Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame



Canada
Telecom Laureate Program



Telecom Laureate Program

May 30, 2006 07:30 ET

Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame 2006 Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 30, 2006) - Celebrating its second anniversary, Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame announced today that it will hold the 2006 Telecom Laureate Awards, its second annual Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner, to honour those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Canadian telecommunications industry. Building upon the great success of the 2005 Awards, the Class of 2006 Laureates will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday, October 16, 2006 at The Carlu, Toronto's prestigious Art Moderne event facility.

"The Canadian telecommunications industry has a rich heritage of achievement, invention and innovation that pre-dates Confederation," states Lorne Abugov, Founder of Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame. "Telecommunications in Canada has so many unsung heroes and little-know success stories. Ours is the greatest story never told."

Nomination Process

The inaugural induction ceremony in October 2005 honoured nine important individuals who have contributed to the development of telecommunications in Canada, including Alexander Graham Bell, Reginald Fessenden, Terry Matthews and David Colville. The Laureate selection process is a transparent one, beginning with candidate nominations from the public at large and from professionals in the telecom industry.

Nominations are screened for eligibility by a Nominations Committee, this year chaired by Professor Hudson Janisch, past professor of law at the University of Toronto. A Selections Committee then chooses the Laureate award winners from a short list of qualified nominees developed by the Nominations Committee. This year the Selections Committee was chaired by David Colville, past Vice-Chairman, Telecommunications of the CRTC and its other members included Francoise Bertrand, President of the Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce and past Chairman of the CRTC, and Carol Stephenson, Dean of the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

The identities of the 2006 Laureates will be announced at a press conference in September, in Montreal.

Again this year, gala organizers expect several hundred members of the telecommunications industry at the event to match the 300 attendees at the 2005 Telecom Laureate Awards. Based on a 1930s art deco theme, fitting the event facility, the evening promises to be the Canadian telecom industry's most anticipated event of the year.

To consult video footage of the 2005 Telecom Laureate Awards induction ceremonies and gala dinner, presented by Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame, please visit our website at: www.telecomhall.ca/awards/2005-video.php

About Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

Established May 30, 2005, Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame is a not for profit organization whose mission is to honour and promote the rich 160-year legacy of the telecommunications industry in Canada. The organization's focus is on significant contributions to Canadian telecommunications by the industry's inventors and innovators, icons of business, servants of the public and advocates and academics. The Hall of Fame fulfills its mission through two principle programs: The Telecommunications Laureate Program and the Education and Outreach Program. Take a tour of Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame at: www.telecomhall.ca



Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame
History, mission and objectives

- This federally-registered Not-For-Profit corporation was founded on
May 30th 2005 by Lorne Abugov, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt
LLP.

- Its mission is to celebrate the rich history of the
telecommunications industry in Canada, to honour the pioneers,
leaders and unsung heroes of the industry for their significant
career contributions, and to educate Canadians young and old about
Canada's legacy of success as a great telecommunications nation.

- Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame promotes the importance of
our telecommunications industry through its focus on great Canadian
telecom inventors and innovators, icons of business, servants of
the public and advocates and academics.

- The organisation fulfills its mission through two principle
programs: The Telecommunications Laureate Program and the Education
and Outreach Program.

- The Telecommunications Laureate Program features an annual Hall of
Fame induction ceremony and dinner - known as the Telecom Laureate
Awards - at which the pioneers and leaders of the industry are
honoured for their historic achievements and significant
contributions to Canadian and global telecommunications.

- The inaugural Class of 2005 Laureates inducted into Canada's
Telecommunications Hall of Fame, on October 17th 2005 included:

Alexander Graham Bell Reginald Aubrey Fessenden
Terence Matthews Charles Fleetford Sise
John Chapman David Colville
Lis and Ian Angus Professor Hudson Janisch

- A Special Recognition Award is also presented each year at the
Telecom Laureate Awards ceremonies and dinner to honour an
organization, a group, a location, an event or a technology that
has made a significant contribution to the Canadian
telecommunications industry. In 2005, the Special Recognition Award
was conferred on Canada's telephone operators who have served the
industry well for more then 120 years!

