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Your role as a Board member

The role of CIRA's Board Directors is to help foster the development of CIRA. They provide strategic direction and oversight for the .CA domain name registry to help guide CIRA as it fulfills its mandate to manage the .CA domain as a key public resource for the benefit of all Canadians. As well, the Board plays a key role in enabling a trusted internet for Canadians through CIRA's programs, products and services that leverage all the internet has to offer. 

As a member of the CIRA’s Board of Directors, it is your responsibility to:

  • Provide strategic direction and oversight for the .CA registry.
  • Help develop and implement policies that support Canada's internet community and represent the .CA registry internationally.
  • Attend approximately five weekday meetings and the Annual General Meeting.
  • Participate in committee work and associated conference calls.
  • Approve CIRA’s corporate plan and annual budget

Board members are expected to serve on committees and attend board meetings regularly. Directors are remunerated for their time and reimbursed for expenses. For detailed please review the Board Compensation.

If elected to the Board, successful candidates must be available for two days of board meetings in early November.

Desired skills and experience

Each year the CIRA Board of Directors submits a Board Competencies and Diversity Report that outlines the skills and experience the nomination committee should be looking for when reviewing applications. 

We are seeking Canadians who have:

  • A passion for Canada's internet.
  • Previous board experience with solid understanding of board governance.
  • Ability to understand risks, opportunities, and implications both environmental and internal that may impact CIRA.
  • Experience in the domain name industry in which CIRA operates, including an understanding of the current and emerging business and industry trends.
  • Entrepreneurial experience at the executive level, in starting a technology business or pursuing a “go to market” strategy at the enterprise or line of business level.
  • An understanding of the areas of law related to CIRA's business, such as internet, IT and privacy. Leadership skills and the ability to listen and be open to others’ perspectives and synthesize and build consensus.
  • A human resource management background including a good understanding of the need for and experience in encouraging diversity and inclusiveness in the workforce and methods of managing and retaining top talent.

It is important to note that positions on CIRA’s board are not considered entry-level. It is imperative for the board’s effective functioning that all its members have a good understanding of the duties and responsibilities of directors and board governance in the not-for-profit and/or the for-profit sectors and solid board experience.

To be eligible to become a Director, an individual must:

  • Consent to be a nominee, a candidate, and, if elected, a Director.
  • On the day election period begins (September 23, 2021), meet the “qualification” requirements defined in subsection 3.03 of CIRA’s By-law No. 1.

CIRA Directors are not required to be members.

How to join the Board through the nomination committee slate

Joining the Board of Directors through the Nomination Committee slate can be achieved by following these steps:

  1. Verify that you are qualified: we are looking for individuals with specific skills and experience. Make sure you qualify before submitting your application.
  2. Complete the online application: applications and resumes will be accepted through our online application system from June 2 to June 16, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET. Late applications will not be accepted.
  3. Committee selects candidates: The Nomination Committee will review each application and narrow down their list of potential candidates. Nominees may be contacted by the Nomination Committee with follow-up questions to help them make their decision. The final list of Nomination Committee candidates will be announced on July 29, 2021.
  4. Complete your declaration form: Once the candidates are selected by the nomination committee, they will be asked to complete a declaration form that states any conflicts they may have with current Board members or other candidates.
  5. Campaign: Once candidates have been selected to appear on the ballot, they can begin their campaign. A toolkit, with ideas on how to promote your platform, will be provided to candidates. This includes participation in the campaign forum from September 16 to September 30, 2021.
  6. Vote: Members can vote for their preferred candidates from September 23 to September 30, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Your contribution to Canada’s internet

CIRA Board Directors have the opportunity to:

  • Serve either a three or two-year* term with the objective of helping CIRA in its mandate to foster the development of .CA as a key public resource for all Canadians.
  • Apply your skills and expertise to help develop the strategic direction of .CA.
  • Gain valuable insight and experience developing and implementing policies that support Canada’s internet community and the .CA registry internationally.
  • Help enable a trusted internet for all Canadians by supporting the ongoing development of the internet.
  • Have an impact on the day-to-day lives of Canadians by enhancing the quality of their experiences online.

*One of the Nomination Committee vacancies will be for a Replacement Seat, filling out the remainder of a resigning board member's term. Thus, all Directors elected will serve three-year terms except for the Replacement Seat, who shall be elected for a two-year term.

Important dates and deadlines

Application period begins: June 2, 2021

Application deadline: June 16, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET

Nomination Committee candidates announced: July 29, 2021

Campaign forum: September 16 to September 30, 2021

Vote: September 23 to September 30, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. ET