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2019 Nomination Committee Candidate

Candidate statement:

I currently hold the role of President & CEO of the ENWIN Group of Companies, Windsor's local electricity and water distribution companies.

My contributions to the board of CIRA will be drawn from my extensive governance experience in the utility, municipal, university and school board sectors. In addition to my employment role in utilities, I am a member of the Board of Directors of Transform SSO. This company provides efficient technology, project management and procurement services to the five area hospitals in the Erie St. Clair geographical area. I also sit on the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor, where I am chair of the Audit Committee and Pension Committee. I was formerly HR Manager and Controller for our local school board as well as having held the past role of Chief Administrative Office for the City of Windsor. My experience spanning the entire MUSH (Municipalities, Universities, School Boards, hospitals), combined with my ICD.D (institute of Corporate Directors) education and designation, have equipped me to exercise my duties as a board member with integrity and diligence.

As a chartered professional accountant (FCPA, FCA), I am qualified to be a member of and/or chair the audit committee of CIRA. I am proud to have been awarded the honour of becoming a Fellow of the CPA association in 2018 as a result of the work described above and other volunteer and community work over a number of years. I will bring this diligence and dedication to the role of Director of CIRA.

I have a passion for the internet as a user, and have experienced success and failure in use, both in personal and professional uses. I am eager to expand my knowledge of technology and the internet while contributing to the Board based on my professional experience and background.

I sincerely hope for positive consideration by the nominating committee and membership.

Candidate resume:


Answers to mandatory questions:

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

CIRA ensures that Canada's internet develops in a useful and productive manner for the benefit of society. This is important since the internet will soon be the primary and potentially only and best source of information for Canadians. It is already the fastest and most convenient.

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

My background is not technology but I believe that my skills will be useful to the goals of CIRA. I have experience in HR, Audit, Accounting, Finance, General Management in various sectors including the entire MUSH sector of government and the utility sector. I believe this is of value to CIRA and I would contribute my expertise in these fields.

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

With my designations of ICD.D, FCPA, FCA, I believe I can make a strong contribution to the governance of CIRA. I have governance background as evidenced in my resume. I have worked in a number of sectors as both a senior executive and a board member. I am collaborative and a good listener. I ask questions and am able to build consensus and contribute to consensus.

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?

First Challenge is the ever changing field of cybersecurity and securing CIRA's own applications as well as providing guidance and governance to members. In my field of work we are developing our cybersecurity governance initiative and I am able to share those experiences and learn from colleagues also. This is an ongoing issue that will not be addressed to a conclusion and must be managed ongoing.

Second challenge is recruitment and retention of skilled employees. This challenge is similar across many sectors but more pronounced in the area of technology. My human resources skills and knowledge as well as direct experience in succession planning will allow me to ask questions and contribute solutions.

Third challenge is in deciding upon projects and initiatives that are relevant and useful to all users and members. My contributions would be as a corporate user of information and studies. I can provide the non- technical viewpoint to projects and initiatives.