Brent Innes of Rogers Communications is the esteemed recipient of the SCTE Young Canadian Engineering Professional of the Year Award for 2011. Innes, 30, of Bolton, Ontario, and an SCTE member since January 2010, is a senior network planner with Rogers. The third annual award honors outstanding technical achievements and contributions made to the advancement of the cable telecommunications industry by a young Canadian engineering professional who is under the age of 35.

The award is made possible through the sponsorship of Aurora Networks and the efforts of Cartt.ca and SCTE. Innes will receive his award at SCTE Canadian Summit 2011, which is set for March 8–9 at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto.

Innes, who graduated with honors in computer engineering from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), has been pivotal in securing numerous business contracts at Rogers. He has been instrumental in the design of some of Rogers’ largest and most strategic customer networks. These include a national broadcast network for the CBC/Radio-Canada, which incorporated more than 50 sites and more than 60 circuits.

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