Who We Are

From cheering for our favourite drivers at the Calgary Stampede to hosting one of the cities most successful charity golf tournaments, The Country Hills Golf Club Charity Classic, the Big Hearted Mavericks are all about “having fun and making a difference”.

Since purchasing our first chuckwagon tarp at the 1999 Calgary Stampede the Big Hearted Mavericks have been built on the foundation of fun and friendship, focusing on the common goal of making a difference in the community in which we live.         

Founded as a not for profit society in 2000 under the name the Mavericks Chuckwagon Society, a group of 25 like- minded local businessmen have been dedicated to two objectives: actively engage in Children’s Charity Fundraising and having fun supporting the great sport of Chuckwagon Racing.

All Big Hearted Mavericks participate and volunteer their time to assist in the raising of funds to actively support Calgary and area children-focused not-for-profit agencies and individual needs. To date, the Big Hearted Mavericks have raised over $4 million towards children’s charities in the Calgary area. 

Our organization has 2 active Executives one being the Society which runs our operations (Barns, communication, finance) and our Foundation which works with our selected Charities. All 25 members are actively involved in both areas and operate under the following mandates;

  • All chuckwagon operating costs are funded by Maverick member fees ONLY and the sale of barn nights.

  • All funds raised from dedicated charity fund raising events must be used ONLY for Charity.

In 2011 the Mavericks established the Big Hearted Mavericks Foundation, a registered charitable foundation. All funds raised by the group is transferred to and donated from the foundation. 

Fun, Friendship and Making a difference. This is what it means to be a Big Hearted Maverick. 


The Big Hearted Mavericks main funding principles are as follows:


Principle One

All funds raised from dedicated charity fund raising events (i.e. The Country Hills Golf Club Charity Classic, Hitmen Western Night) must be used ONLY for Charity.


Principle Two

All chuckwagon operating costs are funded by Maverick member fees ONLY and the sale of barn nights. Excess funding in operating maybe transferred to charity by vote at membership meeting.


Principle Three

All charity funds raised by the Mavericks will be transferred to and donated through the Big Hearted Mavericks Foundation.


For more information on our impact, please download our financial report.


The members of the Big Hearted Mavericks are:


Andrew Tallas: Quadra Chemicals

Brent Hansen, Balon Corp

Dale Hansen, Cobar Fibreglass Solutions Ltd.

Darren Exner, X-Treme Packaging Services Inc.

Dave Ruby, Rubydale Asphalt Works Ltd.

Dave Udy, WealthCo

Dean Smith, Baron Oilfield Supply

Derek Boniecki, Quadrant Charted Accountants

Jan Beringer, Rohde & Liesenfeld Canada Inc.

John Morris, Rocky View County Fire Service

John Nash, Canadian Energy Services L.P. 

Ken Malvin, KMC Sales Inc. 

Kris Ring Alstar, Oilfield Contractors

Martin Collins, Quadra Chemicals

Mike Dreger, Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.

Peter-John Woolf, Broadview Homes

Rod Phillips, Warwick Structures Group

Ron Scott, Ron Scott Financial

Shayne Butcher, Calibre Group

Stewart MacPherson, DXP | Natpro

Thomas McDonald, Urbansparq Hospitality Group

Tim Arnett, Calibre Group

Tony DiStefano, Rolling Mix Concrete LLP

Trevor Johnstone, Johnstone Ritchie

Trevor Tomanik, Tomanik Enterprises


Big Hearted Maverick Alumni

Bruce Fournier, Westrow Food Group

Craig Hruska, Enercapita

Ken Moen, Scollard Energy Inc.

Alan Archibald, Point Energy

Kip Reghenas, Heritage Trading Post

Roch Chicoine

Alvin Koch