The pioneering industrialists of early Calgary were at once hard working and enterprising. In 1912, a group of them pooled funds to launch the Calgary Industrial Exhibition, the original version of what would become the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede.
Bennett Jones' co-founding father, R. B. Bennett, was very much a part of its creation and, 10 years later, when the over-leveraged exhibition lost title to its 94-acre parcel, it was Bennett who purchased the property and gifted it back to the city, stipulating that the land be leased to the Calgary Stampede. The deft move helped put the organization on a firmer financial footing, and it was Bennett who handled the legal work.
To this day, Bennett Jones remains the Stampede’s principal legal advisor—an uninterrupted century of community engagement.
Whether you are spending your days at the rodeo, on the fairgrounds or watching the action live on CBC, we wish you a happy Stampede, full of good spirit and togetherness.