TELUS’ Josh Blair named Innovation Council National Spokesperson
January 5, 2016

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CATAAlliance (www.cata.ca), a recognized champion of Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, today announced that Josh Blair, Executive Vice-President of TELUS Health and TELUS International, as well as President of TELUS Business Solutions West, will serve as national spokesperson for the CATA Innovation Leadership Council (ILC).


The ILC serves as an advisory body, providing guidance on the implementation of the CATAAlliance mandate to support the global competitiveness of its members and the advancement of Canada as a competitive Innovation Nation, in addition to offering a community peer network to assess share insights into needs, trends and achievements.

CATA CEO John Reid said “Mr. Blair, who was the keynote speaker at this year’s CATA Innovation Gala on the theme of innovation and social give back, will be one of three community leaders engaged as national spokespersons to help advance CATA’s mission, mandate and core planks.“

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According to Mr. Blair, “As the world continues to adopt a more social viewpoint, organizations will increasingly be judged by the whole package of what they do for their customers, team members, shareholders and communities.”

Mr. Blair added, “And that package includes five key ingredients to improving performance: corporate social responsibility employment, tax morality, for-profit activities that drive social good, and partnerships that add credibility and value.”


John Reid's interview with Josh Blair on the theme of social give back and community leadership

Mr. Reid noted “In working with Mr. Blair and the TELUS team members for the past few years, we saw leadership-level commitment to helping solve community needs, an ability to develop innovative products or services that contribute to social change, a culture that values diversity and inclusion, and an understanding of the benefits of working in close partnership with non-profits. He is an excellent choice as a national spokesperson and role model for our innovation community.”

About Josh Blair

Josh oversees TELUS Health and Payment Solutions, a Canadian leader in electronic medical and health records, home health monitoring services, and benefits and pharmacy management solutions. In addition, Josh has oversight of TELUS Sourcing Solutions, a leading provider of innovative human resources and talent management solutions.

 

He also oversees TELUS International, the global arm of TELUS with approximately 20,000 team members in North America, Central America, Asia and Europe, providing contact centre and business processing solutions to major corporate clients worldwide.

 

As well, Josh leads TELUS’ customer experience and product marketing teams focused on business clients nationally, in addition to business sales and customer marketing in Western Canada.

 

Josh also serves as TELUS' Chief Corporate Officer, supporting the company's Board on selected activities and priming relationships with many of TELUS' external stakeholders. In addition, he oversees TELUS Ventures, a team dedicated to investing in promising start-up companies with innovative technology solutions that can help TELUS operate more effectively and succeed in the marketplace.

 

During his 20-year career at TELUS, Josh has led diverse teams throughout the organization, including Human Resources and Community Investment. Under his leadership, TELUS earned numerous national and international accolades. For example, TELUS was recognized as having one of the top 10 HR teams worldwide at the Global HR Leadership Summit, the top philanthropic corporation globally by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a worldwide leader in learning excellence by the Association for Talent Development.

 

Josh serves on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee for the Business Council of British Columbia and the Governor's Council of i-CANADA. As a strong supporter of TELUS’ commitment to give where we live, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sandbox Project and the Board of Advisors for the Cures for Kids Foundation as well as being Vice-chair of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board.

 

Josh is a professional engineer who graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria’s Electrical Engineering program. In February 2015, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria in recognition of his professional achievements and community contributions. Josh is also a graduate of the Executive Program at Queen’s School of Business.


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Contact: Liz Sauvé, TELUS Media Relations Tel: 604-719-6715 email: Liz.Sauve@telus.com; John Reid, CATA CEO email jreid@cata.ca