NATO Champions

As a way to ensure that Canadians from all walks of life will understand the importance of NATO, the NATO Association of Canada has formed an advisory committee to recommend the creation of a list of Canadians from the areas of sport, arts, media, tech, business the military and government, to be “NATO Champions.”

This group will be highlighted by the NATO Association, invited to our major events and will help spread our message about the importance of NATO and the international rules-based order to Canada.

NATO Champions should:

1. Be respected Canadians
2. Demonstrate outstanding achievement in their field
3. Show dedication to Canada’s peace, prosperity and security
4. Have an interest in public education and civic engagement

If you believe a distinguished Canadian meets all of these requirements, you are welcome to nominate them to become a NATO Champion by sending an email to

Meet Some Of Our NATO Champions!

Alexander Moens is professor and Chair of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and founder and director of the Canada NATO Field School and Simulation Program. (

He was the first Marcel Cadieux Fellow in Canadian Foreign Affairs in Ottawa (1992) and the first Eisenhower Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome (2015) Moens is the He holds a Cormack Teaching Award at SFU and is a senior fellow with the Macdonald Laurier Institute. Moens has published books and journal articles on American foreign policy, NATO and defence studies, Canadian-American relations, and International Politics.

Nicole Verkindt is the founder and CEO of OMX, a collaborative platform for increasing diversity and local spend in global procurements as well as tracking, managing, measuring and reporting on socio-economic impacts in global supply chains. Nicole is StartUp Canada’s 2019 Woman Entrepreneur Ambassador of the year. She was named StartUp Canada’s 2017 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. She was a Dragon on CBC’s “Next Gen Den”, and was one of Adweek’s 2018 “Toronto Brand Stars”. She is an investor in early stage tech companies on Gimlet Media’s “The Pitch”. She is commentator on CBC’s Tech panel. Nicole sits on the boards of Canadian Crown Corporation, Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. She is also a Next Gen member of the Canadian Business Council, which is made up of the CEOs of Canada’s top 100 businesses.