If you’re planning to join our board, or are wondering what it entails, here’s everything you need to know about applying.
The role of the Board
CIRA is governed by a Board of Directors, and every year, around this time, a number of seats on the board become vacant. We’re now looking for qualified candidates to put their name forward to fill four seats on the board.
The role of CIRA’s board is to represent the corporation. The Board of Directors provide strategic direction and oversight 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. The board helps CIRA build a trusted internet for Canadians through initiatives such as the Community Investment Program, cybersecurity products, and the development of Internet Exchange Points.
Below is a “CIRA Governance 101” about how the Board of Directors election works and what you should know about applying.
What skills and experience are we looking for?
Each year the CIRA Board of Directors submits a Board Competencies and Diversity Report that outlines the skills and experience the nomination committee should look for when reviewing applications. It also provides members with things to keep in mind when voting for candidates.
Here are the skills and background CIRA is especially looking for this year in candidates:
- A passion for Canada's internet.
- An entrepreneurial background, including experience managing multiple lines of business, or C-suite experience.
- An awareness of the risks, opportunities and implications both environmental and internal that may impact CIRA.
- An understanding of the law relevant to CIRA's business, such as contract, internet, IT, privacy, trademark, and patent issues.
- A good understanding and experience with the policies and methods to manage and retain top talent in an inclusive and diverse workforce.
- Demonstrated leadership skills that ideally include an indication of a creative and innovative approach to problem solving.
- Ability to listen and be open to others’ perspectives including an ability to ask pertinent questions to help foster mutual understanding.
- Previous board experience with solid understanding of board governance.
Two ways to join: the Nomination Committee slate and Member slate
Elected Directors from the Nomination Committee slate and Member slate serve as equals on the Board. They all serve three-year terms, but the application process and how candidates are selected are different.
For the Nomination Committee slate anyone who has the necessary skills and experience can apply. A Nomination Committee vets and selects candidates to appear on the nomination committee slate of the ballot for election. You can start applying for the Nomination Committee slate on June 2 and the application period closes June 16, 2020.
For the Member Slate, you must be a CIRA member (If you’re a .CA holder, you can become a member – and it’s free!). In this nomination round, members must also narrow down the list of candidates ahead of the vote, by showing support for a nominee. Nominees who receive more than 20 shows of support will appear as a candidate on the Member slate of the ballot for election. The Member slate application period begins July 29, 2020 and the deadline to apply is August 12, 2020. Following the application period, members show their support for candidates starting on August 26, 2020 until September 9, 2020.
For both slates CIRA members vote for three nomination committee candidates and for one member candidate. The voting period begins during CIRA’s annual general meeting on September 23, 2020 and members have seven days to cast their vote.
What are the opportunities in joining CIRA’s board?
Board members help CIRA in its mandate to build a trusted internet for Canadians. If that is not inspiring enough, here’s more on the opportunities that come with the role:
Gain valuable insight and experience developing and implementing policies that support Canada’s internet community and the .CA registry internationally.
Apply your skills and expertise to help develop the strategic direction of CIRA.
Getting opportunities to work with Canada’s top digital leaders and technologists.
CIRA’s Board of Directors are compensated for their work.
For more information on CIRA’s Board of Directors election, you can go to cira.ca/election.
Not a member?
If you are a .CA holder, you can become a CIRA member. As a member, you can vote in the Board of Directors election and annual general meeting. You also get the opportunity to attend local events for networking, business development and stay up-to-date on CIRA’s latest initiatives.