What’s the future of large urban festival, entertainment and conferences – and the facilities they’re held in? Calgary, Alberta’s Stampede was Canada’s first major festival hosted this summer, and construction is underway on a major new entertainment district. What are they learning that can help your city?
A futurist, facilitator and strategist, Chris holds a Master’s degree in Studies of the Future and has married his tourism, economic development, real estate and marketing expertise with future methodologies to create development strategies that shape the future of places around the world.
Michael Lockwood is the design director of Populous’ convention center practice. He’s delivered award-winning work in the heart of America (San Antonio’s $325-million convention center expansion and renovation) and the desert landscape of the Middle East (Qatar National Convention Centre).
Kate Thompson is the president and CEO of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC). Her exceptional leadership has been instrumental in the success of Calgary’s East Village and major city-building projects like the Central Library. She is now overseeing the development of over $1billion in major projects.
Theresa joined the Stampede in 2013 and has held leadership roles in sponsorship, marketing and communications. She was appointed as Vice-President, Sponsorship, Marketing & Employee Services in 2018.