Prairie Post (West Edition)

Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede has a new general manager


The Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Board of Directors have hired a new General Manager.

The Board of Directors and the Shareholde­rs introduced their new general manager Kara Brake on Feb. 5, who will step into her new role Feb. 16.

Brake has lived in Medicine Hat most of her life, leaving only for a few years to attend school in Lethbridge. She received her diploma in Business Administra­tion from the Medicine Hat College and soon after graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management degree.

Brake has over 12 years in the events industry, previously working as the General Manager for the 2016 Alberta Winter Games and the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games. Most recently she worked as the Manager with the Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council, a role that included working with local cultural, community and sport organizati­ons to further develop their organizati­ons and encourage event hosting. Kara has also extensive volunteer experience in the community, including most recently as the Director of Marketing with the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

“I am truly looking forward to joining the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede. The organizati­on has a rich history, an experience­d team of Board of Directors, Shareholde­rs, Staff, and Volunteers which contribute­s so much to our community. I am honoured to lead the organizati­on moving forward.”

“We are pleased to introduce Kara and are confident with Kara’s merit through education and experience. The organizati­on is looking forward to fresh, new perspectiv­es and future growth through collaborat­ion with all involved in the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede.” says Dave Ziegenhage­l, President for the Board of Directors.

Brake will be the sixth General Manager for the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede, following Jim MacArthur 2002-2021, Dann Sodero 19882002, Jim MacArthur 1984-1987, Dick Knight 1983, Ralph Murray 1975-1983, Dirk Scholten 1948-1975.

Rich with tradition and history- the first Exhibition & Stampede was held in 1887 and consisted of livestock exhibits. The purpose of this exhibition was to bring urban and rural people together which is still happening over 130 years later.

Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede is the largest agricultur­e society in South Eastern Alberta. Each year, it is estimated that our economic activity brings over $5 million to our local economy.

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