April 24, 2013
President and Chief Executive Officer, TELUS Corporation, Darren Entwistle Speaks Out:
The importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation
Please take five minutes to view the video of TELUS President & CEO, Darren Entwistle, who was interviewed recently by Hart Hillman, CATA National Leadership Council member, on the importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation.
President and Chief Executive Officer, TELUS Corporation, Darren Entwistle speaks on the importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation
Against the background of the nation's lagging competitiveness, Mr. Entwistle provides insights into how TELUS looks at innovation; he stresses the behavioural impetus for innovation and the importance of mentorship as a key organizational responsibility.
He advises graduating students to take the longer term view in the pursuit of personal passions; now is the time to take risks and work to create individual circumstances for career success.
Mr. Entwistle concludes by characterizing the leader of the 21st century as an executive who embraces social give back, in itself a driver of innovation success.
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Darren Entwistle’s Leadership Profile
Darren Entwistle is a Canadian businessman, currently president and chief executive officer of TELUS, a Canadian telecommunications company.
Entwistle joined TELUS in 2000 and shortly after initiated the company’s wireless and data growth strategy with the $6.6 billion purchase of Clearnet, one of the largest acquisitions in Canadian telecommunications history.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Entwistle received a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Concordia University, an MBA (Finance) from McGill University and a diploma in Network Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Before joining TELUS, Entwistle spent seven years as an executive at Cable & Wireless in the United Kingdom- including being named president in 1999. Under Entwistle’s decade-long incumbency as CEO, TELUS has nearly doubled in size, from $5.7 billion in annual revenue to $10.9 billion. He has spent 30 years in the telecommunications industry. Entwistle is on a number of boards, including the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, George Weston Limited and the Canadian Board Diversity Council. He has also sat on the boards of TD Bank Financial Group, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Leading Edge Endowment Fund. Darren also served as Chair of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Capital Campaign and was a Director for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games bid committee.
View full details of Mr. Entwistle’s Professional and Community Leadership Recognition Awards.
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