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GS1 Canada Hosts GDSN User-Groups
-- Industry Representatives Meet to Further Develop Global Data Synchronization Standards --

TORONTO, ON, August 31, 2006 –  Continuing to represent Canadian interests in the ongoing development of the global language of business, GS1 Canada, the national experts in collaborative commerce and global supply chain standards, hosted a meeting of Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) user-groups at its Toronto offices from August 8 to 11, 2006.  Over 50 industry representatives from across the globe took part in this four-day session, including major international manufacturers, retailers and solution providers such as Coca Cola, Ahold USA, Loblaw Companies Ltd., and Petro-Canada, along with delegates from various international GS1 member organizations, including the U.S., Mexico, Sweden, the U.K, Austria and France.

GDSN is an Internet-based initiative to standardize product data, enabling companies of all scales to exchange such information with their trading partners worldwide.  The frequent meeting of user-groups provides a forum for global industry representatives to discuss the development of GS1 standards for use in GDSN.  GS1 Canada participation in these sessions ensures a unified voice for domestic industry, promoting synergy between proposed global standards and Canada-specific industry requirements.

While groups met to discuss price and architecture, the primary focus of this session was a meeting of the Global Data Synchronization Network Task Group, which supports the implementation and development of GDSN.  The Task Group holds weekly conference calls and periodic face-to-face meetings to discuss GDSN process, new business requirements, guidelines for standards use and standards development.

Commenting on the success of the Toronto gathering, GS1 Canada Senior Vice President of Industry Relations Mike Sadiwnyk stated, “through the collaborative efforts of GDSN’s diverse subscriber-base, the implementation agenda for global data synchronization standards was advanced.”  Sadiwnyk went on to add that, “progress was also made on prioritizing projects for the coming year.” 

About GS1 Canada
GS1 Canada is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and maintains global standards for the identification of goods, locations and related e-commerce communication, such as bar code issuance and maintenance. GS1 Canada is the only authorized source for globally unique company prefixes in Canada, a standard term and condition of trade globally. It provides a range of educational opportunities, maintains ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry, and offers one-stop access to product images and dimensions. As technologies like the Electronic Product Code™/Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/RFID) continue to drive the e-commerce revolution, GS1 Canada will provide the leadership to help ensure that Canadian companies can participate competitively. For more information, visit

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For more information, contact:
Kathleen McManus
GS1 Canada
416-510-8039 ext. 2263