The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) was pleased and honoured to host the annual general meetings of the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) in Vancouver, British Columbia from April 30 to May 5, 2017. The theme of this year’s joint conference was “Regional Collaboration in a Global Environment.”
There were about 110 participants who were given the unique opportunity to strengthen the close relations between PASC and COPANT member bodies to benefit both regions. The highlight of the week was the joint COPANT-PASC workshop on ‘Enabling Innovation through Standardisation.’ It provided a great opportunity for participants to discuss the best ways to demonstrate how standardization offers value to all stakeholders.
International organisations including the WTO, ISO, IEC and ITU also presented during the week and discussed the need of their respective organisations to further scale up efforts to collaborate and coordinate standards work on existing and emerging areas, such as smart cities, information technologies, industry 4.0 and block chain.