The Open Community on Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (OCEANIS) announced today that BSI, the UK National Standards Body will succeed Canada’s CIO Strategy Council as Secretariat in 2022.

As an open global community, OCEANIS addresses the need for coordination and collaboration among standards setting bodies and related organizations to the unprecedented challenges fueled by the rapid rate of technology development and convergence through digitization.

“It has been an honour for CIO Strategy Council to serve out our tenure as the OCEANIS secretariat over the past 2 years and to support ever important global collaboration in the autonomous and intelligent systems standardization space,” said Keith Jansa, Executive Director, CIO Strategy Council and OCEANIS Steering Committee Chair. “CIO Strategy Council looks forward to working alongside BSI in the transition of the Secretariat, and to further the growth and evolution of OCEANIS.”

BSI Director-General, Standards, Scott Steedman welcomed the appointment of BSI as the OCEANIS secretariat:

“BSI has been a proud member of OCEANIS since its inception and is delighted to take on the Secretariat role in 2022, building on the excellent work that the CIO Strategy Council have delivered over the past two years. Autonomous and intelligent systems are playing an ever-increasing role in the lives of people around the world and the role of standards to underpin business and public trust in these technologies has never been more important. As one of the founder members of OCEANIS, I would like to thank the outgoing Chair Keith Jansa, Executive Director of CIO Strategy Council, for his leadership and dedication in developing the OCEANIS community. We look forward to working with the OCEANIS members over the years ahead.”

For organizations interested in joining OCEANIS please email

OCEANIS provides a high-level global forum for discussion, debate and collaboration for organizations interested in the development and use of standards to further the development of autonomous and intelligent systems. 

About BSI
BSI is appointed by the UK Government as the National Standards Body and represents UK interests at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the European Standards Organizations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI).  BSI traces its origins to 1901 and became the world’s first National Standards Body.  Its role is to help improve the quality, safety and integrity of products, services and systems by facilitating the creation and maintenance of consensus based, market led standards and encouraging their use.  BSI publishes over 2,700 standards annually and withdraws over 1,500 old or superseded standards using a collaborative approach, engaging with industry experts, government bodies, trade associations, businesses of all sizes and consumers to develop standards that reflect good practice.

About CIO Strategy Council
The CIO Strategy Council is Canada’s national forum that brings together the country’s most forward-thinking chief information officers and executive technology leaders to collectively mobilize on common digital priorities. Cutting across major sectors of the Canadian economy – public, private and not for profit – the Council harnesses the collective expertise and action of Canada’s CIOs to propel Canada as a digital-first nation. The CIO Strategy Council is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and develops standards that support the data-driven economy. Learn more at