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When specialization has become the way most lawyers work, Stacy Maurier is a throwback to a bygone era. She is proudly able to handle not only drafting wills and estate documents. Still, She can also incorporate a company, create unanimous share agreements, handle real estate transactions, and litigate if need be. These skills allow Stacy to take care of her clients from the cradle to the grave and to proficiently handle the issues that arise at any point during the estate, probate, or litigation process.

In 2011 Stacy and another local lawyer purchased Weary and Company Law Office from Bruce Weary Q.C and grew this law firm substantially. While Stacy enjoyed the variety of work at this general law firm, she aspired to practice only wills and estate law. Wanting to create a boutique law firm where she could fight for her clients while guaranteeing they were treated respectfully and fairly, Stacy founded Estate Connection – a law firm committed to helping her clients succeed in the areas of Wills and Estate law.

Stacy's practise has evolved to handle both the legal needs and the hands-on work for large and small estates. Her clients admire her direct approach and her experience in a wide range of circumstances. Her willingness to find solutions outside the box while maintaining her fantastic sense of humour and her ever-present smile allow these complicated situations to be dealt with quickly and efficiently. Stacy becomes not only her client's lawyer but also their strategic advisor and confidant.

In addition to practicing law, Stacy is:

- past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association

– solo and small practitioner national section,

- a past member of the Government of Alberta Second Level Management Appeal Board for opted out and excluded employees,

- a current Practice Assessor for the Law Society of Alberta Practice Review Committee, and

- a current board member of the St. Albert Arts and Heritage Foundation.

When Stacy is not watching her children play ringette at the local rink, she enjoys spending time quilting, reading, gardening and walking her new puppy Huxley!

Explain from your perspective what CIRA does and why it matters.

CIRA is a gatekeeper and bodyguard for the .ca domain. This means that CIRA is responsible for .ca domain registry and for professionally managed and securing this registry so that Canadians can safely register webpages on this domain. In addition to managing this registry, CIRA offers a way for Canadians to have their voice heard with respect to the management of the internet. CIRA also provides education on Internet safety, cybersecurity, for businesses, smaller government agencies and schools.

Why do you want to be on CIRA’s Board of Directors?

I love the internet and want it to be safe and secure for all Canadians; As a small business owner who has experienced the theft of a website, I understand the stress and anger that can arise when someone has taken your site. This can be particularly devastating when you handle sensitive client materials and have clients sending information to you over the internet. I want to help prevent these actions from happening in the future and work to create resources that business owners can use if they find themselves in this kind of predicament.

In addition to my work, I have been taking a master-level course at Osgoode Law School and researching and producing papers on a person's right to be forgotten upon their death. Having been involved with several high-profile deaths in Canada, I know firsthand that families want to remove their loved one's information from the internet and how difficult it is to accomplish this in our Global world. I believe that individuals' control and removal of personal information is one of the next frontiers on the internet.

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?

I believe the top 3 challenges for the internet are:

1. Security Woes for individuals and companies. With most companies and individuals having their devices and information on the internet stronger security requirements will need to be put into place to protect the public. For small businesses, they may not realize that their office is no open for the world to see, and sometimes control. These businesses need resources to understand that what the risks are and the level of security they should be having to protect from attacks. If businesses do not do this then the Government will be forced to bring in regulations to protect the public and these will be costly and impact the lifecycle of the technology products they have in their office.CIRA can create these resources and work with groups like the Chamber of Commerce to provide this information.

2. VOIP phones and other technology. As more people and companies move towards VOIP phones. The current IPv4 protocol cannot handle the number of items that are being connected to the internet. The system needs to be fixed before it crashes or slows down and people cannot access the system and growth is stymied. Internet Service providers need to be encouraged to move to a more advanced protocol so that the internet does stall out. CIRA can encourage and possibly mandate ISP's move to IPv6.

3. The rapid growth of misinformation and the loss of our Personal Information. The spread of misinformation is derailing the trust that people had placed on the internet. Sites can harvest our personal information to enable them to know a person's weak spots and determine what types of information will appeal to our biases and cause us to become a tool for the future spreading of this misinformation. As an individual, we have lost control of our personal information and the companies have all the control and knowledge without it being accessed by the person. Individuals' every move can be watched online and hijacked to sway our opinions through misinformation or in extreme cases in third world countries - cause death and censorship. CIRA needs to actively promote safe resources that the public can educate themselves and also resources that deal with what you can do if the internet has fake news about you.