Dr. Powell has an exemplary career of leadership and innovation that spans 40 years in the fields of emergency and aviation medicine, education, and research. He is a Professor Emeritus, Emergency and Family Medicine, at the University of Calgary and is a founder of STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service) and the STARS Foundation. He held the position of Chief Executive Officer, STARS & STARS Foundation until March 2012, and continues today in the role of founder and director emeritus.
Dr. Powell is an internationally recognized leader in critical patient care, air medical transportation and emergency medical training and education and has received many awards and significant recognition throughout his career.
In 2006, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian award, in recognition of his contribution to the community and Canada.
Additional significant awards include: Honorary Baccalaureate Degree, SAIT, Business Administration (2017); naming of Foothills Medical Centre Helipad, Calgary as The Dr. Greg Powell Helipad (2015); Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012); One of 100 Outstanding Albertans (2012); and one of Alberta’s “One Hundred Physicians of the Century” (2006).
In June 2018, Dr. Powell was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame.
He attained his initial medical training at the University of British Columbia, post-graduate training at University of Calgary and subsequently, emergency medicine specialty training at McGill University through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.
Over the past five years, he has been very involved in the organ and tissue donation community in Alberta and Canada, as a result of a very personal and family interest.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Foothills Country Hospice Society in Okotoks. And from 2017 to 2021, he served on the Patient and Family Advisory Committee of the Health Quality Council of Alberta, most recently as Chair.
Greg and his wife Linda raised their two sons and daughter in rural Alberta (Millarville).