Don Morrison is the new COO for wireless developer at Research in Motion Ltd of Waterloo ON. He has previous experience with AT&T Canada and with Bell Canada. Edmonton fibre builder Total Telcom Inc has named David Popowich as director of sales. He will be working for the company’s subsidiary, Total Telcom Fiber Inc. Don Smith has arrived at Comlink Systems of Oshawa ON as central region account manager for the broadcast and telecom group. He formerly was telecom manager at Trispec Communications Inc. NSI Communications Inc of Montreal has made two new appointments. Cos Modafferi is now VP engineering. He comes to the company from Ericsson Research Canada and has previous experience at CAE Electronics and AES Data. Gregory Peckover is a four-year veteran of NSI. He has just been promoted to VP strategic development. Montreal’s NHC Communications Inc, a solution provider for DSL, has named Andrew Lipman to its board. The vice-chair of Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman LLC of Washington DC is senior partner of the telecommunications group of the law firm. Robert Currey, the former president of Consolidated Communications Inc, has joined the board of directors of CLEC Axxent Inc. He also has experience at Citizens Utilities Co, US Sprint, United Telecommunications Inc and Michigan Bell. The Toronto firm has also appointed Clyde Heinzelman to its advisory board. He is the president of Herndon VA CLEC Net2000 and formerly worked at Savvis Communications Corp, Digex, and Bell Atlantic. Michael Unger, a 38-year veteran of Nortel, has been appointed to the board of ITF Optical Technologies of Montreal. Unger has served as president of Nortel’s optical networks business unit and as VP transport networks. Chris Farnworth, the COO of Nostrad Telecommunications, has joined the board of directors of Rystar Communications Ltd. He is also a director of the Wireless Communications International Association. OSS solution provider Eftia has installed David Moran as EVP of global sales. He previously worked at CustomerAnalytics and Ardent Software. Michelle d’Auray is the new Chief Information Officer for the government of Canada. Formerly the ADM strategic management at Canadian Heritage, she was executive director of the government’s task force on electronic commerce from 1997-99. She replaces Linda Lizotte-MacPherson, who returns to the private sector. Lawrence Surtees has joined International Data Corp Canada, an information technology analysis company. The former Globe and Mail telecom writer was at the apex of his career in 1981 to 1983, when he edited Network Letter . Submit your appointment and other personnel notices to firstname.lastname@example.org.