2019 Member Nominee
Informational content person, with technological expertise and expertise in governance of organizations, my experience of business intelligence, innovation and strategic management knowledge combined with my expertise from business and industry enables me to state that I have the skills and experience to contribute actively to the Board of CIRA ..
Automation technologist, I hold a college diploma (DEC) in Electrical Engineering Technology, Instrumentation and control option, the Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon (1984). I also hold a university certificate in «knowledge of man and the environment» (1992) of Téléuniversité (University of Quebec).
In 2009 I completed a Certificate in corporate governance from the College des administrateurs de société of the Faculty of Administrative Sciences from Laval University in Quebec. This certificate is designed to train in modern governance practices of boards of directors, allows me to use the designation "ASC" (Administrateur de société certifié / Corporate Director certified).
Since 1993, I am in private practice as a consultant in technology and business intelligence (BI) in what many called "knowledge economy". My customers are primarily of manufacturing companies in various industries. This allows me to have a macro view of the Canadian industry. Understanding and guiding companies in their choice for the best sources of information to meet the challenges of technological convergence and globalization of markets gives me a perspective necessary to obtain an overview of the information needs of the Canadian economy. I have been a ringside seat to observe the socio-economic impacts of the web since its beginning in 1994-1995. The increased supply of information resources has greatly changed consumer habits and information producers of information.
My management experience as a member of a board of directors began in 1993 as an elected member of the board of the Ordre des technologues professionnels du Québec (OTPQ). The OTPQ is a professional order formed by the Quebec government and governed by the Professional Code of Quebec. In 2001, I access the Executive Commitee as a vice president for communications, then as vice president for professionnal and legal affairs since June 2003. Also I played a part in discussions with various government stakeholders (officials (civil workers), officers of Crown corporations, etc..) To ensure a smooth implementation of the Professional Code. In addition, I had the opportunity to participate in two major projects is that of understanding the mobility of labor between France and Quebec to the recognition of diplomas and, also, the file for interprofessional to modernize the Quebec professional system by redefining the responsibilities of eight colleges.
From January 2007 to May 2013, I was a member of the Board of Recyc-Québec, a Crown corporation of the Government of Quebec dedicated to sustainable development through responsible management of waste. I sit on the Governance and Ethics comitee. I was president of this comitee for the last year of my mandate. I participated in the implementation of new governance rules prescribed by the Act for the governance of Crown corporations (RSQ c G-1 02) of the Government of Quebec. I also represent the Board of Recyc-Quebec at the Board of the Canadian Association of Recycling Tires Agencies (CATRA). I assumed the presidency of this association in 2010. My term ends in May 2013 and the new governance rules introduced in 2009 by the Government of Quebec do not permit renewal for another term.
I was nominated, in June 2015, as Board member of the Société du Grand Théâtre de Québec (SGTQ) a crown corporation of the Government of Quebec,and his ministry of Culture and Communications. I am member of the Construction Comittee for the major renovation project for that building constructed during the 60's. I am also member of the Verification Comittee and the Numerique Comittee.
Also, I am a member of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionnals (SCIP), the Association of Independent Information Professionnals (AIIP)
Since some years I am teaching a course at Campus Notre-Dame de Foy, a private college in the Quebec region. I teach the basic principles of electrical installations to students from the DEC in Technologie estimation évaluation de bâtiments .
Before my involvement in knowledge management, I worked for a consulting engineering firm (CEM Consultants), a Finnish manufacturer (Ahlström) and American (Fisher Controls) and a distributor of electrical products (Lumen).
I participated in some activities of thinking for a working comitee set up by the Quebec government about Web 2.0 and the notion of open government. The project was the responsibility of the member of parliement Henri-François Gautrin and the report was made public in early May 2012.
My participation on the board of CIRA will allow me to contribute to the evolution of domain names, Internet and digital identity in Canada by taking advantage of my varied expertise :
- in technology
- management of public organizations
- private consultant involved in the knowledge industry for more than twenty years.
Richard Legendre, T.Sc.A., A.S.C.
