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CIRA board election: the importance of voting and what to consider

By Julie Lépine
Manager, Membership Relations

As a not-for-profit, member-based organization, CIRA’s members play a fundamental role in our governance by electing board members. Starting today until October 4, members will have the opportunity to elect four of the most qualified candidates to the board: three from the nomination committee slate and one from the members’ slate.

To our CIRA members: being an active participant in CIRA’s governance is where you’ll have the most impact towards our mission and is one of the ultimate ways to activate your role as a member.

Who is the best candidate to represent CIRA?

We want to help more Canadians get online with a .CA domain, re-invest in the development of a trusted internet for Canadians, strengthen our non-.CA product offerings and business and be a leading-edge, inclusive workplace that attracts and maintains top talent.

We’re looking for people who share this vision and can bring their skills and experience to drive innovation so CIRA can improve Canada’s internet.

The best candidate has the right skills to help CIRA advance its mission and take its work to the next level. They are professional and understand, above all else, that the role of the CIRA board is to represent the organization.

This year, there is a need for board members to have the following skills:

  • Experience in the domain name industry,
  • Financial acumen,
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity related to risk and threat management,
  • Previous board experience; and
  • Solid understanding of the duties and responsibilities of directors and board governance.

Each year, CIRA’s governance committee submits a letter that outlines the diversity of skills and experience needed on the board, which we outlined briefly above. Check out the letter.

Get to know the candidates; read their profiles!

What is the role of CIRA members?

The last step in the election process (and the most important!) is to vote the most qualified candidates to the board. CIRA and the election candidates rely on member participation. CIRA members are responsible for electing a board who will work in the best interest of the organization. Voting starts today at 12:30 p.m. ET through an online ballot. Voting is easy and only takes a few minutes.

We will send an email to each eligible member on September 27 at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET containing a unique voter ID and PIN number and a link to the voting system.

Members who are eligible to vote but haven’t received an email containing their voting credentials should contact a CIRA representative at [email protected]

CIRA’s election process lasts throughout the summer and ends in the fall. It has many stages and several opportunities for members to get involved. At every stage of the election, the CIRA team will reach out to members by email so that they can take full advantage of their membership and get involved in our governance process. In addition to emails from CIRA, candidates may also reach out to members directly to ask for votes.

Information on CIRA’s board election is available on our website.

About CIRA membership

CIRA is a member-based organization that values the input of its members and their contributions to enabling a trusted internet. Having a .CA and being a CIRA member supports the great work we do for Canada’s internet.

Membership is free and only open to .CA holders. It remains active so long as your domain(s) remain registered—there’s no additional renewal process beyond renewing your .CA domain name!

If you’re not a member and have a .CA domain name—become one! Don’t have a .CA domain name? What are you waiting for—register yours today.

About the author
Julie Lépine

As the Manager of Membership Relations at CIRA, Julie manages the development, planning and delivery of CIRA’s membership and Member-related activities and engagement. She strives to create opportunities for Members and consumers, and partners to share, connect, and learn and get the most out of their relationship with CIRA.