Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council
operates as an open, transparent, collaborative and permanent committee of volunteers within PESC.
Participation in User Group meetings is encouraged and open to representatives
of PESC Member organizations and representatives of stakeholders with Canadian interests.
Cathy van Soest
Director, Client Services
Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)
Monthly - 2nd Thursdays 12 noon EDT
British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer
Canadian Information Centre for
Duklas Cornerstone Consulting*
Government of British Columbia
Government of New Brunswick
Government of Saskatchewan
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Nicola Valley Institute of Technoloy
Nova Scotia Council on
Admission & Transfer*
Ontario Universities’ Application Centre*
Royal Roads University
Saskatchewan Ministry of Education
Service Régional d'Admission du Montréal métropolitain
SRB Education Solutions Inc.
Trevlac Computer Services
Université de Moncton
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of Guelph
University of Lethbridge*
University of Manitoba
University of New Brunswick
University of Prince Edward Island
University of Regina
University of Saskatchewan
University of Montreal*
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo
Wilfrid Laurier University
CanPESC Meeting at McGill University & Fall 2019 Data Summit in Montreal. Oct 22-25, 2019
Coordinates communications, shares ideas and serves as an
information clearinghouse across provinces & territories
Actively encourages and supports interprovincial collaboration and partnerships
Ensures PESC APPROVED STANDARDS
represent Canadian interests and usage
Promotes PESC APPROVED STANDARDS
and student mobility nationally
in order to achieve global interoperability
Participates in other PESC Groups to remain informed
of ongoing initiatives and how they affect Canadian interests
Ensures a direct Canadian voice and solid representation
in global initiatives as a result of relationships with
PESC and ARUCC, both Signatories and Contributing Participants to the Groningen Declaration Network
Promotes and preserves the concept of "one standard" ,
the primary principal for true global interoperability
PESC & CANADA
The Canadian presence and influence within PESC has existed since the very formation of PESC. As Canadian students cross provincial and international borders to attain their education, the need for institutions, software providers and systems vendors that support Canadian and international markets to ensure mobility and interoperability has never been greater.
The formation of the Canadian PESC User Group (CanPESC) in 2011 solidified the importance of Canada’s role within PESC and drew together many Canadians from across the country to work towards a common goal. Its main mission is twofold:
To encourage participation in PESC workgroups developing PESC APPROVED STANDARDS
To promote and educate Canadian stakeholders on the importance of data standards and interoperability,
thereby avoiding duplication of efforts, costs and of data standards.
As the voice and official committee representing Canadian interests, CanPESC also serves in a liaison role. It coordinates and communicates its efforts across all provinces and territories, and works closely with Canadian organizations such as the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC).
THE CANADIAN INFLUENCE AND HISTORY WITHIN PESC
In 1999for PESC’s 1st Annual Best Practices Competition, the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) was awarded 1st PLACE for its submission, “Ontario Universities Electronic Transcript System (OUETS): A Model of an Electronic Standardization Initiative."
In 2007, for PESC’s 10th Year Anniversary, the PESC Fall 2007 Data Summit was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Montreal.
In 2011, at the PESC Fall 2011 Data Summit held October 26, 2011 in San Francisco, PESC launched the Canadian PESC User Group.
In 2012, for PESC’s 14th Annual Best Practices Competition, OCAS was awarded 1st PLACE for its submission, “OCAS XML Transcript Initiative.”
In 2012, for PESC’s 15th Year Anniversary Year, the PESC Fall 2012 Data Summit was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.
From 2013-2015, OCAS' William McKee served on the PESC Board of Directors,
In 2013, through establishment of CanPESC, PESC entered into a formal MOU with ARUCC, allowing ARUCC and PESC to attend each other’s events without charge, thereby fostering a closer working relationship.
In 2013and 2016, OUAC's Doug Holmes and OUAC's Leisa Wellsman, respectively, were recognized with PESC’s Distinguished Service Award.
In 2017, for PESC's 20th Year Anniversary, the PESC Fall 2017 Data Summit "Advancing Student Mobility in a Digital World" was held at the Radisson Waterfront Hotel in Toronto.
In 2018, CanPESC Co-Chairs Cathy van Soest and Doug Holmes were appointed to the ARUCC/GDN & Student Mobility Project Steering Committee; and PESC President & CEO Michael Sessa was appointed to the ARUCC/GDN & Student Mobility Project Technical Advisory Committee.
