This ten-day celebration is driven by core values such as western hospitality, integrity, pride of place and commitment to the community. The Calgary Stampede celebrates the great province of Alberta and its ranching and farming industry. It also contributes to preserving distinctive cultural traditions of its First Nations participants. It has been described as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth that starts with the Calgary Stampede Parade. This year, the Parade was led by two-time Canadian Olympic bronze medalist, snowboarder Mark McMorris. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and many other government officials and politicians have attended and enjoyed the Stampede events.
Every year since 1912, the Calgary Stampede has offered the largest rodeo in the world. In 2012, on its 100th birthday, the rodeo drew roughly 1.4 million visitors. The Calgary Stampede is a great opportunity to proudly wear western cowboy attire, a tradition held throughout the city, and supported by many workplaces.
It is impossible to think of Canada without thinking of the Calgary Stampede. During its centennial year, in 2012, the Stampede was recognized as an event of national historic significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Repsol Calgary employees proudly celebrate the Calgary Stampede. For years, employees have had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of Stampede events, including watching the parade on the first morning of the Stampede celebration.
During Stampede week, employees also participate in a Stampede Lunch, which is usually attended by Repsol’s CEO, Josu Jon Imaz, the Executive Managing Director of Exploration and Production, Luis Cabra, the Executive Director for North America, Paul Ferneyhough, as well as other senior leaders.
A Stampede breakfast is also organized in which senior leaders serve typical pancakes, sausages and bacon to employees of the Repsol Calgary office. This breakfast is attended by Repsol’s own chuckwagon driver, Kris Molle, from our Chauvin office. During the breakfast, Repsol also supports the Calgary Food Bank’s Put the Boots to Hunger Campaign, through which cash and non-perishable food items are donated by employees.
Repsol has been sponsoring the Calgary Stampede for years. It is a great opportunity to promote Repsol’s brand as well as to organize stakeholder events and employee involvement activities.