- The Education and Outreach Program educates Canadian and global
citizens about the 160-year history and heritage of Canadians in
the telecommunications industry, and promotes telecommunications as
a career choice for Canadian students.

- Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame is a virtual site that was
officially launched on January 30th 2006: visit us and take a
Virtual Tour at www.telecomhall.ca



Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame
Laureate Nomination and Selection Process & Criteria

- The Telecom Laureate Program honours Canada's telecommunications
pioneers and leaders by inducting them into Canada's
Telecommunications Hall of Fame as Laureates.

- Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame solicits nominations for
its Laureate Program throughout the year from the public:
individuals, telecom businesses, organizations and others.

- Laureates are deemed to have made a lasting and important
contribution to the Canadian telecommunications industry.

- Laureates need not be Canadian citizens, however, their
contributions to Canadian telecommunications should be recognised
as either having taken place in Canada or been conceived in Canada.

- The identities of the 2006 Laureates will be announced at a press
conference and Laureate luncheon to be held in Montreal in
September.


Categories

- Inventors and Innovators - The Nominee has invented or improved
upon telecommunications technology, facilities, equipment or
services in Canada in a manner or to an extent that has
revolutionised or enhanced the way Canadians communicate.

- Icons of Business - The Nominee has made a significant contribution
to the building or success of a Canadian telecommunications firm,
or to the offering of telecommunications equipment or service to
Canadian telecommunications consumers.

- Servants of the Public - The Nominee has facilitated the growth or
competitiveness of the Canadian telecommunications industry, or
furthered the achievement of other goals or objectives of the
sector through public service for the betterment of Canadians.

- Advocates and Academics - The Nominee has through public or
consumer advocacy or academic or literary pursuits enhanced the
reputation, credibility or visibility of the Canadian telecom
industry, contributed to the efficiency or productivity of the
sector or improved the benefits to Canadian consumers and users of
telecommunications.

Laureate Nominations Committee

Nominees for induction into the Laureates Class of 2006 are screened
for eligibility by the following Hall of Fame Nominations Committee
members, all drawn from Canada's telecommunications sector:

Professor Hudson Janisch
Chairman & 2005 Laureate

Lorne Abugov
Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

John Bakowski
President-Elect, BICSI

Mark Goldberg
Principal, Mark H. Goldberg & Associates, Inc.

Joanne Kennedy
President, Kennedy Communications

Pippa Lawson
Executive Director, CIPPIC

Lawrence Surtees
Director, Telecom, IDC Canada


Laureate Selections Committee

Members of the Laureates Class of 2006, who will be inducted into
Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame at the 2006 Telecom Laureate
Awards, are chosen by the following Hall of Fame Selections Committee
members, all drawn from Canada's telecommunications sector:

David Colville
Chairman and 2005 Laureate - Past Vice-Chairman,
Telecommunications, CRTC

Lis Angus
2005 Laureate - Executive Vice-President, Angus TeleManagement
Group Inc.,

Francoise Bertrand
President, Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce
Past Chairperson, CRTC

Stuart MacPherson
Principal, MacPherson Telecom Consulting

Wes Scott
Corporate Director

George Smyth
Bell Northern Research and Northern Telecom (ret.)

Carol Stephenson
Dean, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western
Ontario



VIDEO

To consult video footage of the 2005 Telecom Laureate Awards
induction ceremonies and gala dinner, presented by Canada's
Telecommunications Hall of Fame, please visit our website at:

www.telecomhall.ca/awards/2005-video.php


Contact Information

  • Source:
    Emilie Verrette
    Agence JR, Societe des relationnistes du Quebec
    or
    Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame
    Joanne Kennedy
    Director, Industry Outreach
    (514) 235-4380