Veteran Entrepreneurship in Canada

Veteran Entrepreneurship in Canada

Presenter: Will Lymer and Nicole Verkindt
Date: 27-Nov-2018
POE Guest Contributors Will Lymer and Nicole Verkindt discuss the entrepreneurial landscape in Canada and what’s needed for veteran entrepreneurs to succeed.

Will Lymer, Chief Growth Officer, Loki Labs 

Will leads business development activities for Loki Labs which was selected as a Top 10 Vulnerability Management Solution Provider for 2018 by Enterprise Security Magazine.

Before joining Loki Labs, Will was a founding partner of one of Canada’s top 10 emerging technology companies which created a next-generation solution for protecting networks against advanced cyber threats – he was instrumental in growing this venture to provide protection to more than $40B in assets globally for government agencies along with medium to large enterprises across a variety of sectors.

Before his entry into the world of technology and entrepreneurship, Will served in the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, and, as an army reserve infantry officer, he led a specialized team in the Panjwaii District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

He has participated in technology accelerator programs in London and New York as well as the prestigious Lazaridis Scale-Up Program. Will serves as a Director at Arcs of Fire Investments, Nutra Verve Nutritionals, and as senior advisor to several high-potential early-stage ventures. 

Nicole Verkindt, Founder, OMX 

Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs. As the founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and a Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, she believes in the role of entrepreneurs to grow the economy and help solve global issues. 

 Nicole launched OMX in 2012, when she was only 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”. The platform is a powerful online marketplace with users from the world’s top defence, aerospace, shipbuilding sectors, and tens of thousands of local suppliers around the world, and also generates data analytics to help governments understand economic impacts of procurement decisions.

Nicole is an active member of the CSCA (Canadian Space Commerce Association), CADSI (Canadian Aerospace, Defence, Security Industry Association), Aerospace Industries Association Canada (AIAC) and Global Offset and Countertrade Association (GOCA). In 2017, Nicole was named “Canada’s 2017 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by StartUp Canada.

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