|Beauty pageant titleholder|
1980 (age 33–34)
|Title(s)||Miss Canada 2002|
|Miss Universe (semi-finalist)|
Verma was born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, her parents migrated from India. She graduated from York University's Schulich School of Business and worked for Procter and Gamble in marketing before entering the media industry. Verma won the Miss Canada title in 2002 and placed as a semi-finalist at the Miss Universe pageant. She joined OMNI Television in Toronto as an entertainment anchor, and later joined Sun TV as a current events host. She has worked in Canada, the United States, India and Egypt as a presenter, spokesmodel and actress and is fluent in various languages. She was the anchor of a national morning show, First Look with Neelam Verma, on Sun News Network, before being cancelled in 2012.
Verma forayed into broadcast television as an anchor for a Canadian entertainment show, Bollywood Boulevard on Rogers TV where she interviewed celebrities and covered red carpet events. She trained with CNN International in New Delhi, India and hosted a daily live current events show on Sun TV where she presented stories on Canadian news, entertainment, culture and lifestyle. In 2011 she joined the Sun News Network as a national morning show anchor.
She has served as a spokesperson for international philanthropic foundations and delivered workshops for the United Nations in Canada, and is involved in causes and initiatives that support the education and empowerment of women and children in developing nations.
Verma won the Miss Universe Canada competition in 2002, becoming the first woman of Indian heritage to win the title. She represented Canada at the Miss Universe pageant in San Juan, Puerto Rico and placed in the top 10 as a semi-finalist. She hosted the Miss Universe Canada Pageant in 2007, and served on the judging panel for the event in 2010.
|Miss Universe Canada
Leanne Marie Cecile