Board Members
Volunteer Types: Board Leadership
Organization types: Community and Social Services, Poverty/Social Justice, Public/Society Benefit, Research and Policy Development, Senior Citizens
Ongoing (more than a year)
Application Deadline: June 14, 2023
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National Capital FreeNet (NCF) is an internet provider committed to digital equity. We believe that everyone in Canada’s National Capital Region has a right to affordable and reliable internet that they understand how to use it, while feeling safe online.

We’re currently seeking to fill three to four positions on NCF’s Board of Directors. In recruiting for Board members, we aim to reflect the diversity of our community and especially encourage members of groups under-represented in technology and community leadership to run. We are also looking for a range of skills and lived experiences, including with not-for-profits and volunteers, human resources, law, communications, sales and marketing, business, social services, public education, technology, accounting, fundraising, event planning, arts and culture, and more.

Our Annual General Meeting is June 21st-June 28th. It’s our hope to elect new directors during the AGM so if you’re interested, please contact us or apply as soon as possible. That said, we’re always recruiting potential Board members.

NCF has connected more than 100,000 members since we were founded in 1992. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we invest in bandwidth and community services, keeping prices as low as we can while staying sustainable.

We currently serve more than 4000 members. We sell high speed internet up to 1024 Mbps speed with unlimited usage, offer ad-free locally-hosted email, basic web hosting, skills workshops, and more. We have an award-winning HelpDesk of staff and volunteers to help our members with a range of internet and computer-related issues.

In 2017 NCF launched our Community Access Fund, including a low-cost unlimited usage internet package for Ottawa Community Housing tenants.

Collectively, NCF’s 11 board members will 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.
Board Meeting Location and Time: NCF currently offers hybrid in-person and virtual meetings, generally held on the third or fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm.

Term: one to three years
Time Requirement: four to six hours per month
This position is covered by Director’s and Officers Liability Insurance.
Deadline: Please contact us as soon as possible. To be considered for election during the Annual General Meeting please contact us no later than Wednesday, June 14th.

Directors will be elected at the AGM, which runs from Wednesday, June 21st until Wednesday, June 28th.

If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] with your CV, and include your answers to the following questions:
1. Why do you want to be an NCF director?
2. What are the most important functions of NCF for its members?
3. What skills will you contribute to the NCF Board?

If you have additional questions about the position, please contact the Nominations Committee at [email protected].

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
This opportunity offers governance experience in a federally-regulated not-for-profit, and the opportunity to ensure everyone in the community has access to affordable, high quality internet and the digital skills to use it, while feeling safe online. There is also the chance for directors to join the Marketing Committee, the Finance Committee and the Governance Committee, as well as any other ad hoc committee or Board work that may arise.
How will the organization benefit?
NCF will benefit from having strong community representation on our governance board to represent the interests of NCF members and the wider committee.
Volunteer location:
206-1305 Richmond Rd. Ottawa, ON K2B 7Y4 (although Board meetings and other Board work may be virtual)


Nominations Committee
@National Capital FreeNet
Ext: 1001
Time it will take to contact applicants:


This position would be great for: Adults, Newcomers to Canada, Person with a disability or medical condition, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 4
Good for people interested in: Board Leadership
You will be helping with: Disadvantaged, Persons new to Canada, Seniors

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