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Tony Anselmo*

Biography

A senior executive of one of Western Canada's largest business operations, Tony Anselmo not only became a leader in industry, but took the time to commit and provide the leadership in many outstanding community endeavours.

Tony Anselmo joined the McMahon Stadium Society as a Director in 1974 and while holding the position of President from 1975 to 1995, has continued his involvement with that organization through to his current role as an Honourary Member in an advisory capacity.

Since his retirement from business in 1983, Tony Anselmo donated almost all of his time to the Calgary Amateur Sports Community, The McMahon Stadium Society, and the Calgary Stampeder Football Club.

Under the direction of Tony Anselmo, McMahon Stadium was converted from a pro sports facility to a multi-purpose amateur and professional facility. McMahon Stadium now accommodates over 500 amateur sports events per year along with being the home of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club and the University of Calgary Dinosaurs Football Team. The complex also includes Calgary's first sports medicine and training facility. Tony's dedication in time, direction, and successful fundraising campaigns has contributed to the development of one of the best football stadiums in Canada.

He has received numerous awards of recognition for his leadership and voluntary service, including the Order of Canada - Canada Medal, the McMahon Stadium Builders Award, an Honourary Degree of Doctor of Law - University of Calgary, Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the Year Award, and the naming of the Red & White Club Viewing Area the "Anselmo Gallery.”

Since Induction:

Tony Anselmo was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Awards:

  • 2003 - Calgary Italian Sportsman Dinner Association - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2005 - Alberta Centennial Medal