TELUS Corporation

TELUS Corporation

March 19, 2014 09:00 ET

TELUS Welcomes Rod Phillips as Chair of the TELUS Toronto Community Board

Board has contributed $5.9 million to 348 grassroots projects since 2005; will give another $700,000 in 2014

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 19, 2014) - (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) - Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO, today announced Rod Phillips, Postmedia Network Canada Corp. Board Chair, as the new Chair of the TELUS Toronto Community Board. The Board is comprised of community leaders and TELUS team members who come together to make local funding decisions and seek out charitable partners - an approach to corporate philanthropy that is unique in Canada - ensuring the decision-making remains within the community.

"I am pleased to welcome Rod as Chair of our TELUS Toronto Community Board. Given Rod's passion for the community and leadership track record in giving back to citizens in need, we will continue to create stronger and healthier communities in Toronto and enhance the lives of our youth through grassroots projects that make a meaningful difference," said Mr. Entwistle. "Since 2000, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $37 million and, more importantly, volunteered 268,000 hours of time to local community organizations including Free the Children, The Royal Conservatory of Music and The Hospital for Sick Children. Moreover, the TELUS Toronto Community Board has contributed $5.9 million since 2005 to support more than 348 grassroots projects for local organizations including Sistema Toronto, F.E.A.T. for Children of Incarcerated Parents, Teen Legal Helpline and The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association."

"The Toronto TELUS Community Board's unique approach, working with local organizations to help achieve their goals for our community, captures the essence of the TELUS culture," said Rod Phillips. "I am honoured to be a part of this talented and passionate team that is doing a tremendous job supporting these local organizations and making our city an even better place, especially for our youth."

Along with Phillips, the TELUS Toronto Community Board includes community leaders Nichole Anderson, president and CEO, Business for the Arts; Rod Piukkala, vice-president, BackCheck; Courtney Pratt, chairman, Knightsbridge Human Capital; and local TELUS team members David Fuller, Joe Goodbaum, Brent Johnston, Jennifer Kirner, Rodger Madden, Sandy McIntosh, Donna McNicol and Suzanne Trusdale. Former Toronto Community Board Chairs include Frances Lankin and Rita Burak.

Applying for funding from the TELUS Toronto Community Board

Local charitable organizations are invited to apply to the TELUS Toronto Community Board for up to $20,000 in funding for projects in the areas of health and well-being in our environment, education and sport, and arts and culture, with a focus on young Canadians and the innovative use of technology. For more information about the TELUS Toronto Community Board or to apply for funding, please visit

About Rod Phillips

Rod Phillips is Chair of the Board of Directors of Postmedia Canada Corp and its subsidiary Postmedia Network. From 2011 to 2014, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). Prior to his appointment to the OLG, Mr. Phillips was President and CEO of Shepell.fgi, one of North America's leading providers of workplace health and productivity solutions. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Phillips served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Mel Lastman during his first term as the leader of the newly amalgamated City of Toronto. Mr. Phillips is a member of the Boards of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Toronto TELUS Community Board. He was the Founding Chair of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's (CAMH) Transforming Lives Gala in support of CAMH's critical work. Mr. Phillips is a graduate of the MBA program at Wilfrid Laurier University and holds an Honours BA in Political Science and English from Western University. Mr. Phillips has completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation ICD.D.

About the TELUS Community Boards

TELUS Community Boards are an innovative model for funding youth-focused charities. Decision-making is delegated to local leaders who know their communities best. Eleven TELUS Community Boards are making a positive impact across Canada from coast-to-coast in Victoria, Vancouver, the Thompson Okanagan region, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Rimouski, Quebec City and Atlantic Canada. Since their inception in 2005, the TELUS Community Boards have contributed $40.85 million to grassroots charitable organizations and supported more than 3,200 community projects.


TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.4 billion of annual revenue and 13.3 million customer connections, including 7.8 million wireless subscribers, 3.3 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 815,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $350 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

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