The Team

The staff at Grow Trade Consulting Inc. is one of our key strengths. Our dynamic team brings a wide range of experience in trade and business development from a variety of global markets – Canada, United States, Asia, and Central America.

Nancy Ward


Nancy Ward established Grow Trade Consulting Inc. in 2004 after a successful six-year career with the Canadian Trade Office of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers (formerly the Council of Great Lakes Governors).

Chris Leslie

Managing Director

Chris joined the Grow Trade Consulting team in 2008 and has spent the last twelve years in a business consultancy capacity, helping American SMEs find opportunities and partners in the Canadian market.

Joanne Walsh

Administration Manager, Senior Market Access Consultant

Joanne joined Grow Trade Consulting in 2017, where she continues to gain professional experience facilitating successful business relationships between U.S. companies and organizations with Canadian partners.

Kirsten Ross

Communications Manager & Market Access Consultant

Kirsten began her career as a reporter/photographer in southwestern Ontario, covering everything from municipal politics to criminal trials.

Shari Stancer

Market Access Consultant

Shari Stancer comes to Grow Trade Consulting with more than 15 years of business consulting experience in the human resources recruitment industry.

Allyson Warden

Bay Communications & Marketing Inc.

A marketing writer, content developer and researcher, associate Allyson Warden’s experience has encompassed trade assignments for a variety of corporate, association, and government clients.