Byron Holland is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).
Byron has established CIRA as an important member of Canada’s Internet community by facilitating the development of domestic Internet exchange points, supporting initiatives that enhance Canadians’ Internet experience through the Community Investment Program and convening a national dialogue on Internet governance with the Canadian Internet Forum. On the technology side, his leadership has brought CIRA to the forefront of innovation. In 2010, he led a wholesale rewrite of the .CA registry and related policies. Recently, Byron initiated the expansion of CIRA’s product offering to include managed DNS and back-end registry services, as well as enhancements to the .CA TLD such as registry lock and the implementation of DNSSEC.
Byron has been the chair of the Country Codes Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO) since 2013, and previously served two terms as the ccNSO vice-chair. In 2014, Byron served on the Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms, a group of prominent stakeholders convened to identify a roadmap to evolve and globalize the current Internet governance framework.