The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is pleased and honoured to host the annual general meetings of the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) in Vancouver, British Columbia from April 30 to May 5, 2017. The theme of this year’s joint conference is “Regional Collaboration in a Global Environment.”
These joint meetings present a unique opportunity to continue to work more closely together for the mutual benefit of both regions. As part of the meetings, SCC will host a workshop on innovation that will assist national standards bodies to identify opportunities that support their industries and governments through innovative standardization solutions. It also presents an opportunity for participants to discuss the best ways to demonstrate how standardization offers value to all stakeholders.
“The Standards Council of Canada is pleased to welcome COPANT and PASC to Canada,” said John Walter, Chief Executive Officer of SCC. “As the leader of the standardization network in Canada, we work closely with these important regional standardization bodies to enhance our collaboration and thus to have greater impact on international standardization.”
COPANT and PASC are voluntary, independent organizations represented by the national standards body of each member country. COPANT represents the countries of the Americas and PASC represents those standards bodies from the Pacific Area. The importance of international standardization to trade and commerce is recognized throughout the world. These regional organizations provide a forum for national standards bodies to strengthen their ability to participate in international standardization, improve the quality and capacity of standardization in the economies of the regions and support free trade within these regions.
SCC welcomes the opportunity to host this joint event and showcase Canada to delegates from around the world during its 150th anniversary of Confederation.