OTTAWA — Jacques Regis’s term as president of Canada’s national committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (CANC/IEC) is ending, wrapping up a career in the standards world that included becoming the first Canadian elected as the organization’s president.
Regis started as a standards user when he worked at Hydro Quebec and got involved with the IEC in 2003 when he played a role in planning the general meeting hosted in Montreal. In 2005, began representing Canada on the IEC Council Board.
Regis has made many contributions to IEC throughout the years including helping to give more prominence to conformity assessment work — the process that verifies that products, services or processes conform to the specified standards and work as intended, states a release.
“The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is incredibly grateful for Mr. Regis’s commitment to standardization,” said Mkabi Walcott, SCC’s Standards and International Relations branch vice-president, in a statement.
“Canada has benefitted significantly from his leadership. He helped strengthen global ties and his contributions ensured that Canadian interests were heard at the international level.”
Colin Clark will succeed Regis as president after serving as the national committee’s vice-president since 2017. Clark is currently chief technical officer at Brookfield Renewable, an SCC Governing Council member and sits on the IEC Council Board.