Ringette Canada
Ringette Canada
2021 Canadian Ringette Championships set to attract more than 3,000 visitors and projected to inject $5 million into Calgary's economy

Calgary wins bid to host Ringette Canada's 2021 national championships

2021 Canadian Ringette Championships

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Calgary wins bid to host Ringette Canada’s 2021 national championships

2021 Canadian Ringette Championships set to attract more than 3,000 visitors and projected to inject $5 million into Calgary’s economy

Dec. 12, 2019 – Tourism Calgary and Ringette Calgary’s winning bid is bringing Ringette Canada’s national championships back to Calgary. Centered at WinSport in April 2021, the 43rd annual Canadian Ringette Championships are anticipated to attract more than 3,000 athletes, coaches and fans from across the country and is projected to inject $5 million into Calgary’s economy.

“Securing Calgary as the host city for the 2021 Canadian Ringette Championships is a testament to the strength of the partnership between Tourism Calgary and Ringette Calgary,” said Jeff Daniels, Executive Director, Sport, Culture & Major Events, Tourism Calgary. “Hosting national sporting events like this present unique opportunities to showcase Calgary’s hosting abilities and shareable experiences to event organizers, athletes and fans.”

“While the 2021 bid process was very competitive, Calgary’s submission distinctly stood apart from the many strong bids presented by other destinations,” said Natasha Johnston, Executive Director, Ringette Canada. “We are confident our athletes and fans will have a memorable experience in Calgary and look forward to working with the host committee to deliver an outstanding event in 2021.”

“Ringette Calgary is honoured that our sport’s top national event will be hosted on home ice in 2021,” said Thu Blackwell, President of Ringette Calgary. “Our local ringette community has a reputation for being ultimate hosts, and an undeniable passion for the game. We’re eager to share our community spirit with fellow players and fans from across the country, and to create lasting legacies that support the future of ringette in Calgary.”

Between 40 – 48 teams will make their way to Calgary in 2021 to compete in their assigned U16, U19 and National Ringette League divisions. To learn more about this longstanding national event, visit: https://www.ringette.ca/events/canadian-ringette-championships/

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About Ringette

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently nearly 32,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada, with over 1,500 officials and nearly 8,000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in more than half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada website at www.ringette.ca.

About Ringette Calgary

Ringette Calgary has seen tremendous growth in the city over the last 40+ years. What started with just three teams in 1977, the league has now grown to 106 teams with over 2,200 players. Calgary is home to the largest ringette tournament, Esso Golden Ring, which will be in its 35th year in 2021. Calgary also currently holds the first ringette-related Guinness World Record ever set in 2013 for "Most Players in a Ringette Exhibition Match". In 1990 and 2004, Calgary hosted the Canadian Ringette Championships. Ringette Calgary and its community look forward to hosting this spectacular event again in 2021.

About Tourism Calgary

Tourism Calgary is the official destination marketing and development organization for Calgary's tourism industry. For more than 50 years, the organization’s primary purpose has been to promote Calgary and area as the destination of choice for travellers.

With a vision of making Calgary the ultimate host city, Tourism Calgary markets the city locally, nationally and internationally and advocates for its ongoing development as a destination. The organization hosts and attracts visitors and events and activates the city by fostering the growth of shareable, memorable experiences. Calgary’s tourism industry contributes approximately $2 billion in visitor spending by over 7.7 million visitors annually.

For more information about Tourism Calgary, please visit www.visitcalgary.com or follow @TourismCalgary on social channels.

 

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Communiqué de presse

Calgary va organiser le Championnat canadien de 2021 de Ringuette Canada

On prévoit que le Championnat canadien de ringuette de 2021 va attirer plus de 3 000 visiteurs, et injectera 5 millions de dollars dans l'économie de Calgary

Le 12 décembre 2019 - Tourisme Calgary et Ringuette Calgary vont organiser le Championnat national de ringuette du Canada à Calgary. Le 43e championnat canadien annuel de ringuette, qui aura lieu à WinSport en avril 2021, devrait attirer plus de 3 000 athlètes, entraîneurs et amateurs de partout au pays et injecter 5 millions de dollars dans l'économie de Calgary.

