'We are absolutely thrilled about TELUS' decision to continue its partnership with us in Alberta's capital' stated Burelle. 'The warm hospitality, culture and knowledge of the Edmonton golf community have always made this an outstanding stop on our Tour'.
'The TELUS Edmonton Open is an important event for both TELUS and the city of Edmonton,' said Dan Delaloye, president of Edmonton-based TELUS Consumer Solutions. 'Edmonton is a great location for the TELUS Open and we're very pleased to continue our support of this excellent tournament.'
TELUS will however withdraw from its sponsorship of the TELUS Open in Vancouver.
'We felt it was extremely important to continue to support the Canadian Tour in Western Canada and it was a very difficult decision as to which location we chose,' said John Mikkelsen, assistant vice-president, Event Management/Sponsorships.
'With a major position in the upcoming bid for the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Olympic Games we wanted to ensure we continued with a strong presence in Edmonton as well. The Edmonton TELUS Open is a tremendous event for the community, supports a local charity, and is extremely popular with both our customers and employees.'
On the Vancouver announcement, Commissioner Burelle stated 'We sincerely want to thank TELUS for the many years of corporate support they gave us in Vancouver and we certainly wish them well in their support of the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Olympic Games bid. We will begin immediately our dialogue with other interested parties in the Vancouver market place. We feel very confident that corporate Vancouver will indeed rise to the challenge and ensure the continuation of that city's presence on our country's national professional golf tour.'
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