Launches contest to thank Quebec's community investment leaders
RIMOUSKI, QC, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - François Côté, President of TELUS Québec and TELUS Health Solutions,
Rimouski Mayor Éric Forest and other local dignitaries joined TELUS
team members and retirees in Rimouski to celebrate the company's 85th anniversary in Quebec.
"TELUS is proud to have 85 years of history in Quebec; we have a great
tradition of challenges met, innovative ideas unleashed and investments
in our communities made. We are proud of the $12.3 billion investment
we've made across the province since 2000 that allows our 5,500 team
members to better serve our customers and drive growth in Quebec,"
notes François Côté. "We also want to take this opportunity to
acknowledge our company's builders, the spirited teamwork of our
current and retired employees, as well as the trust and loyalty of our
customers and partners, who have stood by our side for many years.
Thanks to this unwavering support we give back to our communities and
have helped build the Quebec of today and tomorrow."
To mark its 85th anniversary in Quebec, TELUS is launching a new
contest, in partnership with La Presse and Le Soleil: TELUS Community
Excellence Awards, The Top 30. It will recognize the dedication of
leaders across Quebec. Candidates will be selected by the Association
of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as well as the Association des
professionnels en gestion philanthropique (APGP). For more information
on selection criteria or to nominate an individual who has demonstrated
outstanding innovation and philanthropic involvement, visit telusquebec.com/fr/ext/evenements/excellence.
Today's announcement follows a number of initiatives already underway in
celebration of TELUS' 85th anniversary, including:
a major capital investment of $840 million over the next three years to
expand and enhance the reach and capability of TELUS' mobile and
wireline broadband networks in Quebec, which includes $90 million in
the April 30 launch of a music album featuring 13 songs used in TELUS
commercials, performed by our brightest French-language stars and
emerging artists. TELUS will donate $1 to Opération Enfant Soleil for
each album sold.
a three-year partnership with the Sun Life Financial's Les Grandes Fêtes
du St-Laurent, a festival that celebrates cultural and community
development in all of Eastern Quebec, and showcases local music talent.
a partnership with the Regional Museum of Rimouski for "Jacques Goldstyn
et Les Débrouillards 30 ans de BD et de sciences," a mobile exhibition
featuring a segment on the telecommunications evolution.
A bit of history
On June 7, 1927, Jules-André Brillant, a visionary entrepreneur from
Rimouski, created the Corporation de Téléphone et de Pouvoir du Québec.
The company became Québec Téléphone in 1955 and TELUS Québec in 2001.
In addition to Jules-André Brillant, the organization has benefited
from the leadership of many other great Quebecers including Basile
A.-Bénéteau, Raymond Sirois, Gilles Laroche, Hugues St-Pierre and since
2009, François Côté. Throughout its history, TELUS and its team members
have been an integral part of multiple innovative projects and achieved
some significant firsts:
In the early 1960s, Québec Téléphone had the largest service area in
Quebec, covering Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, Beauce to L'Islet, and all
of Eastern Quebec from Rimouski eastward. During this period, the
company expanded its network to support and facilitate the industry and
business development in the Côte-Nord region.
Québec Téléphone was the first company to offer regional mobile
telephony, in 1988, with individual lines available to all of its
customers by 1991.
In 1995, the company launched its GlobeTrotter Internet service, a first in the French-speaking world.
In 1999, QuébecTel launched the ZEB project, TELUS' very first IP
television service. In 2007, TELUS became the first Canadian company to
market a French-language IP television service with TELUS TV, and in
2010, the company signed an agreement with Microsoft for Optik TV.
In 2005, TELUS created the TELUS Community Boards, which brought
together local leaders and TELUS team members. Since then, the three
Quebec Community Boards, located in Rimouski, Montreal and Quebec City,
have supported hundreds of Quebec charities and donated $8 million.
Since the acquisition of Emergis in 2009, TELUS has been a Canadian
leader in telehealth, electronic health records, remote patient
monitoring, mobile home and community care, consumer health, benefits
management and pharmacy management. TELUS was the first in Canada to
launch the Personal Health Record, an online tool to manage health
information that can also be shared with health professionals.
In 2011, TELUS announced it would build a new Intelligent Internet Data
Centre in Rimouski, set to be one of the most energy efficient and
environmentally friendly purpose-built data centres of its kind in
North America. The facility will significantly enhance TELUS' IT
management services to businesses.
About TELUS in Quebec
A vibrant corporate presence in Quebec for nearly 85 years, TELUS
currently employs more than 5,500 team members in the province. Since
2000, the company has invested nearly $12.3 billion in Quebec's economy
and infrastructure development. A Canadian industry leader, TELUS
offers Quebec communities access to state-of-the-art global
communication technologies, at home and in the workplace. In support of
our philosophy to give where we live, the company has contributed
$30 million since 2005 to support local organizations in the Quebec
community such as Opération Enfant Soleil, Dr Julien Foundation, Les
Oeuvres Jean Lafrance and l'Association du cancer de l'Est du Québec.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and
12.7 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless
subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million
Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 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
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to
numerous 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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