The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) congratulates six outstanding Canadian experts who have been honoured by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for their outstanding commitment to international standardization.
In 2004, the IEC created the 1906 Award to commemorate the year of the IEC’s founding. The award recognizes the contributions of international experts to a project or activity that significantly contributes to advancing the work of the IEC.
For the 2017 award, 175 experts from 56 technical committees (ISO/IEC JTC 1 included) and 12 experts from four Conformity Assessment Systems of 25 National Committees were nominated to receive the 1906 Award.
To identify and seize upon opportunities in the global marketplace, Canadian experts must be involved in international standardization. SCC realizes this, and every year we work to recruit the most qualified experts in strategic areas to become involved in standardization to strengthen Canada’s voice on the global stage. These experts work within regional and international forums to ensure the needs of Canadian stakeholders are represented. Ensuring Canada’s effective participation through committee membership is part of SCC’s strategic priorities to lead regionally and internationally, while delivering value to Canada.
The six Canadians among those honoured with the 1906 Award for 2017 include:
Mr. Ryan Nicoll, Expert of IEC TC 114: Marine Energy – Wave and Tidal Energy Converters
In recognition of the significant leadership he provides to IEC TC 114, as convenor of AHG 6 and Canadian Head of Delegation. Furthermore, he contributes broadly to the efforts of TC 114.
Mr. Steven Lawrence, Expert of IEC TC 108: Safety of Electronic Equipment within the Field of Audio/Video, Information Technology and Communication Technology
For using his industry experience and knowledge over many years to help IEC TC 108 reach meaningful decisions on the technical requirements that are included in IEC 60065 and IEC 60950-1. He has continued this effort in the development work on the new IEC 62368-1 standard. He has represented the position of his National Committee consistently and participated in a number of ad hoc committees to further the development of IEC 62368-1.
Mr. Alfred M. Dolan, Expert of IEC TC 62: Electrical Equipment in Medical Practice
In recognition of his exemplary leadership of IEC TC 62/SC 62A/JWG 1 with ISO TC 210. Under his leadership, JWG 1 developed ISO 14971-1:1998, ISO 14971:2000 and ISO 14971:2007, ISO/TR 24971:2013 and ISO/IEC Guide 63:2012. In 2016, JWG 1 completed development work on a major revision of ISO/IEC Guide 63 to align it with ISO/IEC Guide 51:2014.
Ms. Brigitte Boyer, Expert of IEC TC 4: Hydraulic Turbines
In recognition of her valuable technical contributions to IEC/TC4 working groups, including to the development of IEC 60193.
Mr. Gilles Proulx, Expert of IEC TC 4: Hydraulic Turbines
In recognition of his extensive technical and administrative contributions to IEC 60041.
Mr. Shawn Paulsen, Expert of the IECEE: IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components
In recognition of his active role as a strong promoter of the IECEE, and the IEC, for the last six years, but also as convenor of a number of strategic IECEE Working Groups/Task Forces. He is influential and always willing to take on additional work while continuing to deliver on time. Mr. Paulsen is also deeply involved with the Canadian National Committee of the IEC and a CAB member for Canada and convenes CAB WG 10 – Policy and Strategy.
In the 14 years since the IEC created the 1906 Award, Canadian experts have been honoured 60 times. SCC congratulates the winners of this year’s 1906 Awards, and thanks all Canadian experts who volunteer their time on international standardization committees and systems.
Pictured from left to right: John Walter, SCC CEO; Jacques Régis, CANC/IEC President; Shawn Paulsen, 2017 1906 Award winner; James Shannon, IEC President; Chantal Guay, SCC Vice-President, Standards and International Relations Branch