Who we are

Calgary Corporate Challenge is a non-profit organization focused on community. It's our mission to provide Calgary & area companies with professionally-managed team-building events. We emphasize fun, promote philanthropy, and encourage participation, inclusion, health & fitness, cross-industry networking, and positive teamwork.

We build cultures and we nurture teams, with an impact that outlives any single event.

The Calgary Corporate Challenge staff members

We bring your corporate team-building events to a new - and way more exciting - level.

Long gone are the days of snooze-worthy talks, awkward lunches or trust falls – with Calgary Corporate Challenge, it’s all about challenging yourself and your coworkers in sports and games that bring you together. Maybe you’ve heard of the Human Bonspiel (yes – it’s a thing) or the September Games – it’s an event we host each year, which you can learn about here. It’s a pretty big deal (if we say so ourselves).

Companies that we work with have increased morale, pride, and engagement in their jobs. We don’t want to take all the credit, but we love being a part of what makes Calgary an amazing place to work, live and play.

We even have our own hashtag: #GetInTheGames. They don’t give hashtags to just anyone, you know.*

*Okay, they do. But we really like ours.

Our Values

Of course, it’s not all fun and games. We take our work seriously and are committed to being a leader in providing the Calgary & area business community with professional, safe and well-organized events that encourage our values:

  • Employee Engagement

    We understand that a positive corporate culture can be the driving force behind performance. Our participating companies invest in the well-being of their employees and it shows.

  • Health & Wellness

    We offer a variety of events for all skill levels that encourage fun, participation, inclusion, teamwork and a healthy work-life balance.

  • Supporting the Community

    We connect our local charity partners with local businesses to provide both financial and non-financial support and aid through our annual Charity Challenge and other charity initiatives.

  • Keeping it Local

    We partner with local vendors and venues to support our events and work with the Calgary business community to promote positive interactions between organizations and industries.

How we build community

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    We bring team building to the next level.

    It’s a fun way to get together with your team, make new connections, strengthen existing relationships and have a great time.

Our team

We’re a pretty cool group of professionals running a non-profit corporate event company. Doesn’t sound like much fun? Trust us – it is.

  • Dave Ford

    Executive Director

    David “Dave” Ford is a former journalism student and current Executive Director of Calgary Corporate Challenge. If you have well over 20 minutes, he’d be happy to tell you how he got from one to the other with a brief stint overseas in between.

    Dave has been with CCC for a long while and credits his rise to the top spot in the office to his ability to not move on to other things and underlying lust for power. It probably doesn’t hurt that he’s both the oldest and the tallest too. Also, there’s talk of introducing a sports pool component to the September Games, so he’s never been happier here.

    Throughout September, you’ll find Dave running* from venue to venue making sure everyone’s spelling “Mini Golf” correctly (he doesn’t care for the hyphenated approach). Please take a second to say “Hi!” and update him on the score in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.

    *Not actually running

  • Jacquie Li

    Stakeholder Relations

    No stranger to CCC, Jacquie joins the staff after climbing the (Calgary) Corporate (Challenge) ladder. From volunteer to contract employee, Jacquie’s finally on CCC’s full-time roster. A Photoshop wizard with some pretty incredible video recording and editing skills, she’s set her sights on making CCC a YouTube celebrity. It seems impossible to imagine her accomplishing this without somehow involving cats, but we remain hopeful.

    In addition to flexing her audiovisual muscles, Jacquie handles much of the communications and stakeholder relations. We have no doubt that her joining the CCC Team officially will be much smoother than her first attempt at a September Games medal ceremony (ask her about it next time you see her).

    If Jacquie looks stressed during September, make her day by showing her (or just reminding her about) people who use the “Big Mouth” filter on Snapchat to enhance dramatic scenes in television shows – you’ll have her eating out of the palm of your hand!

  • Hayley Sellick

    Marketing & Communications

    Originating from the land of tea and crumpets, Hayley came to Canada (via a few months in Japan) at the end of 2017. After a number of years in the cosmetics industry and a whole load of volunteer work, she has now made the move into the non-profit sector, joining our team in the office. She holds a degree in Psychology and a totally useless but expansive knowledge of the Eurovision Song Contest.

    If you're a Company Captain, get ready to hear a lot from her, as she'll be your main contact for all things CCC Games related. You’ll most likely see her around everywhere during the Games, making sure everything is running smoothly and creating awesome Instagram stories.

    When she's not confusing us all with her Britishisms, Hayley spends much of her day working through spreadsheets, which she claims to ‘Excel’ at. It seems she likes bad puns, so feel free to share any with her if you see her around.

  • Taylor Rhodes

    Events & Projects

    Since gaining ample experience organizing and executing events in healthcare, Taylor has taken her show on the Rhodes that lead her to Calgary Corporate Challenge. Taylor is fiercely organized (we’re talking multiple sticky note pads of varying sizes and colours) and even has a BA in Recreation (she assures us that’s a real thing).

    When she’s not coming up with a new to-do list to add to her list of other to-do lists, you can find her chasing her two dogs around the dog park, working on her golf skills, or playing Dr. Mario on her Nintendo NES Classic. 

    Finally, and there’s really no easy way to say this, so we’ll just say it: she’s from Saskatchewan, and she even lived in Edmonton for school before making her way to YYC. Rivalries aside, she’s fully Calgarian now. Make her day in September by suggesting a cool restaurant to go to for dinner (so she can add it to her list of restaurants to try).

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