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Strengthening Canada’s hydropower industry through standardization strategies

September 18, 2020 | By Anthony Capkun

Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, president & CEO of WaterPower Canada, and Chantal Guay, CEO of Standards Council of Canada, sign a cooperation arrangement at a virtual ceremony (September 2020).

September 18, 2020 – The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and WaterPower Canada have signed a partnership agreement to help advance the competitiveness of Canada’s hydro-electrical industry.

“We are excited to kick-off a new chapter in our relationship with the SCC,” said Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, president & CEO of WaterPower Canada. “This partnership gives our members leverage in standardization activities that influence their work in building a clean and sustainable future for everyone.”

This partnership creates new opportunities for “substantial industry involvement in promoting efficient and effective standardization activities in national and international markets”, say the organizations in a joint release.

“The SCC is thrilled to work more closely with WaterPower Canada to foster more collaboration between the world of standardization and the hydro-electricity industry,” said Chantal Guay, CEO of SCC. “Participation in standards development provides the sector with more opportunities to lead national and international conversations […]”

Both organizations will strive to achieve the following measures under the partnership:

Awareness – Undertake activities to promote awareness of each other’s organizations; of the value of standardization and the benefits of hydropower.

Knowledge exchange and research – Facilitate activities that provide a broader understanding of future strategic positions, development of technology and the value of standardization in the sector.

Recruitment – Collaborate to encourage participation in each other’s standardization network and standards development activities.

Through this agreement, SCC and WaterPower Canada will also collaborate to advance areas of mutual interest, such as strengthening gender diversity and engaging young professionals.

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is a Crown corporation that facilitates the development of standards, and promotes their use “to enhance Canada’s competitiveness and well-being”. As Canada’s national accreditation body, it accredits conformity assessment bodies to internationally or nationally recognized standards, and also accredits standards development organizations (SDOs) that are part of Canada’s standardization system.

WaterPower Canada is a national, not-for-profit association dedicated to representing the nation’s waterpower industry.

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