Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame inducted five new laureates at an awards ceremony in Ottawa Nov. 4. The 2009 Telecom Laureates are: André Chagnon (Business Visionary & Builder of Vidéotron); the Francis Fox (former Minister of Wireless Communications); the late Donald A. Chisholm (Father of the Digital World); Colin A. Franklin (Engineer of Canada’s Satellite Program); and Israel (Sruki) Switzer (Cable Technology Pioneer and Advocate). The Hall of Fame’s also presented a Special Recognition Award to two winners this year: Heart's Content, Newfoundland and Bamfield, B.C. – the original landing sites, respectively, of Canada’s first Atlantic and Pacific trans-oceanic submarine telegraph cables. Established May 30, 2005, Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to safeguard and promote the past, present and future excellence of Canadian telecommunications.