A Successful 2015 CANENA AGM in Costa Rica
This is the second time we have held our annual general meeting in San Jose, the first time being 2010. The reason for the periodic more southerly outreach is to increase awareness by other Spanish speaking countries in Central and South America that CANENA develops Trinational product safety standards, which are also applicable to their own National systems and electrical infrastructure. As the President of the Costa Rica National committee phrased it, they are at the confluence of European and North American infrastructure, and where an IEC or IEEE standard may not always be suitable, they need to find or develop another standard suitable for particular installations. By demonstrating what CANENA is about in their back yard will help become more familiar with how the organization works draft standards with input from all participating countries and noting they are welcome to join that process, giving them a leg up, understanding the intentions of the standard and how they are able to apply it.
The highlights of this year’s event are as follows:
- Change of President: Pierre Desilets with Leviton Canada completed his 2nd very successful term. The U.S.A. were next in the rotation, and we were pleased to have Dave Mercier, Director, Codes & Standards with Southwire Company take over the reins.
- Presentations how the CANENA activities have shaped Codes and Regulatory framework in Canada, USA, Mexico and Costa Rica.
- Update on the Standards Alliance Programs. initiative since November 2012 as a new multiyear public-private collaborative partnership focused on providing developing economies with concrete assistance related to capacity building.
- Received a report on the risks to North American manufacturers when a country or region already accepting our equipment chooses to adopt an IEC based conformity assessment scheme.
- Keynote presentation by Costa Rican government official on the importance to their country’s electricity generation and the ability to estimate its best combination in terms of quality, availability and price as achieving a future.
- Presentations providing a unique perspective from the point of view how Electrical installation inspections serve meeting Code objectives in the different countries.
- Also updates regarding various Regional and International standards activities.
Next year we are scheduled to meet the last week of February in Mexico.
For more information, contact Bill Bryans