March 23, 2022

Birchcliff Energy provides generous $1.5 million gift to new STARS fleet serving Grande Prairie and area

GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, March 22, 2022 – STARS’ fleet renewal capital campaign has received a major boost with a $1.5 million gift from Birchcliff Energy, helping to secure a new H145 helicopter to serve the Grande Prairie region.

The Keep the Fight in Flight campaign launched in 2018 across Western Canada to renew STARS’ aging aircraft fleet with new Airbus H145 helicopters, at a cost of $13 million each.

Birchcliff Energy is one of the largest donors to STARS’ fleet renewal initiative, with a $500,000 donation early in the campaign preceding the latest $1.5 million gift. The company has been one of STARS’ most dedicated allies since the Grande Prairie base opened over 15 years ago, with total giving now at more than $3.6 million.

“Birchcliff is proud to be a long-term supporter of STARS,” said Jeff Tonken, Chief Executive Officer of Birchcliff Energy. “The health and safety of our employees, our contractors and the communities where we operate is of paramount importance to Birchcliff, and STARS is a critical service that provides a vital health link to communities throughout Northern Alberta. Our ability to make this gift to STARS is a direct result of the hard work and successful execution of our business plan by Birchcliff’s employees.”

As a non-profit charity, STARS relies on donors to help achieve excellence and drive innovation in critical care. Birchcliff’s gift will ensure northern residents and industry personnel who work throughout the vast remote regions of Northern Alberta and Northeastern British Columbia will continue to receive the best in emergency critical care, with the latest in flight and technical capabilities offered by the new H145.

“With support from committed, long-time donors like Birchcliff Energy, people working, travelling and playing across Alberta continue to have access to critical care when they need it most,” said Andrea Robertson, STARS president and CEO.

STARS has flown hundreds of missions in the new helicopters since receiving its first H145 aircraft in 2019. Thanks to government, community and corporate support, the renewed fleet will be implemented at all six STARS bases across Western Canada later this year.

“STARS was built by the community for the community, and it’s generous contributions from organizations like Birchcliff Energy that help ensure we can be there for the next patient who needs us,” Robertson said.

For more information contact: Mark Oddan, STARS | | 1-833-234-7275


Simply put, STARS fights for life. Since we embarked on our first mission in 1985, we’ve been driven by the goal of providing people the vital care they need when they need it the most. Whether it’s offering hands-on training to rural medical providers or providing rapid, emergency medical transportation for the critically ill and injured, we operate 24/7 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, anticipating and acting when people need our help. Learn more at STARS.CA and FIGHTINFLIGHT.CA


Birchcliff is a Calgary, Alberta based intermediate oil and natural gas company with operations focused on the Montney/Doig Resource Play in Alberta. The Corporation’s operations are primarily concentrated in the Pouce Coupe and Gordondale areas of Alberta where it owns large contiguous blocks of high working interest land. Birchcliff is a Low-Emissions Intensity Producer of sustainable natural gas and liquids that recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship, social license and corporate governance.