Alyssa is the Sr. Policy & Advocacy Advisor at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), a position she has held since August 2018. She also serves on the steering committee for the Canadian Internet Governance Forum (CIGF), and the Internet Society Canada Chapter (ISCC) Board of Directors. In 2016, Alyssa was elected to serve a three year term on the Advisory Council to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). She is involved in both the names and numbers communities of internet governance.
Amedeo provides consulting services to communities and service providers that are trying to navigate the complex Canadian telecommunications landscape. His practice currently focuses on the challenges of planning and implementing sustainable rural and remote broadband services. In addition to his past experiences as an executive at several small to mid-tier service providers, Amedeo credits his selection to the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference themed "Leadership and Sustainable Communities", for providing a practical understanding of the influence organizations have on the general welfare of communities and Canada as a whole.
H. Rose Trostle, MUEP
A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Trostle is an activist and researcher. They are Two-Spirit and use They/Them pronouns. Trostle is a current Research Professional at the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University and a former Project Manager at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Trostle holds a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University, where they focused on Indigenous planning. They have a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Classical Languages from Macalester College.
The Yurok Tribal Council selected Yurok Information Service Department Director, Jessica Engle to serve as the Yurok Telecommunications Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer. During the last four years, Engle has more than quadrupled the size of the Information Services Department, optimized the Tribal government’s use of technology and led the effort to increase access to high-speed internet on the Yurok Reservation.
Lee Rainie is the Director of Internet and Technology Research at Pew Research Center. Under his leadership, the Center has issued more than 650 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. The American Sociological Association gave Rainie its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues” in 2014 and described his work as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity.”
Rainie is a co-author of Networked: The new social operating system and five books about the future of the internet that are drawn from the Center’s research. He gives several dozen speeches a year to government officials, media leaders, scholars and students, technology executives, librarians, and nonprofit groups about the changing media ecosystem.
Prior to launching Pew Research Center’s technology research, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University.
Loris Taylor (Hopi/Acoma), President and CEO
Taylor was honored with the 2006 Louis T. Delgado Award and the 2005 Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award for co-founding the Hopi Foundation, the Barbara Chester Award for Clinicians of Torture, and the Hopi Education Endowment Fund.
Mark Buell is the Regional Vice President for North America at the Internet Society. In this role, he works with various stakeholders in Canada, the United States, and worldwide, from policymakers and community members to the technical community and civil society. With 20+ years of experience in policy and communications, Mark takes a collaborative approach to the complex challenges facing the Internet today.
Dr. Olivier M.J. Crépin-Leblond is a French national who has been an Internet user since 1988. He received a B.Eng. Honours degree in Computer Systems and Electronics from King’s College, London, UK, in 1990, a Ph.D. in Digital Communications from Imperial College, London, UK, in 1997, and a Specialized Masters Degree in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management from SKEMA Business School in Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France, in 2007.
Ron da Silva
Sally Braun, General Manager of the Western James Bay Telecom Network since August 2012, is based in Moose Factory and Timmins ON. Ms. Braun is responsible for the overall management of the Western James Bay Telecom Network including operations and project management, regulatory compliance, and community relations.
Ms.Braun is currently overseeing the rollout of a $ 4.7 million Fiber to the Home project in Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, and Fort Albany First Nations, with activation scheduled for October 2022. Before WJBTN, Ms. Braun was Project Manager with Attawapiskat Enterprises to develop a community-owned cellular telephone system.
Ms. Braun has consulted on education and training initiatives for the Attawapiskat First Nation Education Authority, is a director of the First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC), and supports the Internet Society of Canada.
Ms. Braun holds a degree in Law and Justice (Honors) from Laurentian University and an Honors Diploma in Library and Information Technology from Georgian College.
She has lived on the James Bay Coast for 15 years in Attawapiskat and Moose Factory. Before 2005, Ms. Braun served the Canadian NGO, CUSO, in international community development in St. Lucia, West Indies, and Papua New Guinea.
Tom Barrett has over 35 years of experience in technology, including over 20 years of experience in brand protection, internet development and blockchain. Currently, he is President and Founder of ICANN-accredited Registrars EnCirca, Inc and Name Share, Inc.