19-Nov-2011 Source: STARS
The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is very pleased to announce that Mr. Rod Gantefoer has accepted the position of Executive Vice President for the STARS Foundation.
Reporting to STARS’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Gantefoer will provide leadership to the STARS Foundation team and work to develop community partnerships and fundraising initiatives to enhance STARS’ patient care and transport program. This role is essential as STARS continues to operate three bases in Alberta, build two new bases in Saskatchewan and provide service in Manitoba through an extended contract with the Manitoba Government.
â€œWe are thrilled to have Rod join the STARS team,â€ says Dr. Greg Powell, CEO, STARS. â€œHis strong leadership experience and history of public service will greatly benefit our organization, and ultimately our patients.â€
This position will oversee all STARS fund development activities throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Mr. Gantefoer will primarily be located at the STARS base in Saskatoon.
â€œI am honoured to begin my new role with STARS, and to have an opportunity to continue in public serviceâ€ says Mr. Gantefoer. â€œEvery day I will be motivated by the knowledge that STARS is responding to critically injured and ill patients across Western Canada, and that my work will directly contribute to that important activity.â€
Mr. Gantefoer’s background includes 16 years as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, which included appointments to Minister of Finance and Government House Leader. He served on many committees during his time in government including health, finance, education, labour, economic development, environment and resource management. His experience as Finance Minister and many years of public service has earned him much recognition and respect in the community and corporate sector. His diverse background also includes farming and experience as an owner/operator of small businesses.
STARS provides a safe, rapid, highly specialized emergency medical transport system for critically ill and injured patients. STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization that has responded to more than 21,000 emergencies in Alberta and eastern British Columbia since it began in 1985. We currently provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from bases in Calgary, Edmonton, and Grande Prairie. STARS also provides day-light hours service in Manitoba as part of an extended contract with the Manitoba Government, and will begin providing services in Saskatchewan in 2012.