CSA Group Announces Keith Rodel as the 2016 Recipient of the Prestigious John Jenkins Award

CSA Group, a leading standards development organization and global provider of testing and certification services, today officially announces Keith Rodel, as the recipient of the 2016 John Jenkins Award. The award, CSA Group’s most prestigious honour, is bestowed upon the person who is judged to have rendered distinguished service in the development, advancement, and application of voluntary standards.

The 2016 John Jenkins Award was presented to Keith Rodel by Greg Weeres, Chair of the Board, CSA Group, at a special awards ceremony held during the CSA Group Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The award recognizes his outstanding achievement, esteemed leadership, passionate commitment to safety and tireless advancement of electrical standards nationally, regionally and internationally.

“Keith Rodel has been an active member of CSA committees since the 1980s. Mr. Rodel has chaired the Technical Committee on Wiring Products since 2001, after serving as Vice Chair for over a decade,” said Magali Depras, President of Standards. “The committee oversees the work of more than 25 technical subcommittees and is responsible for the content of more than 100 standards.”

Mr. Rodel also currently chairs five technical subcommittees, is a member of four other Technical Committees  and he has been playing a leading role on the Strategic Steering Committee on Requirements for Electrical Safety (SCORES) since its inception in 2003. He has actively contributed to the development and improvement of several sections of the CE Code, Part I for more than 15 years.

Mr. Rodel has taken his belief in harmonization beyond North America. He was President of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC (CNC/IEC) from 2008 through 2014, and he has tirelessly promoted Canadian/North American requirements on the international stage, where he is well known and respected at both the technical and management levels. He thoroughly reviewed documents and developed and submitted the Canadian consensus positions on various IEC standards, with a view to promoting Canadian/North American requirements internationally.

Mr. Rodel has been an exceptionally active advocate of CSA and a keen supporter of national, regional and international electrical safety standards. He has demonstrated unwavering commitment to CSA’s vision of “making standards work for people and business.”

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 called 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.

About CSA Group

CSA Group is dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompasses membership-based, not-for-profit standards development, training and research.  Through its world-class commercial subsidiaries, it provides advisory solutions and global testing, inspection and certification services across key business areas including: home and commercial, industrial, healthcare and specialized markets and technologies.  The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.


Allison Hawkins
Manager, Corporate Affairs
CSA Group
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June 22, 2016