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Name  Veena Rawat

Education  Queen's University
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Veena Rawat OC is an electrical engineer who specializes in telecommunications. In 2014 she was awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) by the Governor General of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian awards, for her lifetime achievements and contributions at the national and international levels to wireless communications.


Between 2011-2013, Rawat was Vice President and Ambassador to the International Telecommunications Union, for Blackberry, Advanced Technology Division, Canada.

Until 2011, she was the President of the Communications Research Centre (CRC), an agency of Industry Canada that carries out research and development in communications technologies.

In 2010 Rawat was a candidate for the position of Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU).


Rawat emigrated to Canada from India in 1968. She speaks English, French, Hindi and Spanish.


In 1973, Rawat was the first woman to graduate with a PhD in electrical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

In 1967 she graduated from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, with M. Tech in Electronics.


Since Jan 2013, Rawat has been providing advisory services in the capacity of an internationally acclaimed wireless communications expert to various global telecommunications companies and organizations.

Between 2011-2013, Rawat was Vice President and Ambassador to the International Telecommunications Union, for Blackberry, Advanced Technology Division, Canada. She was responsible for representing Blackberry at the ITU and various national and international fora at executive level in matters related to RF Spectrum planning, allocation, harmonization and coordination for wireless technologies and services.

During 2004-2011, Rawat was President of the Communications Research Centre, Canada's centre of excellence for telecommunications R&D, with 400 staff and an annual budget of over $50 million. For over 40 years, CRC has made significant contributions to the information and communications technology sector in Canada and abroad. The CRC’s research encompasses the four main platforms for information delivery: terrestrial wireless, satellite, fibre optics and broadcasting. Rawat was responsible for Canada’s participation in bilateral and multilateral information and communications technologies (ICT) research partnerships with many countries around the world.

Dr. Rawat came to CRC after spending 28 years within the Canadian Government where she held executive positions managing programs related to radio frequency spectrum engineering for all wireless and space communication services. This included: leading negotiations at the International Telecommunication Union of United Nations (ITU), Organization of American States (OAS) and US Government (FCC, NTIA); chairing major national and international committees; and consultations with senior executives of the telecom and space industry at global level to develop policies and regulations. Rawat was the first woman to chair a World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-03), for which she was awarded an ITU gold medal. Also, Rawat was chair of the ITU-R SG-4 for Satellite Services and chair of numerous working groups and technical committees at ITU-R and WRCs.

An internationally recognized expert in spectrum management and ICT technologies and trends, Rawat has been a keynote and invited speaker at over 100 domestic and international conferences and events since 1995.

Honours and awards

  • Officer of the Order of Canada, 2014.
  • IEEE Communications Society Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications, 2012
  • 2011 Public Service Award of Excellence, Government of Canada.
  • 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
  • Leadership in Government Award, Wireless Communications Association International(USA), 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
  • Radio Advisory Board of Canada Award of Excellence, Radio Advisory Board of Canada, 2004
  • Honorary Fellowship, Broadcast Engineering Society, India, 2004.
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Gold Medal, World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03) Chairmanship, 2003
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, 2003
  • Excellence in Leadership Award, Industry Canada, 2003
  • References

    Veena Rawat Wikipedia