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Fresh City Farms Raises Impact Capital to Expand Services & Scale Sustainable Food Options for Healthier Communities

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 21, 2021 by itnerd

Fresh City Farms (Fresh City), the award-winning urban farm and omni-channel grocer whose mission is to provide a better life through food, today announced the support of several impact-focused investors. Together with TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, investment participants also included Good & Well, Dragonfly Ventures, Bennett Church Hill Capital, and other private investors. The funding will help Fresh City expand their services to include faster delivery, improved online experience, and wider product assortment. 

This injection of capital will not only allow the company to invest further in overall organizational infrastructure but also enable Fresh City to build out a new 11-acre urban farming destination in Toronto near Downsview Park bringing its vision of a “co-farming” space to life, while moving the needle on the fight for food justice and accessibility to benefit people who experience systemic forms of marginalization.

TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is one of the largest global corporate impact funds focusing its investments on for-profit companies and founders committed to driving social innovation. Its mandate is to leverage the power of technology to support environmental, agricultural, and community-minded businesses. 

Founded in 2011 by Ran Goel, Fresh City believes farming can change the world by reintroducing people to how real food is made. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Fresh City has supplied Ontarians with an assortment of fresh, organic produce, chef-inspired prepared foods, freshly baked bread and pastries from Mabel’s Bakery, organic and 100 per cent grass fed meat from The Healthy Butcher and drip coffee from Propeller Coffee. In 2020, the company launched a new store at the corner of Bay and Gerrard streets in Toronto, serving the grocery needs of thousands of front-line workers at nearby hospitals. This opening marked Fresh City’s eighth location across all three brands under the company’s umbrella, and recently expanded to include a Bottle Shop featuring organic and vegan wine, beer, and spirit offerings.

About the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good

The $100 million TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is one of Canada’s largest corporate impact funds, and will focus its investment on for-profit companies and founders committed to driving social innovation. The TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is an extension of TELUS’ long-standing commitment to leveraging the power of technology to drive positive social and environmental outcomes for all Canadians by funding the development of solutions for transforming healthcare, caring for our planet, supporting responsible agriculture and enabling inclusive communities. To learn more about the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, please visit: telus.com/pollinatorfund.

About Fresh City

Fresh City is an award-winning urban farm and omni-channel retailer whose mission is to create a better life through food. Fresh City delivers organic produce, prepared foods, and bespoke meats to thousands of Greater Toronto Area families weekly. Chef-inspired meals, salads, snacks and breakfasts are prepared from scratch daily.

In 2018, Fresh City acquired Mabel’s Bakery, a popular bakery in Toronto producing artisan breads and pastries, and shortly after acquired The Healthy Butcher, a pioneer in organic and 100% grass-fed beef, in 2019. With eight retail locations between the three brands, Fresh City continues to bring makers and eaters together to deliver a food experience that respects our bodies, our planet, and our shared tomorrow.

For more information, please visit: https://www.freshcityfarms.com/.

The iPhone 13 & iPhone 13 Pro Are Now Available For Pre-Order From TELUS

Posted in Commentary with tags , on September 17, 2021 by itnerd

TELUS will offer the best-ever lineup of iPhone and iPad, including the innovative and elegant iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 mini, on the fastest network in Canada. Redesigned inside and out, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max introduce the most advanced pro camera system ever on iPhone, Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, improved battery life, the Apple-designed A15 Bionic chip with 5-core GPU, and an advanced 5G experience. iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini feature the most advanced dual camera system ever in iPhone and powerhouse A15 Bionic chip in a sleek and durable design. Customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone 13 lineup on September 17, with availability on September 24. For complete pricing and availability details, please visit telus.com/iphone13.

Featuring an advanced 5G experience with more 5G bands, the iPhone 13 lineup works in more places on 5G for greater coverage and performance. Available in four stunning finishes — graphite, gold, silver, and the all-new sierra blue — iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max introduce an all-new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion featuring an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, making the touch experience even faster and more responsive. They also introduce the best battery life ever on iPhone with iPhone 13 Pro Max, lasting up to two and a half hours longer in a day than iPhone 12 Pro Max, a new storage capacity of 1TB, and are protected by the Ceramic Shield front cover, tougher than any smartphone glass. With new Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras, the pro camera system gets its biggest advancement ever capturing stunning photos and video, powered by the Apple-designed A15 Bionic. These technologies enable impressive new photo capabilities like macro photography on the new Ultra Wide camera and up to 2.2x improved low-light performance on the new Wide camera, and new computational photography features like Photographic Styles to personalize the look of images in the Camera app, and Night mode on all cameras. Video takes a huge leap forward, offering Cinematic mode for beautiful depth-of-field transitions, macro video, Time-lapse and Slo-mo, and even better low-light performance. Both models also offer end-to-end pro workflows in Dolby Vision, and for the first time, ProRes, only available on iPhone.

