The Radio Advisory Board of Canada offers two important prizes each year:
William Taylor Scholarship in Radiocommunications
The William Taylor Scholarship in Radiocommunications is awarded annually to an engineering student who has completed (at a minimum) their second year in an accredited Canadian University, and who’s intention it is to continue their studies in pursuit of a career in telecommunications. The qualities demonstrated by this individual will be academic excellence coupled with their involvement in the industry and balanced with their contribution to their community, their family and their own personal interests. This scholarship is worth $3,500.
The William Taylor Scholarship in Radiocommunications is administered by the Electro-Federation Canada..
- Be enrolled in an accredited Canadian university
- Have completed at least the second year in an engineering programme leading towards a career in radiocommunications
- Demonstrate –
- Academic excellence
- Recognized involvement with the industry
- Continuing contribution to the community at large
The application deadline is: Midnight, May 31st, 2021.
Apply at www.electrofed.com
2019 scholarship winner is Tyler Gamvrelis
The 2020 scholarship winner is Tyler Gamvrelis, a Master’s student in communications group (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering) at the University of Toronto (U of T). Previously, Tyler studied Electrical and Computer Engineering through U of T’s Engineering Science program, with his undergraduate thesis in wireless networks solidifying his commitment to research. Outside of academia, Tyler has taken on lead design roles in numerous embedded systems projects, including an autonomous humanoid soccer robot and a physics experiment that flew in microgravity. Tyler’s goal is to join a research and development lab in the field of telecommunications and contribute useful results to both society and the scientific community.
Viet Nguyen, Charles Rousseau and David Farnes held a virtual meeting with Tyler to congratulate him and “present” the cheque. Here is a thank-you video from Tyler.
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The Industry Achievement Award
The Industry Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a lasting contribution to telecommunications in Canada, either through their technical achievements or through their work in the development of policy that positions Canada as a world leader. The recipient of this award may be from industry or government.
The laureates for this award are nominated by members of the RABC and selected, usually in the early fall, by the RABC Executive Committee.
The award was inaugurated in 2004 to celebrate the Board’s 60th anniversary.
The laureates are:
2005: C. (Vino) Vinodrai, Formerly of Bell Mobility
Vino was the Co-Chairman the PCS Sub-committee of the Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC). He also represented Bell Mobility on various committees of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the Cellular Telecommunication Internet Association (CTIA), CDMA Development Group (CDG), and the Telecommunications Standards Advisory Council of Canada (TSACC). Vino participated in the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Working Group 8 including WP 8F dealing with Systems Beyond IMT 2000. He also participated in 3GPP2.
Prior to joining Bell, he worked for over ten years for the Ontario Government. He developed the province wide Ambulance Communication Network. He also developed in conjunction with Communication Research Center the communication network for the Ontario Air Ambulance using satellite technology.
Among his notable achievements during his career were:
- Chairman of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association’s (CWTA) task force on Wireless Number Portability (WNP). The Task Force produced the implementation plan for WNP in Canada.
- Building the Bell University Laboratories into a national research network. This brought synergy between research projects being conducted across Canada in various universities.
- Successfully working with international vendors and service providers in resolving the 3G standard issues. The result being the approval by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of the IMT2000 standards (or also known as 3G or UMTS). This has enabled the wireless industry to introduce advanced applications to the consumers.
- Editor of the User Requirement Document for Personal Communication Service for North America
- Seconded by Ontario Premier’s Office to Papal Task Force and various Royal Visits to co-ordinate telecommunication activities
- Implementing the first mobile data terminals in a police force in Canada (Ottawa Police Service)
He is a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), European Engineer, and the Institute Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Vino completed his high school education in Singapore and obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of London, United Kingdom. He migrated to Canada in 1973 to set up a radio system engineering group for Pye Telecommunication.
2004: Dr. Veena Rawat, President of the Communications Research Centre
Dr. Rawat also has extensive experience working with senior officials of Canadian organizations (e.g., Radio Advisory Board of Canada, Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, Electronic Federation of Canada), and has led Canadian delegations and negotiations at the international telecommunication organizations of United Nations (i.e., International Telecommunications Union), the Organization of American States and with the United States Government (e.g., Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration). From the mid-nineties to March 2003, she was co-Chair of the Canada/US Committee to negotiate spectrum use along the border.
Dr. Rawat has chaired many technical committees of Canadian and international organizations that deal with radio, spectrum and telecommunications issues and standards. In 2003, she became the first woman to chair the World Radiocommunication (WRC) Conference of the United Nations’ telecommunication organization for which she was awarded a gold medal by the Secretary General of the ITU. Her efforts and contributions have led to a significant increase in the representation and recognition of women in leadership roles in these national and international organizations. She continues to be involved in activities that encourage and increase the number of women in science and technology.
Dr. Rawat migrated to Canada from India in 1968 and was the first woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in 1973.
Her work has garnered her much recognition, including the Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) Woman of the Year Award, the CWC Trailblazer Award, the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal, Industry Canada’s Excellence in Leadership Award, and ITU’s gold and silver medals for her contributions in the international arena. Dr. Rawat was also conferred with honorary fellowship of Broadcast Engineering Society of India and recently received the International Leadership in Government Award from the Wireless Communications Association International in the U.S.