Two members of the Consumers Council of Canada were honoured by the Standards Council of Canada for their work representing Canada’s consumers in standards development, nationally and internationally.
The pair were among five honourees recognized at SCC’s annual meeting of its Consumer and Public Interest Panel.
Elizabeth Nielsen, a board member of the Consumers Council, and Christine Simpson were recognized for their ongoing contributions.
Nielsen was recognized for her work on SCC’s Consumer and Public Interest Committees, National Mirror Committees and ISO technical committees to reduce injuries caused by consumer products, especially among children and seniors. On behalf of SCC, she was the International Chair of ISO Technical Committee 243, Project Committee: Consumer product safety. She also led the development of ISO 10377, Consumer product safety — Guidelines for suppliers.
Simpson was recognized for her contribution to several national technical committees, as well as to a National Mirror Committee for ISO Technical Committee 181, Safety of Toys. She is well respected for her expertise in injury prevention and product safety.
Also recognized for their work in standards on behalf of consumers were Jenny Hillard, Norma McCormick and Jeanne Bank.
Hillard was recognized as a leading consumer expert, an active member of SCC’s National Mirror Committee to ISO Technical Committee 207, Environmental Management, and as the Chair of the environmental labelling subcommittee. She also represented Canada on working groups for ISO 14067, Greenhouse gases — Carbon footprint of products — Requirements and guidelines for quantification and communication.
McCormick was recognized for her work as a consumer representative on CSA committees addressing workplace safety and ergonomics, such as CSA Z1600, Emergency Management and Business Continuity, and CSA Z1000-06, Occupational Health and Safety Management. She also served two terms representing SCC as the International Chair of the ISO Consumer Policy Committee (COPOLCO), and served as past Chair of CPIP for two terms.
Bank was recognized for playing a leading role in several COPOLCO working groups, including being International Convenor of the Priorities Working Group on behalf of SCC. She has worked on standards projects that meet the needs of an aging society and persons with disabilities, and led the establishment of the Consumer Program at CSA.
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