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GS1 Canada regularly communicates about key issues, company activities and milestones via news releases, press coverage and publications.


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Dana Dignard
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications, GS1 Canada
Phone : 416-510-8039 x 2337
Email : Dana.Dignard@gs1ca.org


Press Releases


  • October 1, 2014
    Galleria Supermarket Wins GS1 Canada Award
    TORONTO, ON - October 1, 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - One of Toronto's biggest and most influential ethnic supermarkets took home the GS1 Canada Supply Chain Efficiency award last night at the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) gala, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Galleria Supermarket operates two stores in Toronto, in addition to a wholesale division.
     
  • September 22, 2014
    Companies can now exchange product information
    GS1, a non-profit, global organisation that develops and maintains the most widely-used supply chain standards system in the world and a leader in facilitating efficient global business, has announced today that its GS1 Global Registry® has reached 15 million product items.
     
  • June 25, 2014
    Industry Comes Together to Celebrate 40 Years of the GS1 Barcode
    TORONTO, June 25, 2014 - From warehouse loading docks to small retail shops, workers engaged in the global supply chain and shoppers worldwide will hear the familiar beep of the GS1 barcode as many as 5 billion times today. It's likely, though, that none of them will realize that each of those beeps marks a historic milestone in the life of the first tracking and traceability solution in the GS1 System of Standards.
     
  • June 19, 2014
    Foodservice Partners Show a Hearty Appetite for Standards, Trends
    In response to changing local and global marketplace trends, and calls for a more sustainable Canadian foodservice industry, leaders ARAMARK Canada, Cara Operations Limited,
     
  • May 7, 2014
    L’Oréal Canada and Walmart Join GS1 Canada Board of Governors
    GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the following appointments to its Board of Governors:
     
  • January 10, 2014
    GS1 Canada Appoints Two New Executives
    Commitment to the safety, sustainability and efficiency of Canada’s supply chain continues to grow, as the following two industry leaders join GS1 Canada’s Board of Governors.
     
  • October 29, 2012
    GS1 offers a global cure for Healthcare
    BRUSSELS, Belgium, 29th October, 2012 – 250 healthcare leaders from manufacturers, distributors, hospitals, associations, universities and regulatory bodies gathered at the 22nd Global GS1 Healthcare conference in Portugal from 23rd to 25th October, to discuss the latest developments in supply chain optimisation, affecting patient safety and supply chain efficiency.
     
  • October 15, 2012
    Key Executives Join GS1 Canada’s Carenet Healthcare Sector Board
    Toronto, ON, October 16, 2012 – Commitment to the safety and sustainability of Canada’s healthcare system through supply chain standardization continues to grow, as the following four health sector leaders join the GS1 Canada Carenet Healthcare Sector Board to provide insight and direction on modernization of the healthcare supply chain:
     
  • July 4, 2012
    Champlain Health Supply Services
    July 4, 2012 - Toronto, ON - Champlain Health Supply Services (CHSS), the Shared Services Organization (SSO) for 11 hospitals in greater Ottawa, is adopting the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), and will be utilizing ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry, to exchange standardized accurate, and perpetually cleansed product information with their trading partners.
     
  • May 23, 2012
    GS1 Canada Announces Key Board Appointment
    Toronto, ON, (May 23, 2012) - GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Sylvain Prud’homme, Executive Vice President, Loblaw Companies Limited, to its Board of Governors.
     
  • May 3, 2012
    Mohawk Supply Chain Services Adopting
    Toronto, ON – May 3, 2012 – Mohawk Supply Chain Services, a division of Mohawk Shared Services, one of the largest healthcare Shared Services Organizations (SSO) in Ontario is adopting the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) as the common business language for product identification, and will be piloting the utilization of the ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry, to synchronize product data.
     
  • March 20, 2012
    HealthPRO Using Global GS1 Standards
    Toronto, ON – March 20, 2012 – To help Canadian healthcare organizations maximize efficiency and value while providing the highest quality of patient care, HealthPRO Procurement Services Inc., Canada’s national healthcare group purchasing organization (GPO), is adopting global GS1 supply chain standards.
     
  • January 6, 2012
    GS1 Canada Announces Key Board Appointments
    January 06, 2012 - Toronto, ON – GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the following appointments to its Board of Governors:
     
  • December 9, 2011
    GS1 Launches New Privacy Tool for RFID
    Toronto, Ontario, December 9, 2011 – Global supply chain standards organization GS1 Canada today announced the availability of a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Tool that companies can use to perform privacy risk assessments on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and Electronic Product Code (EPC) implementations.
     
