President, Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC)

Dr. Veena Rawat has been the President of the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC)
since 2004. The CRC, an agency of Industry Canada, is responsible for conducting applied research and development in broadcasting, radiocommunications and information technologies. CRC employs 400 staff including 230 scientists and engineers. It has a total annual budget in the range of $45M.

Dr. Rawat has 35 years of senior management experience with Industry Canada. Before joining CRC, she managed Industry Canada programs related to spectrum engineering, standards development, access to spectrum for new radio services, and technical regulatory issues for all radio services including broadcasting.

Dr. Rawat has led Canadian delegations and negotiations at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other international fora. In 2003, she was the first woman to chair the World Radiocommunication (WRC) Conference of the ITU. The Secretary-General of the ITU awarded Dr. Rawat a gold medal for her chairmanship. She currently chairs ITU-R Study Group 4 examining issues related to the efficient use of spectrum and orbit for all satellite services and their applications.

Her work has garnered her much recognition both nationally and internationally, including the Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) Woman of the Year Award, Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100, award from the Executive Women’s Network and the International Leadership in Government Award from the Wireless Communications Association International in the U.S.