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  • Posted on 3/5/2012

TELUS Park Edmonton gets the green light

NAIT students design green space next to TELUS House Edmonton

 

Edmonton, AB – Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO, today unveiled the winning design for the revitalization of the green space adjacent to TELUS House Edmonton. The design was created by NAIT Landscape Architecture program student Em Poole.

 

Three finalists from NAIT, Poole, Kira Hunt and Sam Pyper were announced. In the end, it was Poole who took the prize.

 

“I extend my heartfelt appreciation to all the students for their submissions, which showcased their creative talents and technical skills. The designs were magnificent and exceeded our expectations,” remarked Entwistle. “I want to personally congratulate Em Poole. Her design will bring TELUS Park to life with a festival vibe that includes open spaces for live performances and art shows. The TELUS team in Edmonton looks forward to collaborating with her to make her vision a reality.”

 

Last June, TELUS announced it will invest more than $20 million in downtown Edmonton’s TELUS House over the next two years for planned upgrades in and around the building. TELUS also extended its lease on 318,000 sq. ft. of office space in TELUS House in the heart of the city to 2026.

 

Included in this investment, TELUS undertook the revitalization of the green space adjacent to TELUS House Edmonton. Talented NAIT Landscape Architecture program students participated in a design contest to develop the space, which was to not only reflect TELUS’ commitment to the community, but the strong heritage and cultural diversity within the city.

 

In honour of the winning submission, TELUS will donate $1,000 dollars in Em Poole’s name to a charity of her choice. Poole, Hunt and Pyper also received both Apple iPad3 tablets and the newest iPhones from TELUS. Additionally, in appreciation to all the students who participated in the contest, TELUS has donated $5,000 to NAIT’s Students Association.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.4 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.3 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 500,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

 

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

 

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

 

Chris Gerritsen

TELUS Media Relations

403-808-9591

chris.gerritsen@telus.com

 

  • Posted on 3/5/2012

TELUS to invest $1.3 million in health technology research with the University of Alberta

Research will focus on development of new consumer health technologies and services to support community-based, patient-centric healthcare in Alberta

 

 

Edmonton, AB – TELUS today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine to provide funding support for the newly created Consumer Health Technology Innovation Living Laboratory Community program.

 

“I am pleased to announce today that we are providing $1.3 million dollars over the next three years to carry out research with the University of Alberta on the application of emerging technologies to improve patient care within the community,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO, TELUS. “Alberta is at the forefront of healthcare transformation and we are continuing to build on that momentum by working with the University of Alberta to establish this national centre of excellence for consumer health technology, which will further showcase Alberta’s leadership in healthcare innovation.”

 

Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell, Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and Chair of the Health Sciences Council said, This is an important collaboration between the University of Alberta and TELUS. Our partnership will significantly advance the development and adoption of new technologies in the community so people, particularly seniors, can remain independent and healthy. The Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine has long been involved in developing new adaptive and assistive technologies and this partnership is the logical next step we need to help improve the quality of life of Albertans.”

 

The Consumer Health Technology Innovation Living Laboratory Community will explore opportunities for the application of emerging technologies toward patient care within the community.

 

Some initial studies will include:

 

  • Extending the use of Personal Health Records to patients and their families living with chronic conditions related to diabetes, heart failure, lung disease and mental health;

 

  • Integrating Remote Patient Monitoring devices such as glucometers, weight scales and blood pressure monitors to capture accurate health data directly from patients; and

 

  • Supporting physicians and other members of the healthcare team by integrating care plans and health data in Electronic Medical Records, and making them accessible on tablets and smartphones.

 

One of the first projects under this new TELUS and U of A partnership is the extension of the current Sherwood Park Primary Care Network project, in collaboration with the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy. This initiative will establish a Provider Portal with secured messaging and remote patient monitoring services to improve chronic disease management programs.

