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Do you remember what you were up to in 1987? It seems like a lifetime ago.

I was in university, Brian Mulroney was Canada's Prime Minister, and Fatal Attraction was the year's top grossing movie. Depending on your musical taste, you were either listening to The Bangles' Walk like an Egyptian or Guns and Roses' Appetite for Destruction. In the tech world, 1987 marked the year Steve Wosniak left Apple and there were 10,000 hosts on the Internet. It was also the year .CA was created, making today, May 14, 2012, .CA's 25th anniversary.

Twenty-five years ago John Postel, operator of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), delegated the .CA top-level domain to John Demco at the University of British Columbia (UBC). For the next 13 years, Demco and a group of volunteers ran the registry, until it was transferred to CIRA in 2000. Milestone anniversaries like this are times to reflect on the accomplishments of .CA, and of those key visionaries, like John Demco, who saw the potential the Internet had to offer.

It is also a good time to take stock of where we are. We are rapidly approaching two million .CA domains under registration. .CA is now the world's 14th-largest domain registry, and has the fourth-highest growth rate over the past five years. In short, .CA is an integral part of the Canadian economic and social landscape. We've got some big plans to celebrate this key milestone a little later this year, but if you're really keen on reliving your youth, you might want to join us at the mesh conference in Toronto at the end of the month. Stay tuned.

Byron Holland

Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for Internet governance, Byron’s leadership has brought CIRA to the forefront of innovation. At CIRA, Byron has led a wholesale rewrite of the .CA registry and related policies and business rules. Under Byron’s leadership, CIRA has expanded its product and service offerings to Canadians and .CA has become one of the fastest growing country code top-level domains (ccTLD) in the world.

Byron has developed a strong international profile for CIRA and the .CA top-level domain. He is vice-chair of the Country Codes Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the body that represents the interests of all country code top-level domains and leads policy development initiatives at ICANN, and is Chair of ICANN’s Customer Standing Committee (CSC). Byron is also an active participant in the United Nations coordinated Internet Governance Forum.

Byron received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. He also holds his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

The views expressed in this blog are Byron’s opinions on Internet-related issues, and are not necessarily those of the organization.