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2019 Member Nominee

Candidate statement:

Dear CIRA Members,

Please accept my application for the position as Board Director with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.

Having spent half of my life in Europe and half in Canada I transformed myself into a multicultural, international business executive.

My knowledge of both North American and European business practices enables me to be a key executive and resourceful member of any international organization.

Hands-on, straight-to-the-point, people-minded professional with:

* A creative management style;
* The capacity and experience to successfully drive projects to completion;
* The necessary negotiation and operational skills to minimize risks and maximize profitability.

I am a clear and concise executive interested in bringing my business acumen towards developing a better online Canada, representing the .CA registry internationally, and preserving the Canadian leadership in the international ccTLD community.

My skills and know-how shall prove of real help in the Community Investment Program launched in 2014. It still is a new program in need of a lot of nurturing and attention. My expertise in teaching and coaching people on business matters has given me a great insight into how to structure a project based on requirements not desires, manage it and make it another success story.

One of my secrets for success: Always keep things simple!

Yours sincerely,

Nick Chelu

Candidate resume:


Answers to mandatory questions:

1. Explain from your perspective what CIRA does and why it matters.

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is a member-driven organization that manages:

- the .CA country code top-level domain (ccTLD);
- the policies that support Canada's Internet community; and
- Canada's involvement in international Internet governance.

Why it matters?

I always say "Internet is the extension of human awareness!"
Internet provides unprecedented opportunities in all socio-economic areas for every area of public and private life.

Back in the '70s, futurologist Alvin Toffler, in his book Future Shock, forecasted the rise of Internet and of a knowledge-based economy that would eclipse the post-industrial age, shifting focus from labour and manufacturing to information and data.

He wrote: "The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn".

2. Why do you want to be on CIRA’s board of directors?

I plan to be part of a team that brings successful awareness to the Canadian Internet community that .CA can be and is the way to go online for Canadians.
In addition, if we develop .CA brand internationally, Canada becomes more attractive to foreign investment.

3. What specific skills and experience do you have that makes you a qualified candidate for CIRA’s board of directors?

My work in various executive positions and interactions with governments, and understanding of the Internet functions make me an excellent candidate for CIRA's board of directors.

Areas of expertise: Systems Implementation, Design and Analysis of Business Requirements, Relationship Management, Coaching & Mentoring, Business Process Improvement and Operational Excellence.

4. What do you think are the top 3 challenges and opportunities facing CIRA in the next 3 to 5 years? What approach would you take to addressing these issues?

The following 3 challenges, as perceived by me, have a dual component: the economic-financial component and the digital literacy component.

My plan is to be part of a team that transform these challenges into opportunities, as they are nothing but a mirror of each other.
As part of a team, my approach would be to integrate my solution(s) into the concerted resolution of the team.

4.1. Canada has more regulations on the ownership and transfers of .CAs than other countries.

The Business and Industry blog of the Government of Canada states:
"A .CA domain name will immediately brand your website and business as 100% Canadian. Since the .CA has Canadian presence requirements, only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and businesses can register a .CA. Moreover, Canadian consumers have a strong affinity towards .CA websites."
(source: https://canadabusiness.ca/blog/ca-or-com-which-should-canadian-businesses-use/).

4.2. Canada has yet to achieve an universal and affordable access to Internet infrastructure and services.

In my opinion the original plan to connect everyone by 2020 has been off the rails since inception, simply because there are no cheap devices, as well as affordable band/data plans.
Universal Internet access shall remain local, until that day when certain devices and services will be totally cheap and affordable to the masses.

4.3. Canada has to provide a stable and secure Internet environment for organizations and individuals, whether public and private.

When it comes to security, we don't have to re-invent the wheel, but rather, let us observe the leadership of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (source: https://www.cse-cst.gc.ca/en/backgrounder-fiche-information) and promote the fact that government, industry, academia, and civil society must all work together to strengthen Canada's Internet.