Jacques Latour is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). As an expert in developing innovative, leading-edge IT solutions, Jacques has established CIRA as a global leader among country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries. His 26+ years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors afford him a unique perspective, from research and development and software development to IT operations and business development.
Jacques is currently responsible for the mission-critical architecture of the .CA ccTLD. In this role, he provides leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry and its underlying DNS, critical components of Canada’s national Internet infrastructure.
A visionary in the Internet community, Jacques is committed to the development of a new Canadian Internet architecture. Under his direction in 2012, CIRA spearheaded the development of a national, robust network of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) to diminish Canada’s unnecessary dependence on out-of-country infrastructure, enhance domestic Internet performance, and decrease costs. As a result, Canada’s IXP network has grown sevenfold. He has also served as the catalyst for the creation of a national Canadian IXP association, CA-IX, and is a member of the Manitoba Internet Exchange’s (MBIX) Board of Directors.