The Canadian Business Leader Awards dinner is the premiere event for the Alberta School of Business held annually at the SHAW conference centre. This year Darren Entwistle, President and Chief Executive Officer of TELUS, was the 30th recipient of the Canadian Business Leader of the Year Award.
Darren joins an impressive list of past recipients, many of which come from family business backgrounds. These recipients include:
1984 – John E. Poole – PCL
1985 – Ronald D. Southern – ATCO
1991 – Laurent Beaudoin – Bombardier
1995 – JR Shaw – SHAW Communications
CBLA recipients are invited to share their stories of success, hardship, and lessons learned to an audience mostly comprised of students, government officials, and business leaders from within the community. This year Darren Entwistle spoke to the value of creating a quality corporate culture, “Competitors can copy your marketing or your products, but they can’t re-create your corporate culture!” TELUS was also recognized as the most philanthropic organization in the world for 2010, donating $20,000 to over 2,000 charities and not-for-profit organizations.
However, the CBLAs are about more than simply recognizing great business leaders; they are about inspiring students to become the next generation of business and community leaders. Many companies purchase tables and donate their tickets to U of A students, giving them the opportunity to interact with the many business and community leaders also attending.
Following the awards dinner, Entwistle paid a visit to the Alberta School of Business to speak with MBA students about his journey becoming the President of TELUS. He spoke with them about topics including philanthropy, corporate culture, competing with Bell and Rogers and whether or not TELUS is positioning itself to buy or partner with a large media group.
Already looking forward to next year’s event!