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  • Byron Holland, President and CEO

    Expertise: state of Canada’s internet, internet governance and jurisdiction, domain industry

    Read Byron’s blog to get insight into issues of importance to Canadians on internet-related matters.

    Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for internet governance, Byron Holland’s leadership has brought CIRA to the forefront of innovation. At CIRA, Byron has led a wholesale rewrite of the .CA registry and related policies and business rules. Under Byron’s leadership, CIRA has expanded its product and service offerings to Canadians and .CA has become one of the fastest growing country code top-level domains (ccTLD) in the world.

    Byron has developed a strong international profile for CIRA and the .CA top-level domain. He is vice-chair of the Country Codes Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the body that represents the interests of all country code top-level domains and leads policy development initiatives at ICANN, and is Chair of ICANN’s Customer Standing Committee (CSC). Byron is also an active participant in the United Nations coordinated Internet Governance Forum.

  • Jacques Latour, Chief Technology Officer

    Expertise: cybersecurity, data privacy/sovereignty, internet exchange points (IXPs), infrastructure

    Read Jacques’ blog to learn more about Canadian internet exchange points, cybersecurity and data privacy.

    As an expert in developing innovative, leading-edge IT solutions, Jacques has established CIRA as a global leader among ccTLD registries. He has 25+ years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors and as CIRA’s CTO,is currently leading CIRA Labs, CIRA’s innovation hub and providing leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry and its underlying DNS.

    A visionary in the internet community, Jacques led the development of CIRA’s Internet Performance Test, is an outspoken advocate for the adoption of IPv6 and represents the .CA registry internationally as a member of a variety of working groups and advisory groups, including being a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), TLDOPS standing committees and TechDay and DNSSEC Planning Program Committee.

    Jacques is committed to the development of a new Canadian internet architecture. He has served as the catalyst for the creation of a national Canadian IXP association, CA-IX, and is a member of the Manitoba Internet Exchange’s (MBIX) and the DNS-OARC Board of Directors.

  • David Fowler, Vice President, Marketing and Communications

    Expertise: e-commerce, .CA, domain industry

    Prior to joining CIRA in 2008, David was director of marketing at the Royal Canadian Mint, responsible for product management, advertising/direct marketing, market research and brand strategies for two key lines of business. During his tenure he was a significant player in the transition team that led the company to profitability. He was also the executive lead in the development of the 2010 Olympic Coin program. This program was the largest program of its type ever developed and launched by the Mint. It was characterized by innovation and a number of world firsts for a program of its type. Before joining the Mint, David worked in a variety of sectors in general management and marketing and communications roles in both domestic and international markets.

  • Dave Chiswell, Vice President, Product Development

    Expertise: cybersecurity

    Dave Chiswell leads CIRA’s pursuit of new product and service offerings that are complementary to its core .CA registration service.

    Dave is a seasoned technology veteran with extensive experience in the Internet industry. He joins CIRA after four years with Storm Internet Services, including three and a half years as CEO. Dave has also held senior level positions at Efficient Networks in Dallas, Newbridge Networks/Alcatel in Ottawa and Virginia, and at as CEO of its Domain Group.


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