The Person Behind Spark Strategies – Nancy Bradshaw

Nancy Bradshaw (BComm, MA, PhD) works as the lead behind Spark and brings in partners where expertise is needed.

With her well-honed consulting skills and her personal experience as an entrepreneur, corporate leader and founder of non-profit organizations, Nancy offers a rare blend of expertise. When she takes on a client, she also brings her infectious enthusiasm for their success and becomes an integral part of their team. Her clients value the fact that she is as committed to their success as they are.

Nancy has been recognized as a leader in the business and non-profit community, with awards from Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 and Ethics in Action, in addition to being named one of The Vancouver Sun’s Top 25 New Leaders and one of Shared Vision’s visionaries.

Working with very large, high-margin, multimillion-dollar budgets for companies such as OmniLogic/PwC Consulting, SHL Systemhouse and Digital, Nancy has exceeded her targets in her business-development leadership role. In addition, Nancy co-founded the non-profit Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) in 1994 and led the organization for its 3 years. She was also instrumental in setting up and delivering CBSR’s initial consulting services. Nancy played a key founding board role in Dress for Success Vancouver (an organization that provides interview clothing for low-income women re-entering the workforce) and in ASTEP (an automotive-based street-youth program). She has also served on the editorial board of Business in Vancouver and as a board member for VanCity Foundation, Loving Spoonful and UBC’s Board of Governors as well as on the advisory board for a number of nonprofits. Finally, as an entrepreneur, Nancy has set up three businesses: HOPE Unlimited (a leader in social/environmental innovation, with high sales per square foot), Joyfilled Productions (which generates programs and products to build emotional and social intelligence in children) and Spark Strategies.

Joyfilled Productions has won a coveted Parents Choice award for their bedtime CD that helps children sleep and builds inner resilience and self esteem.

Nancy has been a keynote speaker and host at a number of events including the Social Venture Institute and a number of conferences relating to social responsibility or social and emotional intelligence.

Nancy’s experience extends across all aspects of growing a business—from sales and board management, to growing a healthy and happy team. Her most notable skill is that of helping organizations and individuals move to the next level. She is also highly skilled in clearly guiding clients in the most powerful, productive direction.

With 27 years of study and training in personal awareness and psycho-spiritual development, Nancy understands not only how to plan for change, but also how to embrace new ways of being and doing things. She cares passionately about her clients’ success and works hard to give excellent value for money.

Nancy’s credentials include a PhD, MA , BComm, CSC (Canadian Securities Course), and numerous courses in technology, finance, strategy, strategic selling, and industry-specific training. Nancy has also undergone coaching, leadership and consciousness training, including Facilitation Training (Dovetail), Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner (coach training) , PD Seminars (the Haven) Levels 1 and 2 (about 55 days of training), Non-Violent Communication, Context, Landmark and numerous others.

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Clients include:
Dalai Lama Centre, VanCity, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR), Ethical Bean, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Creative Wonders (Communications), Ideaca Solutions, Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Karyo Communications, Better Business Bureau (BBB),  Taylor Munro Energy Systems, BC Buildings (Green Buildings), Tides Canada, Greening Your Small Business Brochure (Ministry of Small Business), Green Secretariat (BC Gov’t) Sierra Club, Impacs, Co-Development Canada Friends of Clayoquot Sound, Worksafe BC, SHL Systemhouse, Home Hardware, Northern Society for Domestic Peace, Communicopia, Maverick Real Estate, Tradeworks, Callanish Society, GAIA project, Friends of Clayoquot Sound