Vice President, External Affairs
Shaw Communications

Chethan Lakshman is Vice-President, External Affairs with Shaw Communications, where he oversees the company’s public relations, community investment, and corporate sponsorship portfolios. Prior to joining Shaw, Chethan provided independent communications and reputation management strategy and counsel to corporations, charitable enterprises, and individuals. From 1999–2011, Chethan was a leader of the award-winning Corporate Communications team at RBC, where he held a variety of senior roles. Before moving into the field of communications, Chethan worked as a journalist with the Globe and Mail, Financial Post, and CBC.

Throughout his career, Chethan has used his expertise to develop strategies that communicate complex issues, ideas, and policies to a variety of audiences within an environment of competing interests. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of The Company Theatre, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Hull Services and serves on the boards of directors for The Walrus Foundation and the Canadian Journalism Foundation.