Jacques Latour is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). He has 25+ years of experience in various roles within the private and not-for-profit sectors, including research and development and software development to IT operations and business development.
Jacques is currently responsible for the 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.
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 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.
Jacques has also played a central role in the modernization of the .CA top-level domain. He led the wholesale rewrite of the .CA registry system, updating and simplifying every aspect of the registry from its technological processes to its policies and business practices. In 2014, he implemented DNSSEC at CIRA, enhancing the security of Canada’s online identifier.
From July 2009 to March 2010, Jacques was the Practice Director of ICT Infrastructure at TRM Technologies Inc. Prior to joining TRM Technologies Inc, he was Delivery Executive at Ajilon Consulting, starting in April 2006 and ending in April 2009. He was Vice President of Research and Development at NUVO Network Management from March 1993 to September 2005, and from 1988 to 1992 he provided Network Support at CAE.
Latour received a diploma in Electronics Engineering Technologist diploma Algonquin College and is certified by the ITIL v3 Foundation.