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 Relations
Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)
Monthly - 2nd Thursdays 12 noon EDT
Alberta Post-Secondary Application System*
British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Council on Admission & Transfer of Nova Scotia (CATNS)*
Duklas Cornerstone Consulting*
Government of British Columbia
Government of New Brunswick
Government of Saskatchewan
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning*
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Nicola Valley Institute of Technoloy
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
>> BENEFITS OF CANPESC<<
shares ideas and serves as an
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
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 & ARUCC, both
Signatories & Contributing
Participants to the
Groningen Declaration Network
Promotes and preserves the concept of
"one standard", the primary principal
for true global interoperability
>> REGISTRATION <<
CanPESC Annual Meeting 2022
October 25, 2022
8.30am - 5.00pm
609 Granville Street – Suite 950
Vancouver BC V7Y 1H2
To register for the CanPESC Annual Meeting 2022,
please register here and complete the Registration Form below.
meeting space & wifi - morning coffee & pastries - catered lunch - afternoon break
A special thank you to sponsor and host EducationPlannerBC!
The formation of CanPESC - the Canadian Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council - in 2011 solidified the value and importance of Canada's role within PESC and drew together many Canadians from across the country working towards a common goal. Read more here.
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) and international organizations like the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN).
THE CANADIAN INFLUENCE AND HISTORY WITHIN PESC
In 1999,for 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 2013 and 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 Council on Admission & Transfer for Nova Scotia (CATNS) 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.
In 2021, for PESC’s 22nd Annual Best Practices Competition, ARUCC was awarded 1st PLACE for its submission, “MyCreds | MesCertif" for mobile learner role.
In 2021, Romesh Vadivel of McGill University and Charmaine Hack of Centennial College were recognized with PESC's Distinguished Service Award.
In 2021, CanPESC's Common Digital Layout Working Group produced the Common Digital Layout, with the central goal of identifying opportunities for institutions and transcript hubs to implement a transcript-to-PDF solution using PESC standard XML data designed to normalize the visual experience for end users.
In 2022, OUAC's Doug Holmes was recognized with PESC's 25th Anniversary Outstanding Service Award.
In 2022, for PESC's 25th Year Anniversary, the PESC October 2022 Data Summit is planned at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
CanPESC is the Canadian Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council 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, sets its own agenda 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
Canadian Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council
is the authoritative group within PESC
to represent Canadian interests.
The Canadian Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council is
an open, collaborative group of volunteer stakeholders ensuring
PESC's Mission, PESC Approved Standards, Technology & Services
support and incorporate the needs and interests of
Canadian students, institutions & stakeholders.
>> CanPESC Annual Meeting 2022 - October 25, 2022 - Register Below <<
>> NEWS & LINKS <<
Register for the CanPESC Annual Meeting 2022
by completing the Registration Form.
PESC thanks EducationPlannerBC
for hosting and sponsoring CanPESC!
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