Telus CEO Darren Entwistle donates three months of his own salary payments to help health-care workers

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      Telus employees often wear T-shirts at community events bearing the company's motto "Give Where We Live".

      This week, their president and CEO, Darren Entwistle, reflected that spirit from the corner office by donating three months of his salary to Canadian health-care workers combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

      The Entwistle family foundation, created by Entwistle and his wife Fiona, has matched the 100 percent salary reduction.

      "Through this donation, Darren is privileged to demonstrate his deep admiration for everything the TELUS team has done to support healthcare in Canada," the company said in a statement.

      In 2018, Entwisle's salary was $1,375,000. His total compensation, including an annual performance bonus and a long-term incentive plan, was nearly $11.7 million. 

      In recent years, Telus has rapidly evolved into the largest health-IT company in Canada, in addition to being a major telecommunications carrier.

      Back in 2015, Entwistle told the Straight that the goal of Telus Health was to provide better patient outcomes at lower costs through the deployment of technology.

      “We also think that technology and empowering our citizens to greater care of their health and that of their families can not only remediate disease, it can prevent disease from happening in the first place,” Entwistle said.