Christopher Skarica, Arris’ vice president of strategic accounts for Canada, has been named the 2012 Canadian Engineering Professional of the Year by the SCTE Canada.

The award honors outstanding technical achievements and contributions made to the advancement of the cable telecommunications industry by a Canadian engineering professional.

This is the first time that an engineering resource of a technology supplier company has been honored with the SCTE Canada award.

Chris SkaricaSkarica, who joined Arris in March 2010, is responsible for serving strategic Canadian MSO accounts in their purchase and deployment of the complete line of Arris products.

During his 24-year cable industry career, Skarica has numerous notable accomplishments. He was responsible for the first Canadian MPEG-2 digital video system demo; oversaw the active HFC setup for several major two-way upgrade projects; was instrumental in engineering the first four-feed, multi-beam satellite deployments in Canada; led the team that commercially deployed the first North American DOCSIS 1.0 CMTS and CM system; managed RF testing and qualification of a large Canadian MSO’s first 860 MHz, two-way HFC plant implementation; was instrumental in delivering the industry’s first HFC outside plant DOCSIS Wi-Fi hotspot technology; and patented the industry’s first active Ethernet-based optical access network architecture and the first transport architecture to deliver streaming ITU-R601 video over a metro area storage network.

Before joining Arris, Skarica was CTO at Huawei Technologies. Prior to that, he was vice president of engineering and sales at Lindsay Broadband, and before that he held a similar title at Broadbus Technologies. He also spent five years with Nortel as chief technology advisor on the Global MSO Solutions team. Additionally, Skarica worked for several years as Cogeco Cable Ontario’s director of engineering and, before that, as senior project manager and headend technician at Rogers Cablesystems. He was also an engineering technologist for Maclean Hunter Cable’s corporate engineering team.

Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications, Videotron, Cogeco and Eastlink are all Arris customers.