Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Ms. Heather Dryden | Board Member

Statement of Interest

Ms. Dryden currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor at the International Telecommunications Policy and Coordination Directorate at the Canadian Department of Industry (Industry Canada). Ms. Dryden is based in Ottawa.

Ms. Dryden has worked for the Department since 2002 and holds a BSc. (Econ) (Hons) Degree in International Politics and Strategic Studies and is pursuing advanced studies focused on Russia. She has lead responsibility for Internet governance and Domain Name System (DNS) policy matters. In this role, Ms. Dryden coordinates and develops Canadian government positions and policy, and represents Canada on the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – currently serving as GAC chair. Ms. Dryden represented Industry Canada, on the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Board of Directors 2006-2012 and participates in the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) – Government Working Group (AGWG).

Ms. Dryden also has responsibilities within the United Nations system on Internet-related matters, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She was appointed and served on the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) from 2008-13. Ms. Dryden also participated in the Canadian delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and its related preparatory negotiations in 2004-2005.

In addition to Internet matters, and drawing on her educational background in International Politics and Russian Studies, Ms. Dryden's experience also includes working at the NATO Information Office in Moscow immediately before joining Industry Canada. Ms. Dryden has also worked on capacity-building programs funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Ms. Dryden speaks English and French and has a working knowledge of Russian.

Ms. Dryden was elected by the Governmental Advisory Committee to serve as Interim Chair at the ICANN and GAC Brussels meetings in June 2010.  Ms. Dryden was then elected to a full term as Chair of the GAC and re-elected for a second term in 2013, which will expire at the end of the first meeting of 2015.

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