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Veena Rawat: Empowering Women

by Veena Rawat, President, Communications Research Centre
October 8, 2010

(Part of the ongoing WISENET Series)

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:245:height=100,width=71]]Previously we posted a blog noting that Dr. Rawat was the only woman running for a senior post in the ITU. We also began an introduction of Dr. Rawat, and in this blog we continue.

Throughout Dr. Veena Rawat’s career and in her personal life, she has enthusiastically supported women. In 2004 the Canadian Women in Communications organization presented her with the Canadian Woman of the Year in Communications Award. A spokeswoman stated “[Dr. Rawat] has been a tireless role model and supporter of advancement of women and under her leadership, the participation of women in engineering roles at Industry Canada has blossomed.” From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Rawat was a representative for Women in Science & Technology. Since 2007, she has been a member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, Women in Technology group. In 2005 Dr. Rawat was included in Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100 by Canada’s Executive Women’s Network, and was awarded Canadian Woman of the Year in Communications by the Canadian Women in Communications in 2004. Dr. Rawat has been a volunteer mentor with The Women’s Executive Network since 2007 and a member of the Heart Truth Leadership Council starting in 2008. The council is part of the Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. During the 1990s, she worked with groups concerned with violence against women, and volunteered with sports teams for high school girls.

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Who is Veena Rawat?

by Veena Rawat, President, Communications Research Centre
October 7, 2010

(Part of the ongoing WISENET Series)

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:245:height=100,width=71]]Dr. Rawat is a notable trailblazer and spectrum ambassador. In 1968 she emigrated from India to Canada, where she became the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Queen’s University in 1973. She is fluent in English, French, Hindi and Spanish.   Dr. Rawat began her career 35 years ago with the Canadian federal government’s communications ministry, starting as an engineer before advancing into executive-level positions. Her experience spans the technology continuum — from bench-level engineering to taking a leadership position in a national R&D organization.

In 2004, Dr. Rawat became the President of the Communications Research Centre (CRC), the only federal government laboratory carrying out R&D in communications technologies. She currently manages a staff of 400 and an annual budget of over $50 million. Her work has garnered much recognition both nationally and internationally:

  • Canada’s Leading Woman High Tech Entrepreneur
  • Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100, 2005
  • Leadership in Government Award, 2005
  • Canadian Woman of the Year in Communications, 2004
  • Radio Advisory Board of Canada Award of Excellence, 2004
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Gold Medal, 2003
  • Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal, 2003
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