TELUS and SOLIM first to retrofit a Quebec City legacy building to LEED Silver standard

    Investments in the provincial capital will accommodate TELUS' growth

    QUEBEC CITY, QC, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - TELUS and SOLIM today unveiled their
plans to retrofit the legacy building located at 300 St-Paul St. West in
Quebec City according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Silver standard. The site will become a state-of-the-art eco-friendly
building that will bring together hundreds of TELUS' Quebec City-based
employees, currently working from a number of locations across the city. The
new TELUS office will be a building that is good for the environment,
celebrates innovation and inspires business growth in the community.
    "Today's unveiling is a tangible demonstration of TELUS' determination to
deepen our roots here in Quebec City," said Karen Radford, president of TELUS
Québec. "By choosing to bring new energy to this area, we are sending a clear
message about our intention to grow our team while we serve our customers and
this community for many years to come."
    "The agreement with TELUS has shown us the importance the company places
on the environment and, specifically, on ensuring its team enjoys a quality
work atmosphere. It truly is a pleasure to work with a company that fully
shares our corporate values," stated Guy Gionet, president and general manager
of SOLIM. "What's more, renovating the building will reaffirm the commercial
vocation of the revitalized St-Roch district."
    TELUS House will rise out of the former Canada Post office, a five-storey
structure featuring 145,000 square feet of office space, located at the
intersection of St-Paul St. West and Abraham-Martin Street. The existing site
is within walking distance of the Gare du Palais, the port, and all of the
amenities in the petit Champlain and St-Roch districts.
    "The redevelopment of the former Canada Post office supports Quebec
City's long-standing goal to create a vibrant business district near the train
station and its plans to effectively link the city to the waterfront," said
Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City. "In selecting this building, and its
significance from an architectural perspective, TELUS is demonstrating a
strong environmental and social responsibility."
    The building will feature a wellness facility, a roof-top patio,
floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor and outdoor parking and 10,000 square feet of
retail space on the ground floor. TELUS will be the lead tenant, occupying
three stories or more than 50 percent of the total rentable area. Bicycle
storage and shower facilities will also be part of its eco-friendly design.
    Dr. Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services and
representative for the Jean-Talon riding, welcomed this announcement that will
allow Quebec City to become a leader in a field as promising as green
building. "TELUS' decision to take up roots in a dynamic business centre sends
an optimistic message for the future economic health of the provincial capital
region, and more specifically for Quebec City where the economy is already
    TELUS technology will be included in both building automation systems and
tenant environments, with raised floors to facilitate communications and
electrical cabling, as well as distribution of cooling and heating systems.
    Pomerleau, Quebec's leading general contractor will manage the
construction while ABCP architecture will be responsible for the LEED design.
The LEED rating system recognizes innovative buildings that combine healthy,
high-quality and high-performance advantages with reduced environmental
    TELUS House Quebec City will be the company's fourth LEED designated
construction project and is expected to be completed by 2010. Other
environmentally friendly builds include: TELUS House Ottawa which was
inaugurated last year, TELUS tower in Toronto and an Internet data centre in
Laval, respectively scheduled for completion in 2009 and 2010.

    TELUS in Quebec

    TELUS expanded into the province in 2000 with the $6.6B purchase of
Clearnet Communications and the $869 million purchase of QuébecTel, a company
with more than 80 years of history in eastern Quebec. The company has since
invested $5.2B in its high-speed wireless network, high-speed Internet
services and other voice and data network infrastructure and operations in the
province. Earlier this year, TELUS invested $763 million to become the leading
electronic health care solutions provider by acquiring Quebec-based Emergis,
and now employs more than 5,000 highly skilled workers here.
    As a long-standing contributor to Opération Enfant Soleil, TELUS has
donated more than $1.1 million to help improve the quality of life of sick
kids from the four corners of the province over the past ten years. TELUS' two
Quebec-based Community Boards have also taken on a leadership role in local
philanthropy by supporting projects in the areas of health and wellness,
education and sport, and arts and culture, with a strong focus on the
innovative use of technology and Canada's youth. In Quebec alone, the
company's Boards donate $1.3 million every year to not-for-profit
organizations, like L'Ecole oraliste de Québec and the Fondation Sourdine, to
help to build stronger communities.
    In addition to its charitable activities, TELUS provides ongoing support
to the Grand Rire, the Carnaval de Québec, the Remparts hockey club, the
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ski Quebec Alpin, the Montreal Science
Centre, and the Montreal Alouettes. TELUS will also be holding the TELUS World
Skins Game in the provincial capital region for the first time in 2009.

    About the Solidarity Fund QFL and SOLIM

    The Société en commandite immobilière SOLIM is a real estate investment
and development fund created in 1991 by the Solidarity Fund QFL. Its mission
is to forge partnerships in Quebec with institutions, corporations and
managers involved in real estate to stimulate the creation or maintenance of
jobs and to promote economic growth. SOLIM has a real estate portfolio,
consisting of office buildings and commercial, industrial and institutional
properties, that seeks to generate a good return in growth sectors while
limiting risk so as to protect capital. With net assets in excess of
$7.3 billion, the Solidarity Fund QFL is an investment fund that relies on the
savings of Quebecers, primarily through its RRSPs, to help create and maintain
jobs in Quebec-based companies and to further Quebec's economic growth. The
Fund currently has more than 575,000 shareholders and to date has helped, on
its own or with other financial partners, to create, preserve or maintain over
126,000 jobs.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.4 billion of annual revenue and 11.4 million
customer connections including 5.8 million wireless subscribers, 4.3 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our
philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and alumni have
contributed $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and
volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities since
2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic
initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit

    Forward Looking Statement

    This news release contains statements about expected future events that
are forward-looking. By their nature forward looking statements may not prove
to be accurate and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such
statements. Such statements require the Company to make assumptions and are
subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Please refer to TELUS' public
disclosure documents for a review of the risk factors that may affect actual

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