TELUS is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $13.1 billion of annual revenue and 12.9 million subscriber connections, including 8.8 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.3 million residential network access lines and 1.1 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video. TELUS is also Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed over $482 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 7.7 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS’ 13 Canadian community boards and 5 International boards have led the Company’s support of grassroots charities and have contributed more than $60 million in support of 5,595 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth, annually. 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.

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Ali Tizghadam, Technology Strategy Manager, TELUS

As a Lead Architect and Technology Strategy Manager, Ali Tizghadam is responsible for strategizing and developing new directions (mainly software-defined) in backbone network data and traffic management at TELUS. Presently, Ali and his team are using most recent advances in Big Data and Software Defined Networking to characterise the network traffic and to optimize the end-to-end traffic flow assignment accordingly.

Ali has designed a graduate course – Service Provider Networks – to bridge the gap between understanding of networks in academic area and service provider’s domain. He is currently teaching this course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Moreover, he has led the design and implementation of a University-based platform (Connected Vehicles and Smart Transportation – CVST) to collect and process transportation network data and to deliver intelligence for transportation practitioners.

Ali received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Tehran (1994) and University of Toronto (2009), respectively. Between his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. studies he worked in the industry for about 10 years, where he gained an abundance of experience in different aspects of networking from telecommunication networks to transport systems and power grids. In that period of time Ali was appointed as the director of an R&D department, where he lead a team of engineers to develop an award winning digital local exchange that is still operational in middle east.