June 8, 2023

Katherine Emberly announced as new president & CEO of STARS

Calgary, AB, June 8, 2023 – Following an extensive search by the society’s volunteer board of directors, STARS announced that Katherine Emberly will join the organization as president & CEO, effective Sept. 15, 2023.

“Effectively leading an organization like STARS takes strong business acumen and experience building and leading highly skilled, geographically distributed teams in a 24×7, mission-critical and high-risk environment.” said Helen Kasdorf, co-chair of STARS’ volunteer board of directors.

“It is clear that Katherine is deeply drawn to the purpose and mission of STARS,“ said Curtis Stange, board co-chair. “We are confident that she is the best leader for the future.”

“When the opportunity to lead STARS arose, it was a very easy decision to make. The work everyone at the organization does each day saves lives and there is no greater place to bring my energy,” commented STARS’ incoming president and CEO Katherine Emberly. “I am a purpose and values-driven leader and as I considered what I wanted to do next, it was clear that I wanted the opportunity to lead at a purpose-driven organization and to give back to my community that has given me so much.”

“The past 12 years as president and CEO at STARS have been more than a job. They have seen some of the most powerful and impactful moments in my career,” remarked outgoing president & CEO Andrea Robertson. “I am thrilled to see Katherine join the organization and I know she will carry on STARS’ incredible legacy of delivering the highest level of care to patients in our communities.”

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Katherine spent the last twenty years with Shaw Communications, progressing through more senior roles until she spent the last three years as President, Business. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science, Harvard Business School Executive Education, and the Institute of Corporate Directors Program. Katherine has been very involved in the community, including sitting on the board for Alberta Blue Cross, Calgary Economic Development, Viamo, Axis Connects and Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

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