CSA Announces Vince Rowe as the 2008 recipient of the prestigious John Jenkins Award

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Canada's
leading developer of standards and codes, today officially announces Vince
Rowe, P.Eng., partner and vice president of MAREX Canada Limited and as the
recipient of the 2008 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
    The 2008 John Jenkins Award was presented to Vince Rowe, P.Eng., of West
Bank, British Columbia by Julia Hill, Chair of the Board, CSA Group at a
special awards ceremony held during the CSA Annual Conference in Calgary,
Alberta. The award was conferred in recognition of Mr. Rowe's remarkable
contribution to electrical safety standards at national, regional and
international levels, and a steadfast commitment to developing and advancing
the standards system.
    "CSA could not have asked for a more remarkable contribution from any of
its members," says Suzanne Kiraly, President, Standards, Canadian Standards
Association. "The unique vision and leadership Vince Rowe has shown in
developing CSA codes and standards, based on an international approach, is
unmatched. Through his amazing persistence, Mr. Rowe almost single-handedly
changed the paradigm of thought used by Canadian electrical safety
    Vince Rowe has been active with CSA in developing safety standards for
electrical equipment and advancing installation codes for more than 25 years,
participating on almost 50 different technical committees and subcommittees.
Through his drive and leadership, CSA codes and standards were developed with
an international perspective such as proposing that the IEC Zone system of
protection be incorporated into hazardous location requirements in North
    Mr. Rowe spearheaded a fundamental shift in the design, selection and
installation of electrical equipment in hazardous locations. In addition to
driving changes to the CEC Part I, Mr. Rowe provided Canada-wide seminars on
the IEC system to regulators, installers and designers. He was also
instrumental in having the IEC 60079 series of Part II product standards
adopted in Canada. It was Mr. Rowe's uncompromising fight for his vision and
his ability to convince his technical peers on the committees that made such a
transformation possible.
    He has also relentlessly pursued the recognition of alternate technical
solutions that meet prescriptive requirements of the installation Code based
on fundamental safety objectives. As a result, two new very unique documents
are taking shape through the CSA consensus process: the CSA Objective Based
Industrial Electrical Code and the CSA Standard for Safety Management System
under which the Code is to be used.
    In addition to chairing the integrated technical committee on Hazardous
Location products, Mr. Rowe chairs subcommittees for Sections 18 and 62 of the
CE Code and actively participates in more than two dozen other technical
committees and subcommittees.

    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
OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product evaluation, inspection and advisory
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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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