Ari Brojde, Peter Brojde Foundation (lf), Nicole Verkindt, Award Winner & John Reid, CATA CEO (rt)
In this six minute video, join Ari Brojde of the Peter Brojde Foundation & Technology Entrepreneur as he introduces OMX founder, Nicole Verkindt, winner of the Peter Brojde Next Generation Leadership Award, presented at the CATA Innovation & Leadership Gala. She also also serveed as a Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Dragons Den and commentator on the Exchange.
In accepting the Award, Nicole shares insights into tech trends and challenges.
About Nicole Verkindt
Nicole is passionate about entrepreneurship and believes that the key to success is the ability to ignore being told “no” over and over again.
She launched OMX in 2012, when she was 27 years old. The online platform is the only one in the world to manage obligations government contractors have to invest in local economies, a policy called “offsets”.
Prior to founding OMX, Nicole launched Tiburon (the Spanish word for “shark”) 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.
It wa during this time that Haiti experienced their devastating earthquake. Nicole reacted by founding the non-profit organization GlassFrog, which provided aid to the torn nation. Nicole later integrated Tiburon into a family business, and became President and CEO of GMA. In 2011, she led the sale of both Tiburon and GMA to a Private Equity Firm.
Nicole graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a specialization in International Political Science and Entrepreneurship. Upon graduation, she worked for Big Media Group out of Belgium, and was stationed on international projects consulting with governments and international industry looking to target foreign investment.
She received an appointment to the Board of the Canadian Crown Corporation, CCC (Canadian Commercial Corporation), the sister organization to BDC and EDC. She is also on the Board of the Peter Munk School of Global Affairs MGA Program Board. Additionally, Nicole is the official technology columnist for Vanguard magazine, a magazine with a readership of over one million.
Nicole was named “Canada’s 2017 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by StartUp Canada.
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