H&M COFI & ROCK Networks are building a broadband network to bring high-speed Internet to the area from Nairn Centre to Garden River FN, including the City of Elliot Lake, Manitoulin Island, & St. Joseph Island. Once built, residents will buy Internet services from Internet Service Providers using the H&M COFI network.
H&M COFI (Huron Shore and Manitoulin Island Community Owned Fibre Infrastructure) is a not-for-profit corporation.
H&M COFI’s mission is to provide the homes, businesses, and institutions of the Huron Shore and Manitoulin Island region with broadband Internet services through the construction of a broadband network for the use of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), primarily through a Fibre to the Home approach, while returning profits to its investors from the region.
H&M COFI’s vision is to start a movement to provide community-owned networks that connect homes, businesses, and institutions to the Internet with fibre-based technology for the region of Huron Shore and Manitoulin Island and expand that service to other Northern Ontario regions outside of H&M COFI’s current catchment area.
H&M COFI’s purpose is to provide a fibre-based infrastructure that connects all homes, businesses, and institutions in the region of Huron Shore and Manitoulin Island, thereby transforming the region’s global access and influence. H&M COFI is currently designed to offer service up to 40 Gbps, which is determined by the ISP and the customer’s requirements.
Georges is known as one that gets involved for the betterment of society and has been involved in community projects in every municipality where he resided. Georges ran for a seat in the Municipality of Huron Shores and was elected as Mayor in 2018. Presently, Georges is working on the H&M COFI broadband project and sits on the founding board.
Douglas is a partner at the law firm Cambridge LLP and is the resident partner in their newest office opened in Elliot Lake in 2016. Douglas has extensive experience serving on boards of directors locally, nationally, and internationally. He has joined the Board as he is convinced by experience that dedicated citizens can effect profound positive change.
Dan McCambridge brings 50 years of telecommunications experience to H&M COFI’s Board of Directors, particularly in the areas of technology and operations. He brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience with network infrastructure implementation as well as all key network operations and service operation center functions, processes, systems, interfaces, and platforms.
Nancy brings over 35 years in advertising, marketing, & public relations, with expertise in strategic planning, corporate management, & corporate negotiations. With her past 7 years representing the ratepayers of her region, Nancy’s passion for bringing high-speed internet at affordable rates has her fighting to ensure that “no one is left behind."
Debbie has committed over 32 years to municipal government. She accepted the Clerk/Administrator position for the Municipality of Huron Shores in 1999 and is looking forward to retirement in 2022. Working for a sparsely populated municipality spanning a large geographic area, Debbie understands the need for an effective and efficient broadband network.
The COFI logo was designed by Linda Finn, a multimedia artist who calls Northern Ontario home—a home in every sense of the word. This is where she first felt connected to the land, connected to the people, and connected to her creative spirit. She is noted for her use of diverse media and a strong sense of design in expressing an idea, so designing this logo was a natural extension of her artistic practice.
The COFI logo needed to be simple and straightforward since it represents an intricate title for this organization: Community Owned Fibre Infrastructure Corporation. Avant Garde is a sans-serif font built on circles and clean lines, designed with perfection and futurism in mind, so using it for a letter mark logo like COFI seemed just right. In addition, capital letters gave the logo a sense of strength without adding the weight of bold caps—form follows function.
The letter O became a pair of brackets. When used in mathematics, brackets emphasize the importance of what’s inside them. In this case, a symbolic version of fibre optic cable became part of the right bracket. Using the colour blue for the brackets implies a sense of security and trust in this community-based organization.
“When I am designing a logo or trademark, I make a list of all of the words used to describe the organization. These words are absorbed into my mind, and an idea takes shape through a series of thumbnail sketches. That’s when the magic of computer technology allows me to play with infinite possibilities until the design fits the concept.” - Linda Finn, Logo Artist
ROCK Networks believes rural communities deserve access to the same opportunities as everyone else. They are tackling the problem of rural broadband access head-on by creating Canada’s first rural broadband consortium, made up of best-in-class communication companies and experts. They help leaders of rural Canadian communities fund, plan, design, and build high-quality, revenue-generating broadband networks that fit their community’s needs.
Web Page & Social Media Links:
ROCK Networks’ Rural Broadband Web Page
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