British Standards Institute (BSI) borrowed it from NATO to create its own quality document (BS 5179) which was later changed to (BS 5750). [note: According to Joseph Juran: A History of Managing for Quality – 1995, 5750 was essentially a direct copy from NATO]. Britain then offered BS5750 as the seed document for ISO9000. Canada doesn’t come up anywhere, with the exception of being a part of ABCA and NATO.
As I pursued further, it is clear that Z299 was a document developed from Mil-Q-9858 through NATO AQAP although, in contrast to BS5750 it was substantially changed to accommodate the new audience.
Originally posted Nov 23, 2011. Edited for grammar and spelling Feb 6, 2015