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Final Candidates

Below is the final list of election candidate. This list includes the candidates selected by the Nomination committee and member nominees who have received at least 20 shows of support.

New this year: To offer CIRA members a more efficient way to get to know election candidates so that you can make an informed decision when you cast your vote, we are introducing a new feature on our website that will allow members to filter and compare final candidates based on information provided in their application.

Alourdes Sully

Nomination committee slate

I am honoured and excited to submit my candidacy for the Board of Directors. As a passionate, engaged and trustworthy leader with over 20 years of experiences in not-for-profit organizations, I can offer valuable insights and strategic guidance to the board.

Building a better online experience for all Canadian motivates me to join CIRA's. I am confident that my strategic thinking, relationship building skills and my ability to put ideas into actions, will help shape the future of the organization by focusing on member's satisfaction, enhancing safe, reliable and secure services.

Province / territory
Ontario
Years of governance experience
More than 5 years
Skills and experience
Diversity and inclusivity
Entrepreneurship
Finance/Accounting and Audit
Not-for-profit board experience
Risk/Oversight
Strategic Planning
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business

Corinne Charette

Nomination committee slate

As an electrical engineer with 40 years in IT technology application in both the private and public sector, I believe that I have the experience base and the passion for how the Internet shapes our society, which are both required to make a positive contribution to CIRA's Board.

Province / territory
Quebec
Years of governance experience
1-5 years
Skills and experience
Domain Industry Experience
Entrepreneurship
Not-for-profit board experience
Risk/Oversight
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business

Dan Byron

Nomination committee slate

I have in depth experience working in both the public and private sector as it relates specifically to the telecommunications & information technology industry. I've participated through the full life cycle within multiple start ups. Experience in raising money ($18 million at Critical Telecom), multiple acquisitions (Cisco acquiring Pixstream), & IPOs & back to PE (Sandvine). I've also had the pleasure to serve the public sector for the first 9 years of my career at Industry Canada and the Department of Communications.

Province / territory
Ontario
Years of governance experience
Less than 1 year
Skills and experience
Diversity and inclusivity
Domain Industry Experience
Entrepreneurship
Strategic Planning
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business

Jill Kowalchuk

Nomination committee slate

For the last three years I have proudly served on the CIRA Board of Directors and I am the co-Chair of the Community Investment Program. During my first term on the Board I have supported the organization in the development of the new Strategic Plan and led the evolution of the strategy for the Community Investment Program.

Province / territory
Alberta
Years of governance experience
More than 5 years
Skills and experience
Diversity and inclusivity
Not-for-profit board experience
Strategic Planning
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business

Ryan Black

Nomination committee slate

As a technology enthusiast my entire life, it has been my distinct honour and privilege to sit on the CIRA Board of Directors. The past three years have been immensely rewarding, and I feel that I have contributed significantly to the organization. I have built my professional career applying my passion for the Internet, software and technology in general to the legal, technological and governance problems facing (and opportunities presented to) my clients and my firm, and I have thoroughly enjoyed applying those skills for CIRA's benefit.

Province / territory
British Columbia
Years of governance experience
More than 5 years
Skills and experience
Diversity and inclusivity
Domain Industry Experience
Entrepreneurship
Legal experience - particularly as it relates to CIRA's business
Not-for-profit board experience
Risk/Oversight
Strategic Planning
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business

Alex Beraskow

Member slate

Board Governance + Executive Management + IT

“Effective board governance provides oversight over corporate activity, safeguarding the business while seeking to improve corporate performance. The Board is responsible for the financial and organizational well-being of an organisation”.

If I am elected, my pledge is to be an active and vigilant board member to provide that oversight and guidance. My candidacy for the CIRA Board is rooted firmly in my

Province / territory
Ontario
Years of governance experience
More than 5 years
Skills and experience
Diversity and inclusivity
Domain Industry Experience
Entrepreneurship
Finance/Accounting and Audit
Legal experience - particularly as it relates to CIRA's business
Not-for-profit board experience
Risk/Oversight
Strategic Planning
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business
Shows of support received
35

Andrew Escobar

Member slate

Andrew Escobar is up for re-election and is asking for your support.

Andrew has served on the CIRA Board of Directors since 2011. He has chaired the Finance, Audit, Investment and Risk Committee since 2017.

He holds the Institute of Corporate Directors' professional designation and is completing his MBA at the University of Toronto.

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Province / territory
Ontario
Years of governance experience
More than 5 years
Skills and experience
Diversity and inclusivity
Domain Industry Experience
Finance/Accounting and Audit
Not-for-profit board experience
Risk/Oversight
Strategic Planning
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business
Shows of support received
41

David Mackey

Member slate

The Internet Revolution is far from over. Governing Canada's contribution to this global phenomenon is a critical job that requires soliciting input from a diverse set of stakeholders across Canadian society.

Within the larger scope of all Canadian stakeholders, I believe it's vitally important for small businesses and individual domain name owners to be faithfully represented when forming policies which govern the Canadian Internet.

Province / territory
Ontario
Years of governance experience
Less than 1 year
Skills and experience
Entrepreneurship
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business
Shows of support received
30

Jacqueline (Jackie) Fitzpatrick

Member slate

Hello CIRA members, I am a recently retired Federal civil servant who is anxious to continue promoting Canada in a different capacity. I am new to CIRA, but am excited to bring my vision to the table. I have a solid background in Information Technology and Business that will position me to contribute to CIRA on multiple levels. My four years of experience in governance have enlightened me to the fact that Boards today operate in an increasingly complex environment.

Province / territory
Newfoundland and Labrador
Years of governance experience
3-5 years
Skills and experience
Entrepreneurship
Finance/Accounting and Audit
Not-for-profit board experience
Strategic Planning
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business
Shows of support received
29

Jennifer Sondergaard

Member slate

Hello! I'm Jennifer Sondergaard and I am interested in joining the CIRA Board. I look forward to bringing both my professional designations and practical experience to this position. I have my Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D), am an active member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD), and have been recognized as a diverse Board ready resource by Diversity 50 and Catalyst.

Province / territory
Ontario
Years of governance experience
More than 5 years
Skills and experience
Diversity and inclusivity
Entrepreneurship
Finance/Accounting and Audit
Not-for-profit board experience
Risk/Oversight
Strategic Planning
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business
Shows of support received
37

Joanna Starczynowski

Member slate

Objective: As a Board Member - To strive in: the “Vision” of business development & CIRA's strategies.

Province / territory
British Columbia
Years of governance experience
More than 5 years
Skills and experience
Diversity and inclusivity
Entrepreneurship
Not-for-profit board experience
Risk/Oversight
Strategic Planning
Shows of support received
26

Joseph Hickey

Member slate

Please accept my candidacy for the position of CIRA Board Director. Board Competencies published by CIRA and my how my background fits are below. 1. Previous Board of Directors Experience: Board member for two venture funded startups. Board Member for Ottawa Childrens Treatment Center 6 years. Board Member, Chair Nominations Committee for CENGN 6 Years 2. Global experience: 30 years in high tech. 12 with Nortel. Have worked in Silicon Valley (5 years), India (2 years), conducted business in over 40 countries, rural broadband innovator in Canada. 3.

Province / territory
Ontario
Years of governance experience
More than 5 years
Skills and experience
Domain Industry Experience
Entrepreneurship
Not-for-profit board experience
Risk/Oversight
Strategic Planning
Technology as it relates to CIRA's business
Shows of support received
21