executive director


Nancy Mathis
Executive Director
Wallace McCain Institute
Fredericton, New Brunswick



Nancy sees herself as a serial “founder”. Her passion is centered on creating an environment where entrepreneurial leaders have a better chance of success.

Her role at the Wallace McCain Institute combines her experiences as the co-founder and innovative force behind Mathis Instruments with her teaching background at UNB.  The role also enables her  personal mission to “build and nurture the most highly connected community of entrepreneurial leaders in North America”.  Her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering supports her calling to design practical systems, programs and frameworks necessary to undertake such a mission.

Since inception, WMI has grown to over 200 members.  Nancy works with each cohort in their first year to establish a framework, shared mission, trust, regular meetings and norms. This work exposes her to ~40 speakers/year, which provides her with a continual supply of new ideas to incorporate into her thinking.

Nancy can be reached at nancy.mathis@mccain-institute.com

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