ISO President-elect - Canada
Walter is serving a one year term as ISO President-elect in advance of a two-year term as ISO President,
beginning in January, 2018. Mr. Walter has previously served as ISO Vice-President (policy) for the
period 2014-2016 during which time his duties included leadership of ISO’s Strategy and Policy Committee,
supporting implementation of the ISO Strategic Plan, and ensuring effective communication on strategic
issues within ISO and with its stakeholders. Mr. Walter is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada’s member body to ISO.
Since his appointment in 2009, Mr. Walter has initiated a productive dialogue with senior decision-makers
from industry and government in order to establish Canada’s strategic standardization priorities. This
dialogue led to the implementation of innovative solutions to support Canada’s standardization priorities
such as the accreditation of new standards development organizations; the systematic monitoring of thousands
of standards in government regulations; and the development of new standards to help deploy leading-edge
technologies. In addition to his duties at SCC, Mr. Walter helped strengthen international standardization
by actively participating in ISO’s Technical Management Board (TMB) and by assisting regional organizations
such as the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC)
to set new strategic priorities. Mr. Walter was recently appointed as an advisor on the China Standardization
Expert Committee (CSEC) of the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC).
to his appointment at SCC, Mr. Walter gained extensive experience as both a developer and user of standards.
From 2001 to 2009, he was Vice-President, Standards Development for the Canadian Standards Association
(CSA Group), Canada’s largest standards development organization. Previously, Mr. Walter worked with
standards from a business/industry perspective as the founding President and CEO of the Technical Standards
and Safety Authority (TSSA). TSSA oversees public safety in Ontario, Canada’s largest province. While
Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations in Ontario, he also gained
experience using standards as a regulator. Mr. Walter holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of