Founder, OMX | “Dragon”, Next Gen Den
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 specializes in assisting organizations to maximize positive socio-economic impacts from spending activities.
Verkindt also sits on the board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Business Council of Canada (BCC), made up of the CEOs of the 100 largest companies in Canada. In 2019, she was appointed as the Co-Chair of the BCC’s Task Force on Canada’s Economic Future.
A frequent commentator in the media, Verkindt is a technology columnist for Vanguard magazine, and often appears on CBC, BNN, and Newstalk 1010. She is also currently 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.