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The 68th Annual SES Conference
Towards a Better Quality of Life"

Keynote Speaker
Chantal Guay, CEO, Standards Council of Canada

August 6-9, 2019
Le Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Announcing the 68th Annual SES Conference Keynote Speaker
Chantal Guay, CEO, Standards Council of Canada

Canada’s standardization network: A strong economic future built on standards

Standards are the underpinning of our society, our quality of life, and our economy. It is critical that standardization opportunities be leveraged fully in order for Canada to reach its full economic potential. SCC is actively collaborating with our accredited organizations, government and industry partners to advance standardization strategies for innovation, intellectual property, infrastructure, the environment, and trade. We work hand-in-hand through our network with cutting-edge companies to create advantages that give them a competitive edge. In her keynote speech, SCC CEO, Chantal Guay, will highlight how SCC is transforming to ensure traditional and emerging sectors stand to benefit from standardization—sectors such as clean technology, agri-food, health and bio sciences, digital industries, resources of the future, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and big data.

Chantal Guay, ing. P.Eng. - Chief Executive Officer

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), appointed Chantal Guay as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SCC effective April 16, 2018.
Ms. Guay had previously served as Vice President, Accreditation Services at SCC. Under her leadership, Accreditation Services revamped its business model, processes and quality management system with a focus on customers and conformance to international standards and obligations.

Since August 2017, Ms. Guay has held the position of Vice-President of Standards & International Relations at SCC, and was responsible for the organization’s national and international standards development programs. Ms. Guay has been the Canadian member representative to the International Organization for Standardization’s Conformity Assessment Chairman’s Policy and Coordination Group (CASCO CPC).

Professional Background

Prior to joining SCC, Ms. Guay was Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Canada, the national organization comprised of the 12 provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada, and that license the country’s more than 290,000 professional engineers.


Ms. Guay holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering from Université Laval, and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke. She has also earned an Advanced Executive Certificate in General Management from the Queen’s University School of Business.
SES Standards Engineering
The January/February issue of Standards Engineering will be released soon and will feature a variety of content including a thoughtful update from Claudia Bach on work being performed at the International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN) and her role on the IFAN Board and representative for the SES. 

Ahmed Babader discusses standards development and its use in Saudi Arabia to develop national standards. Focusing on the role Saudi Arabian regulations and law plays in enhancing standards implementation and the relationship of the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) with international, regional, and national standards bodies in developing standards.

In Deanna Matthews and Scott Matthews’ article “Incorporating Standards Education into Life Cycle Assessment Courses,’ Deanna and Scott discuss the development of their Life Cycle Assessment education textbook and the related standards that supported its development. 

SES members will learn the the history of the metric system and its use in the United States in “Standards History: Metric in the US – Including Pirates and Politics,” written by Steve Oksala, editor of the SES journal. 

Review these and several other articles and updates by accessing the journal on the SES website. 

If you are an SES Member, click here to open your free copy or to become a member and gain access to all current and previous journals click here!  
Announcing the 2019 SES Student Scholarship Program

The SES has established a Scholarship Program to support students involved in the use of standards in their academic curriculum. Each new generation of graduating students holds the potential to assist the SES in increasing awareness and use of standards and we support and encourage their efforts.

Individual or Organization members may support the SES Scholarship Program. Underwriters Laboratories( and  CSA Group ( are the sponsors for 2019. For more information about the scholarship or inquiries on scholarship funding opportunities, please contact

SES Student Scholarship
Value:  $1,000 each
Two scholarships will be awarded.

The SES welcomes applications from students who:
  • Are full-time undergraduate or graduate students in any academic discipline;
  • Are enrolled in University or College;
  • Use standards in their school curriculum.
Selection Criteria
The Scholarship Committee uses the following criteria in choosing a winner:
  • Academic achievement;
  • Leadership qualities;
  • Concern for others/volunteerism;
  • Demonstrate use of standards in academic curriculum;
  • Demonstrate the importance of standards in future career goals.
The application including qualifications and achievements, letter of recommendation, and transcript must reach SES Scholarship Committee no later than April 1, 2019. Click here to learn more.
Scholarship awards will be announced July 1 and distribution of funds will be made at the SES annual conference in August.
SES Member Spotlight

The Society for Standards Professionals (SES) is seeking SES Member volunteers to discuss how they became a member, what standards development means to them, and how the SES has contributed or played a part in their professional development. Volunteers will be asked to complete a short one page survey and if chosen, will be included in a future SES News posting.

To request a copy of the Member Spotlight Survey, Contract Mike Morrell, SES Executive Director,

SES Refer A Friend (RAF) Program

Refer business associates or friends who you think can benefit from a SES membership, and be rewarded! 

Through the SES Refer a Friend (RAF) Program, SES rewards your efforts to promote SES and recruit new Members. Entering is easy. Complete the “Refer a Friend” section on the SES Website under My Profile and we’ll take care of the rest. The SES website will track the members who have joined via your invitation.

Click here for program details.

Keeping You Informed:
Would you like to get more involved with SES?

SES is looking for new volunteers! The benefits of volunteering with SES include additional networking opportunities, points toward your CStd, and leadership opportunities.

Awards Committee
Certification Committee
Conference Program Committee (CPC)
Education Committee
Marketing Committee
Membership Committee
Publications Committee
Standards Committee

For more information or to sign up, see the SES Committee webpage or contact SES Executive Director, Mike Morrell at
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The following standards and publications are available for purchase from SES:

SES 1:2017, Recommended Practice for Designation and Organization of Standards

SES 2:2011, Model Procedure for the Development of Standards

SES 3:2016, Recommended Practice for Joint Standards Development

Standards Engineering - The bimonthly journal of SES

A Guide To Standards

For more information and to purchase SES Standards and Publications, visit the SES Publications website

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