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Press Release: Addis Semagn wins RAB Design Lighting Award of Excellence for 2018

Posted by Christina Fleming on Oct 2, 2018 12:13 PM


Toronto, September 28, 2018 – We are pleased to announce that Addis Semagn has been awarded the RAB Design Lighting Inc., Award of Excellence for the 2018 Electro-Federation Canada Scholarship program.

Addis is currently in her second year of a four year program as an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Toronto. In her first year, Addis was team lead for a group of six students tasked with reducing energy consumption at a local elementary school. They accomplished this by converting fluorescent lights to LEDs. This project will be implemented this fall and they are projecting savings of $10,000. She is an active member of the Spark Design Club where they create and design interactive electro-mechanical displays. She is also an Orientation Leader for incoming students and a mentor for general engineering students.

“I am extremely honoured to receive this Award. Being a woman of colour has never been a barrier for me when pursuing my passion in electronics. This scholarship will make all the difference and allow me to focus on my academic journey this year. The values and standards of RAB Design are ones that I will strive to uphold.”

As a whole, women are underrepresented in the field of engineering, but the gap appears to be closing. According to ONWiE (Women in Engineering), 6,612 women enrolled in engineering across Ontario in 2017 (compared to 25,927 men). 14% of engineering faculty across Canada are women. 1,562 women across Ontario enrolled in first year engineering in 2017 and 20.1% professional engineers are women across Ontario. In a primarily male dominated field, this is an amazing trend.

“When I was an engineering student, there were 200 students in my class, only two were women,” said David Beron, President of RAB Design Lighting Inc., “It has always been our intention to ensure that our business behaviours, procedures and policies foster diversity and inclusion and create an environment where individual differences are valued. On behalf of the RAB Design team, I’d like to wish Addis unlimited success in what we are certain will be a very bright future.”

RAB Design Lighting is a Canadian owned and operated manufacturer of quality commercial and industrial lighting products. The Company has been servicing the electrical distribution market for more than 50 years. RAB Design is dedicated to bringing innovation in technology and energy efficiency to Canadians through our quality lighting products.


For further information, please contact:

Kamna Mirchandani

Marketing Manager

RAB Design Lighting Inc.

(416) 252-9454 ext: 7328


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