2018 International Agriculture & Agri-Food

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International Agriculture & Agri-Food Committee:

Made up of volunteers representing the Southern Alberta community, the International Agriculture & Agri-Food Committee (IAC) operates within the framework of the Calgary Stampede. The IAC serves as a connector between the Stampede, Southern Alberta agriculture and international agriculture & agri-food guests before and during the Stampede. With a reputation for success and positive leadership, the committee strives to be a meaningful contributor to the success of the Stampede, the Agriculture department and the Southern Alberta agriculture & agri-food industry.


Our mission is to bring members from the world’s agricultural and agri-food community together to share ideas, to facilitate business opportunities and to foster friendship and cultural understanding. 

Where in the World do you Farm Campaign:

Our “Where in the World do you Farm?” campaign is meant to invite international guests with an interest in agriculture & agri-food to our IAC booth in the Agrium Western Event Centre to meet with us. And also to invite Southern Alberta agricultural and agri-food exhibitors and participants with an interest in doing business internationally. 

Our booth is open daily July 6 to 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

International Agriculture Visitors:

If you are an international visitor from the agriculture and agri-food industry, if you represent an international agriculture group planning to attend the 2018 Calgary Stampede, or are a part of the Southern Alberta agriculture and agri-food community,we welcome you to connect with us.

To pre-register a group of 8 or more people for the International Room for Stampede 2018, please contact speterson@calgarystampede.com

The Journey of Agriculture and The Calgary Stampede:

Agriculture has always been at the heartbeat of Calgary Stampede. Founded and built on the strong values of connection to the land, the livestock and the people, today, agriculture remains an integral part of who we are. In many ways, we feel that agriculture has and continues to shape us into who we are today. We welcome and invite you to visit the journey of agriculture and the Calgary Stampede within the pages of the 2018 Profile Magazine.  You can also connect with us through Twitter@stampedeIAC, and Facebook: Calgary Stampede International Agriculture & Agri-Food committee.

The Profile Magazine:

The International Agriculture Profile, the official publication of the International Agriculture & Agri-Food Committee was developed to showcase our industry of Agriculture throughout Southern Alberta to the World.  Please contactIAC@calgarystampede.com to have a copy of the 2018 International Agriculture Profile magazine sent to you.

Click on the link below to view the 2018 electronic version: 



Agri-business Seminar:

 On Wednesday, July 11, 2018 the International Agriculture and Agri-food Committee will host a North American Agritrade event under the theme; “ Innovation-Trade-Prosperity”.  This event is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of existing agricultural trade between the Canada, US and Mexico and the value this will bring to the agriculture sector with expected future increases in trade.  The event is being organized in co-operation with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Calgary Economic Development. The morning event will conclude over lunch with high level VIPs from all three countries. Held at the BMO Centre, attendance will be by invitation to leaders in the agriculture and agrifood community.


Follow us on Social Media:

Facebook: Calgary Stampede International Agriculture

Twitter:  @stampedeIAC     #CSIAC

Instagram: stampede_IAC     #CSIAC


Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 6–15, 2018
Location: International Room


For Accommodation Information please click here


Committee members are available to welcome and inform agriculture visitors from far and wide and include many business leaders from throughout Alberta that are focused on the international agriculture and business marketplaces.

Aaron Grant (Chair), Cherie Copithorne-Barnes (1st Vice Chair), John Arnold (2nd Vice Chair), Brent Difley (Past Chair),  Joan Cool (Events Lead), Holly Nichol (Communications Lead), Leah Jones (Strategic Planning Lead), Kerry Towle (Agri-Food Initiatives) Bryan Walton (Agri-Trade Lead), John Finn (Sponsorship Lead), Terry Andryo, Paul Barker, Penny Blackwell, Barry Bennett, David Collins,  Scott Exner, Graeme Finn, Ramon Fosado, Candace Grimes, Susan Groeneveld,  Kerrie Harvie, George Jackson, Patti James, Keith Jones, , Larry Konschuk, Larry Koper, Laura Laing, John Lee, Anila Lee Yuen, Syd Loeppky, Kim McConnell, Ravinder Minhas, Sheila Morison, , Jenn Norrie,   Ranjan Pant, Dave Phillips, Rick Smith, , Jan Warren, Tina Zakowsky, Susan Peterson(Agriculture Program Manager), Toni Dixon (Director)