«Réussir à faire en sorte que Calgary soit la ville hôte du Championnat canadien de ringuette de 2021 témoigne de la force du partenariat entre Tourisme Calgary et Ringuette Calgary», a déclaré Jeff Daniels, directeur général, Sport, Culture et Événements majeurs, de Tourisme Calgary, qui ajoute : «L'accueil d'événements sportifs nationaux comme celui-ci offre des occasions uniques de mettre en valeur les capacités d'accueil de Calgary et d'offrir aux organisateurs d'événements, aux athlètes et aux partisans des expériences qu'ils peuvent partager.»

«Bien que le processus de candidature de 2021 ait été très concurrentiel, la soumission de Calgary s'est démarquée nettement des nombreuses offres solides présentées par d'autres destinations», a déclaré Natasha Johnston, directrice administrative de Ringuette Canada, qui poursuit : «Nous sommes confiants que nos athlètes et nos partisans vivront une expérience mémorable à Calgary et nous avons hâte de travailler avec le comité organisateur pour présenter un événement exceptionnel en 2021.»

«Ringuette Calgary est honorée que le meilleur événement national de notre sport se tienne sur la patinoire en 2021», a déclaré Thu Blackwell, présidente de Ringuette Calgary, qui ajoute : «Notre communauté locale de ringuette a la réputation d'être l'hôte ultime et d'avoir une passion indéniable pour la ringuette. Nous sommes impatients de partager notre esprit communautaire avec les athlètes et partisans de partout au pays, et de créer un legs durable qui soutiendra l'avenir de la ringuette à Calgary.»

Entre 40 et 48 équipes se rendront à Calgary en 2021 pour concourir dans les divisions moins de 16 ans, moins de 18 ans et de la Ligue nationale de ringuette. Pour en savoir plus sur cet événement national de longue date, visitez : https://www.ringette.ca/events/canadian-ringette-championships/

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À propos de la ringuette

La ringuette est un sport canadien inventé par le regretté Sam Jacks en 1963 à North Bay en Ontario. Actuellement, la ringuette compte plus de 32 000 joueurs qui évoluent au sein de près de 2 000 équipes dans tous les coins du Canada, ainsi que plus de 1 500 officiels et près de 8 000 entraîneurs. Sur le plan international, plus d'une demi-douzaine de pays de tous les coins du monde s'adonnent à ce sport. La ringuette a été désignée sport du patrimoine par Patrimoine canadien, et elle fait partie du mouvement le Sport pour la vie. De plus, l'adaptation du modèle de développement à long terme de l'athlète de Sport Canada pour la ringuette est déjà bien avancée. Pour obtenir de plus amples informations au sujet de la ringuette, consultez le site Web de Ringuette Canada dont l'adresse est www.ringette.ca.

À propos de Ringette Calgary

Ringette Calgary has seen tremendous growth in the city over the last 40+ years. What started with just three teams in 1977, the league has now grown to 106 teams with over 2,200 players. Calgary is home to the largest ringette tournament, Esso Golden Ring, which will be in its 35th year in 2021. Calgary also currently holds the first ringette-related Guinness World Record ever set in 2013 for "Most Players in a Ringette Exhibition Match". In 1990 and 2004, Calgary hosted the Canadian Ringette Championships. Ringette Calgary and its community look forward to hosting this spectacular event again in 2021.

À propos de Tourisme Calgary

Tourisme Calgary est l'organisme officiel de marketing et de développement de l'industrie touristique de Calgary. Depuis plus de 50 ans, l'objectif premier de cet organisme est de promouvoir Calgary et sa région comme destination de choix pour les voyageurs.

Avec la vision de faire de Calgary la ville hôte ultime, Tourisme Calgary commercialise la ville à l'échelle locale, nationale et internationale et préconise son développement continu en tant que destination. L'organisme accueille et attire des visiteurs et des événements, et anime la ville en favorisant la croissance d'expériences mémorables et partageables. L'industrie touristique de Calgary contribue pour environ 2 milliards de dollars aux dépenses des visiteurs, soit plus de 7,7 millions de visiteurs par année.

