I note that a domainer is running for the member nominee position and making much of his statement that domain name investors are the principal stakeholders in CIRA. (These are people who buy, hold, and trade domain names for profit, rather then using them directly for "real" business or personal web sites.)
For the record, I am completely opposed to this view. I believe that ordinary Canadians who own and use domains like MarySmith.ca or JoesLawnmowers.ca are the principal stakeholders in CIRA, and it is their views with which I sympathize and hope to represent. It is they whom I hope will buy far more .ca names in the future and use them daily as active participants in the digital revolution, thus making the .ca space the uniquely Canadian one, and growing it to serve a far higher percentage of people than it does at present. Growth from the current 1.5 million names is best achieved by marketing to and serving the domain needs of ordinary citizens, not by concentrating most outstanding names in the hands of speculators to the exclusion of the rest of us.
Yes, large-scale domain investors may increase the gross volume of sales of .ca domains to an extent. However, speculation in domain names does not add any value to the network for the bulk of Canadian citizens apart from those few speculators. Indeed, it makes it more difficult to obtain a domain name directly from CIRA when so many are tied up by speculators hoping to monetize those names at the expense of everyone else. Speculation reduces the value of the .ca space for most of us. Given that there is only one member-initiated seat, it makes sense for members to vote for one of their own number, someone who does not have a vested corporate or speculator interest, but will act for their concerns.
The purpose of board level governance is to exercise a (fiduciary) duty on the one hand for the corporation, and on the other for the best interests of the majority of individual stakeholders. Good governance is exercised on behalf of the common stakeholders for their collective interests. It is not sound governance to advance a specific personal, corporate, or political interest at their expense.
If elected, I will continue to advocate for sound governance and financial principles, for a safe, secure internet in the Canadian space, for the interests of everyday Canadians, and for healthy growth of the .ca space so that it exceeds .com in Canadian market share--but does so in the hands of a far larger percentage of Canada's individual citizens and businesses.