President and CEO
Byron Holland joined the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) in 2008 as president and chief executive officer. He is an expert in internet governance and a seasoned entrepreneur with C-level experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. He regularly appears in the media to discuss internet-related matters.
Under Byron’s leadership, CIRA has evolved from a single service registry to a globally recognized, multi-product, commercial not-for-profit. Since 2008, CIRA has become one of the leading ccTLDs in the world, with over 3 million domains under management, and over 10% of the world’s TLDs using its DNS services. The organization also offers a suite of enterprise quality cybersecurity, registry, and DNS services.
Byron represents CIRA internationally in its global policy work. Over the past decade, he has been at the decision-making table for key moments in the history of internet governance, and has held numerous leadership positions within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), including Chair of the Customer Standing Committee, and terms as Chair and Vice Chair of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). He currently sits on the Board of Directors for TORIX, Canada’s largest internet exchange point, and is a member of the nominations committee for the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN).
When he’s not thinking about the future of the internet, Byron enjoys travelling the world, and chasing new thrills through extreme sports like wakeboarding, backcountry skiing, and downhill mountain-biking. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, two sons, and their Australian shepherd, Marley.
You can find Byron’s latest commentary here.
Director of human resources
Sanita Alias is the director of human resources at CIRA. She joined CIRA in 2017 with fifteen years of human resource management experience in the public and private sector. Prior to joining CIRA, Sanita was the regional HR manager at the Fortune 500 Company, Rockwell Automation. She also served as HR director at Plasco Energy Group, a waste-to-energy start-up. She is a trusted HR business leader with a focus on developing talent and inspiring change.
Sanita is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Communication. Sanita also holds a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation.
Vice-president, product development
Dave Chiswell is the vice-president, product development at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). In this role, he leads CIRA’s pursuit of new product and service offerings that are complementary to its core .CA registration service.
Dave is a seasoned technology veteran with extensive experience in the internet industry. He joins CIRA after four years with Storm Internet Services, including three and a half years as CEO. Dave has also held senior level positions at Efficient Networks in Dallas, Newbridge Networks/Alcatel in Ottawa and Virginia, and at Momentous.ca as CEO of its Domain Group.
Director of sales and support
Andrew Fraser is the director of sales and support at CIRA, leading all sales, channel management and customer support activities. Andrew joined CIRA in 2017 and brought with him a wealth of experience developed through various roles in both start up and enterprise businesses.
His industry experience in sales, business development and partner management spans software systems management, telecommunications, business intelligence and mobile applications in companies such as Quest Software and Mitel. As a veteran of numerous start up acquisitions, he has played a key role in bringing new ideas and solutions to market.
Vice-president, marketing and communications
David Fowler is the vice-president, marketing and communications at CIRA.
Prior to joining CIRA in 2008, David was director of marketing at the Royal Canadian Mint, responsible for product management, advertising/direct marketing, market research and brand strategies for two key lines of business. During his tenure he was a significant player in the transition team that led the company to profitability. He was also the executive lead in the development of the 2010 Olympic Coin program. This program was the largest program of its type ever developed and launched by the Mint. It was characterized by innovation and a number of world firsts for a program of its type. Before joining the Mint, David worked in a variety of sectors in general management and MARCOM roles in both domestic and international markets.
David holds a Bachelor of Psychology degree and a Business Administration diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Chief technology officer
As an expert in developing innovative, leading-edge IT solutions, Jacques has established CIRA as a global leader among ccTLD registries. He has 25+ years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors and as CIRA’s CTO, is currently leading CIRA Labs, CIRA’s innovation hub and providing leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry and its underlying DNS.
A visionary in the internet community, Jacques led the development of CIRA’s Internet Performance Test, is an outspoken advocate for the adoption of 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), TLDOPS standing committees and TechDay and DNSSEC Planning Program Committee.
Jacques is committed to the development of a new Canadian Internet architecture. He has served as the catalyst for the creation of a national Canadian IXP association, CA-IX, and is a member of the Manitoba Internet Exchange’s (MBIX) and the DNS-OARC Board of Directors.
Jacques holds an Electronics Engineering Technologist diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa, is ITIL v3 Foundation certified and is a certified Agile ScrumMaster.