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15 March 2005

New contest challenges senior technical students

Vancouver, B.C. – TELUS and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) are encouraging Canada’s emerging technical minds with a new annual contest featuring a cash prize money plus the opportunity to present projects to a panel of industrial, academic and media experts.

The IEEE TELUS Innovation Award invites IEEE Canada student members in their final year of an engineering or technology program at a Canadian undergraduate institution to enter a significant Information Computing and Telecommunication Technologies project for which they are receiving education credits.

“We are very pleased that Telus is sponsoring this award,” says Bill Kennedy, President IEEE Canada. “IEEE student members are excited about this competition. It will give them an opportunity to test their ideas against each other,”

Individuals or teams of up to five students can submit projects to their IEEE student group for initial judging by June 1, 2005. Each branch can send two projects on to regional competitions – in eastern, central, and western Canada. Three finalists will be selected from each region, and will face off in the national competition. The first national competition will be held in Vancouver, at a date and place yet to be determined. Teams will present their projects in writing and verbally to a panel of experts.

“Canadian researchers continue to make significant contributions to advances in electronics, computing and communications technology,” says Ibrahim Gedeon, TELUS vice president and chief technology officer. “I hope this contest stimulates interest in fields such as wireless and photonics, which are important technologies to the future of telecommunications.”

The judges will be looking for projects with strong design and research components that embody the spirit of innovation and have a realistic chance of actually being applied in industry in the foreseeable future. The winning team will receive a cash prize and TELUS will pay the travel costs of the teams attending the national competition.

Go to website for complete contest details.

About Telus

Awards will be divided equally between team members.

TELUS (TSX: T, T.NV; NYSE: TU) is the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada and the second largest in the country, with $7.5 billion of annual revenue, 4.8 million network access lines and 3.8 million wireless customers. The company provides customers with a full range of telecommunications products and services including data, voice and wireless services across Canada, utilizing next generation Internet-based technologies. TELUS was a premier founding supporter of the successful bid to bring the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Canada. For more information about TELUS, please visit

For media inquiries, please contact:

Shawn Hall
TELUS media and public relations
(604) 697-8176

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