CIO Strategy Council earns accreditation to develop National Standards of Canada

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is pleased to announce it has accredited the CIO Strategy Council to develop National Standards of Canada. The CIO Strategy Council is made up of Chief Information Officers who are innovators in their organizations. Developing standards is part of the Council’s mission to support Canada’s information and communication technology (ICT) ecosystem to give Canadian organizations a competitive edge.

The CIO Strategy Council is currently driving the development of standards for the ethical use of data and artificial intelligence (AI). As an accredited SDO, it will be able to submit standards to SCC for acceptance as National Standards of Canada.

“Standards play a critical role in the data-driven economy,” said Jim Balsillie, co-chair of the CIO Strategy Council. “SCC’s accreditation will help our members — industry leaders, engineers and business executives — create standards that advance Canada in important economic and non-economic areas such as security, digital rights and many others.”

The CIO Strategy Council is the 11th SDO to be accredited by SCC, which means that an increasing number of standards will be developed here in Canada, in a range of sectors vital to Canada’s economic growth.

“We congratulate the CIO Strategy Council for completing the rigorous and important process of SCC accreditation,” said SCC Chief Executive Officer Chantal Guay. “Standardization solutions are an essential element of technology, innovation and trade, and supporting Canadian innovators is a key priority we share with this newly-accredited SDO.”

About the Standards Council of Canada
SCC is a Crown corporation that leads Canada’s standardization network. SCC facilitates the development and use of national and international standards and accreditation services in order to enhance Canada’s competitiveness and well-being. SCC is part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada portfolio. To learn more about SCC, please visit

About the CIO Strategy Council
The CIO Strategy Council is a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking Chief Information Officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem. For more information about the CIO Strategy Council go to