Tech Entrepreneur | Founder, OMX
Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs and innovation. Named “Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by StartUp Canada in 2017, Verkindt has a knack for finding industry gaps and building innovative platforms and technology to fill them. Speaking to the importance of entrepreneurial and disruptive thinking, diversity in leadership, technology, and innovation, Verkindt empowers audiences to turn their ideas into success.
In 2012, Verkindt founded and launched OMX — the only online platform of its kind that manages complex supply chains in the mining, energy, infrastructure, aerospace and public sector around the world. The technology platform helps to increase and measure local spend/socio-economic impacts, including ESGs (environmental, social, governance) and other sustainability metrics.
Verkindt also sits on the board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; and is a Next Gen member of the Business Council of Canada (BCC), where she is also the Co-Chair of the BCC’s Task Force on Canada’s Economic Future. In 2019, Verkindt was named StartUp Canada’s Woman Ambassador of the year. She was also named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.
A frequent commentator in the media, Verkindt is a technology columnist for Vanguard magazine, and often appears on CBC, BNN, and Newstalk 1010. She was an investor on Gimlet Media’s The Pitch in the US, and was previously a “Dragon” on CBC’s Next Gen Den, which focused on early stage technology. In 2018, Verkindt was awarded the Peter Brojde Award for Next Generation Executive Leadership.