Candidate to be re-elected
Chris Cope is employed by the City of Ottawa as a consultant in the
Economic Development Branch. He is heading up the initiative to make high-speed Internet available to all rural residents and recently steered the push to make all of Ottawa a single telephone calling area. By mid-June, he expects that long distance charges will be a thing of the past between Ottawa addresses, whether rural or core.
Previously, Cope was Director of SmartCapital Special Projects at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) where he held the additional titles of Executive Director of EduNET and Executive Director of ORCnet.EduNET was a not-for-profit partnership of Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, La Cité collégiale and OCRI, while ORCnet is a grass-roots organization of rural champions, supported by the City to aggregate broadband demand in Ottawa's rural communities.
Chris is a director and holds the position of Vice President of Telecommunities Canada, an organization that represents and promotes the Canadian community networking movement at the national and international level. He is on the steering committee of The Millennium Learning Centres, a community access network with 20 public sites and was a Director of Volunteer Ottawa, where he chaired the Technology Committee. Cope is past Chair of the Nepean Environmental Committee, a citizen advisory committee of the former City of Nepean.
He was employed as NCF's Executive Director from early 1997 until the end of 2000. As ED, Chris was directly responsible for day-to-day operations including staff management, volunteer coordination, and liaison with corporate and community partners to deliver and enhance NCF's services. |
Chris joined NCF's Board in the spring of 2001. He was elected as NCF's President and Chairman of the Board by his fellow Directors in April of 2001 and continued to serve in this position until the present.
Cope has been a member of both the Executive and Audit Committees since being appointed President, and in 2002, 2003 and 2005 he was NCF's AGM Chair.
Chris has been directly involved with community access since joining the National Capital FreeNet in 1995.
|Skills to contribute||Chris' experience
both as a previous Executive Director and more recently as President and Chairman of the Board of
NCF equips him well to serve on NCF's Board of Directors. He offers a great deal of sensible continuity
to NCF's ongoing operations.
Cope is well acquainted with both the culture and the process of NCF and has already put considerable time and effort into mapping NCF's future, This experience together with a seasoned business career developed in his professional positions equip him to offer reasoned input, based on direct experience and excellent community networking exposure.
Cope's business experience prior to being NCF's
Executive Director spans a variety of management situations giving him
additional business savvy, and the business acumen to make a strong
contribution to NCF's Board decision-making capability.
|NCF is deeply
involved in several outstanding community projects. Several of these
were based on a vision he had of NCF's opportunities and future and came
about because of his leading the then-current management team through
the proposal stage. Because of his understanding of these projects, he
can not only help bring new Directors up to speed, but also can play an
important role in ensuring that the Board provides informed and stable
stewardship as these projects unfold and begin to bear fruit.
He has a wealth of community and private sector contacts and can assist FreeNet in positioning itself well in our community. He can assist with the necessary liaison and networking with our community partners.
In his present position he continues to be involved in projects that connect our community and will undoubtedly learn about many new collaborative opportunities available to NCF. IN Cope's own words. "I hope to bring exciting new opportunities to NCF."
|What Cope thinks is important||In 1990 Cope
authored a document called "Opportunities, Challenges
and a Sustainable Future." A review of this document will
give the reader a good sense of Cope's priorities when it comes to NCF's
NCF has made tremendous progress in the last several
years and now that membership is increasing, Cope's philosophy is still
founded on making NCF a grass roots community where everyone is welcome
and where everyone can find a useful way of communicating and developing
|Here are the things
that he laid out then and continues to believe in terms of what NCF
needs to focus on doing for its members:
|Why he wants to continue to contribute to NCF's Board||The National
Capital FreeNet is important to its members and is a vital part of
Ottawa's community fabric. Cope believes that he can help NCF to
flourish through his contribution to the Board and in so doing, help
keep FreeNet relevant, useful and solvent.
Cope says; "I want to contribute my time to something that I believe in; something that creates opportunities for the citizens of Ottawa; through my participation in an organization that enhances quality of life in our community.
I want to help!"