Calgary – The Calgary Stampede Parade Committee is excited to announce that Calgary entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star, Manjit Minhas, will be the celebrity judge for the 2017 Calgary Stampede Parade. Minhas will select the entry that, in her opinion, best exemplifies the spirit of the Calgary Stampede. That entry will receive the 2017 Celebrities’ Choice Award.

“Manjit Minhas’ success and visionary leadership has made her a role model for so many Canadians. We are thrilled that she is our celebrity judge,” said Michael Wetherup, chair of the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee. “Minhas follows in the footsteps of some great Canadians, including Ralph Klein, Ryan Getzlaf, Beckie Scott, and Jon Cornish, who have all been celebrity judges for the Parade.”

In 2015, Minhas was announced as one of the new Dragons for the 10th season of the CBC reality television program, Dragon’s Den. Minhas is a specialist in brand development, marketing, sales management and retail negotiations, making her a well-respected entrepreneur and business woman. Manjit lives in Calgary with her husband and two young daughters.

"As a born and raised Calgarian, the Stampede Parade has always had a special place in my heart,” says Minhas. “I have fond memories of going to the parade all dressed up in my cowboy boots and straw hat as a kid to watch the spectacular floats. I now love seeing the parade and excitement for it through my daughters’ eyes. It's a great display of the diversity this city has in its people and cultures and also the common thread that brings us together as a community."

The Calgary Stampede Parade is organized by a team of passionate volunteers who make up the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee. The Calgary Stampede Parade begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 7, starting at the intersection of 9th Avenue and 1st Street S.E.

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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.


For more information, please contact:

Keith Marlowe
Media Coordinator
Calgary Stampede Parade Committee
T 403.260.9632
C 587.435.4580