Darren Entwistle

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Darren Entwistle
Born 1962 (age 53–54)
Montreal, Quebec
Alma mater Concordia University
McGill University
University of Toronto
Known for President and CEO of TELUS

Darren Entwistle (born 1962) [1] is a Canadian businessman, president and chief executive officer of TELUS, a Canadian telecommunications company.[2]

Entwistle joined TELUS in 2000[3] 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.[4]


Born in Montreal, Quebec,[5] Entwistle received a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Concordia University, an MBA (Finance) from the McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management and a diploma in Network Engineering from the University of Toronto.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8]

Professional recognition[edit]

  • February 2007 - Honoured by McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management, with the McGill Management Achievement Award for making significant and valuable contributions to business and the community.[10]
  • February 2008 - Recognized by Investor Relations magazine for Best Investor Relations by a CEO.[11]
  • March 2009 - Received the British Columbia Community Achievement Award for his contribution to philanthropic projects in British Columbia.[12]
  • November 2010 - Named Philanthropy Business Leader of the Year Award by the David Foster Foundation.[13]
  • November 2011 - Honoured with the T. Patrick Boyle Founder's Award from the Fraser Institute for outstanding achievements in entrepreneurship, the promotion of free-markets, and philanthropic support for private sector, non-profit enterprises.[16][17]

TELUS recognition (partial list)[edit]

  • July 2008 - Recipient of Information Technology Association of Canada Corporate IT Hero Award.[26]
  • April 2010 - Named most Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.[29]
  • February 2011 - Named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers by Maclean's, recognizing the nation’s leaders in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces.[30]
  • December 2012 - Received inaugural Volunteer's Award for Business Leadership from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[31]


  1. ^ Lori Bamber. "On the Line with Darren Entwistle". BCBusiness. 
  2. ^ Telus CEO made $14 billion last year TELUS reports fourth quarter 2012 results and announces financial targets for 2013
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Telus and Clearnet Merge - The Canadian Encyclopedia
  5. ^ Elizabeth Lumley (2008). Canadian Who's Who 2008: Volume 43. 
  6. ^ "McGill University: Darren Entwistle, Governor". Globe and Mail. 
  7. ^ "TELUS reports fourth quarter 2012 results and announces financial targets for 2013". 
  8. ^ "Capital Campaign Chair Announced". 
  9. ^ The Governor General of Canada > Honours > Find a Recipient
  10. ^ Event: 27th Annual Management Achievement Awards
  11. ^ http://www.thecrossbordergroup.com/pages/1918/2008+Awards+roundup.stm
  12. ^ http://www.bcachievement.com/community/recipient.php?id=223
  13. ^ http://www.canada.com/news/person/darren-entwistle-0x7100b/topic_videos.html#video7
  14. ^ http://www.business.ualberta.ca/About/CanadianBusinessLeaderAward.aspx
  15. ^ http://www.giving.ualberta.ca/en/InnovativeLeaders/PastPresentations/DarrenEntwistle.aspx
  16. ^ TELUS CEO Darren Entwistle honoured with Fraser Institute' s T. Patrick Boyle Founder' s Award | Fraser Institute
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ [3]
  19. ^ [4]
  20. ^ [5]
  21. ^ Honorary Degree Citation - Darren Entwistle | Concordia University Archives
  22. ^ http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2013/05/darren-entwistle/
  23. ^ http://www.registrarsoffice.ualberta.ca/GraduationConvocation/Honorary-Degrees.aspx/
  24. ^ The Info Tech 100 - Businessweek
  25. ^ Abstract wins homebuilding gold
  26. ^ Telus takes home corporate IT Hero award - Page 1 - IT Women - IT Workplace
  27. ^ WBCSD - World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  28. ^ MTS, SaskTel and TELUS make Canada's Top 100 Employers list | MobileSyrup.com
  29. ^ Government of Canada Congratulates TELUS on Philanthropic Award - Industry Canada Site
  30. ^ TELUS Corporation | Diversity | Eluta.ca
  31. ^ [6]

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