Byron Holland is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). View bio
On Tuesday, CIRA’s Board of Directors gave the final nod to our Corporate Plan for 2010-2011 (.pdf). This document will guide CIRA’s work for years to come and provides specific activities for the next year. The plan is the result of many months of hard work on the part of CIRA’s staff and Board of Directors.
Here are our high level strategic objectives which are highlighted in the Corporate Plan:
1. Enhance Corporate Reputation
2. Increase .CA Brand Value
3. Achieve Operational Excellence
4. Champion Effective .CA Stewardship
These are pretty high level objectives. Like all corporate plans, it’s the specific activities which achieve the strategic objectives that are the compelling part, and we have numerous interesting activities planned for the next year. The ones I think are of particular interest include the following:
- You may know that CIRA is engaged in a rewrite of its registry management system. I’ve blogged about this in the past, but this activity represents a lot of work for CIRA. It is, likely, the largest single project undertaken by CIRA in its 10-year history. Once we cut over to the new registry management system, it will be much more efficient and easier to register .CA domain names. The new system will be live in October 2010.
- Over the next year, we will be hosting a Canadian Internet Governance Forum, or CIGF. The CIGF will be a cross-country consultation to “take the temperature” of Canadians’ views on the topics of Internet governance and digital literacy. CIRA will develop a policy paper from the findings of the CIGF to be presented to the global Internet Governance Forum, a UN-sponsored, global multi-stakeholder meeting.
- We have also committed to a Community Investment Program (CIP) to support social and economic Internet-related activities in Canada. Our focus for the CIP will be on governance, internet technology infrastructure (of the soft, rather than “hard” variety), internet education and knowledge, and excellence in the use of .CA. We are going to do some very worthy as well as fun projects and I will most definitely blog about it in the future.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we do pretty important work at CIRA – as well as some pretty cool stuff. These aren’t just words. As CIRA staff, we will live and breathe this over the next year and we are excited to really get going on the work articulated in this plan. I encourage you to take the time to read it.