Candidate to be re-elected
Chris Cope is employed by the City of Ottawa as an Economic Development Officer in the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department. He is responsible for the program to use Community Improvement Plans (CIPs) to provide incentives to commercial property owners in certain neighbourhoods to upgrade their properties. Previously, he led the initiative to.make high-speed Internet available to all rural residents. Chris steered the push to make long distance charges 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. ORCnet was a grass-roots organization of rural champions, supported by the City to aggregate broadband demand in Ottawa's rural communities.
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
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 2000 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 future.
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
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!"