  • December 8, 2011
    GS1 Canada applauds border deal
    Toronto, ON, December 8, 2011- Global supply chain standards organization GS1 Canada applauds the Harper Government for yesterday’s announcement of the Canada-U.S. Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan and is recommending the use of GS1 bar codes and registries to enhance product movement and visibility at the border.
     
  • October 19, 2011
    Nutrition information at your fingertips – eatwise.ca
    Toronto, ON, October 18, 2011 - Dietitians of Canada and GS1 Canada have teamed up to make it easier for Canadians to get the nutrition facts on the foods they eat.
     
  • September 28, 2011
    Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and their vendors advance VICS Item Level RFID initiative
    CINCINNATI, Ohio, September 28, 2011 – Macy’s, Inc. today announced that its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores are adopting RFID (radio frequency identification) technology on an accelerated timeline to more precisely manage item-level merchandise inventories.
     
  • September 19, 2011
    GS1 Canada Presenting at Upcoming Stewardship Conference
    To support the success of new and existing stewardship efforts in Canada, GS1 Canada’s Antonella Candido, Senior Director, Product Development will address the upcoming 2011 Conference on Canadian Stewardship.
     
  • August 23, 2011
    GS1 Canada Announces New Vice President of Pharmacy
    GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Doris Nessim as Vice President, Pharmacy, Patient Safety and e-Health.
     
  • July 27, 2011
    Retail Council of Canada Joins VICS Item Level RFID Initiative
    LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ & TORONTO – The Retail Council of Canada (RCC), Canada’s largest trade association for retail merchants, today announced it is supporting the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative (VILRI),
     
  • June 29, 2011
    Healthcare Sector Moves to Reduce Duplication and Waste in Administrative Processes
    To improve the efficiency of clinical operations and procurement processes across the Canadian healthcare system, global standards body GS1 Canada has released Healthcare Product Description Standardization Guidelines for product short descriptions for medical/surgical products.
     
  • May 24, 2011
    GS1 Canada Announces Key Board Appointment
    GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Lesley Smith as co-chair of its General Merchandise, Apparel and Hardlines Sector Board: Lesley Smith - Vice President, Logistics, Walmart Canada Corp.
     
  • May 16, 2011
    GS1 Canada Announces New Chair of Board of Governors
    GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Chair of its Board of Governors (BOG): Domenic Pilla, President, McKesson Canada.
     
  • May 16, 2011
    GS1 Canada Announces Key Board Appointment
    GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the following appointment to its Board of Governors: Margaret Hudson, President, Burnbrae Farms Ltd.
     
  • May 10, 2011
    Value of Canadian Healthcare Product Registry Confirmed at HSCN Conference
    The Canadian healthcare community needs a single source for sharing accurate, standardized product information between suppliers and providers.
     
  • May 2, 2011
    Canadian Healthcare Product Registry to Help Patient Safety, Reduce Health System Costs
    Senior representatives of the Canadian healthcare sector have finalized plans for the launch of the most comprehensive registry of healthcare product data of its kind in Canada.
     
  • April 20, 2011
    Join GS1 Canada at 2011 HSCN Conference
    The Canadian healthcare sector has collaborated to create the Canadian Healthcare Product Registry (CHPR): the most comprehensive registry of healthcare product data of its kind in Canada.
     
  • April 14, 2011
    GS1 welcomes European Commission endorsement of new industry privacy framework
    GS1 and Neelie Kroes, the Commission Vice-President in charge of the Digital Agenda, today signed the new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Framework for RFID applications at a ceremony in Brussels. Signatories to the PIA Framework also include the main European associations representing the retail industry as well as some of the leading companies that will deploy RFID in Europe.
     
  • December 13, 2010
    GS1 Canada Announces Key Board Appointments
    GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the following appointments to its Board of Governors (BOG):
    • Andy Giancamilli, Chief Executive Officer, Katz Group Canada Ltd.,
    • Dave Lemmon, Managing Director, Canada, Smucker’s Foods of Canada Corp.

     
  • November 16, 2010
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    Global Businesses Align on Providing Accurate Product Data to Consumers
    • Multinational firms collaborate to improve trustworthiness of product data in mobile and Internet product searching
    • Companies include brand owners, retailers and technology providers

     
  • November 3, 2010
    PHAC, GS1 Canada, and vaccine industry approve major vaccine identification initiative
    Canada’s vaccine industry is getting a major shot in the arm; one that will modernize and transform the identification, distribution and use of vaccines across the country to improve patient safety, immunization record-keeping and generate significant cost savings within the healthcare system.
     
