Nancy Heckman is a professor in the Statistics Department of the University of British Columbia and currently serves as the Associate Scientific Director of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI). The field of statistics has changed a lot over Nancy’s career and she is thrilled to play a role in those changes. At UBC, she served as department head from 2008-2018, during the beginning of the data science boom. In her role at CANSSI, she works hard to implement CANSSI’s vision to advance the development, application, and communication of statistical and inferential data science research and training. In addition to holding these leadership roles, Nancy has collaborated with scientists on various research projects, answering their scientific questions using techniques in Functional Data Analysis.