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TELUS is committed to driving positive social outcomes for youth. Throughout the challenging months of 2020, and looking into the future at 2021, we have several youth-focused initiatives in the areas of health, education and the environment to highlight.
We sharpened our focus on academic partnerships in 2020, beginning with a key sponsorship of the University of British Columbia’s 2020 Sauder Summit case competition. The competition brought sixteen international teams of undergraduate business students to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The global teams, hailing from Denmark, Australia and Thailand just to name a few, tackled a challenging 24-hour live case about 5G, energy usage and TELUS’ ambitious sustainability goals. UBC’s own Sauder team took home first place.
Due to COVID-19, the remainder of our academic partnerships in 2020 understandably became virtual opportunities, powered by TELUS’ Work Styles mobile working program. The TELUS Sustainability & Environment team is proud to announce a partnership with the National Strategy Consulting Competition & Conference (NSCC), North America’s leading strategy consulting competition and conference, for their 2021 virtual event. TELUS and NSCC case writers will collaborate to create a case on fibre optic cable recycling throughout the remainder of 2020, and teams will compete in a virtual case competition in January 2021.
TELUS is also partnering with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and small businesses in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada this year to initiate a Carbon Accounting Program which will provide fellowships for students from the Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Management program at TRU. These TELUS Research Fellows will take part in an innovative new carbon accounting course being developed through TRU, and apply their skills through carbon accounting services for small businesses in Kamloops in 2021. We are pleased to provide support for students developing new skills at the intersection of science and business.
Photo: Winning Team of the 2020 Sauder Summit Case Competition
TELUS recently launched two new awards in support of graduate and undergraduate students within Simon Fraser University’s new School of Sustainable Energy Engineering. “TELUS’s generosity is a true embodiment of the company’s dedication to positive societal and environmental outcomes through social capitalism leadership. These valuable sources of recognition and financial support will inspire our next generation of sustainability leaders.” - Christopher Duffin, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, SFU.
Throughout 2020 and into 2021, TELUS is also focusing on our new and existing community investment initiatives. As the #MostGivingCompany, TELUS and our team members have donated $1.3 billion since 2000, given 1 million hours to our communities every year, and impacted 2 million youth annually. We give where we live through our national cause campaigns, our local community boards funding grassroots initiatives, team member giving and more. The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation builds brighter futures for youth and those who need it most by enhancing public health initiatives through charitable health and technology programs. Through the TELUS Future Friendly Foundation, we are able to help 2 million at-risk Canadian youth every year, contribute over $8 million annually to local charities and support over 500 charitable grants annually in Canada.
Through our Connecting for Good programs, we build stronger, healthier communities and ensure that the most vulnerable among us don’t get left behind:
Mobility for Good: We’re helping young Canadians leaving foster care stay connected. Equipped with free smartphones and plans, they’ll have a reliable way to stay connected to the people, resources and opportunities they need to succeed.
Health for Good: All members of the community deserve to receive healthcare with dignity. TELUS Mobile Health Clinics, powered by TELUS Health technology, improve the way outreach nurses provide care for the most vulnerable among us.
Internet for Good: Every child should be able to reach their potential. Internet for Good connects families in need with high-speed and low-cost Internet, giving them the opportunity to succeed.
Tech for Good: We are helping differently abled Canadians facing challenges using smartphones and tablets with customized technology solutions that help them live more independently and stay connected.