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Nicole Verkindt

Member of the Munk School of Global Affairs Advisory Board



Biography

Nicole attended Neuchatel Junior College near Geneva, Switzerland and won the World Affairs award. She then attended the University of Western Ontario International Political Science program and graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and International Business. 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. Her primary focus was in assisting to develop economic reports for countries. In January of 2008, she founded an offshore manufacturing business in the Dominican Republic, supplying material components such as soft sided shelter components to the US government through a prime contractor, GMA. It was during this time, during the earthquake in Haiti, Nicole founded a non-profit organization, GlassFrog, which provided shelters, water systems and other aid across the border to Haiti, while disclosing all information to donors in “real time”, in the spirit of ensuring transparency and accountability.

She later joined GMA in Canada as Director of Sales and Marketing, with a focus on increasing sales to International Governments. In August of 2010, she was promoted to the position of President & CEO of GMA. In June of 2011, Verkindt led the sale of GMA to a Private Equity Firm. For the following six months, she led Business Development and transitioned out of the business completely by December 1st, 2011. In February 2012, Nicole launched an online business in Canada, theomx.com with the intention of helping Canadian companies increase their exports and help foreign companies to track their “buy Canadian” dollars spent as a result of government contracts. The platform provides open access to Canadian SMEs and technology businesses to seek funding and sales from foreign Corporations. Furthermore, it is the first software built that provides real-time electronic tracking of the exact economic benefits that flow to Canadian companies. She is inspired by the platform’s ability to connect companies, drive increased investments and sales to Canada and bring internal transparency to companies with obligations to “buy Canadian”.

She is the Founder of the SODA (Southern Ontario Defence Association), and is an active member of the CSCA (Canadian Space Commerce Association), CADSI (Canadian Aerospace, Defence, Security Industry Association) SME committee, Global Offset and Countertrade Association and is on the Board of the Crown Corporation, CCC (Canadian Commercial Corporation).

She joined the Munk School of Global Affairs as a member of its Advisory Board in 2014.

Nicole is passionate about leveraging the talents of Canadian entrepreneurs to grow the Canadian economy as well as help solve important global issues. She enjoys running, reading, skiing and art, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.



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