Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

September 04, 2008 07:30 ET

Father of Silicon Valley North - Denzil Doyle, and Retired Bell Canada Senior VP - Sal Iacono, to receive Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame Career Service Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2008) - Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame today announced that it will confer its Career Service Awards on two distinguished members of the telecom community: Denzil J. Doyle (Doyletech and Capital Alliance Ventures Inc.) and Sal Iacono (Bell Canada). Mr. Doyle and Mr. Iacono will be honoured at the 2008 Telecom Laureate Awards gala dinner and induction ceremonies, October 29, 2008 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Denzil Doyle is widely recognized as the father of Silicon Valley North having led a distinguished career in venture capital, R&D and corporate management in Ottawa's high tech community. Sal Iacono, Senior Vice-president Product Marketing, Bell Canada (retired July 2008), climbed the ranks of Bell from demand analysis and price elasticity expert to senior executive for consumer marketing, billing and carrier services.

"The Career Service Award was created to acknowledge the dedication special individuals have made to the telecommunications industry within their region, province or locality," explains Lorne Abugov, Founder and Director of Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame. "Both Denzil Doyle and Sal Iacono deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions to telecom, in their own, and equally important ways."

Initiated in 2006, the Career Service Award highlights the exemplary work, efforts and leadership of Canadians who have contributed to the telecom industry for the better part of their career. Their passion for the telecom and information technologies sectors serves as an inspiration for those currently employed in the industry and for young Canadians starting off in the telecommunications industry.


Denzil J. Doyle - Denzil Doyle was the founding president of Digital Equipment Corporation's Canadian subsidiary. He established Doyletech Corporation in 1982 where he was involved in the startup and development of several high technology firms and as an advisor to government. From 1995 to 2005, he led investments in technology companies in Ottawa and Ontario as Chairman of Capital Alliance Ventures Inc. He has served on the boards of directors of numerous companies including: Mitel Corporation, Newbridge Networks, International Datacasting Corporation, Kaval Telecom, Documented Circuits, Rockcliffe Research, BTI Bubble Technologies, Talentmap and several others. In recognition of his activities in technology commercialization, he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.

Sal Iacono - Sal Iacono retired from Bell in July 2008 after 30 years of distinguished service. He joined Bell in 1977 where for the first half of his career he built an international reputation as a telecom demand and price elasticity analyst. In 1992, Sal transitioned from economist to marketing and management. He held several director level marketing positions in Bell and Stentor Resource Centre Inc (SRCI). . One of his most important functions was to develop tactical marketing plans to prepare the Stentor Owner Companies for the advent of equal access long distance competition. In his last Officer level position with Bell, he was Senior Vice President, Product Marketing within the Enterprise Group of Bell and was accountable for a $1.5 Billion portfolio of services. Sal has been and remains very active as a community volunteer and is the 2008 United Way/Centraide Ottawa Campaign Chair.

About Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

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 three principal programs: The Telecom Laureate Program, the Education Program and the Outreach Program, which all 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.

Contact Information

  • Joanne Kennedy
    Director, Communications
    Lorne Abugov
    Founder & Director