About

Webnames.ca is Canada’s original .CA domain registrar and the country’s leading company for corporate domain registration and portfolio management services.

Webnames Corporate focuses on the unique needs of clients that require a highly-managed domain and brand portfolio, customized payment methods, bulk tools and a high-touch, concierge service. Webnames Corporate is trusted by Canada's top lawfirms, all levels of government, Canada's biggest brands and global Fortune 500 companies such as Canadian Tire, Government of BC, Loblaws, BMW, McDonalds, Shaw, Rogers, Postmedia, National Bank and many more.

History

Webnames.ca director and partner John Demco is a true innovator and visionary. Besides being instrumental in setting up one of Canada's first Internet connections in 1988, he also founded the .CA domain extension in 1987 with the vision of securing a unique identity for all Canadians on the Internet (at a time when no websites even existed-the web was invented in 1989). John voluntarily managed the .CA Registry, setting policies and framework, implementing systems and procedures as well as processing registrations, updates and changes for all .CA domains for 13 years, charging absolutely no fee for his services. By 1999/2000, about 100,000 .CA domains had been registered and he was processing registration or update requests at the rate of about 5000 per month. He did this on top of his full time job as the Facilities Manager of the Computer Science Department at the University of British Columbia.

In 2000, the authority for administering the .CA domain was transferred to the newly formed Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). The .CA domain space is recognized by Industry Canada as a “key public resource” for the benefit of all Canadians, a legacy that John made possible with his foresight and innovation. John continues to serve on the Board of CIRA.

Webnames.ca was founded in 2000 as a UBC spinoff company from the original .CA registry. Led by Cybele Negris, Co-Founder and CEO, the company has employed hundreds of people in Canada (never outsourced to other countries) and continues to be 100% Canadian owned and operated.

Over the years, the company has expanded its services from one domain extension (.CA) to hundreds of domain extensions, SSL certificates, web hosting, email services, and web development. Webnames corporate is dedicated to the specific needs of clients that require online brand protection and domain management.

Accolades

John Demco was recognized by the Prime Minister (1997) and was also awarded the CANARIE IWAY Award for Community Service (2001) which recognized his outstanding voluntary contribution of technical expertise, skill and time to impact the quality of Canadian life. BCNET also recognized his work with the Advanced Network Builder Award (2001). In 2006, John was awarded the prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award” by Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA) in recognition of his significant achievements in new media. In October of 2007, the University of British Columbia named the “Demco .CA Learning Centre” in the Computer Science Department after John to commemorate John’s achievements and for his volunteer work that has brought such financial benefit and honour to the University and the people in British Columbia. In 2013, John was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. This commemorative medal serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. In 2014, he was presented with the University of British Columbia Honorary Alumnus Award.

Cybele Negris four-time winner of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. She has been named by BC Business as Top 50 Most Influential Women (2015), was awarded Business In Vancouver’s Influential Woman in Business Award (2010), Profit W100 Top Female Entrepreneurs for nine years, and Top 40 Under 40 Award (2003), and many more.

Board Service & Community

Webnames’ management is committed to giving back to the community, having served on the Boards of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, BCNET, Small Business BC, Small Business Roundtable of BC, Capilano University, Capilano University Foundation, Vancouver Economic Commission, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Chair's council of Science World, and many more.