Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Veena Rawat

Electrical engineer, Industry pioneer

"In my day there wasn't much formal mentoring, so my mentoring was what I call 'silent mentoring.' You looked at your colleagues focused on their strengths. That was my mentoring. I learned by example. I was very fortunate." Veena Rawat

Born in India. Moved to Ottawa in the 1970s.

First female PhD graduate in electrical engineering; the only woman in her 1973 graduating class at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

36-year public service career for which she received a Public Service Award of Excellence (June 2011) for her contribution to telecommunications and to women in leadership.

First female president of the Communications Research Centre, an internationally-renowned agency of Industry Canada with 400 staff, including 230 scientists and engineers.

First woman to chair the prestigious World Radiocommunication Conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations (2003).

Has devoted much of her time to formally and informally mentoring young women.


Canada’s Leading Woman High Tech Entrepreneur/Sara Kirke Award for Woman Entrepreneurship, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, 2008
Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100, Canada’s Executive Women’s Network, 2005
Professional Woman of the Year Award, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, 2005
Canadian Woman of the Year in Communications, Canadian Women in Communications, 2004

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