Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

October 04, 2011 10:00 ET

TELUS Chairman to Be Honoured for Distinguished Career in the Canadian Telecom Industry

Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame and Neotelis announce the winner of the 2011 Canadian Telecom Career Service Award

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2011) - Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame announced today that veteran Canadian telecommunications executive Brian A. Canfield is the 2011 recipient of the coveted Neotelis Canadian Telecom Career Service Award for material contributions to the advancement of the telecom industry in Canada. Mr. Canfield was selected to receive the Canadian Telecom Career Service Award for exemplary work and dedication in promoting the interests of Canadian telecommunications.

Brian Canfield presently serves as the Chair of the Board of TELUS Corporation. His distinguished career in the Canadian telecom industry, which began as an apprentice switchboard installer in 1956, spans 55 years of service to TELUS and to its predecessor, BC TEL. Mr. Canfield will receive his career service award during the 2011 Telecom Laureate Awards Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony held on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at the new Ottawa Convention Centre.

"We are certainly not the first and I expect not the last to recognize and salute the outstanding career of Brian Canfield and his unsurpassed track record of success and achievement in the Canadian telecom sector," said Michel Bruyère, CEO of Neotelis, the Hall of Fame sponsor of the annual Telecom Career Service Awards. "Mr. Canfield has enjoyed a long and distinguished tenure in the telecommunications industry in Western Canada and has established an enviable legacy of success and leadership at every phase of his career."

Lorne Abugov, founder and director of Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame, observed that "Brian Canfield is a most fitting winner of our Canadian Career Service Award this year. It is difficult to think of a significant player in Canadian telecommunications who has done as much for this industry and for his company, for so long and so well, as Brian Canfield."

Through more than half a century of service at BC TEL and TELUS, Brian Canfield has helped to construct the platform upon which TELUS stands as a global telecommunications leader. He joined BC TEL in 1956 and, in the early part of his career, held key positions in Network Services, Engineering, Operator Services and Sales and Operations. Mr. Canfield became President and CEO of BC TEL in 1990 and was appointed to Chairman of BC TEL in 1993. He retired as CEO in 1997 and continued to serve as Chairman for BC TEL and was named Chairman of the Board, TELUS Corporation, in 1999. Additionally, he spent almost a year as interim Chief Executive Officer of TELUS between September 1999 and July 2000 while they conducted a global search for a new CEO.

Mr. Canfield's leadership in making crucial decisions at pivotal times has seen TELUS evolve from a regional phone carrier to a national telecommunications carrier focused on wireless and data services, carrying TV over its IP network, providing IT healthcare services, and migrating key Canadian corporations and governments to powerful new IP-based communications networks. Along the way, he developed a track record for governance, corporate disclosure and transparency that is best-in-class. For the past 15 years, The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants has recognized TELUS for disclosure excellence in corporate reporting and for eight consecutive years TELUS has been recognized for producing one of the best annual reports in the world, according to the Annual Report on Annual Reports.

"Brian Canfield is a man of tremendous integrity and strength of conviction, a community builder and an exemplary role model for corporate Canada and the entire TELUS team," said TELUS President and CEO Darren Entwistle. "He has attained extraordinary achievement in corporate leadership and accountability to stakeholders, demonstrating the highest standards of corporate governance for all of us to aspire to. Throughout his distinguished career, Brian has demonstrated a remarkable passion for advancing social and economic initiatives that has resulted in real and positive change for Canadians."

In addition to his current role with TELUS, Mr. Canfield has previously served as a director of Suncor Energy Inc., a member of the Canadian Public Accountability Board and a member of the Crawford Panel on a Single Canadian Securities Regulator. He also previously served as a director of Terasen Inc. and the Toronto Stock Exchange. In 1997, Mr. Canfield was named an Honorary Doctor of Technology by the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In 1998, he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia, and he was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2006.

The Hall of Fame's Telecom Career Service Awards were initiated in 2006 to acknowledge the exemplary work, accomplishments and leadership of those Canadians who have made tangible contributions to the betterment of the domestic and international telecom industry for the better part of their careers. The Canadian Telecom Career Service Award pays homage to individuals whose distinguished careers have unfolded on the domestic stage. The passion of Career Service Award winners for excellence and their dedication to the advancement of Canadians through innovation and hard work in telecommunications serves to inspire young Canadians beginning their career in this critical industry sector.

For more information on the Telecom Career Service Awards, Neotelis and Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame, please visit or To purchase tickets or tables to the 2011 Telecom Laureate Awards Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony, contact Lorne Abugov at 613-878-1532 or at

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 the Telecom Laureate Program, the Education Program and the Outreach Program, which serve, respectively, 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.

About Neotelis (

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Neotelis assists telecommunications organizations worldwide to face the challenges of the global competitive environment by providing training and consulting services. Neotelis has collaborated with telecom operators, regulators, governments, policy-makers, and other telecom stakeholders, both within Canada and in more than 100 countries around the world.

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