AGM Election Results

Thank you for participating in NCF's 16th online Annual General Meeting, organized and conducted entirely by volunteers. Thank you also, on behalf of NCF's thousands of members, to every candidate for participating in this election. NCF Board members serve as volunteers, to the benefit of NCF members and their community.

Below are the AGM election results.

National Capital FreeNet / Libertel de la Capitale nationale

The NCF 2009 Online
Annual General Meeting

March 19 9:00am   to   April 1 6:00pm EST

NCF's Annual General Meeting is held online so that
as many as possible of NCF's thousands of members can participate.

Welcome to NCF's 16th Annual General Meeting.

STEP ONE: Become Informed

  1. Reports to members -- What happened at NCF in 2008
    1. Report from the President (Chris Cope, chair of the Board)
    2. Report from the Executive Director (Rowland Few)
    3. Report from the Treasurer (Alan McRae)
    4. Report from the Auditor (KPMG)
    5. Minutes of Board meetings

  2. Candidates for the NCF Board of Directors

    The roles of a board member: Prospective board members come from all walks of life and bring varied experience to the Board. The ability to understand financial reporting and to make business decisions is essential, and often board members have subject-area expertise, such as experience in management or law. Collectively, NCF's eleven board members have the experience to recognize and approve plans and strategies that will move NCF toward its goals.

    NCF has a 'governance' board, where day-to-day operations are handled by staff and volunteers, under the management of the Executive Director. The Board sets the mission, vision, principles, and broad policies that guide the Executive Director. The Board is responsible for employing and evaluating the Executive Director, and for monitoring macro parameters that measure the operation of NCF.

    This year there are four seats to fill. Three seats have a three-year term, and one seat has a two-year term.

    As there are only three candidates and there are three seats with identical term, there is no need for an election. At this year's AGM, three board seats are awarded by acclamation and one seat will not be filled (since there were only three nominations). But we still need your vote on the Annual Motions (see below).

    By acclamation, the three board members are:

    Candidate Nominated by Seconded by
    Graeme Beckett Nomination Committee
    Peter MacKinnon Nomination Committee
    Mark Mielke Nomination Committee

    Click on each candidate name for information about that candidate.

  3. Motions (annual and special business)

    The by-laws of the National Capital FreeNet require members to consider three standard motions at each AGM. These are:

    1. Motion A - Remuneration of Agents, Contractors, and Employees
    2. Motion B - Appointment of Auditors
    3. Motion C - Rules and Regulations

    There is no 'special business' to be considered.

STEP TWO: Consider Alternatives

This year there are only the annual motions to consider (since board seats have been acclaimed). You can discuss issues with members and candidates using the AGM online discussion group.


Enter your vote regarding the annual motions. When asked, please enter your NCF account ID (eg., aa315) and your password (more help). You may change your vote by voting again any time during the voting period.

That concludes the formal part of the AGM.

STEP FOUR: Please Make Your Opinions Known

Your comments and suggestions make a difference and help NCF operate better. Now and any time, you can make your opinions known by contacting NCF's Executive Director, Rowland Few, at the NCF Office (613-520-9001 ext 112, or by email to


There were 221 voters (of approx 8000 registered members).

Board of Directors
Votes NCF ID Name Term (yrs) Expires Notes
Acclaimed aw958 Graeme Beckett 3 2012 Acclaimed: Three-year term
Acclaimed fr198 Peter MacKinnon 3 2012 Acclaimed: Three-year term
Acclaimed al278 Mark Mielke 3 2012 Acclaimed: Three-year term
(unfilled) 2 2011 Vacant: Two-year term
Motions: Annual Business
For Against Abstain No Vote Result Motion
194 9 11 7 Carried Motion A - Remuneration of Agents, Contractors, and Employees
205 6 5 5 Carried Motion B - Appointment of Auditors
194 6 11 10 Carried Motion C - Rules and Regulations

Thank you for your participation

NCF is a large group of people getting together to share costs and benefits, doing something good for themselves and the community. Your participation in NCF's AGM supports the proper functioning of NCF.

Thank you,

Jim Nubel
2009 AGM Chair

Related information

Calendar of events

Feb 25 8am to Mar 11 11:59pm Nomination period (how to nominate)
Feb 26 11:59pm Deadline for submitting special motions
Mar 15 11:59pm Deadline for submitting candidate information
Mar 18 11:59pm Deadline for voting by proxy
Mar 19 9am to Apr 1 6pm Voting period

AGM procedures

Do you have an unanswered question? Send email to the AGM Chair, or post your question to an AGM online discussion group.

Current NCF Board Members

The table below lists current directors (prior to the AGM). Entries with no names are vacancies to be filled at the AGM. Links in the table below display information provided by the director when they were a candidate at a prior AGM. Terms expire at the end of the AGM in the year indicated.

Meetings of the board are open to members and the public.

NCF ID Name Term (yrs) Expires Role
fp085 Rowland Few (has vacated seat to be Exec Dir) 3 2011
aa800 Doug Hull 3 2011
fm776 Jim Nubel 3 2011
fp017 Amy Yee 3 2011
bz787 Christopher Cope 3 2010 President
aa353 Gary Eikenberry 3 2010 2nd Vice-President
ba990 Don Francis 3 2010
fl334 Alan McRae 3 2010 Treasurer
(vacant) 3 2009
aw958 Graeme Beckett 3 2009 Secretary
al278 Mark Mielke 3 2009

Information about Prior AGMs

AGM Committee

Who What
Jim Nubel AGM Chair
Don Francis Director in charge of proxies
André Vellino Returning officer
Mark Mielke Voting system software
André Dalle Voting system administration
Jim Elder AGM web page & software configuration