CIRA’s Members are really the backbone of what we do as an organization. We are a Member-driven organization, and from the beginning, our Members have elected the CIRA Board of Directors. From time to time, we’ve also called upon them to participate in policy-related consultations and discussions.
Over the last year or so, CIRA has been making greater efforts to engage its Members. For starters, we hired a Communications Manager to facilitate and manage Member engagement, and we’ve instituted a number of tools and items in the past year to better engage Members. We recently launched a Member newsletter, and I’m pleased to announce we have just launched a fully-redesigned Member portal, located at https://member.cira.ca/en/index.html.
The new site features improved navigation and functionality. It also signals the launch of another exciting Member benefit: exclusive access to a weekly summary of the latest Internet-related news stories. Media monitoring summaries will be available to Members every Monday, via the log-in section of the Member portal.
If you’re not a Member, it’s a good time to become one. It’s easy and free, and available to anyone with a .CA domain.
One of the most important roles our Members play is in the election of our Board of Directors, and this week we began receiving nominations for this year’s Board election. Four seats are open, and we’re accepting applications from May 12 to June 10, 2011. If you want more information, please visit our website at CIRAelections.ca.
CIRA’s Board of Directors has a unique role to play in setting policy and strategy to help CIRA continue to be a leading-edge organization that strives for excellence as a registry and supports Canadians in building their online presence in the global digital economy.
If you are a professional with relevant governance experience and/or expertise in technology or the Internet, please apply to be on our Board. If not, you still have a voice – make sure you vote!