Northwestel is represented in the AEC by Curtis Shaw. Based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Mr. Shaw is the President at Northwestel.

Curtis first joined Northwestel in 1996, and has held progressive leadership roles, including Director of Marketing, General Manager of Northwestel Cable, Vice President of Marketing, and Chief Operating Officer.  In his current position, Curtis is responsible for business strategy and day-to-day operations of Northwestel including marketing, engineering, customer service, and network operations with a team of 550 employees located in Canada’s north.

Curtis holds Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Science degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.   He has been involved in several community organizations and boards across northern Canada, including Yukon Energy Corporation, the Yukon Hospital Foundation, and the Yukon Chamber of Commerce.

Corporate Headquarters: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

Northwestel is driven by a vision of a highly connected North where every Northern Canadian can prosper and thrive.  The company is working toward that vision by providing innovative communications solutions for the North.

Northwestel delivers a broad range of voice, video, and broadband solutions to a diverse population of more than 120,000 northern Canadians in 96 communities throughout the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, northern British Columbia and northern Alberta.  Of the communities the company serves, roughly half are only accessible by air, while many are home to fewer than 500 residents.

Northwestel is wholly-owned by Bell Canada – Canada’s largest communications company.

In the past 5 years, Northwestel invested $233 Million in an ambitious modernization plan to improve broadband, 4G wireless, and home telephone service in communities across the North.

In 2017, Northwestel partnered with the Government of the Northwest Territories to launch the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link – Canada’s first fibre optic link north of the the Arctic Circle. The Northwestel-operated 1,154 km fibre line allows satellite tracking stations in the Northwest Territories community of Inuvik to easily transport satellite data to and from operations bases on the opposite side of the globe.

That same year, the Government of Canada selected Northwestel to build a new satellite network capable of bringing high-speed Internet and 4G wireless access to every community in the territory of Nunavut. The Tamarmik Nunaliit network officially launched in Nunavut’s capital city Iqaluit in fall 2018, with a target to connect every Nunavut community by the end of 2019.

The majority of Northwestel’s nearly 600 employees live and work in communities across the North. Northwestel contributes more than $500,000 annually to non-profit organizations to help make communities stronger – both for employees and customers.  This support includes partnerships within the areas of health and mental wellness, the arts, recycling programs, youth initiatives, northern scholarships, and aboriginal community and cultural events.

Country: Canada

Canada, Legacy Member