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  • Posted on 18/8/2004

B.C.'s brightest techies set aside the laptop for a round of golf

Tournament hopes to raise $60,000 for the Children's Hospital Foundation


Vancouver, B.C. – Scores of B.C.'s brightest technical minds are expected to leave their laptops, but maybe not their Blackberries, for a round of golf in Coquitlam Sept. 14. Along the way, they're aiming to raise more than $60,000 to help the Children's Hospital Foundation buy equipment.


The fifth annual TELUS BC Technologies Industry Association Fall Golf Classic at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club has already attracted registration from companies including TELUS, PMC Sierra, Microsoft, and Sierra Wireless, among others. Last year, 132 golfers came out, and $42,000 was raised from entry fees, sponsorship, and a balloon raffle.


“This year we want to make it bigger than ever, with the full 152 golfers and more than $60,000 raised,” says tournament coordinator Jacqueline Sauve. “The way technology is booming in B.C. this year, I expect we'll make it. After all, everyone knows the best deals are struck on the golf course.”


This year's theme is “Celebration of the technology industry.” A different technology company sponsors each hole, where they will demonstrate new products and share information about the industry. After the tournament, the golfers network over drinks and dinner.


“Golfers come out each year to hear about what's going on in the broader technology industry, to network with other business-people, maybe even talk about potential deals. As a way to keep up with the industry, it's tough to beat a round of golf and dinner,” says TELUS Bruce Okabe, Vice President Emerging Channels. “The fact we are raising money for the Children's Hospital Foundation makes the event even more worthwhile.”


Register by getting in touch with Sauve at 604-942-3609.


TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada and the second largest in the country, with more than $7 billion of annual revenue, 4.8 million network access lines and 3.5 million wireless subscribers. The company provides subscribers with a full range of telecommunications products and services including data, voice and wireless services across Canada, utilizing next generation Internet-based technologies. TELUS was a premier founding supporter of the successful bid to bring the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Canada.


For media inquiries, please contact:


Shawn Hall
TELUS Media and public relations
(604) 697-8176


Jacqueline Sauve
BCTIA Fall Golf Classic coordinator