Founder and Chairman of the Board, Telesystem
Founder and Global Chairman, Enablis Entrepreneurial Network
Born in Quebec, Charles Sirois is a leading figure in the Canadian communications industry. He is the founder and chair of Telesystem, a company that has been the driving force behind some of the country’s most compelling entrepreneurship success stories.
Charles Sirois launched his business career in 1978, as the head of a family-run paging company. He quickly established himself as a leader in the Canadian paging industry through National Pagette and National Mobile Radiocommunications. In 1987, the two companies merged with Bell Cellular to form BCE Mobile Communications, of which Mr. Sirois was Chairman and CEO from 1988 to 1990. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Sirois was Chairman and CEO of Teleglobe.
Mr. Sirois founded Telesystem International Wireless Corporation N.V. in 1994 and was the Chairman of the Board until the beginning of 1997, when the company became Telesystem International Wireless Inc. (TIW). He chaired TIW until 2004. In 1995, he founded Microcell Telecommunications Inc. During his eight years as Chairman of the Board, Microcell launched Fido, the first carrier in Canada to operate a GSM-based network.
Charles Sirois received the Order of Canada in 1994 and was appointed knight of the Ordre national du Québec in 1998. In 2010, he was inducted into Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame.
Mr. Sirois has published two books: The Medium and the Muse (1995) and Organic Management: Creating a Culture of Innovation (2000).