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Bio - Lorne K. Wagner
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Lorne K. Wagner

Lorne Kenneth Wagner was born in Montreal in 1933. He died in 1999, after an 8-month battle with milofibrosis. He is remembered as a quiet, caring, family man who did everything with determination as well as he possibly could. 

Lorne grew up in Montreal and after graduation took a four-year apprenticeship with Northern Electric (later Nortel Networks) as a Master Tool Maker. This training made his attention to detail and his love for precision the hallmarks of his later years. 

All his working life was standards related. When he retired in 1990, he was Senior Manager, Corporate Materiel Engineering, where he was responsible for codifying and developing performance and procurement standards for the many thousands of products Nortel acquired under corporate contracts. The databases he developed for use around the world resulted in much more consistent quality and vast savings for the company. After retiring Lorne was retained by Nortel to advance their Corporate Standards program. 

His understanding of standards and their value in the commercial world led to his participation as an expert in the development of various Canadian and international standards. As a consequence of his contributions, and his respect for the integrity of the development process, Lorne was honored with a prime ministerial appointment to the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for four consecutive 3-year terms. As part of SCC, Lorne helped shape the national standards strategy for Canada internally and internationally. 

Lorne was an SES member for almost twenty years and held most of the executive positions at one time or another. As President of SES he successfully guided the society through its financially most difficult period. In 1995, SES awarded Lorne its most prestigious honor, the Leo B. Moore Medal for a lifetime of outstanding service and contribution to standards and standardization.  

(This background information on the Award and Lorne K. Wagner was provided by Marilyn Wagner.)

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