Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

August 20, 2009 15:31 ET

Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame 2009 Career Service Awards Shared by Nexicom Group Leaders and CNCP Telecommunications Veteran

Research In Motion (RIM), Ciel Satellite Group, McMillan LLP, Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP and AVW/TELAV Confirmed as Awards Gala Sponsors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2009) - Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame announced today that its 2009 Career Service Awards will be conferred on the late Jim McDaniel of CNCP Telecommunications and Unitel Communications (now MTS Allstream), and on the brother team of John Downs & Paul Downs, heads of the Nexicom Group of Companies and leaders of Canada's modern-day independent telephone company movement.

The family of Mr. McDaniel and the Downs brothers will receive their awards at the 2009 Telecom Laureate Awards Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec.

The Hall of Fame also announced today the names of its first group of confirmed sponsors for the 2009 Telecom Laureate Awards Gala event, including three first-time Gold Level Sponsors Ciel Satellite Group , McMillan LLP, and Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, as well as returning Gold Level Sponsor Research In Motion (RIM) and Audio Visual Sponsor AVW/TELAV Audio Visual Solutions.

"We are delighted to recognize the tremendous role that these Career Service Award winners have played in advancing telecommunications in Canada," said Lorne Abugov, founder and director of Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame. "Jim McDaniel was a giant in the telecommunications field who devoted his entire career to promoting Canadian telecommunications. He made telecommunications a household word in Canada. John and Paul Downs are worthy recipients of our Career Service Award for their tireless efforts in growing rural telephony, promoting independently-owned telecom service firms and bringing the highest standards of service, customer care and telecom innovation to small town and rural Ontarians."

The Hall of Fame's Career Service Award was initiated in 2006 to recognize the exemplary work, accomplishments and leadership of a select few Canadians who have contributed to the advancement of the telecom industry for the better part of their careers. Their passion for excellence and dedication to the betterment of Canadians through innovation and hard work in telecommunications serves as an inspiration for those currently employed in the industry and for young Canadians beginning their career in the telecommunications sector.

"We also take tremendous pleasure today in announcing our initial group of confirmed sponsors for the 2009 Telecom Laureate Awards gala dinner. Once again, we are thrilled to welcome Research In Motion (RIM) as a returning Gold Level Sponsor for our event," said Mr. Abugov. "Also, AVW/TELAV rejoins us for the fifth consecutive year as our valued Audio Visual sponsor and event presentation company. The addition of three fine Gold Level sponsors - Ciel Satellite Group, Canada's new satellite operator, and telecom law firm stalwarts McMillan LLP and Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP - is an enormous boost to the Hall of Fame."

"The successful launch of our 2009 sponsorship campaign demonstrates the growing recognition and appeal of the annual Telecom Laureate Awards gala for both industry players and suppliers alike, Mr. Abugov said. "We offer all our sponsors a sincere vote of thanks for their support of both the Hall of Fame and the Canadian telecommunications industry, and we expect to announce further sponsors in the weeks ahead."

2009 CAREER SERVICE AWARD WINNER BIOGRAPHIES:

Mr. Jim McDaniel: Jim McDaniel was widely known by Canadian television viewers throughout the 1970s and 1980s as "Mr. CNCP - the best known man in telecommunications". His career spanned the last century's technology revolution from Morse code to fibre optics to the beginnings of the Internet. In the twilight of his lengthy career, Jim advocated forcefully against the telephone monopoly, speech-making and lobbying Ottawa to promote competition. In the 1990s, he became a member of the senior management team at Unitel Communications, where he contributed his powers of persuasion and national presence to the efforts to bring competition to Canada's long distance telephony market.

Mr. John Downs and Mr. Paul Downs: Mssrs. John and Paul Downs of the Nexicom Group of companies have worked tirelessly for the past 3 decades on behalf of thousands of rural Ontario telecom users across Ontario. The Nexicom companies and their predecessors have provided telecommunication services to Central Ontario for over 100 years. John and Paul Downs were literally born and raised in the independent telephone industry, living and learning much about the early days of telephony in Ontario from their father, Ed Downs who worked with many of the start-up independent telcos in the mid-1900s. After the death of their father in 1978, the Downs brothers devoted themselves on a full-time basis to the betterment of telecommunications in rural and underserved Ontario. Since then, Nexicom has grown from a basic small town telephone company to a vibrant and integrated quadruple-play provider of communications services, equipment and supplies to its customers. Despite their business success, John and Paul have never lost sight of the core values of exceptional products and services and conscientious customer service that have shaped their company.

Additional biographical information on the 2009 Career Service Award winners and the Class of 2009 Telecom Laureates can be found at www.telecomhall.ca or through the Hall of Fame media contacts. Direct link: http://www.telecomhall.ca/index.php?page equals 360.

About Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame (www.telecomhall.ca)

Established May 30, 2005, Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to safeguard and promote the past, present and future excellence of Canadian telecommunications. The Hall of Fame fulfills its mission through the Telecom Laureate Program and the Education and Outreach Program, which serve to celebrate the historical legacy of success of Canadian telecommunications, promote current innovation leaders within the industry and encourage Canadian youth to consider the industry as a fulfilling career choice.

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