Founder, OMX | “Dragon”, Next Gen Den
Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs. The founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and a Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, she understands the powerful role entrepreneurs have in growing the economy and helping to solve global issues. Speaking to the importance of disruptive thinking, women’s roles in business, technology, and innovation, Nicole shows audiences how the real key to success is learning how to push past being told “no” over and over again.
Named “Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by StartUp Canada in 2017, Nicole has a knack for finding industry gaps and building innovative platforms and technology to fill them. At just 27 years old, she launched OMX — the only online platform of its kind that serves users from the world’s top defence, aerospace, shipbuilding sectors, and tens of thousands of local suppliers around the world. It also generates data to help governments understand the economic impacts of their procurement decisions.
Prior to founding OMX, Nicole launched Tiburon in 2008, an offshore manufacturing business in the Dominican Republic, which sold shelter components to government contractors during the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. At the same time, in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, she founded the non-profit organization GlassFrog to provide aid to the torn nation. In 2011, she led the sale of Tiburon to a Private Equity Firm.
Nicole is also the official technology columnist for Vanguard magazine, which has a readership of over one million. In addition, she sits on the board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Peter Munk School of Global Affairs MGA Program Board. She is also an active member of the Canadian Space Commerce Association; the Canadian Aerospace, Defence, Security Industry Association; Aerospace Industries Association Canada; and, the Global Offset and Countertrade Association.
Nicole is a graduate of the prestigious Richard Ivey School of Business with a specialization in International Political Science and Entrepreneurship.