What Makes CANENA Work

CANENA’s strength and success comes from its committed volunteer members representing the industry leaders from manufacturers, SDO’s and other associations. There would be no CANENA if not for its members. It is the continuous, active participation by various electrical industry product sectors in each country that is the catalyst for CANENA’s activities.

There are several hundred individuals and more than 100 organizations that are actively
involved in CANENA membership, in various commitment levels. The organizational structure includes:

    • The Council
    • The Executive Committee of the Council
    • Procedural Operations Subcommittee
    • Marketing Communications Subcommittee
    • The Audit Committee

  • Over 30 Technical Harmonization Committees (THC) and Technical Harmonization Subcommittees (THSC)

Membership Application

Please click here to access the CVENT page for Individual Membership paying by credit card.

Corporate/Association Membership Please click here to access the CANENA Membership form (pdf), fill it out and submit it to Linda Chen, Electro-Federation Canada at 416-679-9234 (fax) or lchen@electrofed.com.

Kinds of Members

Company Member, Company Member-Sponsoring

All Company Members: Company membership enables individual companies
with multiple CANENA members to pay dues conveniently with only one annual dues payment.

For one annual dues payment, company members are permitted to have an unlimited number of individual CANENA memberships and THC participants. All employees of a company, in all countries within the region of the Americas, are covered by one company membership. Up to ten individuals under a company membership can be designated as “voting representatives” for the purpose of Council votes.

Company membership is expected to create greater awareness of CANENA at higher levels within our individual members’ funding organizations.

Company Member-Basic: For one annual dues payment, basic company members are permitted to have up to ten individual CANENA memberships and THC participants. All are considered voting members of the Council.

Company Member-Sponsoring: For one annual dues payment, sponsoring company members are permitted to have an unlimited number of individual CANENA memberships and THC participants. All employees of a company, in all countries within the region of the Americas, are covered by one company membership. Up to ten individuals under a company membership can be designated as “voting representatives” for the purpose of
Council votes. Sponsoring company members provide CANENA with an additional annual contribution above the annual dues payment. This additional contribution is designated to help offset CANENA’s annual administrative expenses. CANENA benefits from substantial in-kind administrative resources from many sources. Helping to increasingly offset the expense of these resources is an objective of the Executive Committee.

Sponsoring member companies receive special recognition on the CANENA website and at the CANENA Annual General Meeting.

Association Member

CANENA benefits from substantial in-kind administrative resources from many sources,
but notably from the industry trade associations of many of our members and our participating standards development organization ANCE, CSA and UL. These associations acknowledge that a majority of their members benefit from the results in CANENA, not just those members that directly participate in the Council or its technical programs.

All electro-technical manufacturer trade associations or chambers, professional societies, and other stakeholder associations are invited to become an association member of CANENA for one annual dues contribution. The CANENA Executive Committee will award Association membership, without additional dues payment, to those organizations who already provide substantive financial or in-kind resources to the Council.

Association members receive special recognition on the CANENA website and at the CANENA Annual General Meeting.

Membership Classes – Summary

Class/ Annual Dues (USD) Member Benefits CANENA Benefits
Individual Membership – $175.00 All benefits accorded a member of CANENA. 1 Council Member vote Administrative funding.
Company Membership –
Basic $1,750.00
One invoice for multiple members in all countries. Up to 10 Council voting members Administrative efficiency-dues collection.
Broader participating membership.
Greater awareness in funding organizations.
Company Membership – Sponsoring $2,500.00 One invoice for multiple members.
Unlimited individual members.
Up to 10 Council voting members.
Special company recognition.
Administrative efficiency-dues collection.
Broader participating membership.
Greater awareness in funding organizations.
Funding offset to administrative in-kind contributions.
Association Membership –
$2,500.00
Special recognition. Greater awareness in funding organizations.
Funding for Council strategic objectives and administrative expenses.

Annual General Meeting Sponsorship

CANENA will gratefully accept individual or group sponsorships to offset the cost of programs and administration associated with the CANENA Annual General Meeting. Such sponsorship are above and beyond annual dues or other membership class fees.

Responsibilities of Membership

The success of CANENA has and will always depend on its membership, a diverse multi-national group of competing manufacturers, standards development organizations (SDO) and certification organizations (CO). CANENA remains a relevant model for regional cooperation in standardization in a global economy.

CANENA members have always maintained as their highest priority and sole objective the voluntary harmonization of standards among willing participants. Clearly however, the interface of CANENA’s activities with other standardization bodies in the region of the Americas, in other world regions, and IEC cannot be ignored.

The CANENA model has developed into an environment that is conducive to accomplishment of its member’s objectives. The result of the work programs of CANENA Technical Harmonization Committees is fewer standards, fewer different requirements and tests, and a clearer understanding of remaining differences. Participating SDOs have benefited from the expanded pool of voluntary technical experts to fuel standards development and these experts are more efficiently used in both development and
maintenance processes. When a harmonized standard is adopted through normal channels in each participating country, the result is lower cost access to the markets in each country for the product manufacturers, more consistent application of the standards by the accredited COs and more choices for the consumers in each country.

Its continuing role as facilitator is truly the only objective of CANENA. The only strategic
direction the Council’s Executive Committee has is to satisfy its members in this role by providing a minimal infrastructure of organization and procedures under which manufacturers, SDOs and COs can continue to cooperate to reach common goals. The CANENA model has been very successful in this regard.

Increasingly, the CANENA model and the Council’s diverse membership is being seen as an inviting forum for exploring broader cooperation within the scope of electro-technical standardization.

The CANENA model, while effectively serving its members must not be seen as a threat, but rather a complement in our evolving regional standardization environment.

Benefits of Membership

Involvement – As a member of CANENA, the benefits are obvious:
Advance Information – First hand knowledge of standardization trends and their impact
Industry Influence – Ability to influence strategic direction in standards development and maintenance
Increased Corporate Profile – Association with industry leaders and stakeholders
– Valuable networking opportunities
Risk Reduction – Cost saving efficiencies in standards participation
– Valuable insights on business investment decisions
– Avoid threats from lack of involvement

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