Nicole Verkindt – Big Drone Show
Nicole VerkindtFounder – The OMX

Verkindt, founded the OMX ( is 2011 as an online platform to connect, manage and track economic impacts. They have some of the best data analytics on the industrial base in Canada and increasingly around the world, and provide direct connections to RFPs/RFIs and real time tracking and reporting on job creation in countries from various programs in aerospace, defence, energy and infrastructure projects. OMX now has more than 4,000 active users, including several international aerospace and defense giants including the worlds leaders in drone/UAV technology such as Boeing, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Meggitt and others. Cash-flow positive since shortly after launch, it raised a $4 million investment this past year. Verkindt is currently working to expand OMX into international markets like Spain, India and the Netherlands, where governments have followed Canada’s lead in implementing offset policies.

No stranger to risk, prior to launching the OMX, Nicole set up and ran a factory, Tiburon in the Dominican Republic to supply components to the US Government, which she sold in 2011.
She has served as a Board Member for the Canadian Commercial Corporation since 2013, which leads Canada’s Government to Government contracts.

Nicole is strong advocate for tech and Canadian companies. She was also Dragon on CBC’s Dragon’s Den NextGen looking for new opportunities to support and invest in start ups and a frequent panelist on CBC’s Exchange program as well as the tech columnist for Vanguard magazine, recently writing about the future of drone and UAV technology.

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