CIRA Meet-up: Toronto



This event is available via webcast or in person at:

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Willow Ballroom, Mezzanine Level

123 Queen Street West,
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 2M9


None! To ensure that everyone interested can attend the event, we have made it free of charge.


Pre-registration is now closed. You can still participate by joining the webcast or registering at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.


Who controls the internet? The power players behind the online world

Canadians use the internet everyday and many of us use this powerful tool without considering who controls it. The internet is not run by one single person, company, organization or government, but rather a multi-stakeholder network of groups from around the world.

As the internet evolves, we face new challenges including fake news, a lack of digital privacy and cybersecurity risks for everyday internet users and for our businesses.  It is important to understand the internet governance landscape and how it affects all Canadians, including you!

Join us on Wednesday, March 20th in Toronto, or via webcast, to explore the emerging issues of the online world and the power struggles of the internet. You will walk away with an understanding of what internet governance is, and how it affects your daily life. 

CIRA’s president and CEO, Byron Holland, will introduce you to the major power players in global internet governance and CIRA’s role in this space. He will then be joined by an expert panel to discuss the top internet governance issues facing Canadians, and their impact on Canadian internet users like you.

Guest speakers

Sam Burton

Sam Burton is the Director, Insights at the Mozilla Foundation. Her team leads projects, such as the Internet Health Report, that help us better understand our relationships with technology and build a connected world that puts people first. Sam has worked at the intersections between technology, culture, and human rights for over a decade, with diverse organizations including Engineers Without Borders Canada, the Aga Khan Foundation, and the International Freedom of Expression eXchange.


Byron Holland

Byron Holland is the President and CEO of CIRA and has been involved with the internet for more than 20 years, as an end-user for technology based businesses, as the leader of a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry and as an active leader in international Internet governance. Byron is a well-respected leader in the global Internet governance ecosystem; ensuring Canadian values are taken into account in decisions made about the development of the Internet. Since 2009, he has served in a variety of leadership positions in the international Internet governance and policy world, including as chair of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) and as a member of the Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms.
Sarah Ingle

Sarah Ingle is passionate about working to advance inclusive and participatory policy design for everyone, particularly young people. She founded and co-leads Youth Internet Governance Forum Canada. Through her work with organizations such as the Ontario Digital Service, Internet Society, the International Migration Research Centre, and Non-Commercial Users Constituency at ICANN, Sarah has collaborated on a variety of research, policy, and advocacy efforts related to digital policy, internet governance, human rights, and skilled worker migration. Sarah is also a student at Trinity College, University of Toronto where she studies International Relations, Digital Humanities, and Political Science.


Note: Presentations and the webcast stream will begin at 5:30 p.m. EST. The event will be presented in English.

Not a CIRA member?

Applying for membership is easy, free and open to any .CA holder. Become a member online or on-site at the CIRA Meet-up.