September 26, 2014 10:00 ET

Calgary Business Leaders to Be Dropped in Kananaskis Country for STARS Fundraiser

Calgary-based CEOs to compete in fourth annual CEO Rescue in the Rockies for STARS

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 26, 2014) - The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is proud to once again be partnering with influential members of the business community for the annual CEO Rescue in the Rockies today. Since its start four years ago, this one-of-a-kind fundraising event has raised close to $3 million to keep STARS in the sky, helping critically ill and injured Albertans.

Participants in this year's event include Doug Suttles, president and CEO, Encana; John Williams, president and COO, Trilogy Energy; Scott Thon, president and CEO, AltaLink; and Mark Salkeld, president and CEO, Petroleum Services Association of Canada.

All four Calgary-based competitors will be airlifted from downtown Calgary's Peace Bridge helipad and flown to a remote location in Kananaskis Country, with only their cell phones to get them out of the wilderness. Throughout the day, the participants will compete against each other in a number of survival challenges, including a race to see who can be the first to raise $100,000 from their family, friends and colleagues back in civilization. Once the CEOs reach their fundraising goal, they will be "rescued" by helicopter and returned to the city.

"I support STARS because of the invaluable service it provides all Albertans, including those in the oil and gas industry," says John Williams, president and COO, Trilogy Energy. "At Trilogy, safety is the number one priority. However, in the event of an accident, it is crucial to have the resources in place to provide the best interim care to injured workers. STARS provides that link between the field and the medical aid at the hospital."

All funds to be raised through CEO Rescue in the Rockies will help STARS provide time, hope and life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients.

"Approximately 70 per cent of our funding comes from the community and each year we have new CEOs stepping up and showing us the true meaning of generosity," said Andrea Robertson, president and CEO of STARS. "These participants have taken time out of their busy schedules to help STARS raise the funds we need to continue helping patients on the worst day of their lives. We are very grateful to these individuals and their organizations."

To learn more about CEO Rescue in the Rockies for STARS, to donate or to nominate a CEO for next year's challenge, visit

STARS is a non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Its doctors, nurses, paramedics, and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS operates from bases in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie.

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