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Calgary, AB – When Calgary's second annual Women's Leadership Forum comes to town today, more than 1,000 women from across Canada will expand their professional networks, broaden their knowledge base and hone their leadership skills in sessions with the most accomplished business women in Canada.


Karen Radford, president of TELUS Partner Solutions and TELUS Québec, and one of the founding members of the Women's Leadership Forum, is Monday's keynote speaker on the subject “Dreams, Dragons and Dares: You have the Power.”


“This is the second time Calgary has hosted this one-of-a-kind dynamic event that brings professional women together to talk about their opportunities and challenges,” said Karen Radford. “It's a unique chance for business women in Western Canada to learn from women leaders who have achieved success in business, and in their personal and community roles. Participants in the Women's Leadership Forum will take the next bold steps toward achieving their own personal greatness.”


This year's second Women's Leadership Forum themed “Courage – Beyond Inspiration” is a two-day event focusing on three integrated pillars: Awakening, Balance and Career Aspirations. Over 20 speakers will present their business acumen and personal leadership smarts from March 11 to March 13 at the TELUS Convention Centre. Speakers include Karen Radford, Sharon Wood, Jan Hargrave and Dr. Janet Lapp.


TransCanada Corporation is proud to be involved with the Women's Leadership Forum through its support of event co-founder, Valerie Nishi, a senior consultant in the company's Human Resources department, as well as its sponsorship.


“The Women's Leadership Forum will bring together business women of different backgrounds, professions and ages and provide them with the inspiration and tools to step into their enormous potential to lead at work, at home and in our communities,” says Sarah Raiss, executive vice-president, Corporate Services, TransCanada. “The forum will set a standard of excellence in helping women expand their networks, grow personally and professionally, and hone their leadership skills.”


TELUS and TransCanada have signed on as platinum partners for the two-day event which features speakers, a variety of workshops and expert panel discussions. Alberta's public and private sectors have shown overwhelming support for the forum.


For more information on the Women's Leadership Forum, visit


TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $8.7 billion of annual revenue and 10.7 million customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being Canada's premier corporate citizen, over the last six years TELUS has contributed more than $76 million to charitable and non-profit organizations, and has established seven TELUS Community Boards across Canada to lead its local philanthropic initiatives.


About TransCanada
TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure. Our network of more than 59,000 kilometres (36,500 miles) of pipeline taps into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 360 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada also owns, or has interests in, approximately 7,700 megawatts of power generation.


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For more information, please contact:

Allison Vale
TELUS Media Relations
(416) 629-6425


Jennifer Varey/Kurt Kadatz
(403) 920-7859
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