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Canada Hosts First National Standards System Conference

New York, Mar 05, 2002

Canada's first-ever National Standards System Conference will convene members of the Canadian standards community in Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec on March 25-27, 2002.

Organized by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the event will "bring together industry, government and the non-profit sectors to share ideas and experiences, learn from one another, and chart the future course of standardization in Canada." Conference organizers indicate that the list of guests and delegates include representatives of Canada's most successful corporations, all levels of government, and national and international standards and conformity assessment forums.

Mr. Oliver R. Smoot, chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors and Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, CAE, ANSI president and CEO, will join Mr. Gary Kushnier, ANSI vice-president of international policy, and Mr. Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice-president of conformity assessment, for a weekend meeting with SCC representatives to discuss matters of mutual interest.

Mr. Kushnier will participate on a March 27th panel discussing the "Vienna Agreement" and the question of whether Europeans have an unfair advantage in international standardization. Joining Mr. Kushnier on the panel are Mr. Kevin McKinley, director of standards at SCC (moderator), Mr. Michael Smith, director of standards at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Ms. Laverne Dalgleish, member of the Canadian Advisory Committee/ISO Technical Committee 163 Thermal performance and energy use in the built environment. Panelists will discuss the cooperative agreement between ISO and the European standards body, CEN, as well as the impact that this agreement has on international standardization, especially for those countries that are not a party to the agreement.

Other U.S. participants include Dr. Belinda Collins, deputy director for technology services at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and Mr. John Donaldson, former ANSI vice-president for conformity assessment and chairman of the ISO Council Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO), who will participate on a panel discussion concerning the trends in conformity assessment programs at the bi-national, regional and global levels. Also in attendance will be Mr. Ken Krechmer, fellow at the International Center for Standards Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who will speak on a panel addressing the range of industry sector, national, regional and international standards development models and prospects for the future.

In his letter of invitation to conference attendees, Mr. Peter Clark, SCC executive director, said, "This event offers an unprecedented opportunity to network with colleagues, competitors and opinion leaders, and to become a partner in the advancement of Canada's standardization efforts."

"ANSI values its long-standing positive relationship with SCC and the Canadian voluntary consensus standardization community," said Dr. Hurwitz. "We are pleased that we have been invited to participate in the program and that the U.S. will be well represented at the event. As the conference theme, Partners in progress, suggests, we look forward to further strengthening our cooperative relationship with Canada and to working even more closely together in the future on issues of mutual interest."

For more information, please visit the SCC conference website.

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