A group of new Canadians got a chance to learn about Stampede culture Thursday night in Calgary.

The event was put on by the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council.

The organization's Marie-France Varin says Stampede is a great time to make friends — and possibly find a job.

Her advice was to get ready to network.

"Well first of all, to be comfortable with people's friendliness," she said. "Smile a lot. Make eye contact. Interact with individuals even if you don't know them. It's okay to go up to someone and say, ‘Hello my name is ... and I'm from Nigeria.’"

Varin also gave the group a lesson on how to dress the part — boots and all.