Glentel Receives National Recognition for Employee Training Excellence

    Company's Retail Division Receives Two Prestigious Awards from the
    Canadian Society for Training and Development

    BURNABY, BC, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Glentel Inc. (TSX: GLN), a leading provider
of innovative and reliable telecommunications services and solutions across
North America, today announced that the company's employee development
training program, known as the Glentel Retail Academy, was recently honoured
by the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD).
    Glentel's Retail Division received two Training Excellence awards from
the CSTD including the Gold WOW Award for Creating a Culture of Learning
Development and the Silver Award for Overall Internal Learning. The awards
were presented to Glentel last week at the CSTD's annual conference held in
Toronto. The CSTD awards recognize companies and organizations from across
Canada for excellence in learning, innovation and performance. CSTD is a
national association with more than 2,300 members in the field of workplace
learning and performance.
    "Our organization is extremely proud of Glentel's culture of learning and
development, and we are delighted that the CSTD recognizes Glentel's retail
employee training program as one of the best in the nation," said Tom
Skidmore, president and CEO of Glentel. "We are dedicated to growing and
developing the skills and capabilities of our people and recognize that
employee development and training is critical to Glentel's continued success."
    Glentel's Retail Division consists of three consumer brands including
WirelessWave, Wireless etc., and The Telephone Booth (Tbooth and la cabine T).
Each provides wireless and wired communications products and services as well
as a choice of cellular brands to consumers through retail outlets in major
shopping malls and Costco Warehouses across Canada. With locations in British
Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, Glentel is now the largest
multi-carrier retailer in Canada.
    Known as the Glentel Retail Academy, the company's employee development
and training program drives employee engagement as well as learning retention
and sales results. Upon hire, employees receive personal performance coaching
every week and first-class recognition for achieving sales excellence.
Glentel's unique and highly engaging and interactive training uses a variety
of media and innovative learning techniques to achieve maximum results.
Annually, more than 800 Glentel employees participate in the company's retail
employee development and training program.

    About Glentel

    Glentel (TSX: GLN) is a leading provider of innovative and reliable
telecommunications services and solutions across North America. Founded in
1963 and headquartered in Burnaby, B.C., Glentel is comprised of two operating
divisions - Retail and Business - that service thousands of consumers and
commercial telecommunications customers. Together with its divisions, the
company boasts more than 240 locations across Canada located in retail malls,
Costco Wholesale stores, and business centers. As the largest multi-carrier
cellular retailer in Canada, it offers a choice of network carrier and
wireless device or phone. To its business and government customers, Glentel
offers wireless engineering and service, rental equipment, satellite and
terrestrial network systems, and wireless asset monitoring. Glentel operates
its business under the trading names WirelessWave, WIRELESS etc., The
Telephone Booth (Tbooth and la cabine T) and Glentel Wireless.


    To request a copy of Glentel's annual report, go to,
Tools for Investors, and click on reports@cnw.

For further information:

For further information: Investor Relations Contact: Dale B. Belsher,
Chief Financial Officer, Glentel, (604) 415-6500; Media Contacts: Kristin
Treat, Vice President, James Hoggan & Associates on behalf of Glentel, (604)
761-9946 mobile,; Erin Gawne, Account Manager, James Hoggan
& Associates on behalf of Glentel, (604) 765-2488 mobile,

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