Press Release

Telesat names new president and CEO

By SpaceRef Editor
September 13, 2006
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OTTAWA, Ontario, September 11, 2006 – Telesat Canada and its shareholder BCE Inc. today announced that Daniel S. Goldberg has been named President and CEO of Canada’s leading satellite services provider.

Goldberg, formerly President and CEO of SES New Skies, succeeds Larry Boisvert who has decided to retire after nearly 34 years of service, the last 13 years as President and CEO.

“We are delighted we were able to attract Dan Goldberg to lead Telesat Canada through the next stage in the company’s evolution, given Larry’s decision to retire after an exemplary career,” said Michael Sabia, President and CEO of BCE Inc.

“Dan brings a unique skill set to Telesat both in terms of his success at building a business and in terms of his experience in corporate transactions,” said Sabia. “He knows the satellite service industry, has produced exceptional operating results, and is no stranger to the recapitalization process Telesat and BCE are working on. Dan is well qualified to be the architect of Telesat’s future,” Sabia added.

Goldberg, a graduate of the Harvard Law School, has been working in the communications sector for the past 15 years and in satellite operating companies since 1998, most recently at New Skies – an owner operator of a global satellite communications network that provides satellite capacity and other services for the transmission of video, data, internet and voice services to corporate and government entities around the world.

During his tenure at New Skies, Goldberg led a team that took a small start-up created through the partial privatization of an intergovernmental satellite system and built a pre-eminent global player in a highly competitive industry. He also helped launch two successful Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and concluded two private sales between 2000 and 2006.

Boisvert will remain a senior advisor at Telesat, on loan to BCE for the upcoming months.

About Telesat

Telesat is the leading satellite service provider in Canada. The company is credited with launching the world’s first domestic commercial communications satellite in geostationary orbit, and for launching the world’s first commercial satellite with Ku-band capacity. Today, Telesat competes with other international satellite fleets in providing telecommunications and broadcasting services throughout the Americas, and is a leading consultant, operator and partner in satellite ventures around the globe. Telesat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BCE Inc, a leading communications company with shares in the United States, Canada and Europe.

About BCE Inc.

BCE is Canada’s largest communications company. Through its 28 million customer connections, BCE provides the most comprehensive and innovative suite of communication services to residential and business customers in Canada. Under the Bell brand, the Company’s services include local, long distance and wireless phone services, high-speed and wireless Internet access, IP-broadband services, information and communications technology services (or value-added services) and direct-to-home satellite and VDSL television services. Other BCE businesses include Telesat Canada, a leading Canadian satellite service provider in Canada. BCE shares are listed in Canada, the United States and Europe.

For more information:

Ronald Alepian
Bell Canada Enterprises
(514) 870-5077
ronald.alepian@bell.ca

Marilynn Wright
Telesat
(613) 748-0123

SpaceRef staff editor.