Pour de plus amples renseignements sur Tourisme Calgary, veuillez consulter le site www.visitcalgary.com ou suivre @TourismCalgary sur les canaux sociaux.

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Calgary skyline
Calgary skyline

2019 Tourism Calgary Town Hall

On December 3, 2019, Tourism Calgary hosted two Town Hall sessions to share an industry update and 2020 strategies, including brand, marketing and sales plans.

Calgary Central Library

Tourism industry update

Calgary's tourism industry has a lot to look forward to in the short- and long-terms, and Tourism Calgary remains committed to marketing, selling, hosting, advocating and activating on behalf of its partners and stakeholders.

In 2019, the industry saw a positive return on its efforts with year-over-year growth, 11 consecutive months of increased hotel room demand and record highs for hotel rooms sold between July and September.

Eager to Share brand launch

Eager to Share creative brand platform launch

Over the past three years, Tourism Calgary has taken on the challenge of working with its partners and stakeholders to articulate and emotionalize Calgary's unique personality. After years of research, engagement, collaboration and creativity, Calgary's new creative destination brand platform was launched at the 2019 Town Hall. View the Eager to Share materials presented at the Town Hall below. 

Tourism Calgary roaming team

Marketing update

In 2017, a new three-year marketing strategy was launched in alignment with Tourism Calgary's 2018-2020 strategic plan. Core marketing programs were built and launched in 2018, then further refined throughout 2019. In the final year of the plan, marketing efforts are focused on amplifying initiatives that have been the most successful, while adapting to the changing tourism landscape.

FINA Diving Grand Prix Calgary

Sport, Culture & Major Events sales update

In 2019, Tourism Calgary supported 68 sport, cultural and major events in our city including the Canadian Country Music Awards and the Grey Cup Festival and Championship Game. For 2020, efforts are focused on bringing more events to the city, adding to Calgary's robust event calendar and on enhancing attendees' event experiences.

Society of Petroleum Engineers Calgary

Meetings & Conventions sales update

Cassie Sharpe
Cassie Sharpe Calgary

Tourism Calgary disappointed in Government of Alberta's decision to withdraw funding for X Games

Tourism Calgary corporate logo

Media Release

Tourism Calgary disappointed in Government of Alberta’s decision to withdraw funding for X Games

X Games were projected to inject $75 million to Calgary’s economy annually

Oct. 31, 2019 - Earlier this year, Calgary secured the rights to host X Games – a globally-recognized youth lifestyle, music and action sports festival – for a minimum three-year commitment. This commitment was made in part because of a commitment from the provincial government to fund $13.5 million over three years to launch X Games in Canada, with anticipated returns of $75 million in annual economic impact.

Yesterday, Tourism Calgary was advised provincial funding would no longer be considered.

“We understand the provincial government needs to make some difficult decisions, and is doing so in this budget,” says Cindy Ady, CEO, Tourism Calgary. “We brought the opportunity of being the first Canadian city to host X Games to our provincial partners and to our local and national sponsors because we continue feel strongly that this event would have significantly contributed to Calgary’s economy, brand and spirit at the right time of year.”

“Tourism Calgary is proud of work and track-record in bringing events to Calgary for the benefit of Calgarians and visitors,” says Ady. “In 2018 we attracted 89 events to Calgary that injected $108 million to our economy. We continue to evaluate many other major events that will support the growing visitor economy in Calgary.”

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About Tourism Calgary

Tourism Calgary is the official destination marketing and development organization for Calgary's tourism industry. For more than 50 years, the organization’s primary purpose has been to promote Calgary and area as the destination of choice for travellers.

With a vision of making Calgary the ultimate host city, Tourism Calgary markets the city locally, nationally and internationally and advocates for its ongoing development as a destination. The organization hosts and attracts visitors, events and conferences and activates the city by fostering the growth of shareable, memorable experiences. Calgary’s tourism industry contributes approximately $2 billion in visitor spending by over 7.7 million visitors annually.

