The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is a federal Crown corporation with the mandate to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada. Located in Ottawa, SCC has a Governing Council comprised of up to 13 members and a staff of approximately 90. The organization reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry and oversees Canada’s national standardization network.
While a Committee as a whole has defined responsibilities and is made up of various stakeholders, committees may include Associate Members, and it is these individuals who help contribute to the successful completion of standardization projects. An Associate Member has full access to all working documents but limited voting rights in the technical work and no eligibility to managerial functions within the committee.
Key Responsibilities and activities
Reporting to SCC management, Standards Solutions Branch, an Associate member is responsible for the following:
- Commit the resources for reviewing and discussing projects within the agreed timeframes;
- Attend meetings whenever possible;
- Participate fully in all committee work and, based on the Associate members’ knowledge and experience in the subject, provide technical input into the standard being prepared;
- Be impartial and broadly represent national interests and priorities;
- Follow international and SCC’s principles of transparency and consensus, and actively contribute to reaching committee consensus;
- Work towards alignment with existing International Standards wherever practical and relevant;
- Participate in the progress of projects;
- Raise project issues and risks that need to be recorded and resolved, and assist with the resolution of these;
- Work within the policies and procedures outlined in this and other standardization guides;
- Ensure that relevant interests in the subject matter, not readily apparent, be made known to the committee i.e. declare conflicts of interest; and,
- Comply with SCC’s Code of Conduct.
- Be a Canadian citizen, resident of Canada, or working for a Canadian organization.
- Relevant professional experience with standardization
- Understanding of international and national standards development processes
- Understanding and ability to speak the standards business terminology
- Operation of national and international standards organizations, including the written rules, procedures and directives
- Relevant professional experience or experience as a committee member
- Ability to travel and attend meetings in accordance with the approved meeting schedule;
- Working knowledge and the ability to apply the rules, procedures and processes.
- Standards Council of Canada’s Act, mandate, structure, plans and priorities
- Understand the nature of international standards organizations’ work and its resulting benefits
- Be fully knowledgeable of the subject and market needs
- Project management principles, practices and techniques
- High proficiency to communicate, verbally and in writing in the English language
- Active listening skills
- Develop solutions through innovative and creative thinking in a consensus environment
- Advanced time management, prioritization and planning skills,
- Advanced computer skills and the ISO/IEC/SCC web-based IT tools and applications
- Ability to think strategically to promote and to position the ISO/IEC/JTC initiatives and work activities nationally
- Ability to commit time and resources to the role
- Ability to act proactively and communicate diplomatically
- Ability to foster and value cooperation with other ISO and IEC Committees and partners including those from regulatory bodies
- Ability to present positions and views (at meetings and by correspondence)
- Ability to provide input to projects according to agreed target dates in accordance with the project plan from preparation to completion
- Ability to propose decisions to progress or to stop work on the basis of its market or global relevance