Carleton University today conferred an honorary Doctor of Engineering on Rosemary Chapdelaine in recognition of her brilliant career as an award-winning mechanical engineer and talented international administrative leader.
Chapdelaine was honoured at Carleton’s Spring Convocation, where more than 3,580 students are receiving their degrees over four days of ceremonies.
Chapdelaine began her career as a mechanical engineer at IBM’s Federal Systems Division. Today, she serves as vice-president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada, where she leads a team of 600 employees working across the country. Her program portfolio is valued at over $1.5 billion and her customer base extends around the world, from Canada and the United States to the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Chile.
“We are living in a time of extraordinary change and I’m excited about what the future holds, as each and every one of you brings forward your fresh ideas and energy into the world and become the creators and visionaries that will propel us well into the fourth industrial revolution,” said Chapdelaine. “There has never been a time of greater promise for the future and endless possibilities.”
“Congratulations on achieving your significant milestone, your degree from Carleton University one of the most pre-eminent universities throughout all of Canada. I look forward to seeing you turning the impossible into reality and leading us into the generation beyond.”
Chapdelaine presented graduates with a specially designed challenge coin in recognition of their outstanding achievements in obtaining their degrees. The unique coin captures the concepts she spoke to during her remarks.
Chapdelaine serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, St. Margaret School in Victoria and the Ottawa CEO Networking Breakfast. She has been involved with the International Women’s Forum, the Women’s Executive Network and the National Association for Professional Women.
Chapdelaine has received numerous accolades for her work, including Worldwide Branding Executive of the Year in Program Management, the corporate honor in Full Spectrum Leadership at the Evening of Stars, as well as Mentor of the Year from the Advanced Technical Leadership Development Program. She received the prestigious Program Excellence Award from Aviation Week and was recognized by the U.S. Navy’s Air Command as a recipient of the Top Hawk Award.
“Her outstanding success can be attributed to her technical and business savvy, ability to see potential opportunities and willingness to take on tough problems,” said Dorina Petriu, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering. “Above all, Rosemary Chapdelaine is an exceptional leader who demonstrates honesty, integrity (and) inclusivity and who understands how to get people behind a vision, a strategy and execution.”
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