Meet the CIRA senior leadership team

Byron Holland, MBA, ICD.D, president and CEO

Byron Holland is the president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).

Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for Internet governance, Byron’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. Since the registry rewrite, .CA has become the fastest growing country code top-level domain (TLD) in the world, and the second fastest growing TLD overall.

Byron has developed a strong international profile for CIRA and the .CA top-level domain. He is 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 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Byron is also an active participant in the United Nations co-ordinated Internet Governance Forum, and other Internet governance fora.

Prior to joining CIRA, Byron helped found the third largest coalition loyalty program in Canada, Futura Rewards. As the Chief Operating Officer at Futura, he oversaw the development and growth of the company from a small upstart to a publicly traded company with more than 100 brand partners and 400,000 members.

Byron maintains a world recognized blog, Public Domain. On his blog, he provides leading insight into issues of importance to Canadians on Internet-related matters. Byron can also be found on Twitter at @CIRA001.

Byron received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. He also holds his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Dave Chiswell, vice-president, product development

Dave Chiswell is the vice-president, product development at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). In this role, he leads CIRA’s pursuit of new product and service offerings that are complementary to its core .CA registration service.

Chiswell 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. Chiswell has also held senior level positions at Efficient Networks in Dallas, Newbridge Networks/Alcatel in Ottawa and Virginia, and at Momentous.ca as CEO of its Domain Group.


David Fowler, B.A., vice-president, marketing and communications

David Fowler is the vice-president, marketing and communications at CIRA.

Prior to joining CIRA in 2008, Fowler 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, Fowler worked in a variety of sectors in general management and MARCOM roles in both domestic and international markets.

Fowler holds a Bachelor of Psychology degree and a Business Administration diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University.


J. Paul Havey, CPA, CA, vice-president, corporate services and corporate secretary

Paul Havey is vice-president, corporate services and corporate secretary at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). Havey joined CIRA in February 2011 bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in finance, corporate development and strategic planning from work in the Bell Canada Enterprises group, the Ottawa high-tech community and several not-for-profit organizations.

Prior to CIRA, Havey worked five years as chief financial officer at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, a leading health charity. Before that, he was CEO of Intelcan, a successful international aviation company headquartered in Ottawa. From 2002 to 2004, Havey was vice president, finance and corporate Affairs at the Canadian Automobile Association, one of the largest not-for-profit member organizations in Canada.

Havey holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) with Honours from the University of Ottawa and is a Chartered Accountant.


Jacques Latour, chief technology officer

Jacques Latour is the chief technology officer at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). Latour joined CIRA in March 2010, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in the IT sector. As chief technology officer, Latour is responsible for the research and development of products and services, a critical function in pursuit of CIRA’s new strategic directions.

Prior to joining CIRA, Latour held the position of practice director at TRM Technologies and Ajilon Consulting. For the 11 years preceding these positions, he was the chief technology officer at NUVO Network Management.

Latour holds an Electronics Engineering Technologist diploma from Algonquin College and is ITIL v3 Foundation certified.

He lives with his family in Gatineau, Quebec.


Steven Barry, vice-president of information technology

Steven Barry is the vice-president of information technology at CIRA, leading the IT team responsible for the .CA domain name registry, a critical component of Canada’s national Internet infrastructure. Barry also manages CIRA’s software development and information management efforts, taking responsibility for the delivery of new products and services.

Barry has more than 20 years of experience as an IT executive in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including tenures at DataKinetics, NAV CANADA, among others. Barry is a graduate of Carleton University and holds industry certifications in software testing and quality assurance.