Request a Traditional Calgary White Hat Ceremony

An iconic symbol of Calgary’s international reputation for unrivalled hospitality and western roots, Calgary’s identification with the white hat began when local Calgary hat maker Morris Shumiatcher of Smithbilt Hats introduced the first white cowboy hat in 1946. Representatives of Calgary wore the white hats while cheering Calgary’s football team, the Calgary Stampeders, in the 1948 Grey Cup – Canada’s national football championship — and the novelty caught on. 

Since 1950, Calgary has been presenting the white cowboy hats to visitors, dignitaries and guests.  When you are presented a white hat it means you came to Calgary as a visitor however you are leaving as a friend.  Each year, thousands of white hats are presented to Calgary visitors through special White Hat Ceremonies. The ceremony involves presenting participants (delegates, visiting guest speakers, VIPs) with a white hat, followed by repeating the traditional Calgary white hat oath and receiving a personalized certificate.

To request a Traditional White Hat Ceremony, please complete the form below.  A member of the Meetings + Conventions Calgary Event Services team will follow-up with you directly to review the request.



*Meetings + Conventions Calgary will advise on the number of complimentary hats available for your group. White Hats will be required for all participants. If additional hats are required, Meetings + Conventions Calgary can connect you with local suppliers to place an order.

*Please note White Hat Ceremony requests must be received a minimum of six weeks prior to the requested ceremony date.

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