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STARS News Release

Encana Corporation’s support for STARS surpasses $2.5 million

June 29, 2011

Encana Donates 200k

Calgary, AB, June 29, 2011 - Encana Corporation's support for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) surpassed $2.5 million today after the energy company presented a donation of $200,000 at the STARS Calgary Base.

Encana Corporation's support for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) surpassed $2.5 million today after the energy company presented a donation of $200,000 at the STARS Calgary Base. Pat MacDonald, Vice-President, Human Resources & Communication, Encana Corporation, and Brent Harrison, Vice-President, Environment, Health & Safety, Canadian Division, Encana Corporation, made the presentation to STARS' officials, including the on-duty flight crew.

"Encana and our legacy companies have supported STARS since 1989. Encana recognizes the value and importance of an organization like STARS and sees it as an integral part of a safe and healthy community," said MacDonald. "For Encana, STARS is also an important partner in health and safety of our workers and contractors in the field. STARS ensures safe and fast access to life-saving emergency services and that means greater safety coverage for field workers who operate in remote areas."

The funding will be provided to STARS over two years. Half of the $200,000 will be used for STARS' general operations, $50,000 will be focused on operations of the STARS Grande Prairie Base, and the remaining $50,000 will help to fund STARS' mobile education program, a human patient simulator training unit that provides medical and emergency response training in remote communities.

Encana has long supported STARS initiatives and participated in STARS safety programs. The company was a major contributor to the launch of the STARS Grande Prairie Base. Aside from $2.5 million to date in donations, Encana has contributed more than $500,000 towards STARS Emergency Link Centre site registration and work alone programs, on a fee-for-service basis.

"We cannot thank Encana Corporation enough for its extraordinary level of support," said Dr. Greg Powell, STARS Chief Executive Officer. "Encana's donation will directly contribute to our ability to respond to emergencies involving critically ill and injured patients, while also enabling STARS to continue providing medical education programs and training to emergency services and health care providers."

STARS is a charitable non-profit organization that has responded to more than 20,000 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 us to continue innovating excellence in patient care.

Encana is a leading North American producer of clean, affordable natural gas. The way our people do business reflects our commitment to responsible development, safety, sound environmental practices and community engagement. Encana invests in community programs in the areas of environment, education, community enhancement, sports and recreation and family and community wellness. Success is defined by sustainable financial performance and our contribution to the strength and sustainability of the communities where we operate. Further information on Encana Corporation is available on the company's website,

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