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STARS News Release

$400,000 contribution to STARS from FortisAlberta

October 20, 2011

Karl Smith - FortisAlberta, Jeff Quick - STARS CFO

Pictured from left to right in the attached photo are Mr. Karl Smith, FortisAlberta president & chief executive officer with Mr. Jeff Quick, STARS chief financial officer.

Red Deer, Alberta – Oct. 20, 2011 - FortisAlberta announced today a five-year pledge of $400,000 in support of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Human Patient Simulator Program (HPS), bringing the company's contributions to $1.4 million over 15 years to 2016.

"We are truly grateful for FortisAlberta's very generous financial commitment to the STARS Human Patient Simulator Program (HPS)," says Andrea Robertson, STARS president and chief operating officer. "This new funding will contribute toward the emergency care of critically ill and injured patients in Alberta."

"FortisAlberta's relationship with STARS is such a natural fit for our organization, and we are truly honoured to continue to support their outstanding work. We know that our contribution to the program is critical to ensuring that our employees and the public, especially in rural areas, have access to immediate expert emergency care," says Karl Smith, FortisAlberta president & chief executive officer.

The STARS Human Patient Simulator Program (HPS) is one of the first mobile medical education programs in North America. It is the medical equivalent of a flight simulator. The human patient simulator is a complex mannequin that closely simulates the human body and its functions. Housed in a mobile unit, the HPS program provides specialized critical care skill training to emergency care providers "in their own communities".

STARS is a charitable non-profit organization that has responded to more than 21,000 emergencies since it began in 1985. STARS provides service 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. STARS unique model of community, corporate and government support allows the organization to continue innovating excellence in patient care.

As owner and operator of more than 60 per cent of Alberta's total electricity distribution network, FortisAlberta's focus is delivering safe and reliable electricity to almost half a million residential, farm and business customers. The company serves more than 200 communities with 113,000 kilometres of distribution power lines across Alberta.

For more information:

Kate George
Phone: (403) 514-4787

Cam Heke
Manager, Media & Public Relations/
External Affairs and Communications
Media Line: 1.866.966.8277