GT Group Telecom has appointed Michael Kurtz as VP and GM prairie region. He previously worked with IBM, Intergraph and Unisys. Craig Storey is the new GM of the Interactive Knowledge division of Innovatia, an Aliant subsidiary. Most recently director of business development with Aliant, he joined NBTel in 1989. Frank Fagan, the president of NewTel and senior VP customer services for Aliant, has been nominated for the presidency of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a service organization of current and former telecom employees. Nexland Inc, a Miami-based manufacturer of firewall and Internet sharing routers, has established a beachhead in this country. Luke Ippersiel has been named as managing director of Nexland Canada, which is aiming to work with Bell Canada on DSL service. Carole Stephenson, the president and CEO of Lucent Technologies Canada Corp who was once president and COO at BCE Media, has been appointed to the board of directors of Linmor Inc. Joining her on the board of the Ottawa Internet infrastructure developer is Robert Brown, president and COO of Contigo. The president and CEO of BCE Emergis Brian Edwards has been appointed chair of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. He succeeds John Kelly of Rebel.com. Bill McMullin, chair and CEO of InfoInterActive Inc was named Business Person of the Year by the Metropolitan Halifax Chamber of Commerce. This is the first year the Metro Halifax Business Awards have been presented. Robert Stewart has been appointed CEO of Franklin Telecommunications Corp of Westlake Village CA. In addition to his years with the department of External Affairs, Stewart has worked for Tangas A.G. and the International Cobalt Corp. Scott Dittmer is the new VP channels of OSS solutions provider Eftia. He previously worked for CustomerAnalytics and Ardent Software. Vancouver-based Internet system manufacturer Intrinsyc has named Neil McDonnell as president and COO. He formerly worked for Dynapro, Nortel Networks and Epic Data. Kevin Antram has been appointed VP and GM of J.D. Edwards Canada Ltd. He has been with the Internet solutions provider for eight years. Monique Lefebvre is the new chair of the board of Société Innovatech du Grand Montréal. She continues as VP Quebec and Atlantic Canada for Ericsson Canada Inc. Telecom analyst Eamon Hoey has been chosen as chair of Border Capital Corp of Vancouver. He is also chair of Fox-Hoey Consulting Inc of Toronto. Heather Clark is the new editor of the Strategis Headlines for Industry Canada. She had worked for the Canadian Intellectual Property Office in the same ministry. Richard Stursberg has left Canadian Satellite Communications, following its purchase by Shaw Communications Inc. The former president and CEO has not indicated where he will work next, although a federal appointment has been rumoured. Prior to joining Cancom, Stursberg was president/CEO of the Canadian Cable Television Association. He was also a senior VP at Unitel Communications and ADM at the former Department of Communications.  The FCC in Washington has made a series of changes in the International Bureau. Assistant bureau chief Linda Haller is taking an assignment with the Commission to Assess U.S. National Security Space Management and Organization. Chris Murphy, formerly of the satellite policy branch, is now a legal advisor in the bureau chief’s office. Joining him is David Krech, from the telecommunications division. Krech will specialize in international telecom issues. Submit your appointment and other personnel notices to firstname.lastname@example.org.