Media inquiries:

Cassandra McAuley

Executive Director, Stakeholder Engagement & Destination Development Tourism Calgary

403-835-0711

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White Hat Academy 2019 Alto Award winner
White Hat Academy 2019 Alto Award winner

Tourism Calgary's White Hat Academy wins multiple tourism industry awards

Tourism Calgary corporate logo

Media Release

Tourism Calgary’s White Hat Academy wins multiple tourism industry awards

First-of-its-kind tourism industry learning program wins 2019 Travel Alberta Alto Service Excellence Award and 2019 Destinations International WOW Award.

Oct. 29, 2019 – Last night, Tourism Calgary’s White Hat Academy - a free, first-of-its-kind online destination learning program – won Travel Alberta’s 2019 Alto Service Excellence Award. This marks the second industry award Tourism Calgary has received in recognition of its exemplary ideas and creativity in visitor services. This past September, the organization also accepted Destinations International’s 2019 “Most Replicable” Wow Award.

Launched in March 2019, the White Hat Academy ensures visitor-facing members of Calgary’s tourism industry are equipped with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to be better ambassadors and storytellers for our city.

“With over 530 graduates and two prominent industry awards earned to-date, the White Hat Academy has truly earned its place as the ultimate resource for Calgary’s tourism industry,” said Cindy Ady, CEO, Tourism Calgary. “Feedback toward this program has been overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to watching it continue to grow and support Calgary’s robust visitor economy.”

Tourism Calgary is also pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of its fellow Alto Award winners and valued partners, Calaway Park and the Calgary Zoo. As industry leaders, these organizations are doing their part to amplify our city’s offerings and to inspire visitors and Calgarians to seek out – and share – the experiences that are uniquely Calgary’s.

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Media inquiries:

Cassandra McAuley

Executive Director, Stakeholder Engagement & Destination Development Tourism Calgary

403-835-0711

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x Games Calgary
X Games Calgary

Calgary continuing to work towards hosting X Games beginning in 2021

 

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Media Release

Calgary continuing to work towards hosting X Games beginning in 2021

X Games are projected to inject $75 million to Calgary’s economy annually

Oct. 27, 2019 - Earlier this year, Calgary secured the rights to host X Games – a globally-recognized youth lifestyle, music and action sports festival – for a minimum three-year commitment. Diligent work continues to bring this exciting event to our city beginning in 2021.

It has been critically important to the many partners involved that the complexities and timelines of hosting this high-profile event are considered and in the best interests of our city and province.

“Hosting X Games in Calgary beginning in 2021 offers all partners the time necessary to prepare to host and share our city and venues with a global audience,” says Carson Ackroyd, Senior Vice President, Sales, Tourism Calgary. “It also allows us to continue to work with key stakeholders, including the Government of Alberta to ensure the economic benefits of this significant event are realized.”

“Being the first Canadian city to host this energetic, multi-faceted and city-wide event will be a game- changer for Calgary,” says Ackroyd. “This caliber of event reinforces Calgary’s commitment to be a winter sport city and to create opportunities for local youth to experience elite-level competition.”

X Games Calgary will activate and energize the entire city with top Canadian music talent, family-focused sport and cultural activities and Calgary artists and winter sport athletes showcasing their talents. It is estimated that hosting X Games will contribute $75 million annually to Calgary’s economy, with 75,000 annual spectators, including 10,000 out-of-region visitors.

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Media inquiries:

Cassandra McAuley

Executive Director, Stakeholder Engagement & Destination Development Tourism Calgary

403-835-0711

About X Games

Since its inception in 1995, ESPN’s X Games have become the leading action sports and music festival, spotlighting the world’s best action sports athletes in BMX, Skateboard and Moto X at the X Games; and Skiing, Snowboard and Snowmobile at the winter version of the X Games against the backdrop of each individual host city.

