I bring 30 years of relevant experience in organizational leadership, global Internet of Things (IoT) innovation and management, sustainable infrastructure, and environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG). I hope to use my business and technical background plus my internet user experience beginning in 1991 as an early adopter of CA*net to strengthen the Board in guiding CIRA to provide a trusted internet for Canadians and to help the organization evolve to accommodate emerging applications.
I offer CIRA a practical perspective in big data applications, cloud software architectures, and machine-tomachine Internet of Things (IoT) communication, which is expected to become the top consumer of IP addresses and internet bandwidth in the next five years. I have acted as the CEO and CTO for international high-tech companies for 20 years and I currently serve on boards for non-profit high performance sports organizations as well as a high-tech company. I am the co-chair of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) G18 Aerospace committee that sets international standards for using Internet of Things devices in Aerospace. In total, I have over 30 years of experience overseeing technology companies and 15 years of service on corporate and non-profit boards.
Specifically relevant to service on the CIRA board:
- For 20 years I have guided the design, commercialization, and safe adoption of high performance "Internet of Things" (IoT) technology, which has been broadly implemented to track the movement of commodities on a global scale. For example, I oversaw the development and implementation of this technology to automate transactions at the largest container terminal on the North American Eastern seaboard, which directly facilitated an increase in truck visits from 12,000 per day to 30,000 per day.
- I am a senior leader in "big data" tracking and information systems. I have driven the innovation of the Internet of Things arena from when it was just a "good idea" to global adoption. This technology delivers 100s of thousands of data records per second, each carrying a small slice of supply chain and sensor information. For example, the large marine terminal mentioned above generates over 50 million unique data packets per day from their Internet of Things supply chain management system. My experience with developing and implementing IoT has largely focused on optimizing emerging technologies, including the accompanying authentication requirements, to securely deliver information to individuals and corporations when and where it is needed. These systems will proliferate rapidly in the next decade and my experience as an internet user will be invaluable to help guide the evolution of the Canadian internet to accommodate the anticipated orders of magnitude increase in IP addresses and transport of small IoT data packets.
I look forward to applying my years of business, technology and board of director experience to empower Canadians and organizations doing business in Canada to achieve their economic, social and cultural potential by serving on the CIRA Board.
Explain from your perspective what CIRA does and why it matters.
The overarching reason for existence is to manage the .ca domain. However, in my opinion there are many other important roles the CIRA should fill:
1. Encouraging and facilitating innovation and education. Canada has some unique geographical considerations that impact the infrastructure -- vast distances, small remote population centers, and close proximity to the USA. These factors inform of "made in Canada" solutions.
2. Keeping internet traffic in Canada, to reduce latency, increase speeds, improve security, and facilitate independence and redundancy.
3. Improving safety for Canadian citizens. Well funded sophisticated foreign hacking organizations are difficult to defeat at an individual "laptop" level.
Why do you want to be on CIRA’s Board of Directors?
I have participated in the evolution of the internet from a text-based email and file transfer platform over 2400 baud modems in the early 1990s through to current high speed high reliability secure backbone.
For the past 10 years I have helped high tech companies implement big data systems that rely on the internet to get information where and when it must go. I intimately understand what the users need.
In addition I have served on high functioning non-profit and for-profit boards. I have helped implement strong governance practices on those boards. I understand how to work on an effective governance board.
Perhaps most important, I have the qualifications, the interest, and the time to serve on this board.
What do you think are the top 3 challenges and opportunities facing CIRA in the next 3 to 5 years? What approach would you take to addressing these issues?
1. Orders of magnitude increase in IP addresses and small packet traffic imposed by IoT devices. This will require more robust infrastructure, smarter and faster routing.
2. Security and hacking. This might be addressed by investing in developing and deploying detection and prevention software to try to block nefarious activities at our boarders, and/or by educating the population on preventing hacks at a device level.
3. Broadband access to remote populations. This will require direct investment in hardware and by encouraging innovations and investments by the remote communities and the populations who live in those communities.