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Calgary Stampede mourns the loss of CEO Warren Connell

Last Updated Dec 22, 2020 at 8:29 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The Calgary Stampede family is mourning the loss of their CEO.

Warren Connell passed away only a week and a half after he announced he would be taking a partial leave of absence, which would be followed by retirement in a few months.

In a letter to volunteers, the Stampede says Connell will be remembered as a visionary leader and ardent community builder, and he was CEO since 2015.

Connell was instrumental in the BMO Centre expansion, the building of the Nutrien Western Events Centre, and helped lead the Stampede through the 2013 floods.

It is also passing along their deepest condolences to Connell’s family and loved ones.

As per the organization’s governance model, the President and Chairman of the Board, Dana Peers, will continue to have responsibility for the supervision and direction of the Stampede’s Executive Management Team.