Dr. Veena Rowat was born India. She moved to Ottawa, Ontario in 1968. She is the 1st Canadian woman PhD graduate in #electrical
#engineering and the only woman in her 1973 graduating class at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.
In 1974 she joined the
Canada Department of Communications (forerunner of Industry Canada). Her 36 year public service career has been studded with recognition. She has received the Public Service Award of Excellence in 2011 for her contribution to telecommunications and to women
in leadership. In 2003 she received the Queen Elizabeth ll Golden Jubilee Award as well as the Excellence in #Leadership Award from Industry Canada. 2004 saw her as Canadian Woman of the Year in Communications for the Canadian Women In Communications. In
2005 she was included in two listing of Canada’s most Powerful Women as expressed by Canada’s Executive Women’s Network. That
same year she was Professional Woman of the Year for the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. In 2008 she won the Sara Kirke
Award recognizing her as Canada’s leading woman high #Tech #Entrepreneur from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. In
2004 she was the first woman president of the Communications Research Centre which is an internationally-renowned
agency of Industry Canada. She retained this position until her retirement in June 2011. Always a #mentor for women in the 1990’s
she worked with groups concerned with violence against women and with high school girls sports teams. She is also a volunteer
mentor with the Women’s Executive Network. To learn more please visit http://ow.ly/vVTV30azFxZ
#WomenWhoLead #WomeninSTEM #Technology #Engineering #STEM #STEMEd #STEMSpark #Leader #Diversity #Advocacy #Canada150
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