Twelve-foot statue honours visionary, entrepreneur, philanthropist,
TORONTO, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications unveiled today a
12-foot bronze statue of Edward S. "Ted" Rogers to celebrate the spirit
and legacy of one of Canada's most respected and influential leaders.
Designed by Canadian sculptor and close friend of the Rogers family,
Siggy Puchta, the full-length statue, weighing nearly 800 lbs., was
inspired by Rogers's drive and commitment to advancing media and
communications in Canada.
"Ted never gave up on a dream and his relentless spirit turned a
fledgling radio station into Canada's most dynamic communications and
media company," said Loretta Rogers, Ted's wife. "It's truly an honour
to celebrate his incredible accomplishments with the unveiling of a
statue at Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays. Ted always felt
the Blue Jays played a central role in the civic pride of our country
and he loved being amongst the fans at a game. I couldn't imagine a
better home for this special tribute."
Rogers, who passed away in 2008, was one of the country's most
Known for his unwavering drive, he built Rogers Communications into a
North American leader in wireless telecommunications, cable television,
broadcasting, publishing, and more. As Founder, President and CEO of
Rogers Communications, he stepped up to the plate and acquired the
Toronto Blue Jays in 2000 in an effort to keep the team on Canadian
soil. He later purchased SkyDome in 2004, re-branding it Rogers Centre.
"Ted was truly an icon who transformed the communications landscape,"
said Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO, Rogers Communications. "He
built Rogers Communications from the ground up into one of our
country's greatest success stories. Ted remains a great source of pride
internally and his incredible spirit lives on through our 30,000
Today's dedication ceremony was attended by Rogers's family and close
friends, including wife Loretta, their children - Lisa, Edward,
Melinda, and Martha - his sister Ann Graham Calderisi, and Rogers
Executives and employees, including Nadir Mohamed, Alan Horn and Phil
"While many remember Ted most for his success in business, he was also
known as a generous philanthropist and a dedicated family man," said
Alan Horn, Chairman of the Board, Rogers Communications, and President
and CEO, Rogers Telecommunications Limited. "This statue is a great way
to commemorate Ted Rogers, a true pioneer of our times."
The statue stands atop a granite base with four plaques describing
1) Edward S. "Ted" Rogers 1933-2008
2) Founder, President and CEO, Rogers Communications 1960-2008
3) "The Best is Yet to Come"
4) Visionary, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Passionate Canadian
The statue will remain permanently outside Rogers Centre, facing Bremner
Boulevard near Gates 5 and 6.
About Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable
television, high speed Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers
Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised
shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and
digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).
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SOURCE: Rogers Communications Inc.
For further information:
Michelle Lomack, Rogers, 416.819.2783, Michelle.Lomack@rci.rogers.com
Charmaine Khan, Rogers, 416.277.0450, Charmaine.Khan@rci.rogers.com