CSA Group, a leading standards-based solutions organization, today officially announces Mr. Michael Keen, P. Eng., MBA, of Toronto, Ontario, as the recipient of the 2012 John Jenkins Award. The award is CSA Group’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 2012 John Jenkins Award was presented to Mr. Keen by Bob Cook, Chairman of the Board, CSA Group, at a special awards ceremony held during the CSA Group Annual Conference in Quebec City, Quebec. The award recognizes Michael Keen’s leadership, valued innovation and passionate commitment to quality, efficiency and safety in health care facilities.
“Michael Keen has demonstrated unparalleled leadership to safer practices, healthier environments and improved patient outcomes over the course of 16 years on CSA Group healthcare facility committees,” says Bonnie Rose, President, Standards. “His pursuit of excellence in the realm of healthcare is exemplified through his participation as Chair of Standards Technical Committee for Healthcare Facilities, as well as Chair of the new CSA Z8000 Standard for Health Care Facilities, both of which hope to positively impact the future of Canadian medical care. His dedication to standards development serves as a true inspiration to his fellow health care committee members and indeed to all those committed to the improvement of the communities in which we live.”
Mr. Keen is the past Chair for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technical Committee 9.6 for Healthcare. He has also been an inspired spokesperson for CSA Group and health care facility engineering standards in general.
Previously Mr. Keen was the Director of Engineering and Plant Services at St. Michael’s Hospital, the third largest hospital in Toronto. In 2005 he took on the role of Project Director of the Planning Department; a role which he has maintained since. Under this portfolio, Mr. Keen helped lead the successful development and construction of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, which was the backdrop for the official launch CSA’s Z8000 Health Care Facilities standard.
About the John Jenkins Award
The John Jenkins Award is CSA Group’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 Group 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 Group 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 Group, 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 Group in recognition of his outstanding service. He passed away at his Ottawa home on November 7, 1977.
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