I would like to use my experience and what I have learned to continue to help the organization build on the successes in the last few years while supporting the organization in tackling the challenges that are fast approaching the industry as we move forward. The domain industry will continue to transition as the post-pandemic world unfolds and the Board will need to support the organization in evolving to find new and creative opportunities to ensure the effective and independent operation of the global internet.
As a cybersecurity professional I am uniquely positioned to support CIRA in their key role in supporting the cybersecurity defence of our country. As the global cybersecurity challenge continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, CIRA has positioned itself as a critical player in the security landscape. The organization will need to continue to play a leadership role by investing and supporting solutions to support the ongoing cybersecurity defense of our country.
This momentum CIRA has seen over the last few years is not without its headwinds. Industry trends and economic factors are already beginning to slow the velocity achieved during the height of the pandemic. CIRA is seeing a new normal being established in the industry, settling somewhere between the pandemic peak and the pre-pandemic reality. What is clear is that the importance of the internet is no longer something that needs to be explained, it is now foundational.
As the past Co-Chair of the Community Investment Committee, I had the benefit of supporting CIRA in the mission to give back to the community. The granting program was created more than ten years ago, and during my role as Co-Chair I worked with my Board colleagues and management to evolve the program to build on the successes of the past and support targeting the program to key strategic areas. The program evolved to provide broader benefits to Canadians including Canadian Shield a free service that protects tens of thousands of Canadians and has led to the organization frequently being called on for its cybersecurity thought leadership. As a Director I would continue to support community investment while balancing our primary mandate in managing .CA on behalf of all Canadians.
If re-elected as a director I would continue to work with management on our approach to Environment, Social and Governance (ESG). CIRA has a strong foundation of policies, and practices that cover several key areas of a comprehensive ESG strategy; and an opportunity to continue to develop a plan to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and promote a greener internet in Canada.