Nancy Wood has earned the respect of clients with her wealth of experience, gained not only through the work she has carried out at McLeod Wood Associates Inc., but also from her early career working in the mining industry and at the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. She has a fundamental understanding of how government works, of how First Nations function and how the private sector needs to navigate a complex landscape in a constantly changing future. She’s up for the challenge.
Adding an MBA to her already impressive skill sets, Nancy is able to offer both First Nations clients and private sector organizations who want to work with them, a strategic plan built from the ground up, where profits find balance with environmental and cultural respect, as she believes each is integral to the outcome.
Raised in a small community in northern Ontario, Nancy has an understanding of the challenges faced by clients, because they are relevant to her experience. Her grassroots experience coupled with her practical knowledge helps her assess the reality of the times. She does this always with an appreciation of the history and a positive outlook for the future. Her strength comes from understanding client’s goals and navigating the necessary steps to achieve them.
Recognizing the value that infrastructure development projects bring to remote communities, including electricity transmission, electrical distribution, infrastructure development, and transportation projects, Nancy has been instrumental in seeing multi-million dollar projects through to completion. No matter what its size, each project requires the same commitment and foresight and Nancy assists clients in achieving the desired outcomes for all involved.
Nancy’s work is not only with First Nations. She has also assisted private sector companies and government agencies negotiating with First Nations in carrying out the duty to consult and accommodate. She has carried out public participation work, translating a community’s goals and aspirations for the private sector, enabling them to better understand the history and culture of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. She has similarly assisted First Nations in understanding business goals and objectives.
From taking an initial germ of an idea to the development of a business plan, hiring staff and carrying out capacity development and governance training, through to the final result of a successful, independently run company, Nancy’s aim is to set up a legacy for First Nations businesses and community growth. She invests her skills and resources, sharing her extensive knowledge in a way that supports the integrity of the project and everyone involved. In the end, it’s about the people. A project is deemed successful when a community sees it as a success. That ultimate result is a challenge worthy of her passion and time.
Certificate Program in Public Participation – International Association for Public Participation
Strategy, Risk Negotiation and Leadership Workshop – The Professional Development Institute
Project Management Principles Boot Camp – PSMJ Resources Inc.
Masters in Business Administration – Laurentian University
Bachelor of Arts, Management and Economics – University of Guelph
Diploma in Mining Technology – Northern College, Haileybury School of Mines