  • November 1, 2010
    Retailers and Manufacturers Announce Joint Effort
    Retailers and Manufacturers Announce Joint Effort to Advance Use of Item Level RFID
     
  • November 1, 2010
    Leaders Convene for National Healthcare Industry Meeting
    With growing calls for long-term solutions to a more sustainable Canadian healthcare system, industry leaders convened in Toronto on October 27th to advance plans for the modernization of the healthcare supply chain through the pan-Canadian implementation of global GS1 standards and the Canadian Healthcare Product Registry.
     
  • October 25, 2010
    Ontario Hospital Association endorses GS1 standards
    The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) today announced its support of global GS1 standards for improving efficiencies in the healthcare supply chain and strengthening patient safety.
     
  • October 25, 2010
    Key leaders to convene for National Healthcare Industry meeting
    In response to calls for greater national collaboration among key stakeholders to adopt sustainable solutions in Canada’s healthcare system that will strengthen patient safety and save money, supply chain standards leader GS1 Canada is hosting national healthcare industry meetings in Toronto.
     
  • October 19, 2010
    Canadian grocery sector collaboration driving business benefits
    Canadian grocery sector representatives confirmed today that a unique collaboration between retailers and suppliers to improve accurate data sharing is driving significant results that will ultimately improve business bottom lines.
     
  • September 8, 2010
    GS1 Global and European Association of Hospital Pharmacists sign MOU
    The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) and GS1 have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate to advance patient safety.
     
  • August 25, 2010
    Leading Canadian Association Endorses Empty Miles
    Toronto, Ontario, August 25, 2010 – Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL) today announced its endorsement of the VICS Empty Miles service for driving cost efficiencies and supporting the sustainability efforts of its members.
     
  • August 5, 2010
    GS1 Canada News Alert: GS1 and IHTSDO to ensure compatibility of standards
    The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) and GS1 announced yesterday that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and ensure compatibility between their respective standards systems, where appropriate.
     
  • July 21, 2010
    Global Standards Proposed For Canada’s Healthcare System
    A majority of Canadian healthcare institutions and their suppliers support moving to a pan-Canadian approach to bar coding healthcare products as well as sharing administrative data electronically, based on the GS1 System of standards. 
     
  • May 27, 2010
    GS1 Canada Announces Key Board Appointments
    GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of representatives from several leading Canadian organizations to its sector Boards
     
  • May 20, 2010
    HSCN Moves to Support GS1 Standards
    The Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN) announces its support of GS1 standards, specifically the Global Location Number (GLN) to standardize location identification and the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) to standardize product identification.
     
  • May 13, 2010
    New Appointment to GS1 Canada’s Carenet Healthcare Board Executive Committee
    GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Smith, General Manager, Mohawk Supply Chain Services (MSCS) to the GS1 Canada Carenet Healthcare Sector Board Executive Committee.
     
  • April 22, 2010
    GS1 Canada Announces New Appointments to Strategic Governance Board
    GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Strategic Governance Board (SGB).
     
  • March 11, 2010
    Walmart recognizes VICS Empty Miles service
    The Empty Miles service has been recognized among Canada’s top sustainable corporate business practices.
     
  • March 8, 2010
    New Co-Chair Appointed to GS1 Canada’s Carenet Healthcare Sector Board
    Toronto, ON – GS1 Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of David Loukras, Provincial Director, Performance, Integration & Transformation for the British Columbia Health Authority Shared Services Organization (SSO), to the position of Co-Chair of its Carenet Healthcare Sector Board.
     
  • February 16, 2010
    Empty Miles Service Available in Canada
    In a move that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while driving cost savings in the North American supply chain, GS1 Canada and GS1 US, under the banner of GS1 North America, have collaborated with the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions association (VICS) to launch the VICS Empty Miles service for the Canadian market.
     
  • February 10, 2010
    “Mobile in Retail” White Paper sets stage for in-store innovation
    Brussels, Belgium, 25 November 2009 – GS1 is pleased to announce the publication of a white paper entitled "Mobile in Retail: getting your in-store environment ready for mobile”.
     
  • February 3, 2010
    Bar coding for improved medication safety in Canada one step closer
    A pan-Canadian initiative was announced today that will ultimately have a major impact on patient safety by reducing preventable medication errors.
     
  • January 21, 2010
    New GS1 Product Identification Standard - foundational for patient safety and supply chain improvements
    Brussels, Belgium, 21 January 2010 – GS1 Healthcare, the global, voluntary Healthcare user group, today announced the publication of the GS1 standard for the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) of medical products.