TELUS announces successful acquisition of Emergis

    Creates leading electronic health care solutions provider

    VANCOUVER and MONTREAL, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - TELUS Corporation (TSX: T, T.A;
NYSE:   TU) and Emergis Inc. (TSX: EME) today announced that 6886116 Canada
Ltd., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of TELUS, has been successful in its
bid to acquire Emergis under its previously announced offer to acquire all of
the common shares of Emergis (including common shares issuable upon the
exercise or surrender of any options). A total of approximately 84,876,494 
common shares representing approximately 94% of the outstanding common shares
of Emergis (on a fully-diluted basis) were validly deposited to the offer,
which expired at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on January 16, 2008. With
all conditions of the offer having been satisfied, 6886116 Canada Ltd. has
taken up the tendered shares and will pay to the Depositary $8.25 per share in
cash for these shares on January 17, 2008.
    "We are very pleased with the strong acceptance of our offer," said Joe
Natale, President of TELUS Business Solutions, "and we welcome the Emergis
team and its CEO François Côté to the TELUS team. We look forward to helping
lead the transformation of healthcare in Canada by providing advanced
electronic health record, claims processing and pharmacy solutions. In
addition, Emergis' strong suite of financial services solutions complements
TELUS' strength in the financial services sector."
    "This is a great opportunity for our employees and for the customers of
both our organizations," said François Côté, President and CEO of Emergis.
"Combining our proven capabilities with TELUS' customer base, strong brand,
and financial resources positions us to lead the development of electronic
solutions for the healthcare and financial services industries."
    TELUS, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, intends to exercise its
statutory rights under the Canada Business Corporations Act to purchase all of
the remaining shares by compulsory acquisition. Upon completion of the
compulsory acquisition, it intends to de-list the Emergis common shares from
The Toronto Stock Exchange and to apply to securities regulatory authorities
for Emergis to cease to be a reporting issuer.

    About Emergis

    Emergis is an IT leader in Canada that focuses on the health and
financial services sectors. It develops and manages solutions that automate
transactions and the secure exchange of information to increase the process
efficiency and quality of service of its customers. Emergis has expertise in
electronic health-related claims processing, health record systems, pharmacy
management solutions, cash management and loan document processing and
registration. In Canada, Emergis delivers solutions to major insurance
companies, top financial institutions, government agencies, hospitals, large
corporations, real estate lawyers and notaries and 3,100 pharmacies.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9 billion of annual revenue and 11 million customer
connections including 5.4 million wireless subscribers, 4.4 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. Committed to being Canada's
premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS and our
team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please

    TELUS will be filing a report under National Instrument 62-103 of the
Canadian securities regulatory administrators in connection with the
transaction, a copy of which may be obtained from SEDAR at or

    Forward Looking Statements

    This news release contains forward-looking statements about TELUS and
Emergis that are intended to be covered by the safe harbour for
"forward-looking statements" provided by the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact
included in this news release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking
statements may prove to not be accurate and readers are cautioned to not place
undue reliance on them.
    Statements that address activities, events or developments that TELUS or
Emergis expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are
forward-looking statements. These statements include but are not limited to
those regarding: strategic plans and expectations; business and financial
prospects; expected efficiencies and economies of scale from the transaction;
future financial or operating performance and cash flows, including improved
growth and returns; and statements regarding strategies, objectives, goals and
    Such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and
uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond
the control of TELUS and Emergis that could cause actual results to differ
materially from the future results expressed in or implied or projected by the
forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include but are not
limited to the risk factors disclosed and identified in TELUS' and Emergis'
public filings made with securities regulatory authorities in Canada (on SEDAR
at and the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United
States (on EDGAR at, as applicable, and also include the
following risks, uncertainties and other possibilities: approvals required to
be obtained by Emergis from regulatory and other agencies and bodies will not
be obtained in a timely manner; anticipated benefits, efficiencies and cost
savings from the business combination or related divestitures cannot be fully
realized; costs or difficulties related to the integration of Emergis' and
TELUS' operations will be greater than expected; business and economic
conditions in the principal markets for the companies' products and other
anticipated and unanticipated costs and expenses and other risk factors
relating to Emergis and TELUS, as well as risk factors relating to the
business of Emergis, including: adverse industry events, the adoption rate of
Emergis' solutions, its ability to deliver development and implementation
projects in a timely manner, the obtaining of any necessary customer consents,
the non-renewal of major contracts which expire in the near term, complexities
and timing of signing large customer contracts, exposure under contract
indemnities, defects in software or failures in the processing of transactions
and security and privacy breaches.
    The forward-looking statements included in this news release represent
TELUS' and Emergis' views as of the date hereof. While the companies
anticipate that subsequent events and developments may cause their views to
change, they specifically disclaim any obligation to update any
forward-looking statements contained in this news release or any other
forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time
to time by or on behalf of either of them. The forward-looking statements
contained in this news release should not be relied upon as representing their
views as of any date other than the date hereof.

    Legal Notice

    This news release is provided for informational purposes only and does
not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell
securities of Emergis.

For further information:

For further information: TELUS Media Relations: Allison Vale, (416)
629-6425,; TELUS Investor Relations: Robert Mitchell,
(416) 279-3219,; Emergis Media and Investor Relations: John
Gutpell, (450) 928-6856,

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