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Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors of the
Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

Held virtually on September 28, 2023


Board of Directors: Liza Aboud, Colleen Arnold, Gwen Beauchemin, Don Bowman, Andrew Escobar (Vice-Chair), Matthew Gamble, Eric Hill, Jill Kowalchuk (Chair), Samantha Ventresca, Alourdes Sully, Michael Zahra

Board Advisors: Byron Holland, John Demco, Heather Dryden

Corporate Secretary: Brigitte LeBlanc-Lapointe

Regrets: Anne Butler

Guests: Spencer Callaghan, Albert Chang, Adam Eisner, Jon Ferguson, Marc Fares, Jane Fulford, Rick Koeller, Paula Panetta, Deanna Young

1. Call to Order & Approval of Agenda

The Chair called the meeting to order at 1:33pm on September 28, 2023.

IT WAS MOVED by Gwen Beauchemin and SECONDED by Michael Zahra that the agenda be approved as presented.

Motion passed unanimously.

1.2 Conflict of Interest Disclosure

There were no conflicts of interest declared in relation to the meeting items.

2. Approval of Minutes

Minutes of meetings of the Board held on June 7, June 28, and July 21, 2023 were provided to the Board for review and approval.

IT WAS MOVED by Samantha Ventresca and SECONDED by Don Bowman that the minutes from the meetings of the Board held on June 7, June 28, and July 21, 2023, be approved as presented.

Motion passed unanimously.

    Eric Hill joined the meeting

3. In camera session

The Board held an in-camera session

4. Other Business

The Chair reminded the Board that this is their final meeting together before the end of the board election period. She thanked the Board for their work over the past year and highlighted the following departing board members:

Andrew Escobar

It was noted for the record that Andrew’s effort, energy and enthusiasm will be missed, and that his passion for governance over the years as part of the CIRA board is truly appreciated.

Alourdes Sully

It was noted for the record that Alourdes has had a great impact on CIRA in the short time she has been a part of the Board and that her openness, trust and transparency are an inspiration.

The President and CEO thanked all departing Directors for their contributions to the Board and provided well wishes to the Directors standing for re-election.

    CIRA staff withdrew from the meeting

5. In-Camera Session (directors only)

The Board held an in-camera session without staff present.

6. Adjournment

IT WAS MOVED by Andrew Escobar and SECONDED by Alourdes Sully that the meeting be brought to a close.

Motion passed unanimously.

The Chair brought the meeting to a close at 4:19pm.