February 3, 2023

BHP renews commitment to save lives with $1.5M gift to STARS

WESTERN CANADA, Feb. 3, 2023 – A generous $1.5 million donation from BHP Canada Inc. was announced today at the STARS base in Saskatoon. The gift continues BHP’s investment in the health and safety of communities across Western Canada by supporting STARS’ mission operations, as well as contributing to its new fleet of helicopters.

BHP has been a long-time supporter of STARS, and this latest commitment brings the resource company’s total support of the charitable air ambulance organization to more than $6.3 million since 2012.

“There is nothing more important to BHP than the health and safety of our employees, contractors, and communities where we operate. The life-saving services that STARS provides throughout the province are absolutely critical, and we are proud to continue to support their work,” said Simon Thomas, President, Potash for BHP. “Our investment in STARS furthers our commitment to the people of Saskatchewan in helping to ensure critical care is available when it is most needed.”

As a non-for-profit organization, STARS relies on its donors to help achieve excellence and drive innovation. BHP’s gift will ensure anyone who needs assistance will continue to receive the best in emergency critical care anywhere its needed, with the latest in flight and technical capabilities offered by the new H145.

“With this generous gift to our operations and fleet renewal initiative, BHP is truly making a generational investment in the health and safety of the communities we serve, helping us deliver critical care to urban and rural patients living, working or playing across Western Canada,” said Terri Strunk, STARS’ Chief Fundraising and Brand Officer.

STARS has flown hundreds of missions in the new helicopters since receiving its first H145 aircraft in 2019. Thanks to the support from donors like BHP, the renewed fleet has now entered service at all six STARS bases across Western Canada.

“BHP has been a steadfast and loyal ally of STARS since we started in Saskatchewan over ten years ago,” said Strunk. “We’re incredibly grateful for their unwavering support, helping us continue to care for the next patient who needs us, wherever they may need us, for decades to come.”

For more information contact:

Sabeen Ahmad, STARS | mediainfo@stars.ca | 1-833-234-7275

Megan Hjulfors, BHP | megan.hjulfors@bhp.com | 403-605-2314


STARS was born from the conviction that no one should go without the care that could save their life. Operating 24/7 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg, STARS is your best hope in a worst-case scenario. If you need critical care, our mission is to be there for you — physically or virtually — in whatever capacity we can help. Because when it comes to the next patient who needs us, it’s never too far. Learn more at STARS.CA


BHP is a leading global resources company with its headquarters located in Melbourne, Australia, and its Canadian headquarters in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. BHP is among the world’s top producers of major commodities including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and soon, potash. BHP extracts and processes minerals from production operations located primarily in Australia and South America and its products are sold worldwide. BHP believes in the long-term fundamentals of the potash market and its Jansen Potash Project, located approximately 140 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon, which provides an entry option into this new commodity. Further information on BHP can be found at: bhp.com