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Carter, Nancy

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Affiliation: CANARIE Inc.

Nominee Classification: Well Qualified

Nominee Questionnaire

1. ARIN Board of Trustees Qualifications and Responsibilities

Please review the ARIN Board of Trustees Expected Qualifications and Responsibilities thoroughly. Please describe, providing specific details, any barriers you foresee to your fully meeting those qualifications and undertaking those responsibilities. A Trustee’s responsibilities have usually required about 5-10 hours per week.

No, I do not foresee any issues. I believe that I have demonstrated my ability to fully execute those responsibilities and expectations during my tenure on the Board of Trustees.

2. Conflicts of Interest

a) Please disclose any conflicts of interest you may have, real or perceived, that would impact your ability to perform your duty as a member of the ARIN Board of Trustees. (If no conflicts, please enter “N/A”)


b) How do you propose to resolve any conflicts identified in (a)? (If no conflicts identified, please enter “N/A”)


c) Are you currently eligible to serve on the Board of Trustees according to the Conflict of Interest Requirements and the eligibility requirements?


d) If not currently eligible, describe how you will become eligible to serve, if elected (i.e., “If elected, I will resign from the position of ____________ before 31 Dec 2023”). If currently eligible, please enter “N/A”.


3. Education

a) Please list any educational degree(s) you received, the institution and the date issued.

  • Juris Doctor, Law and Technology specialty, University of Ottawa, 2012
  • Financial Management Program, Algonquin College & University of Ottawa, 1995
  • Business Administration, Algonquin College, 1979

b) Please list any professional designations, certifications, or development education (non-degree) and the dates completed.

  • Institute of Corporate Directors – Directors Education Program, will be completed 2023/09
  • Institute of Corporate Directors, Not for Profit Program 2018
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), formerly CGA, 1997

4. Employment and Experience

a) Please provide the name of any company or organization you currently are employed by, or from which you receive directly or indirectly a material portion of your compensation. Please describe the business of each such entity, your current title, and the office address of the organization.

CANARIE Inc – Canada’s National Research and Education Network
VP, Legal and Corporate Governance
45 O’Connor Street, Suite 1150
Ottawa, ON
K1P 1A4

b) Please refer to the ARIN Board of Trustees Guidance to the 2022 Nomination Committee in answering this question: Please describe your relevant professional experience and expertise and explain how this background will make you an effective trustee.

The skills and experience that I bring are relevant to serving on the Board of Trustees of ARIN include executive not-for-profit leadership, financial expertise, strategic planning, governance, and legal. I have worked in the not for profit, research, and education space for 26 years, with considerable international collaboration. I am the VP, Legal and Corporate Governance at CANARIE, having previously served as the Chief Financial Officer for 15 years. CANARIE operates and evolves the national backbone of Canada’s ultrahigh-speed National Research and Education Network (NREN), connecting to 13 provincial and territorial partner networks.

As the executive responsible for supporting the CANARIE board, I understand and ensure best practices and board responsibility, evolution, and accountability. In my role at CANARIE, I participate in and lead a number of international initiatives, in support of global Research and Education Networking. These are all extremely relevant to my serving on the ARIN board, make me an effective trustee, and demonstrate that I am an integral part of the community that ARIN serves.

Attach a resume, curriculum vitae, or other biography highlighting your experience most relevant to the duties of the ARIN Board of Trustees. (PDF, DOC, DOCX files only) Remove any personal contact information (postal address, email, and/or phone number) from your resume/CV, as it will be posted publicly as part of the candidate information.


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5. Governance Experience

a) Please identify any boards on which you currently serve that carry fiduciary duties, whether at a for-profit or nonprofit organization. Please note how long you have served and what offices, if any, you have held.

  • Board Member, Ontario Genomics 2022-current
  • Trustee and Treasurer, ARIN Board of Trustees 2018-2023
  • ARIN Finance Committee (Chair), 2018-2023
  • ARIN Compensation Committee 2018-2023
  • ARIN Governance Committee 2022-2023
  • ARIN Governance Working Group (Chair), 2020-2021
  • ARIN Nomination Committee, 2018-2019
  • CIRA Nomination Committee, member 2018, Co-Chair 2019, Chair 2020

b) Please identify any other boards on which you have served in the past 10 years that are not included in answer to (a), listing your dates of service.

