Don Newsham is an international thought leader on digital health and standardization. His commitment to standardization spans over 19 years, and his responsibilities and contributions have steadily increased over that time, from Project Lead to International Convener to liaison across standards development organizations to facilitate effective collaboration. He is dedicated to the development of standards that address Canadian needs, and is recognized by his peers as someone with tremendous honesty, integrity, neutrality and diplomacy. As the Canadian Head of Delegation and the Chair of the Canadian Mirror Committee of the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 215 – Health Informatics (MC/ISO/TC 215), Mr. Newsham’s support of the work of his colleagues and others—in particular, his mentorship of young standards professionals—make him an exceptionally valuable leader in Canadian and international standardization.
Thanks to his expertise, diplomacy and commitment to collaboration, Mr. Newsham has gained the respect of leaders and delegations from other countries. He is particularly seen as someone willing to address issues head-on in order to find a mutually acceptable and practical solution to deliver standards that work for all participants.