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Board of Directors

David Heasman, President

Born and raised in Calgary, David was drafted in the 1997 Canadian Football League draft and ended up playing 7 years - 126 regular season games, 8 playoff games including 4 West division finals and two Grey Cup Championships, including the 2001 Grey Cup victory with the Calgary Stampeders. David played university football on a scholarship to Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he was a 4-year starter and a Big Sky Conference all-star. David graduated from NAU with a business degree in marketing management and currently lives in Calgary with his family, working for Husky Energy (now Cenovus). Dave currently serves as the President of the Calgary Stampeder Alumni Association.

Butch Caston, Treasurer

After his senior year with the ISU Bengals, Butch signed as a free agent with the NFL's Cleveland Browns in 1988. After getting released, he went back to Idaho State to complete his degree and continue training for another NFL opportunity. Then one day, the phone rang. It wasn't an NFL team, but it was an opportunity. It was the Calgary Stampeders. He joined the Stamps in 1989 and had the best training camp of his life. Coach Larry Kuharich kept track of how many plays a player missed, how many blocks a player missed, how many passes a player dropped and how many fumbles a player had. Through the whole training camp, Butch only made one mistake, he dropped one pass. That's how he ended up making the team. Butch's first regular season game was at Regina's Taylor Field against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It turned out to be his last. He was on the field for the opening kickoff, and the ball came right to him. He was running with the ball and had a big grin on my face. All he could see was open field. He knew it was six and he knew no one was going to catch him. He made a cut to the right and then tore his hamstring before anyone touched him. He hobbled about 15 or 20 yards before he actually hit the ground. That injury ended his professional football career. Later that season, he was released by the Stamps in 1990. He gave it one more shot with the BC Lions in 1991, but the hamstring injury wouldn't go away. "Coach Bob O'Billovich pulled him aside and said I can tell you're hurt. I'm going to let you go home and heal it and I'll call you back in four or five weeks," But I told O'Billovich not to bother. I knew I was done playing ball. Butch is currently a Bank Manager for ATB Financial and is married to Angela and has two boys Dominic and Jaden. Half his life has been spent in Canada and Calgary now and he really enjoys coaching both his boys in all their sports activities.

Srecko Zizakovic, Board Member

Srecko was born and raised in Weston, Ontario. He earned a football scholarship to The Ohio State University in 1985 and won the Big 10 Championship in 1986. He wore #96 and was drafted out of The Ohio State University in 1988 and joined the Calgary Stampeders in 1990. Srecko's 6 year career in the CFL was all spent with the Calgary Stampeders playing in 88 career games and 3 Grey Cups, winning it in 1992. He was 4 times voted the Canadian Airlines Canadian Player of the Game and 2 times the CFL Defensive Player of the Week. This former nose guard was also the team's long snapper in 1994 + 1995 and retired after the 1995 Grey Cup in Regina. In his post-playing days, Srecko has volunteered as a football coach locally at both the high school level and at the University of Calgary. Since 1994, Srecko has been involved with Calgary Special Olympics and supported many other local charities. Currently, he coaches minor hockey and is the Vice President of the Calgary Stampeder Alumni Association. Srecko joined Baker Hughes Canada in 2004 and enjoys being a Key Accounts Manager in the Oil + Gas industry in Calgary.

Rocco Romano, Board Member

Rocco Romano, a native of Hamilton Ontario and a Bachelor of Art (Economics) graduate at Concordia University in Montreal, was drafted in the first round & 5th overall by the Calgary Stampeders of in 1987. In his fourteen-year career, he was a five-time CFL All-Canadian, a six-time West Division All-Star, a three-time nominee for the CFL Outstanding Lineman award and was a two-time winner of the award as the West Divisions Top Lineman taking home the DeMarco-Becket Memorial Trophy in 1994 & 1996. In 1997, he was awarded the Presidents Ring by the Stampeder Organization for his motivational & leadership skills on and off the field as voted by his teammates. Rocco won two Grey Cup championships with the Stampeders in 1992 & 1998 and will forever be remembered by the Calgary fans for riding the Stampeder touchdown horse at center field after the team won in 1998.

Since his retirement in 2001 from the game he loved, he was inducted in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2007 and inducted on the Calgary Stampeders Wall of Fame in 2008. He is a member of the Calgary Stampeder Alumni Association and has served in many capacities as Vice President, President and currently chairs The Wall of Fame Selection Committee. He's also well known for his community work with various causes and is presently employed by Strike Group in the oil & gas industry as their Manager of ESG & Community Relations.

Will Johnson, Board Member

Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 5th round (138th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft. He started his career in the NFL, playing for the Chicago Bears in 1987, where he was a linebacker. Will Johnson #81, defensive lineman, 1989-1996 — Johnson was selected as a West all-star six times (1990-95) and a CFL all-star five times (1991-95). He won a Grey Cup with Calgary in 1992, was named the team's top defensive player in 1991 and 1994 and was named to the Stampeders' 50-year Dream Team in 1995. Johnson ranks first on the Stamps' all-time list with 99 quarterback sacks and recorded a career-high 17 sacks in 1995. He led the team in sacks four times, tied for the lead once and was second once. The defensive lineman notched 288 defensive tackles and 11 fumble recoveries during his eight-year career.

Jon Cornish, Board Member

Jon Cornish is known for his legendary nine years in the Canadian Football League where he was selected as the top Canadian player three years consecutively, Most Outstanding Player in 2013 and helped lead his team to two Grey Cup championships. During and after this unmatched, Hall of Fame career as a Calgary Stampeder, where he was only the second football player to win the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete, Mr. Cornish spent the last nine years in various wealth management roles, working as a consultant and as part of a private investment counsel wealth team. Jon is now an investment advisor and team lead at RBC Dominion Securities, where he is responsible for building client relationships, providing wealth management guidance and holistic, goal-oriented financial planning.

Jon works with various non-profits and charities around Calgary, including as an event host for the Alberta Children's Hospital, working directly with at-risk youth for Wood's Homes, and the Calgary Foundation, where he serves on the committee of the Doc Seaman Hockey Fund. Jon also continues to work with the Calgary Stampeders as their gameday ambassador. Jon is the president of the Calgary Black Chambers, a non-profit working to make Calgary the best place to live and work for BIPOC peoples.

Terry Irwin, Board Member

Terry Irvin played ten seasons with the CFL (1977-1986) as a left corner back (defensive back). Eight of those for the Calgary Stampeders (1977-1983, 1985), Saskatchewan Roughriders (1984-1985) and Montréal Alouettes (1986). He was best known for his outstanding record of interceptions, recoveries and returns.

At Jackson State University, Irvin was named All-Southwestern, Black College All-American, and Pittsburgh Courier All-American. He was also selected to play in the Black College All-American Bowl Game.

Irvin came to the Canadian Football League in 1977 after originally being drafted by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.

Irvin snagged 62 career interceptions with the CFL and is third on the All-Time Interception list, only behind Less Browne and Larry Highbaugh; of those, he returned four for touchdowns (plus one touchdown on a fumble). Today, he still holds the single season record in Saskatchewan with 11 interceptions, and in Montréal with 12 interceptions. He is at #3 All-Time Career Interceptions for the Stampeders.

After football, Irvin made Canada his home where he continues a successful career with Sony North America. His individual excellence, dedication, diligence, and commitment to teamwork earned him a place in the President's Club and recipient of Sony's most elite international “Samurai” award. Irvin continues to contribute to the community and is involved in the United Way, and has guest coached community players in Holzgerlingen, Germany.