You could see my profile on LinkedIn ( in french)
Answers to mandatory questions:
1. Explain from your perspective what CIRA does and why it matters.
As a self employed working in the knowledge industry, I find interesting the possibility to join the board of CIRA in order to contribute to the management of this organization dedicated to the digital identity of Canadian domain names. I experienced the beginnings of the web and its progress in business and society in the 90s. Since more than twenty years of the web is going through major transformations. The importance of digital identity continues to grow for both businesses and citizens. Being an holder of a domain name ". CA" for more than twenty years, I would like to participate in a more active role in the Canadian digital community. In addition, my training in corporate governance has convinced me to integrate the role of corporate director to my professional activities and to leverage my experience of three (3) boards since 1993 in organizations with important budgets. I therefore combines the role of corporate director in my consultation activities in technological, competitive and corporate training as well as teaching at the college level. I did have some experience of governance for different kind of organisations : non-profit and governmental crown society for Quebec, Canada and international associations (SCIP) (Washington)
2. Why do you want to be on CIRA’s board of directors?
I have diversified work experience and competencies that can be useful for understanding the realities macroeconomic convergence caused by economic, technological and commercial that Internet catalysis in our society. These various skills that I offer to CIRA are :
- Experience in managing / governance for associative and public organizations (Crown Corporation)
- scientific background in technology
- Knowledge of several manufacturing sectors
- Bilingual (French and English)
- Certified University - Training in modern governance of companies and organizations
- Architect of the first hour of the knowledge economy in Canada recognized in 2000 by the Catalyst Award of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionnals (SCIP)
- business intelligence of the web Since its beginnings
- Knowledge of the librarian domain
- Knowledge of the research and development (R & D)
- Knowledge of relations with various levels of government
- Training in modern governance of companies and organizations
- Knowledge of the world of higher education (Colleges & Universities)
- Experience of college education to continuing education and formal training
- Participation as a speaker at various international conferences in the field of knowledge management
- Sensitivity to ethical issues and respect for privacy and numerical identity
- Knowledge in information technology (IT) with great interest to the content and the user
The diversity of my expertise in technology, working within the information industry both in Canada and abroad, and management of associations and Crown corporation is the main characteristic of my candidature
3. What specific skills and experience do you have that makes you a qualified candidate for CIRA’s board of directors?
CIRA / ACEI is not enough known from canadians and especialy from canadian owner of a domain name « .CA ». A better knowledge from the canadian owners of a « .CA » should help for a better visibility of the canadian digital identity and for increasing the membership of CIRA / ACEI.
Also, some documents as the "Report on Canada's interest to Internet Governance" and "Report on the Future of the Internet in Canada" identifies several challenges for the whole country in a digital economy that are still current. It includes technical issues such as: speed of access to high bandwidth, a sufficient number of IP addresses, technical infrastructure and lifecycle technologies; economic elements: the cost to access network, the public interest in access to the network; digital culture: security, spam, fraudulent use of the Web user public education, protection of privacy and intellectual property (copyright).
Indeed, the emergence of Web 2.0 causes several changes in the use of the Internet, much like the web did in 1996-1998. Dematerialization of content opens the door to electronic commerce and modifies existing business models, however long (music, books, etc..). Also, the need for digital identity for citizens and their relations with the state or with suppliers of products or services is increasing concern about the protection of privacy and reputation digital (e-reputation).
The popularity of social networks disrupts the dynamics of Canadian digital identity services as mobile broadband and probably the "e-clouding" will also contribute to these changes.
Internet users want a neutral internet governance, while it is getting more complex. The scope of the Internet today will push to move from a 'consensual and bottom-up "model to a" centralized and down. " Thus, it becomes imperative that internet governance in Canada is managed by a neutral organization that can take into account both utiilisateurs, content producers and telecommunications firms. Also, public opinion attaches importance to increasing the principles of good governance for organizations involved in public goods like the Internet
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?
As an administrator, I believe it is important first to take into consideration of the strategic plan of CIRA and make sure, through discussions with officers and other board members that the proposed measures still meet the challenges of organization, the availability of financial resources as the presence of human resources to turn those goals into concrete actions, while ensuring that metrics of achievement of results are well defined to allow organization to see the progress of labor. In may 2012, the report «Gouverner ensemble» from Government of Quebec driven by the deputy (mna) Henri-Francois Gautrin, was set 32 recommandations related to : - governmental transparency - citizen participation - collaboration - governance - security - numerical fracture (digital divide) The recent political discussion in Quebec about UBER give a good illustration about numerical fracture (digital divide) if our organisations aren't adapting an effective numerical governance. As an expert in Business intelligence and informational content, I can help sustain and improve efforts to ensure CIRA of rapid movement in subjects such as the impact of social media on digital identity and security features for e-commerce and protection of privacy.