Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) welcomes TELUS to the i-CANADA Intelligent Community movement
December 10, 2013

December 10, 2013

Bill Hutchison, Chair of i-CANADA & member, CATAAlliance Leadership Council, announced today that TELUS is joining i-CANADA, the Intelligent Community Movement created by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. TELUS is one of the first telecommunications companies to join the movement. Additionally, Josh Blair, Chief Corporate Officer and Executive Vice-President of Human Resources at TELUS, joins the organization’s Governors Council.

The Governors Council of i-CANADA is chaired by New Brunswick Premier David Alward, and includes other Premiers, Mayors and CEOs. The goal of i-CANADA is to create an Intelligent Nation, where each community can prosper as a result of diverse business, health and educational applications and ultra-broadband, digital communications for all.

“Josh Blair’s commitment to business excellence has contributed significantly to the success of TELUS. He has an exceptional track record across business operations, human resources, corporate functions and giving back to the community,” Mr. Hutchison stated. “We look forward to leveraging Josh’s insight and leadership to help Canada evolve into one of the world’s great Intelligent Nations.”

“TELUS is committed to advancing Canada’s digital economy in partnership with the federal government and i-CANADA,” Mr. Blair said. “The TELUS team is driving this movement forward by unleashing the power of the Internet, delivering the most advanced wireless and broadband technologies from coast-to-coast-to-coast and transforming healthcare delivery though innovative technology solutions that will help our country to realize better patient outcomes for less money spent.”

About Josh Blair

Mr. Blair leads a national team at TELUS responsible for all aspects of TELUS’ Human Resources strategy and many other corporate services. This includes attracting and retaining the best talent in the global communications industry; creating one of the best workplaces in Canada for the more than 40,000 members of the TELUS team; supporting enterprise functions including communications, public relations, provincial and municipal government relations, corporate sponsorships and events, and corporate real estate; and giving back to our communities.  In 2012, Mr. Blair was recognized as one of the Top 10 Breakaway Leaders in the world at the Evanta Global HR Leadership Summit in Denver, Colorado.

He also oversees TELUS International, the global arm of TELUS with more than 15,000 team members in North America, Central America, Asia and Europe, providing contact centre and business processing solutions to major corporate clients worldwide.

In addition, Mr. Blair serves on the Board of Directors for the Sandbox Project and the Board of Advisors for the Cures for Kids Foundation.  He also serves as Vice-Chair of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board.


TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $11.3 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 776,000 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 $300 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. 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.  For more information about TELUS, please visit

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Chris Gerritsen
TELUS Media Relations

About i-CANADA

i-CANADA is a movement dedicated toward making all Canadian communities -- large and small, urban and rural -- into Intelligent Communities, fully employing e-health, e-work, e-commerce, e-education and e-government, to provide the sustainable prosperity that comes from full digital enablement. i-CANADA is powered by Canada’s largest technology organization: the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA). I-CANADA’s mission is to provide Canadian communications with the knowledge and tools to become leaders in the global intelligent economy. It is currently working with some 50 Canadian communities, rural and local, to transform them into Intelligent Communities. ‘First the community, then the country’, is the motto that i-CANADA uses to visualize the evolution of Canada into one of the world’s Intelligent Nations.  For more information visit:

For media inquiries please contact

Barry Gander
Co-Founder, i-CANADA