Dr. Kernaghan Webb
Dr. Kernaghan Webb (photo, centre) is the 2012 recipient of the SCC Award of Excellence. He is accompanied by John Walter, SCC CEO (left), and Dr. W. A. Sam Shaw, Interim Chair (right).
Following his first experience in standards development, as a member of the Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA’s) Technical Committee on Privacy in 1995, Dr. Kernaghan Webb has gone on to spearhead the development of numerous ground-breaking social policy standards at both the national and international levels. As senior legal policy advisor and chief of research for the Office of Consumer Affairs (Industry Canada), he quickly established himself as an international leader in the development of a number of international standards. These standards include International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 10001, 10002, 10003 and 10008 (all focused on customer satisfaction) and ISO 26000 (social responsibility). In 2007, Dr. Webb was appointed special advisor to the United Nations Global Compact regarding ISO 26000. He has been influential in helping ISO and other standards bodies consider how to become more inclusive, accountable and transparent in developing standards. As associate professor of law and business at Ryerson University, he has written and lectured extensively on the role and value of voluntary codes and standards as supplements to the legal system, and is a recognized international expert and sought-after speaker on this topic. A passionate advocate for consumer and public interests, Dr. Webb has worked tirelessly to promote voluntary standards that benefit society and that make the global marketplace more fair, sustainable and socially responsible.