Alberta Cancer Foundation announces new CEO

Alberta Cancer Foundation announces new CEO

May 20, 2020 – The Alberta Cancer Foundation’s board of trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Wendy Beauchesne as CEO, effective June 22.

Beauchesne has spent the vast majority of her career working in the health-care sector. She comes to the Foundation from STARS Air Ambulance, where she is currently the Executive Vice President & Chief Brand Officer. As executive leader for the STARS Foundation, Beauchesne works to tell the STARS story in the community, deepen external engagement, increase philanthropic support, diversify revenue streams and ensure a remarkable experience for STARS donors. She also helped launch a capital campaign to replace STARS’ fleet of aging helicopters and subsequently was part of the team to successfully secure over $100 million in campaign commitments. Beauchesne initially joined STARS in 2011 when the service was building the program in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. She was tasked with helping to launch the STARS brand and build awareness in these new markets and grew to assume the role of VP Corporate Services.

Prior to STARS, Beauchesne spent a decade working with Alberta’s health authorities. Upon the formation of Alberta Health Services, she was part of a leadership team tasked with aligning 12 independent communications departments into one provincial team. She is looking forward to contributing to the Alberta Cancer Foundation team.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Alberta Cancer Foundation,” says Beauchesne. “Like so many, I have a strong connection to the Foundation’s core purpose to create more moments for Albertans facing cancer. I look forward to working with the team to continue delivering value for donors, volunteers and partners across the province.”

The Alberta Cancer Foundation has spent the last five months undergoing an organizational renewal to ensure it is well positioned to achieve its goals moving forward. Embarking on one of the largest health campaigns in western Canada to support the new Calgary Cancer Centre is a key mission for the organization. As well, it is a privilege to continue supporting the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the 16 other Alberta Health Services centres across the province. Part of the organizational process also included the recruitment of a permanent CEO for the Foundation.

“We welcome Wendy to the Alberta Cancer Foundation team and look forward to the passion she will bring to this organization,” says Dr. Chris Eagle, ACF board chair. “We also appreciate her connection to both the philanthropic and health-care communities across the province as we raise funds to support Albertans facing cancer.

Beauchesne takes over from Acting CEO Theresa Radwell, who has been with the organization for more than nine years and will continue to ensure a smooth transition. “We are incredibly grateful for Theresa’s commitment to this organization, to the people in it and for her hard work to deliver the biggest possible impact to cancer patients and donors. Her leadership, particularly over the last seven months, has been absolutely appreciated.”

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Phoebe Dey
VP Communications and Marketing
Alberta Cancer Foundation
Cell: (780)700-6120