 

About the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta has an international profile of excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. As the province’s flagship university founded more than a century ago, the U of A brings the benefits of being a globally engaged institution to Alberta’s citizenry. As an institutional global citizen, the U of A provides and promotes learning, discovery, and creative activity that engage the issues, questions, and concerns that matter to communities locally and internationally.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.4 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.3 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 500,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

 

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

 

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

 

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For more information contact:

 

Chris Gerritsen                                                 Keri Scobie     

TELUS Media Relations                                   Manager, Faculty Communications

403-808-9591                                                  Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine,

chris.gerritsen@telus.com                               University of Alberta  

                                                                        780-492-9403

                                                                        keri.scobie@ualberta.ca

 

  • Posted on 3/5/2012

TELUS investing $2 billion in Alberta over next three years

 

Hiring 750 employees, bringing world’s fastest wireless service to

3 million Albertans, and bridging the digital divide for rural Albertans

 

Edmonton, AB TELUS will invest $2 billion in advanced technology over the next three years in Alberta.

 

This significant investment builds on the more than $26 billion the company has invested in technology and operations in the province since 2000. It will fuel the expansion of TELUS’ advanced wireless and wireline broadband networks across the province.

 

“The economic backbone of Alberta relies on investment and innovation. TELUS’ $2 billion investment over the next three years will support significant economic and community development in every region of Alberta,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “We will continue to expand wireline broadband access to rural and remote communities and deliver 4G LTE, the world’s fastest wireless technology, to more than 80 per cent of Albertans by the end of this year. We are building the communications technology and infrastructure that will help Alberta companies compete on the world stage, create local employment opportunities, and advance healthcare and education across the province for the benefit of citizens.”

 

One of Alberta’s largest private sector employers, TELUS' investments will result in the hiring of 750 people across the province this year to support its Optik TV and wireless growth.

 

“As important as our technology investments are to our success, our commitment to local communities is near and dear to our hearts. TELUS believes deeply in the symbiotic relationship between the success of business and the welfare of our communities,” continued Mr. Entwistle. “We embrace a simple philosophy – we give where we live – and we take great pride in the social outcomes we are helping to realize, such as contributing $875,000 to the Alberta Cancer Foundation through our Go Pink community campaigns and the TELUS World Skins Game, held last year in Banff. Since 2000, our TELUS family of 14,000 employees and retirees in Alberta has donated over $82 million dollars and, more importantly, volunteered 1.2 million hours, with our hearts and our hands, to community and charitable organisations here in Alberta. Additionally, the TELUS team will contribute a further $10 million dollars to local, grassroots community projects in 2012.”

 

TELUS’ $2 billion investment will:

 

  • Extend its new 4G LTE wireless network from Calgary and Edmonton to an additional seven communities in 2012. This year, TELUS will extend service to Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster and Brooks, with more to come over the next few years if TELUS is able to secure the necessary wireless spectrum through Industry Canada’s upcoming spectrum auctions. 4G LTE is the most advanced, fastest wireless technology available in the world today.

 

  • Connect 18 remote and geographically challenging Alberta communities to broadband internet this year, including Bear Canyon, Blue Ridge, Brocket, Bruce, Donalda, Ferintosh, Hays, Holden, Hussar, Jarvie, Keephills, Marlboro, Pickardville, Walsh, Waterton Park, Mulhurst, Seba Beach and Wildwood. By 2014 we will connect a further 37 communities to ensure citizens have access to high speed internet.

 

  • Further extend Optik TV service to reach nearly 70 per cent of Alberta households by the end of 2012. At the end of 2011, TELUS had 509,000 TV customers, adding 56,000 in the final three months of the year alone.

