Candidate for the National Capital FreeNet Board of Directors
Chris Cope was NCF's Executive Director from
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
At present, Chris is Director, Smart Capital Special Projects at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) in Ottawa and has a special interest in FreeNet as one of the 14 SmartC@pital community partners.
Mr. Cope has been directly involved with Community Networks and other forms of public Internet access since joining the National Capital FreeNet in 1995. He is a director of Telecommunities Canada, an organization that represents and promotes the Canadian community networking movement at both National and International levels.
Public Internet access is important to Chris, and he is among the founders of the Ottawa Community Access Consortium (OCC) and currently chairs both its Steering Committee, and the Technical Working Group.
He is on the steering committees of the Millennium Learning Centres, a public access network that will operate 16 sites on completion, and The Volunteer Learning Network, a project of Volunteer Ottawa. He is a member of the Electronic Public Space Steering Committee, a group that concerns itself (among other issues) with access to the Internet for all Canadian citizens and is past Chair of the Nepean Environmental Committee, a citizen advisory committee of the former City of Nepean.
|Skills to contribute||
3 1/2 years as NCF's Executive Director
equips me well to serve on NCF's Board of Directors. This
year there will be a tremendous experience vacuum on the
Board and a considerable loss of "corporate memory" as many
new faces join. I can offer a great deal of sensible
continuity to NCF's ongoing operations.
Having been a staff participant at many previous NCF Board meetings, I am well acquainted with both the culture and the process. I have already put considerable time and effort into mapping NCF's future, and feel that I am well equipped to offer reasoned input, based on direct experience and excellent community networking exposure.
My business experience prior to being
NCF's Executive Director spans a variety of management
situations giving me additional business experience, and
the business acumen to make a strong contribution to NCF's
Board decision-making capability.
|What is important||
In 1990 I authored a document called
"Opportunities, Challenges and a Sustainable Future." It
can be viewed at: http://www.ncf.ca/execdir/ncf2000.
A review of this document will give the reader a good sense
of my priorities when it comes to NCF's future.
Here are the things that I think we need to focus on doing for our members:
|Why I want to be join the NCF Board||
FreeNet is important to its members and is a
vital part of Ottawa's community fabric. I sincerely
believe that I can help the new Board keep FreeNet
relevant, useful and solvent.
I want to contribute my time to something that I believe in; something that creates opportunities for the citizens of Ottawa; an organization that enhances quality of life in our community.
I want to help!