Cody Clayton

President, Remington Development Corporation
Sharing Success

“Potential is something we look for in business, in family and in life. To me, potential is an opportunity. It’s taking that opportunity to better something, whether it’s a person, a community, a relationship or an experience.” 
Success came early for Cody Clayton. He was still in junior high school when he found it on his neighbourhood’s snowy streets. “I shoveled sidewalks for whatever people could afford to pay me,” he says. Clayton cleaned up – literally and figuratively. But he never considered keeping all that money. “My parents taught me that success should always be shared.” And he’s never forgotten it. That kid who shared a big chunk of his winter wealth with an animal charity is now the businessman sharing an entire company’s success with the YMCA – and Calgarians.

Clayton is the president of Remington Development Corporation, which is making a $2 million capital donation toward the new YMCA facility in Quarry Park, a community built by Remington. The nature of the gift provides the facility with access to operational dollars, so it won’t be strained if initial occupancy is lower than expected. “We wanted to ensure the long term success of the facility so it can help make families healthier,” Clayton says.

Remington has long been a strong believer in healthy families and it saw enormous potential in a new YMCA to benefit those living and working in the southeast.

But what really sealed the deal was the Y’s willingness to accommodate every family regardless of its finances. That practice first impressed Clayton decades earlier, when he counselled children from low-income families at Camp Chief Hector YMCA. “They got to have this incredible experience that their parents probably couldn’t have afforded otherwise.”

He predicts the YMCA in Quarry Park – which will bear the Remington name – will also mean great experiences for children and parents alike. “We know that coming from a healthy and happy family gives a child the greatest chance of success.”

Clayton now tells his own kids to share their successes, but quietly. “If you’re donating just to be in the newspaper, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons,” Clayton says. The right reasons are obvious, though he adds Remington’s many years of philanthropy have had one surprising benefit.

“Good things happen to good people. You couldn’t build a business case on it, but I believe our company’s been more successful because we donate.” And more success means more to share.


WHAT DOES “POTENTIAL” MEAN TO YOU?
“Potential is something we look for in business, in family and in life. To me, potential is an opportunity. It’s taking that opportunity to better something, whether it’s a person, a community, a relationship or an experience.”