Saskatoon, SK
T: 306-665-5440
F: 306-652-1323

Nancy Hopkins practices business law, with an emphasis on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, taxation law, and IT law.

Nancy currently serves as a director of a number of corporations. She serves on the Board of Capital Markets Implementation Authority, which is working to implement a national securities regulator for Canada. She is a public director of CPA Canada. As a member of the Board of Directors of Growthworks Commercialization Fund Inc., she chairs the Audit Committee. Recently Nancy joined the Canada West Foundation and the national Arthritis Society as a member of the Board of Directors. Among her other past board service, Nancy served as a Director on the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan from 2005-2013, serving as the Chair of the Board in the last three years. Nancy also sat on the Board of Cameco Corporation (CCO on the TSX; CCJ on the NYSE) for 24 years, and, in that time, chaired the Compensation Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Governance Committee. She recently completed her term of service on the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. During part of that board service, she chaired the Governance Committee.

Nancy has led McDougall Gauley teams on numerous mergers and acquisitions, acting for vendors, purchasers or the corporation being acquired.

Nancy was involved for many years with the chartered accounting profession, including serving as public director of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, as it then was, from 1998 to 2004. During that time she served on the Public Interest and Integrity Committee of the CICA for the development of revised independence rules for the C.A. profession. She was granted honorary membership in the Saskatchewan Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1997.

In December 2014, Nancy was a recipient of the Women's Executive Network’s (WXN) 2013 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards in the Corporate Directors category. These awards celebrate and highlight the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Award winners were selected based on their strategic vision and leadership, commitment to their communities and the financial performance of their organizations.

Bar Admission

  • Saskatchewan, 1979


  • Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, March, 2016
  • ICD-Rotman, Directors Education Program, November, 2015
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Saskatchewan, 1978
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Computer Science Major), University of Saskatchewan, 1977

Community Involvement

  • University of Saskatchewan College of Law Dean’s Advisory Council, 2013-present
  • Univerisity of Saskatchewan
    • Chair of the Board, 2010-2013
    • Vice-Chair of the Board, 2005-2010
      Chair of the Governance Committe, 2005-2010
    • Director, 2005-2013
  • Loran Scholars Program, Local Interview Chair, 2012-2014
  • Canadian University Boards Association
    • Chair, 2010-2011
    • Board Director, 2008–2013
  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
    • Director, 1998-2004
  • Honours Advisory Council of Saskatchewan, Member, 1996 –2002
  • Saskatchewan Police Commission
    • Chair, 1998 –2001
    • Hearing Officer under The Police Act, 1992-1998
  • Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc.
    • Director, 1994 -1998
    • Treasurer, 1997–1998
    • Inaugural President, 1994-1997
    • Recipient of the Builder Award
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan, Public Representative, 1993-1997
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Governor, 1990-1993

Awards & Recognition

  • "Best Lawyers in Canada",
    • "Lawyer of the Year", Corporate Law (Saskatoon), 2016, 2020
    • Administrative and Public Law, 2016-present
    • Corporate Law, 2006-present
  • Women's Executive Network’s (WXN) 2013 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, Corporate Directors category, 2013
    • This award celebrates and highlights the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
    • This medal is awarded to Canadians in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to their respective communities.
  • Edwards School of Business Woman of Influence, 2005
  • Saskatchewan “Woman of Influence” by Saskatchewan Business Magazine, 2004
  • Athena Award, 2004
    • The ATHENA® Award celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them.
  • Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Award of Excellence for Legal Education Development, 1999
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Chartered Accountants Honorary Membership, 1997
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 1992

Memberships & Associations

  • International Technology Law Association (ITECH Law, formerly the Computer Law Association)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • Saskatoon Bar Association
  • Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada)
  • National Association of Corporate Directors (United States)
  • Canadian Tax Foundation

Nancy has presented many Continuing Legal Education Programs in the areas of tax, corporate law and personal property security. She lectured in tax at the Bar Admission Course from 1984 to 1989 and has presented papers at conferences of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Nancy was a Sessional Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Saskatchewan, for a number of years teaching wills and corporate planning.

Recent presentations include:

Director Education and Certification Program, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and Brown Governance, "Optimizing Board Effectiviness Through Strategy and Process", 2015
Young Lawyers Section, "Understanding Financial Statements for Lawyers", 2015 
ICD Saskatoon Audit Committee Panel, "Emerging & Developing Audit Committee Issues", 2015
Deloitte Spring Breakfast, 2014
Institute of Corporate Directors, Toronto Chapter, Panelist, 2014
Women’s Leadership Forum, Toronto, 2014
Saskatchewan Forum of the Conference Board of Canada, Panelist, 2014
Directors College Graduation, Keynote Speaker, Toronto, 2014
TD Wealth Lean In Leadership Luncheon, Panelist, 2014
“Quarterbacking the M & A Deal”, Canadian Bar Association Business Law Section, 2014
CBA Saskatchewan Corporate Counsel North, "Behind the M & A Deal". 2014

Canada West Foundation Board, 2016 - present

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, 2008-present

Audit Committee, 2015-present
Human Resources Committee, 2015-present
Governance Committee, Chair, 2009-2014

Growthworks Commercialization Fund Ltd., 2005-present

Audit Committee, Chair, 2008-present

Cameco, 1992 - 2016

Nominating, Governance & Risk Committee, Chair, 2009 - 2016
Audit Committee, Chair, 1999-2009
Human Resources & Compensation Committee, Chair, 1994–1999

Growthworks Canadian Fund Ltd, 2003-2014

Independent Review Committee, Former Chair
Governance and Nominations Committee, Chair, 2004-2008
Audit Committee, Chair, 2008-2014
Independent Review Committee, Member, 2007-2013

University of Saskatchewan

Chair, 2010-2013
Vice-Chair, 2005-2010
Governance Committee, Chair, 2005-2010
Director of the Board of Governors, 2005–2013

Saskatoon Airport Authority

Chair, 2009-2013
Vice-Chair, 2005-2009
Governance Committee, Chair, 2005-2009
Director, 2003–2013

Saskatchewan Government Insurance

Chair, 2004 2008
Finance and Investment Committee, Chair, 2002-2004
Governance and Human Resources Committee, Chair, 1998–2001
Director, 1998–2008

Saskatoon Credit Union Board, 1984-1987