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December 2, 2009
New street name honours Ted Rogers
  
Councillor Kyle Rae (Toronto Centre-Rosedale, Ward 27) joined with the friends and family of Ted Rogers today to unveil a new street name sign to honour one of Canada’s most successful business leaders.

“Ted Rogers was a visionary, a prominent and successful businessman who built Rogers Communications into a Canadian leader in wireless communications, cable television, broadcasting and more,” said Mayor David Miller. “While his business achievements are legendary, he was also a great humanitarian who supported educational and health care institutions such as the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Sheena’s Place and many others. He was a tremendous person who gave so much to his city.”

“Ted was a proud Canadian who loved the city of Toronto,” said Phil Lind, Vice Chairman, Rogers Communications Inc. “Having a street named in his honour, next to the Rogers Campus, would have meant a great deal to him.”

Born in 1933, Rogers was the son of broadcasting pioneer Edward Rogers Sr., who brought the world the alternating current radio tube and founded radio station CFRB. Among his earliest business ventures, Rogers bought CHFI and had a business interest in CFTO-TV. In 1967, Rogers entered the world of cable television, pioneering the new technology with superior picture quality, more channels through converters and community and multicultural programming. In 1979, Rogers became Canada’s largest cable company.

Rogers entered the wireless phone market in 1985. Today Rogers is the largest - and fastest growing -wireless service provider in Canada, with more than 8.4 million subscribers across Canada.

In 2000, Rogers bought the Toronto Blue Jays. Headquartered in Toronto, Rogers employs 30,000 Canadians.

Rogers died exactly one year ago, December 2, 2008, at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, Loretta, four children and five grandchildren.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca



 

 

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