MTS Allstream Leader Honoured By CWC With Excellence in Leadership Award

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream"), one of
Canada's leading national communications solutions providers, is proud to
congratulate Lesley McFarlane, MTS Allstream's Director Network Services
Business Planning & Operational Performance, on being honoured with the
Excellence in Leadership Award in the Mentor category by Canadian Women in
Communications ("CWC"). CWC is a national organization that raises the profile
of women working in the communications field.
    "Lesley is an exceptional role model, an inspiration for many women both
within and outside MTS Allstream, and a champion for women in the
telecommunications industry," said Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer of
MTS Allstream. "Lesley dedicates tremendous amounts of time to encouraging
women working in the technology field, providing support from her own
experience, and facilitating mentor relationships. She is truly deserving of
this recognition."
    Lesley joined the company in 2001. She holds a Master's degree in
Business Administration from the University of Manitoba and is a designated
Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional. She has been active
for many years in the Winnipeg community through the Association of
Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and in a variety of mentoring roles.
Lesley and her husband, Brian Rodger, live in Winnipeg with their four year
old daughter Maggie.
    This is the second year in a row that an MTS Allstream leader has been
honoured with an award from CWC. In 2008, Pat Solman, Vice-President Customer
Care, received CWC's Mentor of the Year Award.
    Lesley McFarlane will be honoured with the Excellence in Leadership award
at the CWC Annual Award Gala on March 31, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario.

    About MTS Allstream

    MTS Allstream is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services
Inc. and is one of Canada's leading national communication solutions
providers, delivering innovative products and services through the Enterprise
Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions. The Enterprise Solutions division,
which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS
Allstream brand in Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business
and wholesale markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions
tailored to the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a
world of rapidly evolving technology - Internet protocol connectivity, unified
communications, IT consulting and security services. The Consumer Markets
division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering
a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data,
digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as
small business services in select markets across Canada under the Allstream
brand, and security and alarm monitoring services through AAA Alarm Systems
Ltd., an affiliate of MTS Allstream which also operates in other western
provinces. MTS Allstream's extensive national broadband fibre optic network
spans more than 24,300 kilometres, and provides international connections
through strategic alliances and interconnection agreements with other
international service providers. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common
shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For
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