Douglas Hull, BA, MA
Doug Hull is the President, Connectivity Partners International Inc., of Ottawa, Canada. CPI assists governments in the development and implementation of their ICT and connectivity strategies. For example, CPI has supported the Government of Jordan’s with the creation of its Connecting Jordanians program and the design of the Jordan Broadband Learning Network and the Government of Ethiopia in the planning and implementation of the ICT component of its public service capacity building program. Other projects involved Chile, Lebanon and Kuwait. CPI is presently focused on determining the feasibility and encouraging the implementation of a 6,000 km, 100 mbps, 22- country Pan Arab University Research and Education Network
From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Hull was Senior Director, Public Access and Learning Networks, Canarie, Inc., Ottawa. In this capacity he was involved in promoting the development of broadband access for Canada’s education and health sectors and community networks. He also undertook international consulting assignments.
From 1992 to 2001 Mr. Hull, working as Director General of the Information Highways Branch of Industry Canada, successfully envisioned, designed and executed major elements of the Government of Canada’s Connectedness Strategy, which aimed to place Canada at the forefront of Internet access and usage. On completion of his work Canada had indeed moved from 7th to 1st place in terms of Internet penetration levels. In significant part this was due to innovative Internet programs including SchoolNet, LibraryNet, Computers for Schools, NetCorps, VolNet, the Community Access Program, the National Graduate Register, Digital Collections, Web4All, Campus Connections and the Smart Communities Initiative. These programs have won scores of awards in Canada and internationally and have been adopted in various countries. He has also played a formative role in guiding Canadian policies regarding e-commerce, multimedia content development and information technology skills training, particularly for youth. His efforts have helped all Canadians and their communities get connected through 20,000 schools and libraries, 9,000 public access points and 10,000 voluntary organizations.
Prior to 1991 he held various executive and management positions in Industry Canada, the Ministry of State for Science and Technology and Supply and Services Canada.
Mr. Hull holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. In 1996, he received an Honourary Doctor of Science from Ryerson Polytechnic University. Open University granted him an Honourary Doctor of Laws in 2000. He is the recipient of five Government of Canada Merit Awards, the 1994 Federal Government Technology Leadership Gold Medal and the 1995 CATA Award of Distinction for Public Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology, the 1998 CANARIE Information Highway Award for Technology Applications, the 1999 Collegium of Work and Learning Tribute for Distinguished Service to Public Education in Canada, the 2000 Treasury Board Award of Excellence in Federal Public Service, the 2001 Canadian Library Association William C. Watkinson Award for Outstanding Service to Public Libraries, the 2001 IT Hero Award from the Information Technology Association of Canada and the 2001 Smart Community Leadership Award..
Mr. Hull has been a member of advisory bodies surrounding the Information Highway, including the Government of Canada’s Health Information Highway Advisory Board, Advisory Panel on Smart Communities and On-line Learning and the Broadband Task Force. He is a Director on various advisory boards and boards of directors.
Mr. Hull lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Rose and children, Greg and Kate.