The SWIFT Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Barry Field has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Field, who has served as SWIFT’s Chief Operating Officer, brings more than two decades of extensive experience in the telecom industry and significant management accomplishment to the executive director role.
His background includes providing executive program management consulting services to telecom operators and vendors, where he was responsible for managing multimillion-dollar projects varying in size. With a proven track record of delivering project completion on time and on budget, Field will continue to be a strong asset to SWIFT in his new leadership role.
As the Executive Director, Field will be responsible for the leadership and management oversight of SWIFT including operational decisions and will report to SWIFT’s Board of Directors.
“Barry’s depth of telecom experience and strong leadership skills, combined with his first-hand knowledge of SWIFT has well-positioned him to guide the initiative to successfully deliver on its mandate,” says SWIFT Board Chair, David Mayberry. “The Board and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Barry and our many partners to improve access to high-speed connectivity across Southwestern Ontario.”
Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) is a non-profit regional broadband project initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus to subsidize the construction of an open-access, high-speed broadband network in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region.
The project was approved for funding under the Canada-Ontario Small Communities Fund (SCF), a joint federal and provincial infrastructure funding program, and leverages additional funding from municipal partners and private sector investors to improve access to broadband services across the region.