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Congratulations Tony Capel – first Canadian recipient of Lord Kelvin Award

Tony is the 37th laureate to receive the honour, and the first from Canada.


Tony Capel, courtesy Standards Council of Canada (July 2021).

July 23, 2021 – The Standards Council of Canada reports a Canadian—Tony Capel— is the recipient of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s 2021 Lord Kelvin Award. Congratulations, Tony!

The Lord Kelvin Award is the highest honour given by the IEC, says SCC, recognizing “exceptional and long-term individual contributions to standardization to the electrotechnical industry, globally”.

Tony is the 37th laureate to receive the honour, and the first from Canada, adds SCC.

He is the owner and president of Comgate Engineering Ltd., which he co-founded in 1989. He is registered with Professional Engineers Ontario and specializes in datacom, data security and information technology. He obtained his Bachelor and Master of Applied Science degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo.

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Tony was recognized for his participation and dedicated contributions in the areas of wireless industrial communication networks, cybersecurity and smart grid technology/frameworks, reports SCC.

“The IEC has been standardizing electrical technology for over a century, and these standards have become a major tool to help meet today’s challenges[…]” Tony was quoted as saying. “As part of a team of Canadians supported by SCC, I am honoured to receive this award named after the IEC’s first president.”

The formal presentation of the 2021 Lord Kelvin award will occur at the IEC 85th General Meeting.



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