Hélène Vaillancourt was appointed Executive Vice President, Standards Research and Planning in April 2016 to develop a research program within CSA Group's Standards Development Organization and to position CSA Group as a thought leader in selected areas and enhance the education of stakeholders.The scope of CSA Group Standards is very wide with numerous standards in support of health care, community safety, and occupational health and safety. Examples include medical device reprocessing (Z314 series), health care facility engineering (Z8000 and Z317 series), accessible built environment (B651), and psychological health and safety in the workplace (Z1003). These standards align with CSA Group's vision for a better, safer and more sustainable world where Standards work for people and business.Ms Vaillancourt acted as Executive Vice President, Science & Engineering, CSA Group from April 2010 to April 2016. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing CSA laboratories worldwide to ensure they were brought to the latest technologies. She also lead the CSA core technical team that supports certification and testing capabilities, inspection services and training, and developed new capabilities in emerging areas. She relocated to China in September 2014 to further support the development of CSA Asia's technical capabilities and, in addition, assumed the role of interim Executive Vice-President, Asia from October 2015 to April 2016.
Prior to joining CSA, Ms Vaillancourt was with CRIQ (Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec) as the Team Coordinator for the Mechanical Laboratory, where custom testing services were offered to evaluate the static and dynamic resistance of new product designs.
Ms Vaillancourt started her career with the Industrial Material Institute of the National Research Council of Canada. As a Research Officer, she led many experimental projects in material processing, residual stresses and finite element analysis.
Ms Vaillancourt's previous Board experience includes École de technologie supérieure (Engineering University) from 2010 to 2013, Association de l'industrie des technologies de la santé (AITS) from 2005 to 2007, College Édouard-Montpetit from 2004 to 2010 and Réseau des ingénieurs du Québec (Engineering Association) from 2002 to 2008. She also represented industry on the Academic Board of École de technologie supérieure from 2005 to 2010.