About John Currie

John Hugh Currie, C.M., LL.D. (Hon.)

In Memory of John Currie
February 24, 1930 – October 13, 2022 

John Currie was the Chair of the 1983 Western Canada Summer Games that were the impetus for the development of the MNP Community & Sport Centre. Mr. Currie was the inspiration behind the John Currie Amateur Sport Legacy Fund, providing bursaries to hundreds of athletes in support of their athletic goals and dreams. In 2021 Mr. Currie was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for his involvement at the centre and the greater Calgary area. He will be missed.

John Currie, community champion and President of the 1983 Western Canada Summer Games, was a key figure in the development and funding of MNP Community & Sport Centre (then known as Lindsay Park Sports Centre), the flagship facility of the Games. “We want the amateur clubs to be able to use MNP Community & Sport Centre. That is the main reason we went after the Games.”

As a mentor, community leader, as a business person, and as a man who put community service at the forefront of his priorities, he has been an inspiration to many. (taken from St. Francis Xavier University convocation and awarding of an Honorary Degree to John Hugh Currie, 2008)

His lifetime voluntary contributions to the city of Calgary and the province of Alberta extend to the arts, education, athletics and business. He has served as an advisor to help promote business partnerships with various educational institutions through the province. A former president of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, he demonstrated his dedication to economic growth in the city and encouraged business opportunities for Native peoples. (taken from Order of Canada Investiture, May 7, 1998)

How Can You Contribute?

Your donation to The John Currie Amateur Sport Legacy Fund will honour an important champion of amateur sport and provide bursary awards for amateur athletes with financial need training in Calgary.

Download the donation form (pdf)

Please direct your donation to:

Parks Foundation Calgary for The John Currie Amateur Sport Legacy Fund
225 – 13 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB  T2R 1N8

www.parksfdn.com/john-currie-legacy-fund

Parks Foundation Calgary is the Project Gifts Administrator for Lindsay Park Sports Society/MNP Community & Sport Centre’s fundraising campaign for The John Currie Amateur Sport Legacy Fund, and will issue charitable tax receipts for gifts over $25.00. Parks Foundation Calgary is an entity with standing under the Income Tax Act (Canada) identical to that of a registered charity.

Thank you for supporting the goals and dreams of amateur athletes.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2008, Honorary Degree from St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
  • 2005 Outstanding Lifetime Philanthropist Award
  • 1998, Member of the Order of Canada
  • 1993, Distinguished Business Leader Award (first recipient) co-sponsored and awarded by the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
  • 1983, Calgary Citizen of the Year

Career

Senior Vice President, Canterra Energy

Past Volunteer Service

  • 1983 Western Canada Summer Games, President
  • Alberta Arts Stabilization Fund, President
  • Alberta Ballet (formerly Calgary Ballet), Chairman
  • Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, Director
  • Bow Valley College, Chairman of the Board
  • Calgary Catholic School District, Chairman of the Board
  • Calgary Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Calgary Downtown Business Association, President
  • Calgary Dragon Boat Society, Director
  • Calgary Economic Development Authority, Director
  • Calgary Homeless Foundation, Chairman and CEO
  • Calgary Hong Kong Festival, Chairman
  • Calgary Legal Guidance, Director
  • Calgary Opera Association, Chairman of the Board
  • Calgary Philharmonic Society, Director
  • Calgary Tartan Committee, Member
  • Canada 4H Council, Director
  • Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, Vice-Chairman
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Governor
  • CN Station Restoration, Chair
  • Glenbow Museum, Co-Chair Fundraising Committee
  • Institute for Political Involvement, Director
  • Parks Foundation Calgary, Governor
  • Petroleum Law Foundation, President
  • Saddledome Amateur Athletic Grants Committee, Chair
  • Tax Executives Institute of Alberta, Founding President
  • United Way of Calgary and Area, Director
  • Alberta Champions Society in Recognition of Community Enrichment, Board Director