Nancy Wood has earned the respect of clients with her wealth of experience, gained not only through the work she has carried out at for over 21 years 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 understands the challenges faced by clients, because they are relevant to her experience. 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. She has been involved with the Western James Bay Winter Road for 15 years, and serves as President of Kimesskanemenow Limited Partnership. 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. 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.