TORONTO,June 20, 2006 - Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Canada’s leading developer of standards and codes, today officially announces Ed Grzesik, Co-ordinator, Technical Support, Ontario Ministry of Energy as the recipient of the 2006 John Jenkins Award. The Award is CSA’s most prestigious honour, bestowed upon the person who is judged to have rendered distinguished service in the development, advancement, and application of voluntary standards.
The 2006 John Jenkins Award was presented to Mr. Grzesik by Daniel Gagnier, Chair of the Board, CSA Group at a special awards ceremony held during the CSA Annual Conference in Deerhurst, Ontario. Ed Grzesik chairs the Canadian National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission CNC/IEC TC 59 on Performance of Household Appliances, and is a member of the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) TC/ISO/TC197 on Hydrogen Fuel Cells.
"Ed Grzesik is a pillar within the standards community," says Pat Keindel, President, Standards, Canadian Standards Association. "He has worked tirelessly for 27 years to create and advance the application of energy efficiency standards, serving on some 92 CSA committees. What’s more, he has helped to shape the very standards development landscape we know today where regulators and other stakeholders operate within a consensus-driven process to address critical public issues."
Mr. Grzeski currently serves as chair of the Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency and the Vice-Chair of the Strategic Steering Committee on Energy Efficiency and Renewables. He has also served on committees for other organizations, among them the Standards Council of Canada, EnerGuide and Energy Star. He was awarded CSA’s Award of Merit in 1993.
About the John Jenkins Award
The John Jenkins Award is CSA’s most prestigious honour. Nominations for the Award are open to individuals who have: shown leadership in various areas – through personal involvement over a period of years – in the development, advancement, and application of voluntary standards; encouraged the development and advancement of standards both nationally and internationally; and through foresight and action, helped to substantially advance the arts and sciences related to standardization. CSA employees are not eligible.
Established in 1978 in memory of Dr. John Jenkins, the award commemorates the devotion and commitment demonstrated by Dr. Jenkins’ more than 27 years of voluntary service to CSA and standards development. Dr. Jenkins immigrated to Canada from England in 1912 and went on to graduate from the University of British Columbia in 1923 as the country’s first Forest Engineer. He served as a Colonel and Director of Military Planning at Defence Headquarters during World War II and before his retirement in 1966, he was Director of the Forest Products Research Branch for the Federal Department of Forestry.
During his time with CSA, Dr. Jenkins served as President – now Chairman of the Board – from 1967 to 1969, Chairman of the Standards Policy Board from 1969 to 1977, and Chairman of all major Standards committees related to lumber and building products. On June 19, 1975, Dr. Jenkins was inducted as an Honorary Member of CSA in recognition of his outstanding service. He passed away at his Ottawa home on November 7, 1977.
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