Byron Holland

Byron Holland

President and CEO of CIRA
Joined on March 25, 2009
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Byron G. Holland is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).

Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for Internet governance, Byron’s leadership has brought CIRA to the forefront of innovation. At CIRA, Byron has led a wholesale rewrite of the .CA registry and related policies and business rules. Since the registry rewrite, .CA has become the fastest growing country code top-level domain (TLD) in the world, and the second fastest growing TLD overall.

Byron has developed a strong international profile for CIRA and the .CA top-level domain. He is vice-chairperson of the Country Codes Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the body that represents the interests of all country code top-level domains and leads policy development initiatives at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Byron is also an active participant in the United Nations co-ordinated Internet Governance Forum, and other Internet governance fora.

Prior to joining CIRA, Byron helped found the third largest coalition loyalty program in Canada, Futura Rewards. As the Chief Operating Officer at Futura, he oversaw the development and growth of the company from a small upstart to a publicly traded company with more than 100 brand partners and 400,000 members.

Byron maintains a world recognized blog, Public Domain ( On his blog, he provides leading insight into issues of importance to Canadians on Internet-related matters. Byron can also be found on Twitter at @CIRA001.

Byron received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. He also holds his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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2015 - Sep 25 on ICANN Accountability: Beware the Bridge Too Far
2014 - Aug 29 on ICANN Community Issues Unprecedented Letter Questioning ICANN's Proposed Accountability Process
2011 - Aug 04 on Does ICANN Need to Evolve Its Code of Conduct?
2009 - Mar 25 on When Did CIRA Become the Commercial Internet Registration Authority?

Topic Interests

Policy & RegulationInternet GovernanceICANNDomain NamesPrivacyAccess ProvidersCybersecurityNew TLDsLawCybercrimeBroadbandDNSCensorshipRegistry ServicesDNS SecurityCoronavirus

Recent Blogs

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