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Entrepreneurship
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https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-j-geosits/
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Candidate statement

As a director, I will contribute my extensive communications and governance experience to aid CIRA in its aim to be champions of the internet for all Canadians. I was inspired to submit my nomination after attending a CIRA focus group for business owners with a .ca domain registration. Through that experience I learned more about the vast offerings of CIRA and decided to put forth my nomination. CIRA provides an amazing array of increasingly important products and services for Canadians and I would like to support those efforts as a board member.

Two years ago I launched my consultancy All About Sports and became a proud .ca domain owner. Through my company, I help sports organizations of all sizes with organizational planning, marketing and communications, social impact programming, executive management and HR support. This followed 10 years in not-for-profit executive leadership where I was intricately involved in governance modernization and strategic planning with boards at the local and provincial levels. I have volunteered as a board and committee member with the Adoption Council of Ontario for the past nine years and the Burlington Sport Alliance as a board member for three years. I am currently an Independent Director with Canada Soccer.

As a .ca domain holder, a small business owner and someone with significant not-for-profit experience, I believe my perspective can contribute to CIRA's board and committees and I am committed to put in the work to ensure CIRA delivers on its mandate.

Resumé

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

From my perspective, CIRA works to deliver on its mandate of managing .ca domains and building "a trusted internet for Canadians" that is accessible, reliable and secure. It does this through several streams of activity such as advocacy, education, and service offerings, as well as community outreach through its grant program.

Managing .ca domains is only part of the important work that CIRA does. CIRA's work matters because the internet has become the gateway to do business, educate and connect people, particularly in light of COVID. Internet access, or lack thereof, is an indicator of social inequality and a lack of opportunities, from economic to educational. There are myriad examples of how internet outages have disrupted delivery of vital services and how cybersecurity has become critically important for countries across the globe. In short, all Canadians require access to a reliable internet, with built in protections, so that they can seamlessly go about their lives and CIRA works to ensure that happens.

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

As I wrote in my candidate statement, I was inspired to submit my nomination after attending a CIRA focus group for business owners with a .ca domain registration. Through that experience I learned more about the vast offerings of CIRA and decided to put forth my nomination. CIRA provides an amazing array of increasingly important products and services for Canadians and I would like to support those efforts as a board member.

As a .ca domain holder, a small business owner and someone with significant not-for-profit experience, I believe my perspective can contribute to CIRA's board and committees and I am committed to put in the work to ensure CIRA delivers on its mandate.

I am an entrepreneur and consultant. Through my business I help organizations of all sizes with strategic planning, marketing and communications, social impact programming, executive management and HR support. This followed 10 years in not-for-profit executive leadership where I was involved in governance modernization and strategic planning with boards at the local and provincial levels. I have volunteered as a board and committee member with the Adoption Council of Ontario for the past nine years and the Burlington Sport Alliance as a board member for three years. I am currently an Independent Director with Canada Soccer.

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. Increasing cybersecurity threats

2. Navigating a new and ever-changing landscape of privacy and content rights and concerns

3. Working to end inequality of internet access and its associated opportunities

The world is ever-changing and CIRA must be nimble and flexible to keep pace. Cybersecurity, internet-related laws and public policy, and inequality of access in Canada are the three challenges the organization must face, but all three present opportunities for CIRA to help its membership and all Canadians.

CIRA has laid out a strategic plan through 2025 that should serve as its organizational compass. It has invested in cybersecurity and infrastructure. As a board member, I would work within committees and as part of the group to ensure that the organization is appropriately positioned and resourced achieve its strategic plan. The board should be focused on governance and strategy and ensuring appropriate controls are in place. This then empowers staff to deliver on operational plans. In this way CIRA can achieve its vision for "A connected future where the internet empowers individuals and organizations to achieve their economic, social and cultural potential."

In short, I would work to fulfill my role as a director so that the board successfully governs and the staff can feel supported in running the organization and achieving its objectives laid out in the strategic plan.