As top provincial employers and community-based, nonprofit organizations, Edmonton Northlands and the Calgary Stampede are a strategic fit with the ministry.
Edmonton Northlands hosts more than 500 events, including K-Days and the Canadian Finals Rodeo, each year at its various venues—including Rexall Place, Edmonton Expo Centre and Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino. Stampede Park is home to more than 1,800 events within various facilities including the Agrium Western Event Centre, BMO Centre and more.
Together, Edmonton Northlands and the Calgary Stampede employ thousands of Alberta workers, generate more than $700 million in economic benefit and attract millions of tourists to Alberta each year. Both organizations produce and facilitate numerous events that have strong community and cultural connections, powered by thousands of volunteers.
“I am pleased to welcome these major fairs back to Culture and Tourism. The Calgary Stampede and Northlands bring Alberta’s communities together and attract visitors to the province, providing important economic benefits. This change recognizes our shared goals of building strong communities and a robust, diversified economy.”
David Eggen, Minister of Culture and TourismEvents like the Calgary Stampede, K-Days and the Canadian Finals Rodeo provide Albertans with cultural experiences that have direct historic roots in the province. Many of these community exhibitions represent Alberta’s agricultural roots and are part of the province’s cultural heritage.
“The Calgary Stampede is excited to return to Culture and Tourism, this ministry is a great fit for all of our cultural touch points in the province. Agriculture continues to be a part of our cultural DNA and remains fundamental in advancing the urban and rural connections we create through gathering spaces for celebration, entertainment and world-class experiences.”
Warren Connell, CEO Calgary Stampede“We’re a major entertainment destination for northern Alberta, and our business fits best with Culture and Tourism. As a community service organization with a long, strong history of bringing economically sound events to life, we’re happy to work with the ministry again and to keep building Alberta.”
Tim Reid, President and CEO, NorthlandsAgriculture and Rural Development (now Agriculture and Forestry) had assumed responsibility for the Major Fairs Program from Culture and Tourism in 2011. The Major Fairs Program provides annual operating grants of $7.67 million each to Edmonton Northlands and the Calgary Stampede through funds generated by the Alberta Lottery Fund.