that these families have shown. Congratulations to 2020’s winning families.

The BMO Farm Family Awards aim to maintain a primary focus on agriculture and agri-food at the Calgary Stampede and within southern Alberta, promote the relationship between urban and rural communities and create awareness about agriculture and the value of the family farm. Every year, each of the municipal districts in southern Alberta nominates one family who displays the qualities of a Farm Family to be recognized for their accomplishments.

“Family farms are the bedrock of Alberta agriculture. Their passion and dedication to preserving their land and way of life is a testament to their grit and innovation. Farming isn’t easy - it constantly evolves. There are tough moments that can strain families and test their resolve but these farm families represent the best of the strongest, longest-lasting industry in Alberta and they’re just getting started,” said Alberta Minister of Agriculture, Devin Dreeshen.

Each Farm Family will receive a personalized gate sign celebrating their recognition as a BMO Farm Family Award winner. To learn more about the 2020 recipients, click here.

The winners of the 2020 BMO Farm Family Awards are:

Area

Farm Family

Cardston County

Nelson Family

County of Forty Mile No. 8  

Noga Family

County of Newell

Johnson Family

County of Warner

Taylor Family

Cypress County

Dick Family

Foothills County

Nauta Family

Kneehill County

Benedict Family

Lethbridge County

Slomp Family

MD of Pincher Creek

Clark Family

MD of Ranchland No. 66

Wilson Family

MD of Taber

Torsius Family

MD of Willow Creek #26

Poelman Family

Mountain View County

Miller Family

Rocky View County

Schissel Family

Special Areas No. 2

Kingcott Family

Special Areas No. 3

Lyon Family

Starland County

Chambers Family

Vulcan County

Roe Family

Wheatland County

Koester Family

 

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 Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and 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 Stampede since 1899 when lands were christened at Victoria Park and the organization was called Calgary Industrial Exhibition. 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:

Kristina Barnes

Manager, Communications & Media Relations

Calgary Stampede

T 403.261.0382

C 403.585.4706

kbarnes@calgarystampede.com