National Capital FreeNet / Libertel de la Capitale nationale

John D. Peterson - Candidate

What skills will you contribute to the NCF Board?

I can offer the board 30 years of experience in private industry and government, management and operations including telecommunications and internet policies and procedures. I am presently a director in two other Canada-wide not-for-profit organisations.

What do you think are the most important functions of NCF for its members?

Ensuring and expanding high quality, cost-effective internet access to the Ottawa electronic community.

Why do you want to be an NCF director?

I want to help NCF maintain and improve its high standards of service.


As you can tell from my user ID (af186) I have been around the NCF for quite a while (1992). I believe very strongly in what the NCF has done and what it can yet do for the Ottawa community. I believe the NCF can do much more for its members in the future.

Why do I think I can help the NCF reach those goals? Why should you, as NCF voting members, think I can help NCF succeed?

Several reasons … not the least that I know how Not-for-Profit (NFP) organisations are run since I already do the same thing for two other national NFP organisations. Also, I have the time and attention to devote to the task.

I am presently a Director and Officer of two Canada-wide NFP organisations:
1. Director and Treasurer of the Canadian Access and Privacy Association
2. Director and Vice-President of the Canadian Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

In December, 2000 I retired (at age 50) after 30 years of continuous employment in private industry and the Federal Public Service. We now operate, full time, our own manufacturing business and management consultancy. That means my time is my own to schedule. Consequently, not only do I have a great interest in the NCF, I also have the time to dedicate to it.

My career focus is law enforcement and security, Occupational Safety and Health and Union/Management relations. My duties included managerial responsibility, for example, for OSH, all buildings and accommodations, security operations and policy and telecommunications including telecommunications security and the Departmental Security Officer at National Headquarters for a federal Ministry.

I have significant experience over the last six years in designing and directing Internet research and access at a national operations level. I am familiar with various electronic document and e-mail systems and their related record storage. As the Co-Director of the my department’s Internet Working Group from 1994 - 1997, inclusive, I was responsible for developing and instituting the use of the Internet as a research tool for hearings. For 4 years, I represented my Ministry on the Inter-Department Internet and IT Working Group.

I hope to be able to share what I have learned with the NCF and to help make the NCF a better place for all members.

I have always tried to maintain “open-door” work and management style. That won’t change at the NCF. I will always be available to anyone who needs a question answered or any help I can provide.