Serial entrepreneur Nicole Verkindt has a knack for finding industry gaps and building innovative companies to fill them. As the founder of OMX, she built one of the largest supplier tech platforms specializing in ESG metrics. Now, as the CEO of Buggy, she is transforming Canada’s grocery industry for today’s evolving consumer market. Speaking to technology, leadership, and disruptive thinking, Verkindt empowers audiences to turn today’s trends into their competitive advantage.
Verkindt founded the Canadian tech company, OMX, in 2012. Since then, this innovative platform has grown into one of the largest supplier ESG data providers. Verkindt sold it in 2022 to Sustainalytics, which is owned by Morningstar. Today, Verkindt is the CEO of Buggy, Canada’s rapid grocery and essentials delivery business, and an active angel investor involved in dozens of Canada’s early-stage tech companies.
In addition, Verkindt is a frequent technology commentator on CBC. She was also an investor on Gimlet Media’s The Pitch in the US and a “Dragon” on CBC’s Next Gen Den, which focused on early-stage technology startups. Verkindt currently sits on the board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation and was the co-chair of the Business Council of Canada’s Task Force on Canada’s Economic Future.
One of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40”, Verkindt was awarded the Peter Brojde Award for Next Generation Executive Leadership in 2018. She was also named “Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2017 by Startup Canada.