This is chapter 5 of the Canadian Participation in ISO and IEC orientation module. A transcript of the video follows below.
As a participant, you may want to explore whether you qualify for appointment to an international committee chair, international secretary or working group convenor position. International secretaries support international technical committees administratively and convenors perform the same function for working groups.
Leading a committee’s work involves additional duties & requires extensive knowledge of the committee’s activities within its area of responsibility. This comes with experience as an active committee member. That is why a leadership role is usually best suited for more seasoned committee members.
When holding any leadership position, you are to maintain a neutral position and facilitate consensus in decision-making in order to prevent potential conflicts of interest or other ethical concerns. This means that a chairperson, international secretary or convenor must not favour any industry, regulatory, academic or consumer interest or viewpoint in any aspect of committee or working group proceedings.
Candidates interested in appointment to a leadership position:
- Are willing and able to fulfil the demands of the position and have the necessary financial and administrative capacity to fulfill the leadership function;
- Have a solid understanding of the implications, limitations and issues of committee work on the national and international levels in order to effectively act on behalf of the committee;
- Officially represent the committee at international meetings, or designate an appropriate alternate representative to do so; and
- Are fluent speakers and writers and comport themselves with due professionalism at all times, as they represent the voice of Canada to the rest of the international standards community.
Key responsibilities for committee chairs include:
- Making recommendations and providing guidance on committee and standards-related matters;
- Coordinating meetings, stakeholder consultations, committee communications and work items;
- Monitoring of committee member performance;
- Regular reporting to SCC on committee activities; and
- Assisting SCC with membership decisions.
Management boards at ISO and IEC may also accept nominations and extend offers for:
- Chair positions with international technical committees; and
- Convenors of working groups.
SCC is responsible for approving potential Canadian appointments based on the overall Canadian contribution to standards work in the area in question. If it is deemed in Canada’s national interest, an appointment may be approved.
Individuals selected for Chair positions with an international technical committee or working group maintain their membership obligations to, and communicate regularly, with SCC following any meetings of their respective technical committee or working group.
If you are interested in hearing more about leadership opportunities, SCC will be happy to help you find the information you need. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.