Nancy Graham

CPA, CA, CIM®, CFP, TEP, Portfolio Manager

Building on her passion to help people gain financial control of their lives, Nancy joined PWL Capital’s Ottawa office in 2000. She became a Portfolio Manager in 2006.

Meet Nancy Graham – As the daughter of hard-working Manitoba grain farmers, Nancy grew up in an environment where discussing business, weather, and grain prices was essential for her family’s livelihood.  She learned making disciplined decisions in uncertain times was crucial to financial success. Inspired by her parents’ entrepreneurship, she earned a degree in finance and her Chartered Accountant designation. Over time, she also acquired her CFP, Chartered Investment Manager and Registered Trust and Estate Planner certifications.

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How did Christina Hlusko start out studying marine biology, but become president and CEO of CAA of North & East Ontario? A lifelong learner, active listener, and passionate traveler, she describes her career as an outcome of her genuine curiosity. “Happiness is being able to get up each and every morning and say, ‘I made a difference yesterday and I can make a difference today,’” says Hlusko. She’s also thrilled to see her adult daughter Julia flourish and become “her own amazing person” (with whom Hlusko loves to travel). Named Business Woman of the Year at the 2019 Women’s Business Network of Ottawa award ceremony, Hlukso’s enthusiasm is contagious. You’ll discover this yourself by tuning into today’s Standing Out podcast.

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Standing Out Podcast: Anjali Dilawri: Laughter and Conversation | BYA Special

Some good things really do come in smaller packages – such as the close-knit networking group Anjali Dilawri co-founded several years ago. Called “Laughter and Conversation,” this select business women’s group has helped participants make a meaningful difference in one another’s lives. Similarly, after her maternity leave, Dilawri opted out of her former “big six” CPA firm career, and joined the mid-sized Logan Katz, LLP. There, she was able to work part-time when her kids were young, and transition into becoming the firm’s first female partner. A finalist in the 2019 Women’s Business Network of Ottawa Business Woman of the Year Professional category, Dilawri describes how she has successfully balanced family and career in today’s Standing Out podcast.

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In today’s episode, you’ll hear Amy’s bold story, which earned her a 2018 Business Woman of the Year Emerging Entrepreneur award from the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa. Listen to some of Lynn’s own timeless words of wisdom in today’s podcast, and discover why she was a finalist in the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa Businesswoman of the Year awards.

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Standing Out Podcast: Lynn Ferron: Where Business, Athletics and Nature Unite | BYA Special Episode

You might not think you could find a common thread among business, athletics and a love for nature. That would be before you heard today’s episode, with HOK Principal Lynn Ferron. Living by her motto, “get involved, and reap the benefits,” Lynn also is president of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), and loves to mentor future interior designers. An avid outdoor runner, she is inspired by nature’s timeless designs, and integrates the results into her work.

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  • We chose Nancy Graham and PWL because of their 100% transparent management of our investments, and their calm, rational approach to investment strategies. Unlike most other investment advisors, PWL chooses investment vehicles without hidden commission and transaction fees, and thus do not suggest transactions that benefit the advisor more than the investor. Our investments, as selected on Nancy’s advice and expertise, have lower costs than commission-based products, leaving more return for us.

    Kristine van der Pas-Norenius, Entrepreneur and Strategy Consultant
  • I have found the level of service working with Nancy to be personal, respectful and comprehensive. She meets with me personally twice a year to review the performance of my portfolio; we regularly review my tolerance for risk. She responds directly to my requests for advice. I have found Cheryl, Nancy’s assistant, to be very efficient and helpful in all my dealings with her. After several years of working with Nancy, I ended my dealings with a second advisor and now work exclusively with Nancy.

    Craig Parks
  • I take great comfort in the rational, professional and personal services provided by Nancy Graham and PWL Capital. This firm is not about speculation or hot tips. They take the time to explain how their portfolios are built, the research that supports their approach and most importantly they take the time to understand you and your family. As a professional accountant, I respect the integrity of their process and the logic of their philosophy. If you are looking for investment advice I suggest that spending an hour with Nancy, a portfolio manager at PWL, would be a good investment of your time.

    Charles Armstrong
  • I have been a client of Nancy Graham’s since 2008. I came to her just prior to my divorce without a clue about how to deal with the financial aspects of this life change. Nancy guided me gently into the world of investments, taxes, and real estate while helping me get a handle on my spending habits. Planning for the future and retirement were a first priority. Also, Nancy has made some very wise investments and my portfolio is healthy even in these tough times. I’m pretty sure I would not be able to live without her now.

    Judi Tedlie
  • Excellent approach to hands off investing…have not looked at financial news in over 2 years … index investments are doing well and the PWL team takes care of the details.

    Kevin Thibert, Client Executive, CISCO
  • We started using Nancy as our sole investment advisor almost 3 years ago. In that time, we have never had a cause for regret. We are very happy with PWL’s investment strategy and we know we can largely “ignore” our investments, trusting that our portfolio is being well managed. Nancy takes the time to understand her clients and tailors communication to their needs. She is very flexible in meeting as frequently or infrequently as we prefer and we always find our meetings with her informative and worthwhile.

    David Nikkel, Software Development Manager & Kathy Nikkel, Teacher
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    • PWL Capital works with clients who have, or will soon have, $750,000 or more to invest. If you are not sure how much you should invest, feel free to get in touch and we will answer all your questions.
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