Board Member and Treasurer, CCC#585 Condominium Corporation, 2011 to 2022

Board Member and Treasurer, Internet Society Canada Chapter, 2013 to 2018

c) How does your past governance experience prepare you to help fulfill that role by serving as an ARIN Trustee?

My past governance experience has prepared me well for another term on the Board of Trustees. I have developed a strong understanding of good governance practices through my past board experiences, all of which I have brought to the ARIN Board table.

My professional background has added diversity to the Board and has been valuable in my role as Treasurer. I have served as Treasurer for the past 6 years and have supported evolution of the governance of ARIN for the past 4 years.

I am currently undertaking the Director Education Program offered by ICD-Rotman to further my governance expertise and background.

As well, and because it is relevant to ARIN, I am enrolled in ESG training.

6. Describe any past experience or involvement with ARIN or other Internet governance bodies.

I have been on the ARIN Board of Trustees for 6 years and have served on several committees over that time.

My involvement in CIRA has continued over many years and I am currently the Nomination Committee Chair.

I have been involved with the Canadian Internet Governance Forum for over 5 years.

7. Aside from any governance experience, describe your specific skills, background, and/or areas of expertise you believe will assist the Board in carrying out its duties.

The most important skills and background that I bring to the Board to assist in carrying out its duties are my proficiency in Financial Management / Investment Oversight, my legal and governance training, and my passion and commitment to life-long learning. These attributes are required at every Board table, and ARIN is no exception.

9 responses

  1. Jim Ghadbane

    As past president of CANARIE, I worked with Nancy for more than 13 years. I enjoyed working with her and also learned a lot along the way. I fully endorse her renewed appointment to the ARIN Board of Trustees as she has excellent knowledge of legal, finance, governance and operational considerations and has demonstrated that she can apply those skills to support ARIN and the community it serves.

  2. In the time I have had the pleasure of working and collaborating with Nancy she has proven to be an invaluable asset from both a Governance and Financial guidance lens. She would be an incredible asset to the ARIN Board of Trustees. Nancy brings an innovative and collaborative mindset that is refreshing and grounded in extensive financial, governance and leadership experience. I whole heartedly support Nancy for another term on the ARIN Board of Trustees.

  3. From what I’ve seen, Nancy has brought a level of expertise and professionalism to the ARIN Board that will be very hard to replace.

  4. Jill Kowalchuk

    Nancy provides a unique set of skills to every Board that she serves. Her legal and financial experience coupled with her extensive leadership across various technology based organizations makes her an exceptional addition to every Board she serves. I fully support Nancy for the ARIN Board of Directors.

  5. Richard Klinger

    As a senior technical network person, I can attest that while Nancy has an often mentioned skillset in financial and legal, it’s important to highlight that throughout her 26-year career in the research and education space, Nancy has repeatedly demonstrated extensive technical understanding. I saw another recommendation highlighting her leadership in the adoption of MANRS, RPKI, IPv6… and would further state that as a leader she is fierce and motivational. I wholeheartedly support Nancy’s nomination for the ARIN Board of Trustees.

  6. Alex Bushell

    Nancy has shown great dedication both to Internet Governance and to issues relevant to the ARIN community (e.g. MANRS, RPKI, and IPv6 adoption) in Canada. She is a strong advocate for good governance and EDI in organizations that she is involved in, and will continue to be a great asset for the ARIN Board of Trustees.

  7. Tina Morris

    I will echo my colleagues; Nancy is a massive asset to the Board of Trustees. Nancy brings expertise in Governance and Financial matters, as well as excellent judgement and a willingness to collaborate. I have learned a great deal from Nancy, and appreciate her patience to work through complicated matters with the staff, BoT, and members of the community. Please give Nancy your vote in the next election!

  8. Andrew Dul

    Nancy has been an invaluable asset to the ARIN board and the ARIN community. She has brought her expertise in the financial management realm to ARIN and this has made ARIN a better organization. I heartily support Nancy for another term on the ARIN Board of Trustees.

  9. Cathy Aronson

    Nancy has been a great addition to the ARIN board. I like her as treasurer and I love the treasurer reports she gives at the ARIN meetings.

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