President and CEO
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 the end of January 2020, TELUS has generated a total shareholder return of 549 per cent. This is number one in the world amongst our telecom incumbent peers. Moreover, TELUS’ total shareholder return compares favourably to the total return for the S&P/TSX of 241 per cent and the MSCI World Telecom Services Index at 19 per cent. In addition, throughout the past 20 years, TELUS’ enterprise value has quadrupled to approximately $51 billion, EBITDA has more than doubled to $5.7 billion and earnings per share (EPS) has increased more than threefold to $2.89. During this same timeframe, the TELUS brand has increased in value from a few hundred million dollars to $8.6 billion today, ranked as Canada’s strongest telco brand according to Brand Finance, and also earned recognition as the most trusted brand by the Gustavson School of Business.
Darren has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree from Concordia University, an MBA in Finance from McGill University and a diploma in Network Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has received honorary Doctorates of Law from McGill University, Concordia University, the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria. Darren also holds an honorary Bachelor in Business Administration from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto. Darren currently serves on the boards of the Gairdner Foundation and is a founding member of the 30% Club Canada and the Canadian Board Diversity Council. Darren’s past directorships include, George Weston Ltd., the Business Council of Canada, TD Bank Financial Group, McGill University Board of Governors and Bell Cablemedia Plc in the United Kingdom. Darren was appointed to the Order of Canada (2018), received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) in recognition as a Canadian business leader who has made exemplary contributions to the community and to Canada as a whole. In addition, in 2019, Darren received the Gala Tribute Award from the Gibsons Community Building Society for TELUS’ support of the Gibson’s Public Market, as well as the Downtown Appreciation Award in the category of “Outstanding Individual” from the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.