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Candidate statement

From my experience, I highlight the following:

• I have industrial back ground involving HR & people management as well as Hi-tech innovation. My last industrial position was the Director of Siemens Canada. My work with the industry presented me with a strong foundation to understand risks, opportunities, and implications of environmental limitations.

• I have experience working with standards NPOs like IETF and IEEE-SA. In both cases I worked to build standards for the Internet and for connecting vehicles. I was the only Canadian representative on the IEEE-SA project for 802.11p.

• I am an academic, my current position is Vice President Academic – Faculty Association. Through my academic experience I led several initiatives while complying with public rules that require transparency, soliciting feedback, and delivering decisions with legal and ethical implications. In most cases, my leadership led me to pursue creative approaches to problem solving. It improved my ability to listen, incorporate multiple views, build consensus, foster better collaboration, seek mutual understanding and respect, and deliver legally conforming decisions.

• I write articles on digital security and other general topics. In my last article for "The Conversation Magazine" I am urging Canada to take a lead role on calling for international treaty limiting state-based hostility on digital infrastructure. I intend to continue to speak up for Canadians in order to improve Internet access in under-served communities as well as addressing other issues close to my heart. I have gone through CIRA website and feel inspired and energized to contribute to CIRA's success. I cannot entertain a vision for CIRA at this stage since vision requires deep understanding of the organization and the governing statues. Yet, I can see an impact from IoT on CIRA, a careful consideration is needed to benefit from disruptive technologies.

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

CIRA manages the .CA domain registry in addition to other services. The .CA is uniquely Canadian. Clients may get any .COM domain, but if they want to appear and express their Canadian side and operations, they need a .CA domain. Statistics indicate that Canadians respond better to the .CA brand compared to the generic .COM domain. Further, .CA domain simplifies search, has the potential empower consumer privacy, and is valued by SEOs. The .CA recognition may power the immediate growth of CIRA but adding services would strengthen the organization over the longer term.

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

I highlight the following:

• I have industrial back ground involving HR & people management as well as Hi-tech innovation. My last industrial position was the Director of Siemens Canada. My work with the industry presented me with a strong foundation to understand risks, opportunities, and implications of environmental limitations.

• I have experience working with standards NPOs like IETF and IEEE-SA. In both cases I worked to build standards for the Internet and for connecting vehicles. I was the only Canadian representative on the IEEE-SA project for 802.11p.

• I am an academic, my current position is Vice President Academic – Faculty Association. Through my academic experience I led several initiatives while complying with public rules that require transparency, soliciting feedback, and delivering decisions with legal and ethical implications. In most cases, my leadership led me to pursue creative approaches to problem solving. It improved my ability to listen, incorporate multiple views, build consensus, foster better collaboration, seek mutual understanding and respect, and deliver legally conforming decisions.

• I write articles on digital security and other general topics. In my last article for "The Conversation Magazine" I am urging Canada to take a lead role on calling for international treaty limiting state-based hostility on digital infrastructure. I intend to continue to speak up for Canadians in order to improve Internet access in under-served communities as well as addressing other issues close to my heart.

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 indicate 3 challenges below, and the fourth one is focused on growth:

a- Getting more Canadian businesses to operate under .CA. This objective might require better reach to Canadian and International businesses.

b- Improving other CIRA products like WHOIS and City gTLDs. This can be done by focusing on cycles of marketing as we build local recognition for those services.

c- Reinvesting in the community, in particular, under-served communities. I have experience in introducing Internet services on indegines areas, and may be able to add value in this regard.

d- There should be a CIRA study on the evolution of IoT and how could CIRA maintain a role in this growth while providing unique essential service to Canadians.