2017 CANENA Annual General Meeting

2017-canena-agm-inlineimg-420x294Register in November for the Annual General Meeting
Join us for CANENA’s 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Marriott Toronto Airport in Toronto, Canada. The focus of the 2017 meeting will be on CANADA’s Conformity Assessment and National/Regional/International Standardization Structure. The program details for the February 22 Members Forum and February 23 Council plenary sessions will be posted on the CANENA website in January 2017 and will be held hotel. Registration will open on November 1, 2016, on the CANENA website.

Don’t miss the keynote on trade and standards
Standards Council of Canada (SCC) CEO John Walter will be the AGM keynote speaker. His presentation will touch on the following:

  • Creation, objectives and status of the new Canadian national IEC committee structure, which has extensible changed in format since Canada last hosted CANENA in 2013.
  • Progress on the evolving Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), the various national codes, and all relevant RAB Advisory Committees and their evolving role for coordination.
  • Regional trade agreement and standards/compliance harmonization (SCC/ANSI/DGN)
  • SCC’s role in developing international trade agreements (CETA, TPP) and standards/compliance harmonization, including the relationship with CEN and CENELEC.

Discuss today’s most important standards issues
Panel topics at the AGM will include a provincial regulator view from CACES, a voluntary council of electrical regulatory and certification experts in Canada; the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) of Canada; the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA); the Régie du bâtiment (RBQ) of Quebec; and the Nunavut Community and Government Service (CGA).

In addition, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group will be providing a brief background of the organization, what it is doing today, and where it intends to go in the future. In conjunction with the 2017 AGM, the CSA Group will be providing a tour of their headquarters. This is an ideal opportunity to reach out and meet with standards and certification experts.

Sponsor the 2017 CANENA AGM
We invite your company or association to become a sponsor for the 2017 CANENA Annual General Meeting. A minimum contribution of $2,500 USD is requested. In return, your company or association name and logo (if provided) will be featured at all events associated with the meeting and will be shown on the CANENA website as a 2017 AGM Sponsor.

CANENA is an industry-driven initiative to reduce technical barriers and open markets of the Americas to broader free trade of electrical distribution equipment and accessories. The successful administration of the CANENA process and our annual general meeting depends on sponsorship, in-kind contributions, volunteer efforts, and modest annual dues from our individual members. To learn more about this opportunity for sponsorship, contact Joel Solis, CANENA General Secretary, at joel_solis@nema.org.

Standards Work

Second edition of trinational cable ties standard to be published
The second edition of trinational standard CSA C22.2 No. 62275/NMX-J-623-ANCE/UL 62275, Cable ties for electrical installations, is scheduled to be published on October 14, 2016. This standard is very closely harmonized with IEC 62275, of the same title. CANENA THSC 23A-62275 represents longstanding cooperation among cable tie industry experts and standards developing organizations in Canada, Mexico, and the United States in establishing a single set of North American requirements for cable ties, as well as coordination with maintenance work for IEC 62275. This maximizes the level of global harmonization that remains critical to the cable tie industry.

Standards Spotlight
Canada has agreed to participate with the U.S. and Mexico in an effort to harmonize the technical requirements of IEC base standards for fuse terminal blocks. This collaboration will result in the trinational publication of IEC 60947-7-2, 6094707-3 and 6094707-7. Technical Committee work is underway to harmonize IEC 60947-7-4; the draft document is being circulated for preliminary review.  A goal of the CANENA Technical Committee is to have IEC address regional differences in the IEC base standards.  To learn more about this effort, contact Bill Buckson.