CSA announces Carl R. Wilson as the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John Jenkins Award

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Canada's
leading developer of standards and codes, today officially announces Dr. Carl
R. Wilson, P.Eng, president and principal consultant, Carl R. Wilson &
Associates Ltd. as the recipient of the 2009 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 2009 John Jenkins Award was presented to Dr. Wilson of North
Vancouver, British Columbia by Julia Hill, Chair of the Board, CSA Group at a
special awards ceremony held during the CSA Annual Conference in Gatineau,
Québec. The award was conferred in recognition of Carl R. Wilson's 37 years of
inspired leadership, international involvement and extensive contributions to
wood product and design standards.
    "Carl Wilson is an influential and inspiring voice, one that helped steer
CSA's wood product and design standards to the leading edge in their field,"
says Suzanne Kiraly, President, Standards, Canadian Standards Association. "He
is highly regarded for his vast technical expertise, persistence in resolving
issues and his ability to forge consensus. Carl is considered a mentor to many
and he exemplifies true professionalism in his ability to manage and balance
diverse interests, including provide input on standardization, not only in
Canada, but also in China, South Korea and Taiwan."
    Wilson's weighty achievements have been accomplished during his nearly
four decades of close collaboration with colleagues, the Canada Wood Council
and FPInnovations, as well as through his leadership of ISO TC 165 and
involvement in numerous committees and working groups that impact timber
engineering codes and standards in Canada, the U.S., and around the world.
    His first involvement with CSA was to provide administrative support
(1972) to the Technical Committee (TC) on Engineering Design in Wood (CSA
086), which he became a TC member in 1976. Under his guidance as Chair of
several TC subcommittees over the years, and of the TC itself from 1995 to
2008, the CSA 086 standard has evolved into a fully reliability-based design
code that is the envy of other countries. In addition, he has served other CSA
committees involved in strategic development/positioning, structural design,
and standards affecting the international acceptance of forest products.
    Initially, Dr. Wilson's international efforts were focused on leveraging
his knowledge of standards to gain acceptance of Canadian forest products in
several European countries. He later led a Canadian team which worked with the
U.S. in a major undertaking that now forms the basis of design values for
lumber in North America and is frequently used as the template for Canadian,
U.S. and international codes. During this period, he was also involved in the
early development of programs and guidelines for environmental audits and
hazardous materials use, handling, storage and disposal. He also served as
Chair of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association's Environmental Committee.
    In the late 1990s, Dr. Wilson became Chairman of ISO TC 165 on Timber
Structures, where his broad background and exceptional knowledge has been
invaluable. He also heads the Canadian Advisory Committee that solicits
Canadian input and prepares Canadian responses to that committee.

    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.

    About CSA

    Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a membership association serving
industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in Canada and the
global marketplace. As a leading solutions-based standards organization,
providing standards and codes development, application products, training and
advisory services, CSA aims to enhance public safety, improve quality of life,
preserve the environment and facilitate trade. The Canadian Standards
Association is a division of CSA Group, which also consists of CSA
International, which provides testing and certification services for
electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products; and
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For further information: Anthony Toderian, Senior Media Relations
Officer, CSA Group, T: (416) 747-2620, E: anthony.toderian@csagroup.org

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