Wendy has spent the majority of her career working in the health-care sector and continues on that path in her new role as Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Wendy joins the Foundation from STARS Air Ambulance, a helicopter ambulance service providing critical care transport to patients across Western Canada. She initially joined STARS in 2011 to help build the program in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and soon assumed the role of VP Corporate Services, providing leadership for HR, IT, Communication and External Relations. In 2017, she was named Executive Vice President for the STARS Foundation with a clear mandate: to transform the Foundation for long-term sustainability and to execute on a $130 million capital campaign. Previous to STARS, she spent a decade working within Alberta’s health authorities and worked to amalgamate and align 12 independent communications departments into one provincial team.
Wendy comes to the Alberta Cancer Foundation with a passion for fundraising, a track record of building high-performance teams and a clear ability to turn strategy into results. Beyond the opportunity to join an organization with an inspiring purpose to create more moments for Albertans facing cancer, Wendy is looking forward to delivering on the Foundation’s new strategic framework that clearly articulates a path forward for game-changing transformation. 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, Wendy will continue to inspire giving to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the 16 other Alberta Health Services cancer centres across the province.
Wendy has been chosen as one of 250 Canadians to be a member of the 2020 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.