The next generation iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini feature a beautiful design with sleek flat edges in five gorgeous new colors — pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED. Both models feature major innovations including the most advanced dual-camera system ever on iPhone — with a new Wide camera with bigger pixels and sensor-shift optical image stabilization offering improvements in low light photos and videos, a new way to personalize the camera with Photographic Styles, and Cinematic mode, which brings a new dimension to video storytelling. Equipped with the Apple designed A15 Bionic, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini also boast super-fast performance and power efficiency, longer battery life, a brighter Super Retina XDR display that brings content to life, incredible durability with the Ceramic Shield front cover, double the entry-level storage at 128GB, an industry-leading IP68 rating for water resistance, and an advanced 5G experience.

By the end of the year, more than 70% of the Canadian population will experience TELUS’ blazing fast 5G network. In Opensignal’s first Canada 5G User Experience Report 2021, which analyzed Canada’s next-generation networks, TELUS took home six awards including Fastest 5G Download and Upload Speeds, Best 5G Video Experience, Best Voice App Experience and Best 5G Availability nationwide. Additionally, TELUS recently earned the top spot in Ookla’s 2021 Fastest Mobile Network Speedtest Awards for the fifth year in a row, inclusive of both download and upload speeds. These achievements, along with the numerous, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years, showcase the strength and speed of TELUS’ global-leading mobile network. 

TELUS and Koodo customers who purchase an iPhone 13 are eligible to receive up to six months free of Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. This offer is only available at TELUS to new customers as well as existing customers who upgrade their device. 

TELUS customers can also take advantage of our Bring-It-Back program and receive up to $810 off depending on the device, when they agree to return it in good working condition to TELUS at the end of their two-year term. To save even more, customers can sign up for TELUS’ Trade-In Program, where customers will receive a credit for their old device, up to $825.

For more details on pricing and data plans, please visit telus.com/iphone13. The iPhone 13 lineup will also be available at Koodo on 4G LTE. 

TELUS Ventures Recognized As A Global Leader In Diversity & Inclusion 

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 14, 2021 by itnerd

TELUS Ventures, the strategic investment arm of TELUS and one of Canada’s most active corporate venture capital (CVC) funds, has been awarded the Diversity VC Standard Level 2 certification for its work in advancing diversity and inclusion in the global VC and CVC industry. 

The Diversity VC Standard is an assessment and certification process that sets a benchmark for best practices in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in venture capital (VC) and sends a signal to the rest of the ecosystem that a fund follows D&I best practices. TELUS Ventures is the first Canadian VC and first North American CVC to receive Diversity VC’s Level 2 certification, given to funds recognized as leading the charge on D&I policies. 

TELUS Ventures is ahead of the curve as one of the few active VCs in Canada ensuring its portfolio companies hold themselves to the same high standard. 

With the strong belief that diversity and inclusion also builds more innovative and successful companies, TELUS Ventures provides its portfolio companies with access to tools, resources, and networks to succeed in their own diversity and inclusion initiatives based on best practice and industry experience. This includes: 

  • Establishing partnerships with diversity and inclusion organizations, such as Black Innovation Capital and the DMZ’s Black Innovation Program
  • Promoting internal programs and policies to minimize bias during the investment process
  • Setting and measuring diversity and inclusion-related goals included in the fund’s investment strategy
  • Assessing diversity and inclusion throughout the portfolio annually

The Diversity VC Standard was launched on 9th September 2020 pioneered by 15 leading funds across Europe and Canada to provide VCs with the tools and recommended practices they need to open their networks and make funding available to underrepresented founders, as well as the resources needed to cultivate an environment where founders and colleagues from all backgrounds feel they belong in the industry and the ecosystem. The Diversity VC Standard is powered by Diversity VC, a not-for-profit dedicated to advancing D&I in venture capital, and Diversio, the people intelligence platform that measures, tracks, and improves diversity & inclusion. For more information, please visit www.diversity.vc

As the strategic investment arm of TELUS Corporation, TELUS Ventures is one of Canada’s most active corporate venture capital funds. TELUS Ventures invests globally in companies from Seed to Pre-IPO with a focus on innovative technologies such as AgTech, HealthTech, Connected Consumer, IoT, AI, and Security to actively drive new solutions across the TELUS ecosystem. Led by a team of experienced operators, investors and executives, the Ventures team is passionate about creating positive social impact through financial tools and has invested in more than 90 companies since inception. For more information please visit ventures.telus.com

Radicle Announces Investment By TELUS Ventures

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 9, 2021 by itnerd

Radicle Group Inc. (Radicle), the leading Canadian player in the carbon credit ecosystem, is pleased to announce an investment by TELUS Ventures, Canada’s most active corporate venture capital fund, and other investors as part of its debenture financing round.

