We held our 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 21, 2016, and it was a great success.
Forty-eight people were in attendance from across the region. The attendees represented our stakeholders, public and private partners, and our Board of Directors, and staff.
We used our ICT expertise to broadcast the meeting via webinar and teleconference to our regional stakeholders that were not able to attend.
During his address to the meeting, Chairperson of the Board Gerard Bruneau highlighted some milestones from 2015 including:
- The economic benefits that BEAM III has created in the region.
- The moving forward of our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) project.
- The positive response to our STAMP program, including the training of new consultants.
- NEOnet’s partnership with the Productivity and Innovation Centre and our work toward establishing a Regional Centre of Excellence.
- The launch of the website “Connected North” (www.connectednorth.ca), which provides information on the Internet connectivity throughout the North. This was a collaborative effort lead by Bluesky Net and benefits Muskoka Community Network as well.
Guest speakers Julie Tremblay and Chantal Warren provided testimonials regarding how NEOnet programs, especially BEAM has provided economic growth to regional SME’s.
Stakeholders approved the 2015 Audited financial report and approved Ross Pope LLP for the 2016 audit. NEOnet will go to RFP for the 2017-2019 audits.
Gerard Bruneau, Gerry Talbot, Paula Mangotich, and John Bernstein were re-elected to the Executive Committee, and Gilles Matko from Nord-Aski was elected to the Board.
Our Board of Directors for 2016:
- Gerard Bruneau, Chair
- Gerry Talbot, Vice Chair
- Paula Mangotich, Treasurer
- John Bernstein, Director at Large
- John Bernstein
- Gerard Bruneau
- Denis Bérubé
- Sally Braun
- Guy Guindon
- Steve Kidd
- Monique Koski
- Paula Mangotich
- Gilles Matko
- Linda Semczyszyn
- Gerry Talbot
- Andy Yu
The 2015 annual report will be available on our website (www.neonet.on.ca) in both official languages.
We look forward to the future and continuing to grow and expand our programming to benefit the needs of the North.