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TELUS Launches TELUS Transformation Office

TELUS Launches TELUS Transformation Office  Innovative "future-of-work" consulting team is transforming clients' cultures through best practices in employee engagement and technology  VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/09/14 --   TELUS (TSX: T)(NYSE: TU) today launched TELUS Transformation Office to help large organizations drive increased employee engagement, cultural transformation and improved financial performance.   Created in response to requests from external partners and customers, TELUS Transformation Office will deploy learning and technology experts to consult and train businesses in five key areas: leadership and culture, digital readiness and connected learning, career and talent services, onboarding and induction, and flexible work styles. The training is completed through a series of half-day workshops or more intensive bespoke consulting sessions, customized based on the client's specific needs. TELUS business clients will be able to add this unique consulting option to their existing suite of TELUS services, including telecommunications, collaboration, IT and security solutions.   "In today's competitive business environment, a strong organizational culture can be a company's most powerful and sustainable source of competitive advantage because it drives employee engagement, customer satisfaction and financial results," said Dan Pontefract, Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office. "While there are a number of organizations that offer organizational consulting, we not only offer firsthand experience, having successfully progressed through our own transformation, but we also combine leadership consulting with technology to drive very compelling businesses results."   Between 2007 and 2014, TELUS increased employee engagement from 53 per cent to 83 per cent - the highest score worldwide for a company of its size and workforce mix according to global HR organization Aon Hewitt. Additionally, TELUS is the global leader amongst all telecom service providers with a total shareholder return of 286 per cent between early 2000 and March 2014, outpacing the number two incumbent by 110 percentage points. The company's customers first focus has resulted in TELUS and Koodo both receiving best-in-class service ratings from Canadians on a national basis. As reported by Brand Finance, the TELUS brand is now valued at $4.3 billion and Leger Marketing has ranked the TELUS brand #1 in Canada for the combination of awareness and likeability.   After several business clients approached TELUS to learn more about its transformation, the Transformation Office ran three pilot programs with Loblaw Companies Limited, The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and Cameco before officially launching.   "TELUS Transformation Office brought a wealth of expertise on all aspects of organizational transformation to support employee engagement and empowerment," said Jenny O'Donnell, Director, Corporate Learning & Development at LCBO. "Not only is the team extremely open in sharing the TELUS journey, they took the time to deeply understand our organization and developed a plan that plays to the strengths of our unique culture."   Below are details about the five areas of TELUS Transformation Office's focus:        --  Leadership and culture - a clear and effective framework to promote the     right leadership behaviours at all levels within the organization.  --  Digital readiness and connected learning - a digital strategy that     blends collaborative technology and innovative learning programs to     support diverse learning styles and employee demographics.  --  Career and talent services - an easy-to-understand framework that that     helps employees excel in their current role while developing the     knowledge and skills to support their career growth.  --  Onboarding and induction - comprehensive, technology-enhanced     orientation programs that engage and inspire employees from day one.  --  Flexible work styles - a complete change-management program to help     companies make the shift to a work environment where employees are     empowered to work where, when and how they are most effective.  For more information on TTO, please visit www.telustransformationoffice.com.  About TELUS  TELUS (TSX: T)(NYSE: TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.4 billion of annual revenue and 13.3 million customer connections, including 7.8 million wireless subscribers, 3.3 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 815,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.   In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $350 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.  For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.  Contacts: Ryan Bazeley TELUS Media Relations 416-738-6063 ryan.bazeley@telus.com