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Chief Technology and Security Officer

As an expert in developing innovative, cutting-edge IT solutions, Jacques has established CIRA as a global leader among ccTLD registries. He has 30+ years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors and as CIRA’s Chief Technology and Security Officer provides leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry, its underlying DNS and CIRA’s cybersecurity services. Jacques champions the implementation of ISO/IEC 27001:2013, a specification for an information security management system (ISMS). He also leads CIRA Labs focusing on the Secure IoT Registry and IoT identity management solutions. 

A visionary in the internet community, Jacques understands the need for a pan-Canadian Digital Identity Infrastructure. While this is unchartered territory, he is collaborating to create a secure Digital Identity System that all Canadians can trust.  

Jacques led the development of CIRA’s Internet Performance Test, is an outspoken advocate for the adoption of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), IPv6 and represents the .CA registry internationally as a member of a variety of working groups and advisory groups, including being a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), TLD-OPS standing committees and both TechDay and DNSSEC Planning Program Committees.  

Jacques is committed to the development of a resilient Canadian Internet architecture. He co-chairs two ISED Canadian Forum for Digital Infrastructure Resilience (CFDIR) working groups: Internet Resilience and IoT Security. Jacques has served as the catalyst for the creation of a national Canadian IXP association, CA-IX, is a member of the Ottawa-Gatineau Internet Exchange (OGIX) and the Manitoba Internet Exchange’s (MBIX) and the DNS-OARC Board of Directors.  

You can learn more about Jacques’ experience here.