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Helping Canadians celebrate major milestones

Bell marks Canada’s 150th, Montréal’s 375th and 100 since Vimy Ridge

2017 is a year of major milestones for Canada: 150 years since Confederation, 375 since the founding of Montréal and a century since the nation-defining battle of Vimy Ridge.

And Bell is a big part of the celebrations and remembrances.

Lest we forget

To honour the courage and sacrifice of Canadian troops who fought and won at Vimy Ridge in 1917, a Bell delegation joined the Governor General and the Prime Minister at ceremonies in France in April 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the victory. CTV News, led by Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, broadcast the ceremony across Canada.

More than 3,600 Canadian troops – including 7 Bell team members – lost their lives in the battle which is often cited as a catalyst for a new Canadian national identity.

Our delegation was also part of the dedication of new Vimy Visitor Education Centre that Bell supported through our partnership with the Vimy Foundation. The names of 16 Bell team members (13 from Bell Canada, 2 from MTS and 1 from Aliant) who were killed during WW I but have no known graves are inscribed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

Happy 150th, Canada

For Canada’s 150th birthday, Bell is the first Premier Partner and the Official Media Partner for celebrations in the nation’s capital, with our broadband wireless and fibre networks and our leading media properties providing unprecedented access for all Canadians to the Ottawa 2017 festivities across multiple platforms and screens.

Augmented by Bell Media’s strong Ottawa presence and national reach, we are enabling every Canadian to join in the nation’s biggest birthday party.

We are also introducing a multimedia experience for one of the stations under construction for the Light Rail Transit system and an app that will enable users to interact digitally during special events throughout the city. We are also supporting the Ottawa 2017 travelling kiosk which will visit major events across the region.

Bon anniversaire, Montréal

As a partner of Montréal 375, Bell is supporting many of the activities that will celebrate this major anniversary in 2017, including an exhibit on the history of telephony at the Pointe-à-Callière museum that runs until January 2018.

The exhibit, developed in partnership with the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, details the history of telephony, from its beginnings in 1874 to the present, based on Bell’s rich historical collections. Hello, Montréal! features 250 items and archival photographs, documents and films, illustrating not only the evolution of telephony, but also the social impact of the telephone and its associated technologies.


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