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About New ISO President John Walter
Date: 2018-01-19    Source:ISO website   

John Walter served as ISO President-elect in 2017 in advance of a two-year term as ISO President, beginning in January, 2018. Mr Walter previously served as ISO Vice-President (policy) for the period 2014-2016 during which time his duties included leadership of ISO's Strategy and Policy Committee, supporting implementation of the ISO Strategic Plan, and ensuring effective communication on strategic issues within ISO and with its stakeholders. Mr Walter will soon retire as the Chief Executive Officer of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada's member body to ISO. Since his appointment in 2009, Mr Walter has initiated a productive dialogue with senior decision-makers from industry and government in order to establish Canada's strategic standardization priorities. This dialogue led to the implementation of innovative solutions to support Canada's standardization priorities such as the accreditation of new standards development organizations; the systematic monitoring of thousands of standards in government regulations; and the development of new standards to help deploy leading-edge technologies. In addition to his duties at SCC, Mr Walter helped strengthen international standardization by actively participating in ISO's Technical Management Board (TMB) and by assisting regional organizations such as the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) to set new strategic priorities. Mr Walter was appointed as an advisor on the China Standardization Expert Committee (CSEC) of the Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC).

SAC and SCC meeting at the 36th ISO General Assembly in St. Petersburg 

Prior to his appointment at SCC, Mr Walter gained extensive experience as both a developer and user of standards. From 2001 to 2009, he was Vice-President, Standards Development for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group), Canada's largest standards development organization. Previously, Mr Walter worked with standards from a business/industry perspective as the founding President and CEO of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). TSSA oversees public safety in Ontario, Canada's largest province. While Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations in Ontario, he also gained experience using standards as a regulator. Mr Walter holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, Ontario.

 
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