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i3Forum February 2023 Newsletter – Fighting Messaging Fraud & Board Elections

International messaging fraud – join the fight!

The i3forum has established a work group to improve the fight against international messaging fraud, leveraging our experience with voice fraud prevention and management.

Join the first meeting on Friday March 10, 2023 at 3pm CET (9am EST, 7:30pm IST) – please contact Katia ( and Anurag ( to register your interest.

i3forum members will bring together their experts and develop reference documentation, operational best practices, and an actionable code of conduct. This will allow the entire international communications ecosystem to strengthen their arsenal against fraud and establish common practices across the industry.

This initiative, led by Katia Gonzalez (BICS), and supported by Anurag Aggarwal (GTS), leverages the specific fraud prevention expertise of the i3forum membership, complementing the work of other industry bodies.

The Workgroup’s initial objectives (in collaboration with other industry bodies) are as follows:

– Cross / mutual education (supporting voice and messaging convergence)
– Use cases / fraud types – listing, understanding, detecting, and preventing
– Messaging fraud dispute handling – building on the widely adopted procedures for voice that were created by the i3forum members
– Develop a specific code of conduct – ensuring maximum adoption and replicating our success with voice.

Heads up! – Board elections are coming.

To help shape and deliver on our vision, we are looking for passionate people who understand the value of collaboration, to join the i3forum board of directors.

The elections process is open to all full members.  These elections, which will be initiated in the coming weeks, will reconfirm the existing leadership and hopefully welcome new board members.

Open seats are available, do not hesitate to let us know if you are interested in joining.

Meet the team – because it’s all about the people.

Christian Michaud, Executive Director

I’m a true Montrealer born and raised.  After traveling in more than 50 countries during my career and meeting so many great people around the planet I now enjoy spending more time home and less time traveling.  After more than 30 years in the Telecommunications industry, I took a semi-retirement in April 2021 and I spend time supporting the i3forum great initiatives and doing a number of other projects including the renovation of a cottage on a lake we bought a few years back.

This cottage is now my refuge and best place to spend time on earth.  In the middle of the woods and right in front of the lake, I spend my time walking in the woods, canoeing or kayaking the lake and rivers around.  Winters is great for snowshoe hiking and skating on the lake.  Cooking a meal on the BBQ and sharing drinks with family and friends is also great in such an environment.

Looking forward to meet many new people and supporting the success of the forum and the ecosystem it’s support.

Gregory Koch, PMO Director

I enjoy many facets of fitness, running and weightlifting are probably my favorites.  When I’m not at our Wilmington, DE residence I can usually be found at our beach house, down the jersey shore (my happy place!).  Most proudly, I’m a husband and hands-on father of two.

Five years ago this autumn, after a rewarding twenty-year career in Telecommunications, I started my consulting practice, albeit somewhat unexpectedly.

After spending several months clearing dense brush and woods from my backyard, I was asked by a former colleague to review his marketing plan in support of a new product launch.  Marketing plans and product launches were furthest from mind after beginning a semi-retirement not long ago.  Helping my former colleague provided the initial spark that ultimately led to my next venture.

Helping people and organizations achieve their goals is what motivates me.  Working with the i3forum has allowed me to do just that.  I directly support the board of directors along with the Executive Director as well as the various workgroups.

Don’t forget – encourage your Numbering Plan team to join the i3forum Numbering Plan Community.

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