Bio (Nancy Coldham)
Strategic Communication Practice Lead, The CG Group
Nancy founded The CG Group in April 1981. She is the firm’s Strategic Communication Practice Lead and one of only a few communication professionals in Canada certified by global expert, Dutch Culturalist, Fons Trompenaars in Cross-Cultural Business Models with an International Cultural Awareness Profile Licence. Nancy has a Master’s of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication from Royal Roads University, receiving a 2013 Governor General of Canada Gold Medal Award for Academic Excellence. Her thesis, the “Gendered-Enterprise of Nation-Building” focused on the impact of women entrepreneurship in post-conflict countries. Nancy’s under-graduate degree, an Honours Journalism with a Major in Political Science from the highly-respected Carleton University program, helped launch her career in communications. She completed her journalism apprenticeship with Canadian Press Wire Service and an Ottawa radio station. She has spent years perfecting speech writing, ad copy, a/v script writing and full editorial and creative services. Nancy previously hosted the Rogers York Region Cable TV public affairs program “Focus.” Her expertise at reputation, issues and crisis management, media relations and well-planned, well-executed internal and external communications has benefited a number of major Canadian and multi-national corporations, professional associations, regulatory bodies, not-for-profit entities and governments.
In 2017, in recognition of Nancy’s work in Rwanda through her social enterprise CriticalMassWomen, she earned a UN Women Global Compact Canada 2017 Gender Equity Award for promotion of UN Women’s Empowerment Principle #4: Promote education, training and professional development for women. In 2017, Nancy also received an Ontario Leading Women Building Community Award. As Chief Champion of her social enterprise, The EVE Society, her sponsorship and coordination of Ontario’s Girls’ Government Program -- working with grade 8 girls using the civics curriculum to advance an understanding of public policy development – is having an impact on girls’ empowerment too.
Nancy was honoured to be nominated for a 2016 Persons Case Award. In 2014, Nancy received the YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction Award for Advocacy and Political Action. In 2010, Nancy was honoured with an Excellence Award by the Walk-With-Me Foundation for her work in bringing public and police attention to the issue of human trafficking. She has been nominated twice for a Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award for Lifetime Achievement, was a nominee for the 2009 Canadian Women in Communications Award and recipient of the Markham Board of Trade Business Excellence INNOVATION Award in 2007.
Nancy's social and charitable pursuits focus on the advancement of women in business (entrepreneurship) and in politics in Canada and abroad. Nancy is a member of UN Women and Global Compact Canada. Nancy is on the Advisory Council to the Institute of Economic Empowerment of Women and a Mentor in its Peace Through Business Program helping women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. She is past Co-Chair of Equal Voice Toronto and a former Equal Voice National Director. She is past President of the Judy LaMarsh Fund. Nancy led the Women's MasterMind program for the Verity Women's Club in Toronto for a number of years.