Webnames.ca Co-founder Honoured for Preserving Canadian Identity on the Internet

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - John Demco, Co-Founder and Director of
Webnames.ca and Ex-officio on the CIRA Board of Directors, was honoured
recently by the University of British Columbia for creating the .ca country
code top-level domain for Canada and managing it on a volunteer basis for more
than 10 years.
    In recognition of John's efforts, the Dept. of Computer Science at UBC
has named its undergraduate computing learning facility "The Demco Student
Learning Centre". The name is a tribute to John's tremendous achievements, his
foresight in preserving a uniquely Canadian identity on the World Wide Web and
his positive impact on the reputation of UBC in this field.
    "It has been a pleasure to work with John over the past nine years. He is
a genuine visionary - John anticipated how people would use the Internet and
created the .ca domain years before the widespread adoption of the Net," said
Webnames.ca Inc. President Stephen Smith. "Not only is John the innovator of
.ca, he continues to play an important role in the governance of the Canadian
    Demco first conceived the ".ca" domain name in 1987, managing requests
and approving applications by hand. By 2000, almost 100,000 dot-ca domain
names were registered by John and a team of UBC volunteers. In December 1998,
the non-profit Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) was created to
manage the growing .ca registry. Today, with more than a million .ca domains
registered and 76% of Canadians preferring to shop on a .ca website, it has
become one of the most successful ccTLD's worldwide.
    "Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have benefited from John's ingenuity
and efforts in protecting and fostering Canadian Internet presence," said
Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA. "Since 2000, CIRA has been able to
continue on the founding principles of John's dedication and integrity to
protect, promote and develop the Canadian Internet identity."
    CIRA requires potential registrants to establish presence requirements or
demonstrate strong Canadian connection before they granted a .ca domain. Each
day approximately 300 million requests are processed by CIRA to connect
Internet users to more than one million .ca Internet addresses.

    John Demco resides in Vancouver, BC where he is active in corporate
planning for Webnames.ca, publishes a weekly domain name newsletter and
continues to champion the adoption and use of the .ca domain.

    About Webnames.ca Inc.

    Webnames.ca Inc. is Canada's original and most experienced domain
registrar. A spin-off from the Internet pioneers who founded the .ca domain in
1987, Webnames.ca is 100 per cent Canadian owned and operated. In addition to
domain registration and corporate domain name management, Webnames.ca offers a
growing list of Internet services. Webnames.ca's reliability is complemented
by state-of-the-art systems and online tools which help customers get the most
from their Internet presence. For more information, visit www.webnames.ca.

    About CIRA

    The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the
not-for-profit, member-driven organization that manages Canada's dot-ca (.ca)
domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada's
Internet community, and represents the dot-ca registry internationally. CIRA
processes over 300 million requests per day to connect Internet users with
over one million dot-ca Internet addresses. For more information, visit:

For further information:

For further information: Julianna Horvat, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Webnames.ca Inc., (604) 633-3097 ext. 148, julie@webnames.ca;
Melisa Durak-Buljubasic, Public Relations and Communications Specialist,
Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), Phone: (613) 237-5335 ext:
294, Cell: (613) 219-5328, melisa.db@cira.ca

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