Beginning in 2013, X Games evolved from an action sports competition into one of the most complete youth culture experiences available with an enhanced sport, music, gaming and festival lineup. With relevance to contemporary youth around the world, this expansion highlighted new locations and enhanced cultural and digital elements around the world. Complementing the sports with the world’s top musical performers, X Games Music has featured performances by world-class artists including Metallica, Kanye West, Tiesto, Nicki Minaj, Macklemore and many more.

Over the past two decades, the X Games has successfully organized action sports events, qualifiers and demonstrations around the globe in countries including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Spain, France, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines and UAE.

 

About Tourism Calgary

Tourism Calgary is the official destination marketing and development organization for Calgary's tourism industry. For more than 50 years, the organization’s primary purpose has been to promote Calgary and area as the destination of choice for travellers.

With a vision of making Calgary the ultimate host city, Tourism Calgary markets the city locally, nationally and internationally and advocates for its ongoing development as a destination. The organization hosts and attracts visitors and events and activates the city by fostering the growth of shareable, memorable experiences. Calgary’s tourism industry contributes approximately $2 billion in visitor spending by over 7.7 million visitors annually.

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#LoveYYC Day
#LoveYYC Day

#LoveYYC Day returns Nov. 2 to encourage Calgarians to explore and celebrate their city

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#LoveYYC Day returns Nov. 2 to encourage Calgarians to explore and celebrate their city
Tourism Calgary partners offer over 130 one-day deals to promote civic pride and Calgary’s shareable experiences.

Oct. 23, 2019 – Tourism Calgary’s fourth annual #LoveYYC Day returns on Saturday, Nov. 2 to encourage Calgarians to explore their city; try something new; and share stories about the people, places and experiences that make Calgary so unique. To amplify the celebration, over 130 Tourism Calgary partners are offering compelling one-day #LoveYYC deals and programming.

“We know that Calgary’s community spirit is unsurpassed. It’s truly our superpower and a big point of pride,” says Cindy Ady, CEO Tourism Calgary. “That’s why we’ve created a platform for Calgarians to share that passion, try something new and find even more reason to love their city and its unique offerings.”

While these one-day deals encourage Calgarians to seek out – and share – the experiences that are uniquely Calgary’s, they also offer a significant lift to Tourism Calgary partners.

“At Fiasco Gelato, #LoveYYC Day is one of our favourite celebrations,” says James Boettcher, Chief Idea Officer & Custodian of Culture, Fiasco Gelato. “It gives us a chance to open our space, share our gelato and watch hundreds of local fans connect with our brand, all while celebrating the city we’re proud to call home.”

This year’s #LoveYYC Day deals include: Free tours and tastings at Fiasco Gelato; buy-one-get-one free tickets for the Dave Kelly Live Christmas Special; half-price general admission to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre; two-for-one brunch with a non-perishable food donation at Trolley 5 Brewpub; free burger with purchase of a 20 oz New Level Bersker Blonde draught beer at Thomsons Kitchen & Bar; $5 entry to the Genesis Centre and much more! For the best #LoveYYC Day experience, Tourism Calgary recommends Calgarians review the full list of deals on visitcalgary.com/loveyyc, select deals that peak their interest, read any associated terms and conditions and then join their fellow Calgarians in exploring and celebrating their city on Nov. 2.

In 2018, over 100,000 people and businesses engaged with the campaign through social media, eliciting countless stories that promote civic pride. This year, Calgarians are encouraged to join the conversation once again by sharing their favourite Calgary pictures and stories using the #LoveYYC hashtag.

To learn more about #LoveYYC Day and the deals available, see visitcalgary.com/loveyyc

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Media contact:

Bridgette Slater

Communications Specialist, Tourism Calgary

E: bridgettes@tourismcalgary.com C: 403.978.2609

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Folk Festival Calgary

Positive summer tourism numbers affirm value of Calgary’s tourism industry

Tourism Calgary

 

 

 

Positive summer tourism numbers affirm value of Calgary’s tourism industry


Influx of summer visitors to Calgary helped tourism industry achieve four consecutive months of record-high hotel room demand.


