The president of the Canadian National Committee, Jacques Régis has retired, after years of dedication to standardization and conformity assessment. He is replaced by Colin Clark who has been vice-president since 2017.
Jacques Régis was the first Canadian president of the IEC, a role he :endorsed in 2008. He initially became involved with the IEC in 2003, notably by overseeing the organization of the General Meeting which took place that year in Montreal.
After becoming a member of the IEC Council Board in 2005, he tirelessly advocated for conformity assessment to be given more prominence inside the organization. “For my part, I saw conformity assessment as a central pillar of the IEC’s future. It sets the IEC apart from other organizations in the market place,” he said.
He also played an important role in stressing the importance of energy efficiency-related standards. A topic particularly close to his heart, since he spent 35 years working for Hydro Québec, 12 of which in senior management. “IEC publications were key reference standards for Hydro Québec and I met many people working in the different technical committees to which Canada contributed many experts”, he added.
At the head of the Canadian NC, he helped to promote Canadian interests on an international level, as well strengthen ties with other nations.