In 2018, at the PESC Fall 2018 Data Summit in San Francisco, Charmaine Hack, ARUCC Past-President and Chair of the ARUCC/GDN & Student Mobility Project, served as Keynote Speaker.
In 2018/2019, for PESC's 20th Annual Best Practices Competition, the Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) was awarded 1st PLACE for its submission, "MyTranscripts | Nova Scotia's Electronic Transcript & Data Exchange System."
In 2019, EducationPlannerBC's's Cathy van Soest was recognized with PESC’s Distinguished Service Award.
In 2019, in support of a new collaborative arrangement, the Fall 2019 Data Summit was held in Montreal at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in Partnership with the Groningen Declaration Network. PESC's Summit hosted the Board of Directors of the Groningen Declaration Network, the Board of Directors of PESC, a day-long meeting of CanPESC at McGill University, the AACRAO SPEEDE Committee, a silent auction benefiting Indspire, and a day-long Retreat of the ARUCC/GDN & Student Mobility Project, in addition to General (Plenary) and Breakout Sessions.
In 2020, Joanne Duklas of Duklas Cornerstone Consulting was recognized with PESC's Distinguished Service Award.
CanPESC is the Canadian Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (CanPESC) User Group -- an open, collaborative permanent group of volunteer stakeholders within PESC that serves as a clearinghouse for discussion and new ideas, a coordinator to help support electronic initiatives with several liaison roles established, and as a unifier in the mission toward digitalization of educational records.
CanPESC focuses on interoperability, enhanced service and delivery, reduced cost, and improved data quality using PESC standards. CanPESC communicates these benefits for Canada’s students, institutions and Canadian-based educational stakeholders by raising awareness of the importance of standardization and interoperability.
CanPESC has participation throughout almost every province and territory in Canada from provincial application centres, leading universities and colleges, and service providers.
>> HOW DID CANPESC START?
CanPESC officially launched as a User Group at the Fall 2011 Data Summit in San Francisco to formally and permanently institutionalize the Canadian voice within PESC. The role and influence of Canada has been a major part of PESC since its founding. Canadian representatives have served on the Board of Directors, received Distinguished Service Awards, chaired groups and committees, won Best Practices Competitions, and PESC has held Summits in Montreal, Toronto & Vancouver. The first deliverable of the Canadian PESC User Group was to introduce PESC at the ARUCC Conference June 2012 in Ottawa.
>> WHO IS INVOLVED WITH CANPESC?
CanPESC includes participation throughout almost every province & territory in Canada. All of the major application centres, leading universities and colleges, and service providers and vendors are active in the User Group.
>> WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CANPESC?
CanPESC focuses on interoperability, enhanced service and delivery, reduced cost, and improved data quality. CanPESC ensures these benefits for Canada’s students and institutions by raising awareness of the importance of standardization and interoperability.
>> HOW IS CANPESC GOVERNED?
CanPESC is a permanent group within PESC, ultimately governed by the PESC Board of Directors. CanPESC encourages active participation and diverse membership across Canada. It is semi-autonomous, reporting directly to the PESC Board of Director and is responsible for its overall activities, communications, meetings, and outreach. CanPESC Co-Chairs are from PESC Member organizations and appointed by the PESC Board of Directors.
>> THE CURRENT STATUS OF CANPESC?
CanPESC is participating and cooperating in several initiatives:
1) Continuation of the work started by the ARUCC Groningen and Student Mobility Task Force formed in 2014 to focus on advancing student mobility through data exchange.
2) Serving as advisors and Working Group members on the ARUCC-PCCAT Transcript and Transfer Guide launched in early 2016.
3) Conducting and analyzing national surveys of postsecondary institutions, application centres, and provincial ministries of education and advanced education.
4) Supporting PESC's meetings and events and serving on the Planning and/or Steering Committees, when needed.
>> HOW MUCH DOES CANPESC COST?
CanPESC is an open, transparent and collaborative committee seeking broad participation and is therefore open to all Canadian stakeholders free of charge.
>> HOW DO I GET INVOLVED WITH CANPESC?
CanPESC User Group meetings are open to higher education stakeholders and those with stakeholder interests in Canadian education. Join the User Group calls held every month on the 2nd Thursdays at 12 noon EST.
Canadian PESC User Group
CanPESC User Group
CanPESC Meeting at OUAC. Nov 16-17, 2018
is the authoritative group
within PESC to represent
is an open, collaborative group
of volunteer stakeholders ensuring
PESC's Mission, PESC Approved Standards,
Technology and Services support and
incorporate the needs and interests of
Canadian students, institutions