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10/11/2004

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  • Posted on 10/11/2004

HR/PAYROLL CONTRACT OPENS DOORS FOR EMPLOYEES, BUSINESS

VICTORIA – The provincial government has signed a contract with TELUS Sourcing Solutions (TSS), a Canadian company, to deliver its corporate HR/payroll systems and services, Management Services Minister Joyce Murray and Stephen Bayliffe, vice-president and general manager of TSS announced today.

 

“As a government, we committed to being responsible, accountable managers of public resources and tax dollars,” said Murray. “Moving these administrative operations to the private sector lets government focus on its core business. It also allows us to benefit from the expertise, infrastructure and marketing capabilities of TSS to deliver these internal services better and more cost-effectively.”

 

The 10-year, $133 million partnership is one of several key projects that will use the private sector to transform and improve government's service delivery when it makes business sense to do so. The Province expects to realize savings in excess of $30 million over the life of the contract. Current employees have been offered jobs with TSS, and will have access to a wider range of training and career development opportunities with the new company. The BCGEU will be the successor union and benefits and provisions presently offered by the Province will transfer with employees.

 

“We are excited to be partnering with the Government of B.C. on this alternative service delivery project and are committed to providing unparalleled innovation, technology development and human resource expertise,” said Bayliffe.

 

Formed in 2003, TSS is a wholly owned subsidiary of TELUS Corporation, with its head office in Vancouver. TSS offers human resource, payroll and other business solutions to public sector organizations across Canada, and will establish a Centre of Excellence in Victoria. As a result of its partnership with the Province, TSS will have an opportunity to expand its business services to B.C.'s broader public sector. TSS will adhere to all B.C. statutes and regulations related to the protection of privacy and personal information.

 

For more information, please see the project summary at: www.solutionsbcsharedservices.gov.bc.ca online.

 

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Media contact:

 

Charles Suenderman
A/Communications Director
Ministry of Management Services
250 387-2799
250 812-9670

 

Shawn Hall
Media & Public Relations
TELUS
604 697-8176
shawn.hall@telus.com

 

Visit the Province's website at www.gov.bc.ca for online information and services.

  • Posted on 10/11/2004

Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and Chief Executive Officer joins the IIT's Board of Governors

MONTREAL-Louis Brunel, International Institute of Telecommunications' President and Chief Executive Officer, is pleased to announce that Darren Entwistle, President and Chief Executive Officer of TELUS, will be one of the 9 members of the IIT's prestigious Board of Governors.

 

"I am very pleased to be joining the IIT and working with its partners to leverage TELUS' expertise in innovation and business development for this leading organization," said Entwistle. "Over the years, the IIT has become an outstanding centre for sharing knowledge and cooperation at the technological level. Its leadership in the field of specialized training as well as in research and development is giving the telecommunications industry an opportunity to create a real Canadian network of highly competitive skills both nationally and internationally."

 

Louis Brunel emphasized that the addition of Darren Entwistle to the Board of Governors allows the IIT to continue its access to the best in strategic advice and the best in technological leadership.

 

"We are enthusiastic about having Mr. Entwistle on our Board of Governors, along with the other major leaders in the Canadian telecommunications/ICT industry. The IIT's goal is to step up the pace of the industry's growth by stressing high-calibre specialized training, development and the validation of new services and new applications. The IIT intends to play a key role in this field and meet wireless and landline network operators' and other industry players' needs and objectives of providing telecommunications users with better service."

 

About the IIT:

The International Institute of Telecommunications was founded in 1999 by a group of leaders in the telecommunications industry. The Institute is an industrial telecommunications/ICT centre with over 70 members. Its activities mainly focus on industrial training, research and development as well as the validation of new applications and new services.

 

About TELUS:

TELUS (TSX: T, T.NV; NYSE: TU) is the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada and the second largest in the country, with more than CAN$7 billion of annual revenue, over 4.8 million network access lines and over 3.6 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.

 

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Information:
Ginette Leblond
Vice-President, National Market
International Institute of Telecommunications
ginette.leblond@iitelecom.com

 

Nick Culo
TELUS Media Relations
(780) 493-7236
nick.culo@telus.com