Darren Entwistle joined TELUS in 2000 as President and CEO, becoming the longest-serving CEO amongst incumbent telecommunication companies worldwide. Under Darren’s leadership, TELUS has evolved from a regional telephone company serving Western Canada into a national data and wireless leader. Notably, since the beginning of 2000 through to early 2017, TELUS has generated a total shareholder return of 373 per cent. During this same timeframe, the TELUS brand has increased in value from a few hundred million dollars to $4.7 billion today and is ranked #1 for brand reputation by Leger Marketing.
Darren believes passionately that TELUS’ greatest asset is the nearly 50,000 talented individuals around the globe who comprise the TELUS team. This incredible level of engagement led to TELUS earning the distinction of being the sixth company ever inducted into the 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame by Waterstone Human Capital. Moreover, TELUS is the only organization to be inducted into the BEST of the Best Hall of Fame by the Association for Talent Development in recognition of its global excellence in learning and development.
In recognition of Darren’s exemplary contributions to the community and to Canada as a whole, in 2003 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, Darren received the President’s Award from the Institute for Performance and Development and in 2012 he was presented with the inaugural Innovator of the Year award from the Ontario Science Centre in honour of his contributions to innovation in science. Darren’s achievements have earned him several national and international awards in business, education and philanthropy.