Veena is an internationally acclaimed expert in Radio Frequency Spectrum Planning and Management, currently working as a Communications Technologies Consultant, providing advisory services to a number of organizations and corporations nationally and internationally. In 2014, she became an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to telecommunications engineering and for leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management.”
From 2011 to 2014, Veena worked as Vice President and Ambassador to ITU for BlackBerry. During 2004-11, Veena was President of Communications Research Centre, the only Canadian federal government research lab conducting Research and Development in all communications technologies. Before heading CRC, Veena spent 28 years within the Canadian Government where she held executive positions managing programs related to radio frequency spectrum engineering for all wireless and space communication services. Veena has been a keynote and invited speaker, panelist, and moderator for over 100 conferences and events dealing with technology trends, wireless technologies, radio spectrum matters, and Canadian S&T matters. She has served on the Board of numerous national and international professional organizations.
Veena has had many "firsts" in her career, a trailblazer, starting from first female PhD ever in 1973 in Electrical Engineering from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, to being the first female (and first Canadian as well) ever to chair ITU's highest level meeting WRC (World Radio Conference) in 2003 held in Geneva for which she was awarded ITU’s gold medal by the Secretary General. Other key awards include: IEEE for Public Service in Communications – 2012; from the Govt of Canada the highest Public Service Award of Excellence – 2011; From Canadian Women in Communications’ Canadian Woman of the Year – 2004; Canadian Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100 (2005).