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Cautiously Optimistic Energy Services Sector Once Again Proudly Champions STARS: Over $700,000 Raised at PSAC’s 23rd Annual STARS & SPURS Gala


CALGARY, AB (January 25, 2017) – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) proudly held their 23rd annual STARS & SPURS Gala which has raised over $13 million for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) since its inception. This is the longest-running and largest fundraiser in Alberta, with this year’s gala raising $717,460 in one evening.

“Twenty-three years ago, the partnership between PSAC and STARS was built upon steadfast support, hard work and Albertan pride. The generosity we have received from the petroleum industry has never wavered, no matter the economic climate, and for that, we’re very appreciative of the support”, said STARS President and CEO, Andrea Robertson.  “It’s that community pride and generosity of spirit that has sustained Albertans through floods and fires, booms and busts and it’s what has made the PSAC STARS & SPURS Gala such a success story. Thank you so much! Your support saves lives.”

Once again Canada’s oilfield services companies, their customers, the E&P companies, employees and friends across the western Canadian oil and natural gas industry opened their hearts and wallets to make the STARS & SPURS Gala a huge success, commented President and CEO of PSAC, Mark Salkeld. “The generosity of the oil and natural gas industry, is humbling considering the prolonged difficult times in the sector. Even though this sector is only just now experiencing a slight increase in activity, appreciation for the value of STARS inspired everyone to come out for a great night of western fun, entertainment and generosity.”

More than 1100 guests attended the PSAC STARS & SPURS Gala on Saturday, January 21, at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park and included the Honourable Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Alberta Minister of Energy and her Chief of Staff, Marcella Munro. Gala guests enjoyed dinner, a dynamic performance by George Canyon, raffles, live and silent auctions, dancing and the chance to network.

Gala guests also toasted the 2017 Honourary Patron Dave Yager who was recognized for his contributions to the oilfield services sector and success of PSAC.

Mark Salkeld also made special mention of Ihor Mazuryk who passed away in 2016 and who is credited for helping begin the fantastic relationship between PSAC and STARS during his tenure on the PSAC Board, “Thanks to Ihor’s exceptional foresight, a strong and lasting relationship continues to grow and excel between PSAC and STARS”.

In addition to representatives from the energy sector, the event was attended by a number of STARS’ volunteers and Very Important Patients (VIPs). The two VIPs featured were Hank Postma, who was flown from Nakiska after a heart attack, and Mitch Arsenault, who was transported from an industry site after a medical emergency.

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. PSAC is Working Energy and as the voice of this sector, advocates for its members to enable the continued innovation, technological advancement and in-the-field experience they supply to Canada’s energy explorers and producers, helping to increase efficiency, improve safety and protect the environment.


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[column col=”1/2″]PSAC Media Contact:
Mark Salkeld
President & CEO
Phone: 403.264.4195[/column]

[column col=”2/2″]STARS Media Contact:
Fatima Khawaja
Communications Lead, AB & BC
Phone:  866.966.8277[/column]



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