Nicole Foster is Head of AWS Public Policy (Canada) at Amazon, where she leads the company’s public policy efforts in support of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) business in Canada, including the federal and provincial levels of government. In this role, she focuses on issues such as cloud computing, cyber security, data protection, government procurement and acquisition issues, and renewable energy policy.
Prior to joining Amazon in 2018, Nicole led the Toronto office for Global Public Affairs, providing senior public affairs counsel to a diverse range of clients, including both the private and not-for-profit organizations. Nicole worked with clients in a variety of sectors including natural resources, health, infrastructure, retail, consumer and gaming.
Before joining Global in 2004, Nicole worked for a number of years in political roles in Ottawa, including as the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of the Environment. She also worked in the rural affairs portfolio as well as Status of Women and Multiculturalism.
Nicole has been active in numerous political campaigns and events. She is currently the National Chair of Equal Voice, a multi-partisan group dedicated to raising the issue of women’s under-representation in Canadian legislatures and creating a climate in which more women will be elected.
Nicole currently serves on the steering committee for the GTA Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce. She is a former Director on the Board of the Government Relations Institute of Canada, a member of the Women’s Executive Network, and the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Culture Studies with an extended minor in Political Science from Simon Fraser University.