Oct. 8, 2019 – May through August is traditionally the busiest time of year for Calgary’s tourism industry, and summer 2019 was no exception. Calgary saw record-high hotel room demand, with 1.3 million rooms sold – up 3.4 per cent over May through August 2018. While hotel rooms sold is up 3.5 per cent year-to-date, five new hotels have opened this year, increasing supply by 6.8 per cent and bringing the total number of available rooms in Calgary up to 3.7 million. Over this period, YYC Calgary International Airport welcomed over 6.5 million travellers – up 2.5 per cent over 2018.


“Calgary’s tourism industry is a vital economic driver, with over 7.7 million annual visitors contributing $2 billion each year to the economy and supporting jobs in multiple sectors,” said Cindy Ady, CEO, Tourism Calgary. “With the diverse range of festivals, events and experiences available in our city, it’s no surprise that travellers are continuing to make Calgary a destination of choice.”


A key function of Tourism Calgary is to attract, develop, promote and activate festivals, events, meetings and conventions. In the first half of 2019, Tourism Calgary supported 43 sport, cultural and major events, which generated over $30 million in economic impact. The organization also welcomed 24 meetings and conventions to the city, which generated over $6.8 million in delegate spending.


Events and conventions supported by Tourism Calgary so far in 2019 included the PGA TOUR Champions Shaw Charity Classic, 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards and Week, Red Bull Outliers, the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition and many more. Looking forward, Calgary will welcome the 2019 Grey Cup Championship and Festival from Nov. 20 to 24, which is estimated to draw 100,000 attendees and generate over $35 million in economic impact.


The benefits associated with hosting local, national and international events are multi-faceted. For visitors, it means a compelling destination with attractive and diverse experiences in every season. For Calgarians, year-round activity generates vibrancy, destination brand awareness, economic impact, jobs and enhanced quality of life through legacies and participation opportunities.


Based on positive summer tourism numbers and boosts from hosting major events like the Canadian Country Music Awards and the Grey Cup Championship and Festival, 2019 is expected to be another significant year for tourism to Calgary. The Conference Board of Canada’s Travel Markets Outlook predicts 2019 travel numbers will reach upward of 7.9 million total visits and $2.1 billion in visitor spending.

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Media contact:
Cassandra McAuley
Executive Director, Stakeholder Engagement & Destination Development, Tourism Calgary
E: cassandram@tourismcalgary.com C: 403.835.0711

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Kensington Calgary
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About Us

Ultimate hosts. Ultimate host city.

Tourism Calgary is the official destination marketing and development organization for Calgary's tourism industry. For more than 50 years, the organization’s primary purpose has been to promote Calgary and area as the destination of choice for leisure travellers. With a vision of making Calgary the ultimate host city, Tourism Calgary:

  • Markets Calgary in new and exciting ways;
  • Advocates for what’s best for the quality of life of Calgarians and for Calgary’s growing tourism industry;
  • Hosts visitors, and events that build Calgary’s brand and offer shareable experiences;
  • Activates experiences in ways that attract, connect and inspire.
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Board of Directors

Dan DeSantis (Chair)
Dual General Manager
Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel and Delta Hotels Calgary Airport In-Terminal

Ross Middleton (Vice-Chair)
Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group

Rod McKay (Chair, Calgary Sport & Major Events)
Ex Officio

Richard Main (Chair, Governance & Human Resources Committee)
General Manager
Delta Hotels by Marriott, Calgary Downtown

Tracey Zehl (Chair, Audit & Finance Committee)
Managing Partner, Assurance Leader
Grant Thornton LLP

Vern Kimball (Chair, Marketing & Stakeholder Engagement Committee)
Former CEO
Calgary Stampede

Cole Millen
General Manager
Sheraton Suites Eau Claire

Gordon Johnson
Vice President, Operations
Atlific Hotels

Jeff Robinson (Past Chair)
Regional Managing Consultant
Kepner-Tregoe

Karim Ismail
General Manager
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel

Larry Day
Owner / Producer
Pyramid Productions

Shauna MacDonald
Principal and Founder
Brookline Public Relations

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