GROWING OUR COMMUNITIES
Hosting world-class experiences and opportunities where Canadian agriculture grows.
Lethbridge & District Exhibition is a not-for-profit corporation that creates opportunities for the agricultural industry and our regional economy as a whole to grow. We have a long history of community involvement which has helped shape our city and make it a standout destination in Canada’s premier food corridor.
Lethbridge & District Exhibition has a proud tradition that predates the City of Lethbridge, the Calgary Stampede, and the Province of Alberta. It was originally formed as the Lethbridge & District Agricultural Society in 1897 when local ranchers and community-minded citizens organized the first “Lethbridge & District Exhibition”—an expo to showcase agriculture from the bountiful harvest as well as to promote commerce.
Board of Directors
Mark Sayers, President
Russ Zemp, 1st Vice President
Heath Wright, 2nd Vice President
Bev Lanz, Past President
Melissa Arseniuk, Director
Dan Brewin, Director
Kelly Shigehiro, Director
Don Strankman, Director
Bruce Galts, Director
Reeve Tory Campbell, Director (Lethbridge County Representative)
City of Lethbridge - Vacant
The policies that guide the results, outcomes, and benefits we aim to achieve through our work as an organization.
E-1.1 CONNECTIONS AMONG STAKEHOLDERS
1.1 Businesses and producers connect with consumers and other businesses.
1.1.1 The organization provides opportunity for businesses to showcase their product;
1.1.2 The organization provides opportunity for agricultural producers, processors and businesses connect with consumers;
1.1.3 The organization generates measurable economic impact;
1.1.4 The organization generates measurable out-of-town visitors; and
1.1.5 The organization provides the opportunity for community groups to utilize its facilities.
E-1.2 CULTURAL RECOGNITION AND CELEBRATION
1.2 The organization showcases and celebrates the diversity, inclusivity and importance of cultures, heritage and industry.
1.2.1 The organization showcases the richness and the role of Indigenous People;
1.2.2 The organization showcases the value of agriculture; and
220.127.116.11 Urban and rural youth understand the importance and role of agriculture.
E-1.3 SHOWCASES, ECONOMIC WELLNESS AND INNOVATION
1.3 The organization showcases and influences economic wellness and innovation in our region.
1.3.1 The organization showcases and promotes Southern Alberta’s world-class agriculture industry;
1.3.2 The organization identifies and positions itself as the Agri-food Hub of Western Canada; and
1.3.3 The organization showcases new and developing innovations that are applicable to our region.
E-1.4 WORLD CLASS EVENTS
1.4.1 The organization is a national leader in event production and hosting;
1.4.2 The organization is a national leader in visitor experience;
1.4.3 The organization showcases the sciences, arts, technology, business and leadership; and
1.4.4 The organization provides a wide variety of events that attract regional audiences.
E-1.5 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
1.5.1 The organization showcases regional leadership in environmental stewardship.
The Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre
A state-of-the-art, multifunctional venue that brings world-class events to southern Alberta. With 268,000 square feet of modern, well-equipped rental spaces, this venue is a must-see for event planners across the country.
ADVANCING ECONOMIC GROWTH
The Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre is a significant addition to our area and southern Alberta as a whole. Increased tourism from world-class events attracts private investments in our city, and nearby regions that are well-known locally will get increased recognition through this stage.
The venue was designed to expand opportunities in all different types of industries through increasing connections and showcasing bountiful southern Alberta.
Lethbridge & District Pro Rodeo
Experience the West at the Lethbridge & District Pro Rodeo. Following a successful inaugural event in 2022, Lethbridge & District Exhibition is proud to once again host the Lethbridge & District Pro Rodeo. This three-day CPRA rodeo showcases the history, people and culture of southern Alberta.
Agri-food Innovation Expo
Westerner Park (WP) & Lethbridge & District Exhibition (LDE) have started the plans for the inaugural Agri-food Innovation Expo - a conference and trade show with a central goal of facilitating the growth and development of the agri-food industry and involving the industry in its design and development.