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CSA announces recipients of its 2006 Award of Merit

Toronto, ON -- Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Canada's leading developer of standards and codes, today offic...


Toronto, ON — Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Canada’s leading developer of standards and codes, today officially announces the recipients of the 2006 Award of Merit. The Award of Merit is an honour bestowed by CSA to individuals that have demonstrated leadership in developing Canadian voluntary standards and who, through technical, administrative, or special standards activities, have advanced the purpose of the Canadian Standards Association.

The 2006 Awards of Merit were presented by Daniel Gagnier, Chair of the Board, CSA Group at a special awards ceremony held during the CSA Annual Conference in Deerhurst, Ontario.

“The annual Award of Merit is presented in recognition of the outstanding contribution our volunteers make to society,” says Pat Keindel, President, Standards, Canadian Standards Association. “We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for their gallant efforts. Without their extensive knowledge, hard work, and devotion to standards development, we simply would not have the many standards that impact our daily lives, contribute to the betterment of society, and advance our community well being.”

The 2006 Awards of Merit were presented to the following individuals:

– Luc Boutin, of Montreal, Que., receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his exceptional leadership and commitment to standards relating to energy efficiency. Mr. Boutin is business technical support manager for Hydro-Quebc.
– Richard Burpee, of Saint John, N.B. receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his ongoing commitment, determination and expertise in the advancement of the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1 and electrical engineering standards. Mr. Burpee is president and CEO of the Saint John Energy.
– Bruce Fowlie, of Calgary, Alta., receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his more than 25 years of outstanding contribution, leadership and mentoring in the advancement of petroleum and natural gas pipeline industry system standards. Mr. Fowlie is the owner of Nu Trac Management Consulting Ltd., and a municipal counsellor and Mayor representing the community of Summer Village of Norris Beach, Alta.
– Ronald Lai, of Manchester, N.H., receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his outstanding leadership and technical expertise in the development and harmonization of CSA standards relating to electrical connectors. Mr Lai is senior director, global engineering services and standards for FCI USA Inc.
– Steven Lee, of Orangeville, Ont., receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his exceptional commitment, leadership and expertise in the development and application of nuclear fire protection standards. Mr. Lee is a consultant for Fyrex Engineering.
– John Marshall, B.A., C.I.G.C., of Toronto, receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his dedication and leadership in the development and advancement of codes and standards for natural gas and pipeline industries. Mr. Marshall is manager of engineering operations for Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
– Norma McCormick, of Winnipeg, Man., receives the Award of Merit in recognition of her devotion in representing consumer and user interests in the development and advancement of occupational health and safety standards. Ms. McCormick is founder and principal of Corporate Health Works, Inc.
– William McCrum, P.Eng., of Ottawa, receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his more than 25 years of dedication and leadership in the development and advancement of telecommunications and information technology standards. Mr. McCrum is deputy director general, spectrum engineering at Industry Canada.
– Richard McGrath, P.Eng., MCSCE, of Ottawa, receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his outstanding contributions and leadership in the development and advancement of standards in the cement and concrete program. Mr. McGrath is director, codes and standards – engineered structures, Cement Association of Canada.
– Tomislay Mehes, CIH, ROH, of Copper Cliff, Ont., receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his contribution and leadership in the development and advancement of standards in respiratory protection and compressed breathing systems. Mr. Mehes is superintendent, emergency preparedness and corporate industrial hygienist at Inco Ltd.
– Shawn Paulsen, P.Eng, of Fredericton, N.B., receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his commitment and strategic leadership in the advancement of Canadian electrical safety codes and standards. Mr. Paulsen is chief electrical inspector for the province of New Brunswick.
– Christine Simpson, of Hamilton, Ont., receives the Award of Merit in recognition of her ongoing commitment and leadership in the development and implementation of the Children’s Playspaces and Equipment standard. Ms. Simpson is a consumer product safety officer with Health Canada.
– Dr. Trevor Smith, of Toronto, receives the Award of Merit in recognition of his outstanding leadership and expertise in the advancement of quality management standards both nationally and internationally. Dr. Smith is worldwide quality director for Eastman Kodak Company.

The Award of Merit was created in 1979 to honour and recognize leadership in Canadian voluntary standards development. Nominations are open to all present or past CSA voting members, as well as former CSA employees that have: served in CSA committee activity or other associated standardization work; showed leadership in technical, administrative, or special committee activities; published papers, or made public addresses, which have been of special benefit to the work of the Association; and have advanced the prestige or interest of the Canadian Standards Association.

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a membership association serving industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in Canada and the global marketplace. CSA aims to enhance public safety, improve quality of life, preserve the environment and facilitate trade. The Canadian Standards Association is a division of CSA Group, which also consists of CSA International for product testing and certification, OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services, and QMI for management systems registration. For more information visit www.csa.ca.