Awards

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..

Applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled in an accredited Canadian university
  2. Have completed at least the second year in an engineering programme leading towards a career in radiocommunications
  3. Demonstrate –
    1. Academic excellence
    2. Recognized involvement with the industry
    3. Continuing contribution to the community at large

The application deadline is: Midnight, June 7, 2023.

Apply at www.electrofed.com

2023 Scholarship Winners are Harvinder Lehal and Zoe Devries

The 2023 winners of the William Taylor Scholarship in Radiocommunications are Harvinder Lehal and Zoe Deveries. Congratulations to both of them.

 

Harvinder is a Master’s student at the University of Toronto. He is working on developing ways to analyze congestion control algorithms in order to be able to understand their interactions with other network protocols and distributed machine learning traffic.

Harvinder also worked for ISED, aiding the Department’s understanding how international standards for the 6 Ghz band can be applied to the Canadian context and developing a test plan to be used for testing applicant systems. Please watch Harvinder’s message here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/150eMR7hV8ZWRRFk6ev8I6pLv8Kg6LkTA/view

 

Zoe has completed her 4th year in the engineering Department at the University of New Brunswick. As a student, she has been working in UNB’s Radiating Systems Research Laboratory, where she has been involved in antenna studies, RF exposure research and wireless power transfer system development. Please watch Zoe’s message here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLD5U1nnfeo

 

© 2023 Radio Advisory Board of Canada

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:

2023: Dr. José Costa

The 2023 Laureate is José Costa. José Costa’s career spans more than 45 years in the telecommunications industry. He received the Titles of Industrial Engineer (Electronics) and Dr. Industrial Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Barcelona, Spain, in 1971 and 1984, respectively, and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1973 and 1982, respectively.

During 1977-1978. he held a fellowship in the Canadian Department of Communications (now Industry Canada) doing research on future communication services. He joined Bell-Northern Research (BNR) Ltd., Ottawa, Canada, in 1978, which in the mid-1990s became part of Nortel, where he held several positions in systems engineering. In January 2010 he joined Ericsson as part of the sale of Nortel wireless business and assets to Ericsson. He participates in the development of radio standards and spectrum recommendations in the ITU, where he is a Vice-Chairman of ITU-R Study Group 5 (terrestrial services) and Chairman of Working Party 5A (land mobile service above 30 MHz (excluding IMT); wireless access in the fixed service; amateur and amateur-satellite services), and he participates regularly in the work of Working Party 5D (IMT systems), where he is the CITEL Rapporteur. From 1999 to 2009 he was the ITU-R Liaison Official in IEEE 802.16 (wireless metropolitan area networks).

José has published over 30 technical papers in journals, conference proceedings and contributions in books, and he is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was a frequent contributor to RABC’s own technical committees. An internationally recognized expert, José was Chairman of the ITU’s Working Party 5A at the time of his retirement.

For many years José organized a team to participate in the CN Cycle for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, raising money to help fund programs and research for oncology patients and their families at CHEO. 

2005: C. (Vino) Vinodrai, Formerly of Bell Mobility
Vino has more than 35years of experience in the mobile radio industry ranging from spectrum engineering, standards development, new wireless services and satellite communication. For the last sixteen years, he worked for Bell Mobility and Bell Canada. Vino joined Bell in 1989. For the last three years he was responsible for the Bell University Laboratories that conducts research in wireline, wireless, internet and portals across Canada. For Bell Mobility he was responsible for advance wireless technology research, standards work, future technologies, health-related issues and spectrum planning. In 1991 together with a colleague, he developed an environment friendly antenna for which they won the Bell Mobility Presidents Gold Award for Excellence.

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 has 28 years of experience with Industry Canada in managing programs related to spectrum engineering that involve standards development and access to spectrum for new radio services. Prior to joining CRC, Veena was Deputy Director-General, Spectrum Engineering, Industry Canada, where she was responsible for Terrestrial Wireless Services, Mobile Satellite and Space Sciences Services, EMC Analysis, and New Technologies and Services.

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.