As a Canadian by choice, I was part of the internet ecosystem since its inception. When we moved to Canada in 2003, my first task, after getting my health card was to register my first .CA domain. You guessed it, POPPER.CA
As an Internet pioneer in Argentina, my start-up was one of the first business offering services, starting with UUCP via international dial up before the first commercial service was available. I then joined Comsat International, later Lockheed Martin Global Telecom, when Internet was booming in Argentina, and participated in strategic decisions to deploy these services in Latin America.
In 2009, as Portfolio Manager with MTS Allstream, I was the DNS guy, training partners and distributors on these topics. With Western Canada Lottery Corporation, I was in charge of Innovation. My latest start-up, POPP3R Cybersecurity, deals with the human side of Cyber, and I define myself as a Cybersecurity Evangelist, supporting small and medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations be Cybersecure.
I will bring to the table international perspective and broad experience in strategic thinking. I will not doubt in questioning the Status Quo or in sharing innovative ideas.
Thanks for considering me for this position.
Explain from your perspective what CIRA does and why it matters.
It defines the present and more importantly the future of Internet in Canada. It is critical to our country competitiveness among leading economies in the world.
Why do you want to be on CIRA’s Board of Directors?
I want to contribute to Canada's positioning in the international arena, bring new ideas and help develop the plans and programs to lead our country to the main stage.
I have an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Major in Marketing, MBA, and constant post-secondary education, including attending an Innovation class at the MIT and Cybersecurity online training at Harvard.
I was part of the senior team at the Western Canada Lottery Corporation, and developed my own companies since deciding to go back to entrepreneurship.
I can understand and represent the ideas from both large organizations like MTS-Allstream or WCLC, and from start-ups with their very different needs.
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?
Number one, Cybersecurity and its impact on Small and Medium organizations. Number two, supporting these businesses and organizations, and Number three, Canada's relevance and competitiveness in the international stage
My approach would be understanding their needs and working on programs to help them grow and succeed, both domestically and internationally.
With regards to the Canadian presence in the international scene, design and implement multinational research and collaboration programs.