CIRA Meet-up: Vancouver



Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, Oceanview Suites

300-999 Canada Place ,
Vancouver , British Columbia
V6C 3B5


None! To promote communication among members, we have made this event free of charge.



As discussions surrounding net neutrality continue to unfold internationally, Canadians are faced with the burning question, “How will this affect me?” Join us to learn from industry experts who will present potential challenges and gains that could face Canadians given the FCC’s decision to repeal past net neutrality rules in the U.S.

Ken Engelhart

Senior Advisor, StrategyCorp

As Senior Advisor, Ken Engelhart brings StrategyCorp over 30 years of telecommunications and broadcasting experience and thought leadership in regulatory affairs, public policy and media. Prior to joining StrategyCorp, Ken was responsible for the regulatory affairs of Rogers Wireless, Rogers Cable, Rogers Telecom and Rogers Media (including Rogers Broadcasting) for 25 years. Ken assumed leadership of the regulatory department in 1999 and most recently was its Senior Vice President.

While at Rogers Communications, Ken provided legal, regulatory and policy advice while representing the company before the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and other agencies. Ken has appeared before the CRTC in most of the major telecommunications and broadcasting proceedings of the past 25 years.

Prior to joining Rogers Communications, Ken was General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs to the Canadian Business Telecommunications Alliance.

Ken is also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he teaches Communications Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A.H) in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto. Ken is a past Board Member and Chair of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.

Bryon Holland

President and CEO, CIRA

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. 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.

Laura Tribe

Executive Director, Open Media

Laura Tribe is the Executive Director at OpenMedia, a community-based organization that works to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free. Through her advocacy, Laura has testified before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), appeared before parliamentary committees, and even caused a federal investigation into the RCMP’s use of Stingray cell phone surveillance devices. 

With a background in the intersection of human rights and information communication technologies, Laura loves the Internet and is excited to keep fighting for what makes it great. Laura has been working with OpenMedia since 2015, previously leading the organization’s campaigns and advocacy on digital privacy. Before working with OpenMedia, Laura's experience includes working with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), IFEX, and various tech startups. She holds a BA in Media, Information and Technoculture from Western University, and an MA in Communications from Carleton University.

Presentations will begin at 5:30 PM.

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CIRA’s products are helping organizations be more secure online. Join us for a cybersecurity workshop taking place before the meet-up! Registration for this event is also free.

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