Why should you vote for me? I am never happy with the status quo. All aspects of my life are about continuous improvement and building relationships. This helps everyone move forward and improve. In my professional life this has included:
* Creating committees to find shared opportunities;
* Designing and restructuring teams to lower costs, while delivering more services in a more efficient manner; and
* Always challenging myself to be a better parent, husband and reconciling settler.
The foundation of how I work is through building connections and consensus. This helps me to find opportunities for efficiencies through the appropriate use of common resources. This is why I led the creation of a Corporate Shared Services team to deliver facilities, finance, HR, IM/IT and security services to other smaller Independent Offices of the Legislative Assembly . This allowed organizations to have access to expertise and services that if they were to staff internally would decrease their ability to perform their legislated responsibilities.
I bring almost 30 years of IM/IT experience in both the public and private sectors. I have worked my way up from a junior data analyst to CIO for both a startup, as well as for two Independent Offices of the Legislative Assembly. While I have been in IT for a long time, I stay current on emerging technologies, best practices, and legislative changes; as nothing is worse than saying "That it not how we used to do it". Instead, I like to say "How can we do things better!".
I learned the importance of a good governance model while I was a Service Manager with the BC Government. That role had me responsible for leading all aspects of governance for various services consumed across the BC Government from outsourcing companies. Part of governance had me conducting audits to ensure that service levels were being met and working with the vendors to remedy them when they weren't. I also have the unique bragging rights of having set up the first web site in the BC Government.
Outside work you can find me competitive sheepherding, cycling with my kids, and writing about privacy, goal setting and project management.
Explain from your perspective what CIRA does and why it matters.
So much of our use and experience of the Internet is dictated by the U.S.. We only have to look at the original Top Level Domains of EDU, ORG, GOV and MIL representing American organizations and that it was founded as a DARPA project. CIRA helps bring a Canadian perspective, feel and approach to the Internet. This starts from the basics of identifying Canadian organizations through their domain to funding projects to make the Internet more accessible to and representative of the unique needs of Canadians. Just as I feel it is important to ensure that there is Canadian content in the media, I believe that our identity as Canadians must be preserved in our online life as well.
Why do you want to be on CIRA’s Board of Directors?
CIRA's mandate of improving Canada's Internet is one I can completely support. I would be honoured to serve the CIRA membership and the citizens of Canada in working toward creating world leading governance and management of Canada's Internet resources.
My whole career has been based on making things better. My first major project as a Jr. Analyst was to build a simulation to reduce delays within the court system. Then I moved on to develop systems to deliver support to victims of crimes. Next I found ways of using technology to overhaul and update education in BC. I then moved to broader projects focused on getting better services from private companies to allow the government to serve its citizens more efficiently. Finally as a CIO it is my vision and work that brings better services to children in care and protects the human rights of British Columbians.
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?
The pandemic has changed our reliance on the Internet and will shape the opportunities and challenges we will face at CIRA over the next 3-5 years.
The first challenge is that more Canadians are working remotely and companies are delivering and consuming more online services to support this. CIRA needs to help set the course to do this in a way that serves all Canadians. Businesses and governments are having to learn how to work differently, as it has become plain that their staff don't have to be on site. The key to this is a secure, accessible and resilient Internet, for all Canadians.
Another challenge is that with more people working remotely, they need to be able to do this in a safe and secure manner. This requires better securing of our Internet Exchange Points (IXPs). If they're not adequately secured, they are obvious targets for cyber warfare or industrial espionage. The first step in securing them would be legislative and policy changes to protect them from nation state actors who hold tenancy within the data centres connected to our IXPs. Next comes improving the protective technologies. This would include implementing machine learning solutions to identify suspicious traffic and to work with industry leaders to ensure that we have the most effective hardware to run and protect our IXPs.
The final challenge will be ensuring that our DNS firewall is up to dealing with the attacks that will come from other nations or from criminals. I will work with academic and corporate partners to ensure that we have world class Intrusion Protection Systems to protect our DNS and to ensure the flow of data within Canada.