 

  • Continue to improve lives and save healthcare dollars through the company’s healthcare technology. On February 2, TELUS acquired Wolf Medical Systems, a company that provides cloud-based electronic medical records to 1,500 doctors in Alberta and B.C. All 75 people working for Wolf have joined TELUS to create a new division called TELUS Physician Solutions, which will provide Canadian doctors and other healthcare providers technology to help them use and share patient information to improve service delivery and patient outcomes. This acquisition builds on the $1 billion TELUS has invested to become Canada’s leading healthcare IT provider. TELUS’ healthcare solutions are backed by a team of 1,500 health innovators who are dedicated to helping transform healthcare and delivering better patient outcomes.

 

  • Support unique community fundraising projects contributing to the Sturgeon Community Hospital Foundation in St. Albert; the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie; the Lethbridge Public Library; and in Edmonton, to the Campaign for Prostate Health. Similar programs in 2011 raised $350,000 dollars for the University of Lethbridge; $250,000 dollars for the G.H. Dawe Community Centre in Red Deer; and $250,000 dollars for a new aquatic and wellness multiplex in Grande Prairie, to name a few.

 

The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with TELUS' overall capital expenditure guidance for 2012.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.4 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.3 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 500,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

 

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

 

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

Forward looking statement:

This news release contains statements about expected future events of TELUS that are forward-looking. By their nature, forward-looking statements require the Company to make assumptions and predictions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. There is significant risk that the forward-looking statements will not prove to be accurate. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from that expressed in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, TELUS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Chris Gerritsen

TELUS Media Relations

(403) 808-9591

chris.gerritsen@telus.com

 

B-roll of TELUS infrastructure projects can be downloaded from the following FTP site:

 

FTP://209.52.48.241

Username: 12-079

Password: t3lu5

  • Posted on 3/5/2012

IWK Health Centre Foundation announced as 2012 TELUS World Skins Game Charity

Annual golf tradition to support the funding of critical health needs of children, women and families in Maritime Canada

 

Halifax, Nova Scotia – The IWK Health Centre Foundation has been selected as the benefiting charity for the 2012 TELUS World Skins Game taking place on Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, July 31 at the Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The funds raised from the event will go to the IWK Health Centre, which provides critical and specialized care to women, children and families throughout the Maritimes. 

 

“On behalf of the IWK Health Centre Foundation, I’m honoured to thank TELUS for generously supporting the IWK,” said Jennifer Gillivan, president and CEO of the IWK Health Centre Foundation. “TELUS is an amazing donor and we so appreciate its commitment in making the IWK a world-class centre of excellence for Maritime children, women, and families.”

 

“As part of TELUS’ ongoing commitment to ‘give where we live’, and the TELUS World Skins Game’s long-standing tradition of benefiting local charities, we are pleased to support the IWK Health Centre Foundation and help maritime families receive the quality care they need,” said Gen. (Ret.) Rick Hillier, Chair of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board. “TELUS’ gift will fund essential programs to ensure the IWK provides specialized health care right here at home in the Maritimes.”

 

The TELUS World Skins Game is always a highlight of the Canadian summer sporting schedule for the country's most passionate golf fans, as well as the community that hosts it. Including corporate and team member donations, more than $10.4 million has been given to a wide variety of important causes across Canada as a result of the TELUS World Skins Game since 2001.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.4 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.3 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 500,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

 

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

 

For more information about TELUS, please visit www.telus.com.

 

About IWK Health Centre Foundation

The IWK Health Centre Foundation helps sustain excellence in specialized care at the IWK for all Maritime families. Last year, generous donors contributed over $10 million to excellence in specialized care at the IWK, including neonatal and pediatric intensive care, women’s health and mental health services for children and youth. Funds raised also support world-renowned researchers and the purchase of modernized technology and equipment. Together with donors, the IWK Foundation supported more than 16,000 inpatient visits and nearly 300,000 outpatient and emergency room visits in one year. Visit iwkfoundation.org for more information.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Elisabeth Napolano                                                     

TELUS Media Relations                                              

416-906-9830                                                             

Elisabeth.Napolano@telus.com                                               

 

Carla Adams

IWK Health Centre Foundation

902-470-7744

carla.adams@iwk.nshealth.ca