Friday, September 23, 2011

Ottawa, ON – Tree Canada today recognized TELUS with Tree Canada’s Ultimate Award. TELUS is one of only two recipients of the award which recognizes a partner who has contributed more than $1 million in support towards the stewardship of trees with Tree Canada.

The award was presented by Tree Canada president Michael Rosen to Michael Hennessy, TELUS senior vice-president of Regulatory and Government Affairs, at TELUS House Ottawa.

“We are extremely proud to be working with a partner who is so committed to improving communities all across Canada,” said Michael Rosen. “We thank TELUS for all their support over the years.”

Since 1998, TELUS and Tree Canada have planted more than 300,000 trees across Canada.

“At TELUS, our give where we live philosophy means that in order to do well in business, we must do ‘good’ in the communities where we live, work and serve,” said Michael Hennessy. “TELUS is committed to supporting the efforts of Tree Canada locally and across the country. The seed of a relationship between TELUS and Tree Canada planted those many years ago has grown into a strong partnership and we are truly honoured to receive their Ultimate Award.”

The presentation recognizes TELUS’ contribution to greening Canadian communities and providing residents with benefits such as clean air and increased wildlife habitat. Together TELUS and Tree Canada have:

  • Supported the restoration of forests destroyed by wildfires, the mountain pine beetle and wind storms through various Tree Canada ReLeaf programs.
  • Supported school greening programs and helped launch the program nationally. To date, this program has helped more than 450 schools across Canada create green, healthy and alive outdoor classrooms, facilitating vast learning – from energy conservation to providing shelter from the sun’s UV radiation.
  • Undertaken urban forest plantings with hundreds of TELUS Day of Giving volunteers made up of current and past TELUS team members, their family and friends.
  • Offered summer and holiday perks programs in 2009 and 2010, during which gifts were offered to TELUS customers, with planting a tree as one of the options – 135,818 trees were planted.

About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 77 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 9 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.1 billion of annual revenue and 12.4 million customer connections including 7.1 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 400,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada 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 telus.com. For more information about TELUS’ commitment to our communities, please visit www.telus.com/community.

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Melissa Nisbett
Communications Officer
Tree Canada
Tel: 613-567-5545 ext 224
E-mail: mnisbett@treecanada.ca

Emma Miller
Media Relations
TELUS
Tel: 647-837-9752
E-mail: emma.miller@telus.com