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Wawa's Melanie Pilon joins Community Network Partners

Economic development professional to help with broadband network rollout across in rural Ontario
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Melanie Pilon (Supplied)

Community Network Partners announced May 17 that it has named Melanie Pilon as its new Community relations manager.

Community Network Partners works with municipalities and communities to develop, own and operate private and open access broadband networks, with a focus and expertise in the rural, remote and First Nations communities across Canada. Melanie Pilon is based out of Wawa, Ontario, a vibrant rural community in Northern Ontario.

When asked about the appointment of Melanie, Jon D’Alessandro, general manager of Community Network Partners, said: “We believe that connecting rural and remote communities is an urgent imperative from a socioeconomic perspective, especially as we look to adjust to our new normal, post pandemic. Melanie has lived experience and understands the communities and citizens we want to help."

“In my heart, I am a community development practitioner. Having the opportunity to join the Community Network Partners team and be the connection between corporate Canada and communities was a no-brainer,” said Pilon.

An experienced economic development professional with a background working with rural, remote and First Nation communities, Melanie is a proud member of Wiikwemikoong First Nation, with familial ties to Michipicoten First Nation. Melanie is committed to making a positive, generational impact on communities throughout Canada.

Community Network Partners is a wholly owned subsidiary of Crown Capital Partners Inc.

Crown Capital through its operating partners empowers communities to develop networks that are critical to the delivery of broadband services in niche markets under long-term contracts with municipal, commercial and residential end users.

“With Melanie on board, we look forward to accelerating our goal to connect and empower communities through technology. Our networks bring more than simply increased bandwidth, they provide for improved economic growth, resiliency and access to health and education” said Chris Johnson, president and CEO, Crown Capital.

Today’s economy and changing workforce requires access to high-speed broadband networks.

Unfortunately, many rural and remote communities have struggled to obtain the same access to fast, future-proof broadband services that cities have enjoyed. 
“Connectivity is essential for the growth of local economies and the personal growth of our citizens, particularly our youth. Access to  the internet is the difference between being a have or have not community,” added Melanie.

Founded in 2020, Community Network Partners empowers municipalities and First Nation communities to develop, build and operate community based broadband networks.