TELUS asks Torontonians: Are you an Achiever?

TELUS invites Toronto businesses to support Junior Achievement with the activation of a new TELUS smartphone

TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - TELUS and Junior Achievement Canada today announced the launch of a milestone campaign to support young Torontonians in developing their entrepreneurial spirit. Until December 31, 2011, TELUS will give $50* to Junior Achievement Canada for each smartphone activation by a Toronto based business. The amount donated by TELUS will be used by Junior Achievement to promote and expand its youth mentorship and educational programming and also enable the organization to increase the technology and innovation capabilities offered to achievers across Toronto.

"As two organizations focused on generating prosperity, competitiveness and a productive workforce, Junior Achievement and TELUS have started an innovative partnership," said Mr. Jos Wintermans, Chair, Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation. "Together we are helping young Canadians to realize their potential. Through this commitment, we can ensure they experience the impact of Junior Achievement and gain the confidence and skills to call themselves Achievers."

For 55 years, Junior Achievement learning experiences have helped young Canadians discover leadership, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness skills. Junior Achievement reaches over 230,000 students annually with 13,000 dedicated business volunteers in over 400 communities across Canada - that's over 3.7 million students who have been part of Junior Achievement programs. Junior Achievement is the link between education and the world of work by giving youth the confidence and knowledge they need to define personal success, enhance their workforce readiness and pursue their dreams.

"Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are at the heart of Toronto's economic activities and TELUS wants to help young Torontonians find their entrepreneurial spirit to build that next generation of achievers by supporting one of Canada's organizations recognized for developing future talents," said Jim Senko, vice-president of SMB Marketing at TELUS. "We believe in supporting today's SMBs in all their wireless needs and what better way to help the next generation find its entrepreneurial spirit than by working together to provide them with the education and funding they need."

TELUS offers office and mobile communications solutions to more than 250,000 small-and-medium-sized businesses across Canada. SMBs doing business with TELUS can count on a large team dedicated to meeting their business needs 24/7, access to Canada's fastest coast-to-coast 4G network**, Clear and Simple rate plans, the most network and business device choices in Canada and customized solutions that enable them to work wherever they are.

TELUS was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the 2010 Most Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation globally, the first time a Canadian company has ever received this international honour. TELUS has a proud history of supporting local charitable and non-profit organizations in Toronto, including the Royal Conservatory, Learning Through the Arts, Luminato and the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (H.E.R.O.S.). In addition, TELUS has donated $9.8 million to Ontario charitable organizations since 2000. Moreover, $700,000 will be donated to grassroot community projects by the TELUS Community Board in Toronto in 2011.

Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver businesses are also invited to join TELUS' Junior Achievement campaign to raise $500,000 for Junior Achievement Canada in 2011.  For more information about TELUS' Junior Achievement campaign in Toronto, please visit:

*up to a maximum of $250,000.

**Based on TELUS' tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian urban centres.

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 350,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, 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 retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit

About Junior Achievement of Canada
Junior Achievement is the largest non-profit youth organization in Canada dedicated to inspiring and preparing youth to succeed in a global economy.  For over 50 years, Junior Achievement learning experiences have helped young Canadians discover financial literacy, entrepreneurial and work readiness skills so they can achieve their highest potential.  Across Canada, Junior Achievement reaches over 230,000 students annually with 13,029 dedicated business mentors in over 400 communities. For more information, please visit

SOURCE TELUS Corporation

For further information:

AJ Gratton
TELUS Media Relations

Organization Profile

TELUS Corporation

More on this organization

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890