With operations in Canada, the US, and Brazil, this funding will enable Radicle to enter new markets to help organizations across the globe monetize their environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) efforts. It will also support further development and updates to Radicle’s proprietary software to ensure alignment with emerging reporting requirements being demanded by regulators, clients, and their supply chains.

To date, Radicle has worked with more than 3,000 clients, generating CAD$100M in value through carbon credits; removed six million tonnes of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere; and traded over US$300M in environmental commodities.

Radicle plans to use the funds raised to scale up their operations and expand into new business lines and geographies to capitalize on the extensive growth expected throughout the carbon credit ecosystem.

General Motors & TELUS Redefine Automotive Connectivity For Canadians

Posted in Commentary with tags , on September 1, 2021 by itnerd

GM Canada and TELUS are working together to connect GM’s next-generation vehicles to TELUS’ 5G network. This represents the first time GM has selected a domestic communications company to provide connected-vehicle services for Canadian customers.

GM and TELUS are collaborating to enable high-performance wireless network capabilities that will meet the unique needs of an all-electric and autonomous vehicle future.  Network enhancements will include:  

  • Improved roadway-centric coverage
  • Faster music and video downloads with higher quality
  • Faster, more reliable, and secure over-the-air software updates
  • Faster navigation, mapping, and voice services 

The first GM vehicles with built-in connectivity to TELUS’ high-performance 4G-LTE and 5G network are expected to be introduced with the 2025 model year. Additionally, through GM’s fifth generation rollout, current 4G LTE-equipped model year 2019 and newer vehicles will be able to migrate to the new TELUS network. As a result, current Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac owners in Canada will experience faster connectivity speeds and some of the same performance benefits of future 5G-equipped vehicles.

As part of GM’s innovation and growth efforts, these network improvements will be foundational for the future of GM’s growing over-the-air update strategy. With more advanced features, robust software, and faster download speeds, more data is accessible to provide a more convenient customer experience.

When launched, GM will provide access for its strategic partners to leverage TELUS’ 5G network, raising the bar for the interoperability and scale necessary to deliver future mobility services, such as e-commerce, smart city and vehicle-to-electric grid.

GM first introduced connected-vehicle services in Canada with OnStar in 1999. Since then, GM has expanded the portfolio of connected services to offer live traffic information, streaming entertainment services, and remote vehicle commands through mobile apps and connected home devices.

EliteGamingLIVE Secures USD $1.5M In Funding To Grow Educational eSports Leagues For Youth

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 31, 2021 by itnerd

EliteGamingLIVE (EGL), an online learning platform that combines interscholastic competition with education to improve student engagement with STEM subjects, announced today it has raised USD $1.5 million in a funding round led by corporate venture capital firm American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, with participation from the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good and Rarebreed Ventures.  

The funding aims to support the hiring of key personnel who will expand the platform’s capabilities and offerings. The company will also power an aggressive marketing strategy as EGL targets North American expansion and reach into new markets.

Beyond inspiring a heightened interest in STEM careers, EGL is focused on enabling equal access to education and training to K-12 students. Studies show that nearly 90 percent of children play video games, with the majority accessing games through various consoles. By focusing exclusively on less cost-prohibitive consoles, EGL is making its platform more accessible for schools, many of which are in low-income areas and reliant on federal funding.

EGL’s engaging platform, designed to spark and cultivate interest in STEM careers, has succeeded in capturing the attention of educators and investors looking to connect with purpose-driven companies committed to driving social and economic change. The TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is focused on just that – investing in companies driving innovative solutions across health, agriculture, the environment, and enabling inclusive communities. 

To develop its Digital Citizenship and Sportsmanship module focused on online reputation and cyberbullying, the EliteGamingLIVE team collaborated with TELUS Wise. TELUS Wise focuses on offering industry-leading digital literacy education programs through a variety of workshops and resources to empower Canadians of all ages to stay safe online.

EliteGamingLIVE’s 2021-2022 school year kicks off September 13, 2021.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G & Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Are Now Available For Pre-Order At TELUS

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 12, 2021 by itnerd

TELUS is excited to confirm that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G and Galaxy Z Fold3 5G devices are now available for pre-order at TELUS.

