November 7, 2022

STARS President and CEO Andrea Robertson announces intent to retire in late 2023


WESTERN CANADA, Nov. 7, 2022 – The Board of Directors of Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) and President and Chief Executive Officer, Andrea Robertson, announced today that Robertson intends to retire from her position later in 2023 following a smooth transition.

“It is with very mixed emotions that the Board of Directors received Andrea’s news of her intent to retire,” Helen Kasdorf, STARS Board Co-Chair said. She has been a passionate and inspiring leader in the delivery of safe and timely critical patient care for more than a decade, and we will miss her.”

Since 2011, Andrea has worked to foster long-term relationships with federal, provincial, and municipal governments, private sector partners, and donors, in order to serve the people across the prairie provinces and beyond.

Andrea’s tenure included leading the organization through a period of monumental change, with the expansion of STARS into two new provinces and the complete replacement of its helicopter fleet. Supported by strong executive leadership, the exceptional team at STARS will continue to seamlessly provide the critical care for which the organization is renowned.

The Board of Directors has begun the search for a new President and CEO, while Andrea and the STARS team continue to focus on the work of delivering life-saving missions wherever and whenever they are needed.

“The Board has every confidence in Andrea’s continued leadership through what will be a careful and thoughtful transition process over the next year,” Curtis Stange, STARS Board Co-Chair said. “STARS is a terrific organization in a very stable operating and financial position, thanks to Andrea’s leadership.”

“Working with STARS has been the great privilege of my career,” Robertson said. “I am excited for the future and believe a new leader will bring fresh ideas to the important work of continuing to improve patient care for people across western Canada and wherever the future may take us. I will be working closely with the Board and the new President and CEO to ensure a smooth transition.”

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