TORONTO, ONTARIO – The International UAV Show, December 6-7, 2016 in Toronto, hosted by The Sky Guys Ltd. and Cambridge House International today confirmed business leaders Michele Romanow, tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Nicole Verkindt, founder and President of The OMX Marketplace and Michael Hyatt, Co-founder and Executive Chairman BlueCat, will lead a keynote panel on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the inaugural UAV Show.
Adam Sax, President and CEO of The Sky Guys, “We are thrilled to have high calibre, accomplished innovators lead our headline panel at the first International UAV Show in Toronto. Our industry – the technology, hardware, software and applications- was forged by disruptors like our panelists. The 3,000 industry professionals and over 80 commercial UAV vendors will be eager to hear the what our headliners have to say about how innovation and entrepreneurship will shape our sector over the next five to ten years.”
Founder and President of The OMX Marketplace and member of CBC’s NextGen Den, Nicole Verkindt noted, “This is a sector that is ripe for constant and continual innovation because the potential applications are endless and the software capacity enormous. I am excited to join my fellow panelists as well as UAV operators, owners, developers and manufacturers to dive into how innovation and entrepreneurship will continue to shape the future direction of the industry.”
The Sky Guys Ltd., Canada’s leaders in UAV technology and solutions have partnered with Cambridge House International, a trade show producer, to ensure Canada’s first International UAV Show is a world-class event. The conference will be held December 6-7, 2016 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto, the largest exhibition and convention hall in the country. Conference features include: International Drone Racing Championship with the best freestyle pilots in the world. A University Pavilion will bring together institutions across Canada to compete in a Disruptive Business Challenge, UAV Research and Design Symposium as well as a Global Leader’s Forum.
Nicole Verkindt, Founder and President of The OMX Marketplace
Nicole is passionate about tech, disruption, angel investing, supply chain management and the aerospace sector. She is a regular commentator on CBC’s The Marketplace and is a ‘dragon’ on CBC’s NextGen Den. In 2008, Nicole founded, Tiburon is a low-cost, offshore manufacturer located in the Dominican Republic-CAFTA Free Trade Zone of San Isidro, Dominican Republic. Nicole continued to work in the aerospace sector at GMA and founded the Southern Ontario Defence Association, where she remains the President. She founded OMX in December 2011, with the intent to assist Canadian companies in leveraging government procurements and secure contracts, growing their businesses into high tech and international supply chains – with maximum benefit to the economy. She serves on the advisory board of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and is currently a Board Director at the Canadian Commercial Corporation.
Michele Romanow, Co-Founder of Clearbanc, Co-Foudner of Snap Saves (acquired by Groupon):
Michele is a self-described serial entrepreneur passionate about building technology companies. Driven with enormous energy to lead and grow successful ventures. Michelle joined CBC’s Dragon’s Den in season 10 as a “dragon.” She serves as a public board director, is an active angel investor and often speaks on disruption and innovation.
Michael Hyatt, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of BlueCat
He is a weekly business commentator on CBC News Network, CBC’s The Exchange and one of the “Dragons” on CBC’s Next Gen Den – Dragon’s Den. Michael is a Founding Partner at the Rotman School of Management Creative Destruction Lab, and on the CEO Board of Advisors at Georgian Partners. Michael also co-founded Dyadem, a highly successful software company that was acquired by IHS. He is a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40™ Award, and an active speaker & investor. Michael also chairs his family’s charitable foundation.
About The Sky Guys
The Sky Guys Ltd. is an early mover in the UAV / Drone business. Through its brilliant group of engineers, The Sky Guys deliver the newest and most advanced technology positioning the Company as a leader in the UAV business. Unique to the UAV business, The Sky Guys have an integrated approach that encompasses sales, manufacturing and distribution, licensing and a soon to be launched UAV School. Since its founding in the Spring of 2015, the Company has established a large and loyal national customer base from varied industries including commercial and residential real estate, oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and engineering, infrastructure, travel and tourism, sports and events, mapping and surveying, golf courses, high rises and condos and weddings. Based in Ontario and with offices across the country, The Sky Guys serve national clients from coast to coast.