Customers can get these new devices using TELUS Easy Payment® device financing, starting at $0 upfront, on the TELUS 5G network. Plus, customers who get these devices on a minimum two year term will receive two gifts with purchase, including the new Samsung Galaxy Buds2 and Wireless Duo Charger. Customers who purchase the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G will also receive the S Pen Fold Edition. 

The latest Samsung devices will be available for purchase at telus.com on August 27, 2021.

TELUS Mobile Network Earns The Top Spot From UK-based Opensignal

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 11, 2021 by itnerd

TELUS today announced that their mobile network has once again led the industry in Opensignal’s Canada Mobile Network Experience Report. TELUS remains the carrier to beat when it comes to mobile network experience in Canada, earning the top spot in six of the seven categories, outright winning four (Video Experience, Voice App Experience, Download Speed Experience, Upload Speed Experience) and tying for first in Games Experience and 4G Coverage Experience. TELUS also tied for first in 5G Video Experience, 5G Download Speed, and 5G Upload Speed in Opensignal’s 5G Experience Report, reinforcing the strength and superiority of their network across the country. 

Highlights from the reports include:

  • With an average download speed of 73.9 Mbps, TELUS users continue to experience the fastest overall download speeds in Canada: TELUS’ speeds were 5.8 per cent faster than the second place carrier, and a whopping 28.6 per cent faster than the third place carrier
  • TELUS jointly won in 5G Download Speeds with speeds 63.2-69.7 Mbps faster than those of the third place carrier.
  • TELUS also jointly won in 5G Upload Speeds and 5G Video Experience, receiving an “Excellent” rating in the latter category  
  • TELUS outright wins in Video Experience, Voice App Experience, Download Speed Experience, and Upload Speed Experience
  • TELUS jointly wins in Games Experience and 4G Coverage Experience

TELUS’ wireless and wireline networks have been serving Canadians with the highest quality and connectivity excellence throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. With significantly more Canadians working and learning from home over the last 17 months, TELUS has accelerated investments in new technologies to further enhance their network reliability, resiliency and world-leading performance standards to ensure that our customers have a seamless, robust experience. 

Leveraging multiple vendors including Samsung, Ericsson, and Nokia, TELUS is expanding its 5G network to over 615 communities across Canada. The evolution of 5G will also allow us to connect more than 30 billion life-changing devices, supercharge drones with sensors for improved crop management and make autonomous vehicles smarter and safer – and that is just the beginning. It is estimated that 5G will create 250,000 jobs and contribute $150 billion to Canada’s economy over the next 20 years, which will be key to Canada’s fiscal recovery.  

The recognition from Opensignal complements the countless accolades TELUS has earned over the years in respect to their world-leading wireless network. In 2021 alone, TELUS has been recognized by other independent industry-leading experts, including Seattle-based Ookla, Victoria-based Tutela and New York-based J.D. Power, building on an outstanding record of achievement with respect to network excellence. Notably, these awards are based on TELUS’ national networks, inclusive of both urban and rural coverage.

TELUS Wins Fastest Mobile Network In Canada For Fifth Year In A Row

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 26, 2021 by itnerd

TELUS has been awarded Canada’s Fastest Mobile Network for the fifth year in a row and eighth consecutive time. Seattle-based Ookla has named TELUS Canada’s Speedtest Award winner for mobile network speed to date in 2021.

Below are key highlights from the reports:

  • Ookla found that TELUS’ network speed outperformed all other mobile networks with a Speed Score of 85.21 Mbps, inclusive of both download and upload speeds
  • TELUS awarded Fastest Mobile Provider in Canada for the fifth year in a row and eighth consecutive time
  • Download speeds topped 88.92 Mbps in Ontario, making TELUS the Fastest Mobile Provider in the province for the fourth consecutive quarter 
  • TELUS ranked Fastest Mobile Provider in Manitoba for the fourth consecutive quarter with a download speed of 80.79 Mbps

This recognition from Ookla accompanies the significant, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years with respect to our world-leading wireless network:

You can have a look at Ookla’s report HERE for details.

TELUS Is Canada’s Fastest Mobile Network In Q2

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 15, 2021 by itnerd

Ookla’s most recent Speedtest Market Analysis report once again ranked TELUS the Fastest Mobile Network in Canada with a Speed Score of 82.93. 

This recognition from Ookla accompanies the significant, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years with respect to our world-leading wireless network:

Please see the report HERE for details.