National Capital FreeNet / Libertel de la Capitale nationale

Amy E. Yee - Candidate

Warm greetings. You might say that I'm a National Capital-ist. I consider myself in many ways very much a product of this fine region. Since my birth on the Gatineau side, I've lived in 8 different local neighborhoods. I went to French Immersion, attended Glebe High School and Carleton University (B. Eng.). I've enjoyed working in both private and public sectors, on Parliament Hill, Rideau Centre, St. Laurent, CJOH, Canada Post, Nortel, Millennium Learning Centres, the Ottawa Food Bank, Nortel, Carleton, OCRI, and Nortel again. It was my privilege to serve as the first elected student trustee to represent 30,000 students at the Ottawa Board of Education many years ago. It was there that I first experienced the power of this community, and since then, I have tried to support those who invest in it, thereby capitalizing on one of the many elements that make it great. People plant seeds, people nurture them, and the potential for the National Capital community to profit is exponential. (National Capitalism)

What skills will you contribute to the NCF Board?

I hope to contribute creativity and the perspective of a social entrepreneur. I hope to bring fresh perspective and experience from my background in management, program development/delivery and fundraising at non-profit organizations such as EduNET (a non-profit academically oriented ISP), SHAD Valley (a diverse extended community of leaders dedicated to the development of remarkable youth, helping them to recognize, harness, and strengthen their talents), and Engineers Without Borders Canada - one of Canada's greatest NGO success stories - EWB promotes human development through access to technology by partnering with developing communities to help build the capacity of their technical sector.

I also hope to contribute my knowledge from helping to build companies at Canada's leading technology venture capital firm, Celtic House Venture Partners, where I've had the honour of working with some of Canada's best entrepreneurs. At Celtic, I follow the Internet world very closely.

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

I believe it's important for the NCF to help provide an unmatched level of accessibility to the Internet for its members, and to maintain it's presence as a community-oriented facilitator for all in the National Capital region. To borrow from Engineers Without Borders Canada: Simple technology, dramatic results.

Why do you want to be an NCF director ?

a) I am a big fan.

b) I believe that volunteers can move mountains.

c) I like to build things.

A Few Projects and Links:

Celtic House Venture Partners | Current Board Member: Tech Venture Challenge | Engineers Without Borders Canada | Entrepreneur in Residence: Shad Valley | Volunteer Coordinator Millennium Learning Centres | Conference Chair: Voice Over IP for Small Businesses and Technology for Mobile Workers