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Your role as a board member

The role of CIRA board directors is to help foster the development of CIRA. They provide strategic direction and oversight for the .CA domain name registry to help guide CIRA as it fulfills its mandate to manage the .CA domain as a key public resource for the benefit of all Canadians. As well, the board plays a key role in helping build a better online Canada through initiatives such as the community investment program and the development of internet exchange points.

As a member of the CIRA’s board of directors, it’s your responsibility to:

  • Provide strategic direction and oversight for the .CA registry.
  • Help develop and implement policies that support Canada's internet community and represent the .CA registry internationally.
  • Attend approximately five in-person weekday meetings in various cities across Canada and the Annual General Meeting (travel and expenses will be reimbursed).
  • Participate in committee work and associated conference calls.
  • Approve CIRA’s corporate plan and annual budget

Board members are expected to serve on committees and attend board meetings regularly. Directors are remunerated for their time and reimbursed for expenses. For detailed please review the Board Compensation.

If elected to the Board, successful candidates must be available for two days of board meetings in early November.

Desired skills and experience

Each year the CIRA Board of directors submits a Board Competencies and Diversity Report that outlines the skills and experience the nomination committee should be looking for when reviewing applications.

We are seeking Canadians who have:

  • A passion for Canada's internet;
  • Finance, accounting and audit experience;
  • Experience with and understanding of community investment programs and community improvement;
  • An understanding of the areas of law related to CIRA's business, such as contract, internet, IT, privacy, trademark, and patent;
  • Leadership skills and the ability to listen and be open to others’ perspective;
  • Experience with and understanding of the board’s oversight role with respect to risk management;
  • Previous board experience with solid understanding of board governance.

To be eligible to become a director, an individual must:

  • Consent to be a nominee, a candidate, and, if elected, a director.
  • On the day election period begins (September 25, 2019), meet the “qualification” requirements defined in subsection 3.03 of CIRA’s By-law No. 1.
  • Be a CIRA Member.

CIRA directors are not required to be Members, however, only Members can apply in this round.

How to join the board through the Member slate

Joining the board of directors through the Member slate can be achieved by following these steps:

  1. Verify that you are qualified: we are looking for individuals with specific skills and experience. Make sure you qualify before submitting your application.
  2. Complete the online application: applications and resumes will be accepted through our online application system from July 31 to August 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET. Only Members can apply in this stage. Late applications will not be accepted.
  3. Complete your declaration form: Once all nominees have submitted their applications, they will be asked to complete a declaration form that states any conflicts they may have with current board members or other candidates.
  4. Receive Member support: To appear on the final Members' slate a Member nominee must receive at least 20 shows of support from Members. Show of support is open from August 28 to September 11, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET.
  5. Campaign: Once candidates received their shows of support, they can begin their campaign. A toolkit, with ideas on how to promote your platform, will be provided to candidates. This includes participation in the campaign forum from September 18 to September 25, 2019.
  6. Vote: Members can vote for their preferred candidates from September 25 to October 2, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Your contribution to Canada’s internet

CIRA board directors have the opportunity to:

  • Serve a three-year term with the objective of helping CIRA in its mandate to foster the development of .CA as a key public resource for all Canadians.
  • Apply your skills and expertise to help develop the strategic direction of .CA.
  • Gain valuable insight and experience developing and implementing policies that support Canada’s internet Community and the .CA Registry internationally.
  • Help advance the internet in Canada by supporting the ongoing development of the internet.
  • Have an impact on the day-to-day lives of Canadians by enhancing the quality of their experiences online.

Important dates and deadlines

Application period begins: July 31, 2019

Application deadline: August 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET

Show of support:  August 28 to September 11, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET

Member candidates announced: September 18, 2019

Campaign forum: September 18-25, 2019

Vote: September 25 - October 2, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. ET