Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

September 12, 2007 15:27 ET

Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame: Distinguished Telecom Engineer and Educator to Receive Career Service Award in Montreal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO and MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2007) - Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame announced today that it will confer its Career Service Award on Dr. Gilles Y. Delisle, ing., P.Eng., a highly-respected telecommunications engineer and educator who has devoted more than three decades to sharing his expertise with students in Quebec and eastern Ontario and the developing world. Dr. Delisle, currently Vice-President Research at the Montreal-based International Institute of Telecommunications, will be honoured at the 2007 Telecom Laureate Awards gala dinner and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, October 16, 2007, at Windsor Station in Montreal.

"We are delighted to recognize the tremendous role that Gilles Delisle has played in advancing telecommunications engineering, education and research throughout Quebec and eastern Ontario," said Lorne Abugov, founder of Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame. "Dr. Delisle is a most worthy recipient of our Career Service Award for his tireless efforts to train a whole generation of our industry's best and brightest engineers."

Prior to joining the IIT in July 2004, Dr. Delisle enjoyed a lengthy career as an educator in the field of telecommunications engineering in Quebec and Eastern Ontario, most recently as Director and Professor at the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa from 2002 to 2004. He has headed the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Laval University, Quebec, Canada, was Director of INRS-Telecommunications, a research institute of the Universite du Quebec and has supervised the work of over a hundred graduate and post-graduate students in the last 30 years. Dr. Delisle also sits on numerous engineering councils and associations and was awarded the prestigious "Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service" by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers in 2004.

"The Hall of Fame's Career Service Award is a new honour introduced in June 2007 and presented twice annually to individuals who have enjoyed distinguished careers within the Canadian telecommunications industry," says Lorne Abugov. "Recipients of the Career Service Award have contributed to the growth or betterment of the telecommunications industry through exemplary work efforts and leadership in the region, province or locality within which their careers were spent.

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 promote and celebrate the rich history of the telecommunications industry in Canada. The Hall of Fame fulfills its mission through two principle programs: The Telecom Laureate Program and the Education and Outreach Program, which serves to promote the success of Canadian telecommunications and encourages Canadian youth to consider the industry as a fulfilling career choice.

About the IIT and the IIT-R

The International Institute of Telecommunications (IIT) and IIT-Research (IIT-R) make up one of Canada's top industrial centres with respect to telecommunications and information technology. IIT and IIT-R have a common goal, which is to play a major role in the development of the telecommunications/ICT industry. With over 70 members, they have assembled the industry's main players: large telecom organizations, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), venture capital companies and universities. Focusing on the basic needs of the industry, IIT and IIT-R offer a variety of complementary services designed to meet them. As a training centre for the telecom industry, providing state-of-the-art consulting services in telecommunications/ICTs, IIT also offers essential support to innovative SMEs by helping them with the critical steps involved in marketing and financing. IIT-Ris an industrial research consortium focusing on wire-based and wireless telecommunications pre-competitive research. It is called upon to play a major Research and Development (R&D) role, for both large organizations and SMEs. Visit the IIT's Web site at for more information.

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