Calgary Stampede Among Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and Alberta's Top Employers

Calgary – Two new reasons to YAHOO! On Monday, February 3, the Calgary Stampede’s western hospitality, professional excellence and community spirit earned the distinction of being one of Canada’s top corporate cultures for 2013. And today the organization also received the nod as one of Alberta’s Top Employers.


The Calgary Stampede received the prestigious Waterstone Award for Canada’s Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in the Public Sector category during a gala ceremony in Toronto on Monday.  The honour recognizes how well the Stampede performs in the areas of leadership, recruitment, cultural alignment, employee rewards, organizational performance and corporate social responsibility.


“The Calgary Stampede is receiving this award, it truly belongs to the greater Stampede community,” says Susan Garnett, vice president of People Services. “We are an inspired group of employees working in tandem with 2,500 volunteers, supported by our partners and sponsors. Together with the community we work to preserve and promote western heritage and values – and we do that all year long. This award as a most-admired corporate culture verifies what we already know - we are greatest together.”


The essence of the Stampede spirit rang through loud and clear during the gala, as the song “Hell or High Water” filled the ballroom. The song represents the groundswell of spirit that originated from the southern Alberta community and translated into a T-shirt campaign that resulted in the donation of $2.1 million to Canada’s Red Cross.


The Stampede also tips its hat to its partners at Travel Alberta and neighbours at SAIT who also made the public sector list of Canada’s most-admired corporate cultures.


Earlier today, Mediacorp Canada announced the Calgary Stampede as one of Alberta’s Top 65 Employers. Companies are evaluated against others in their field to highlight those with the most progressive and visionary programs in the areas of workplace, atmosphere, benefits, vacation time, communications, management, skills development and community involvement. This is the first time the Calgary Stampede has earned this distinction, making it a company of choice for top employees all year round as well as being a destination of choice for more than a million fans each July.


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.



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Bonni Clark

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