What Does GwaiiTel Do?
Our Vision: Connecting Haida Gwaii to the global community
Our Goal: To provide cost-effective, quality Internet access for the people of Haida Gwaii
Our Mandate: To facilitate the availability and delivery of affordable broadband Internet services to residential and commercial customers on Haida Gwaii. Through investment in the installation and operation of a broadband network infrastructure, and the aggregation of internet traffic to maximize purchasing power for connectivity to the public Internet.
How is GwaiiTel Run?
GwaiiTel members are assigned by local communities and act as the conduit between the councils and the Board of Directors. Membership is by parity: 50% Haida community representation and 50% civic community representation.
The members are responsible for the following activities:
- Upholding the constitution and complying with the Bylaws.
- Appointing the Board of Directors.
- Setting the goals of GwaiiTel for the Board of Directors.
- Approving the audit at the Annual General Meeting.
- Approving new applicants for use of the system.
- Supporting and furthering the purposes, aims and objectives of the society.
GwaiiTell Communities & Members
Old Masset Village Council - Councillor Ken Rea
Skidegate Band Council - Michelle Pineault
SQCRD for Electoral Area D - Area D Director, Mike Racz
SQCRD for Electoral Area E - Area E Director William Beldessi
Village of Masset - Mayor Andrew Merilees
Village of Port Clements - Mayor Utes Tomas
Village of Queen Charlotte - Councillor Joanne MacMullin
Council of the Haida Nation - President Peter Lantin & Trevor Russ
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the management and operation of the GwaiiTel network. The board develops policies, procedures and plans in-line with the goals of GwaiiTel. It applies for grants and develops growth plans to execute on goals. It reports at an Annual General Meeting and communicates to its membership by reports, letters and updates. Directors, who are appointed by the members, elect its Chair.
Carol Kulesha (Chair)
Clyde Greenborough (Secretary/Treasurer)
General Manager - Terri Walker
Industry Advisor - Brian Lund
Contract Administration - Tina Hamlin