Nancy Ward, Director
Nancy Ward formed 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). Since 1998 she has assisted hundreds of U.S. and overseas SMEs find Canadian partners and opportunities in a wide range of industry sectors. She has also coordinated multiple trade missions in diverse industry sectors across Canada. another aspect of Nancy’s role is the focus on business development and foreign direct investment in the United States and overseas. She has been successful in executing business development and attraction strategies for two U.S. states, assisting Canadian companies seeking guidance on market entry, sales growth, and set-up in the United States.
Prior to working with the Canadian Trade Office of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers and establishing Grow Trade Consulting, Nancy held positions in the adult education field and the sales and marketing area, working with the Canadian subsidiary of a U.S. automotive parts manufacturer. Nancy completed and honours degree in Political Science and a postgraduate designation in International Business. Nancy is past president of the International Trade Club of Toronto. She was also the Vice President of Communications in the Organization of Women in International Trade – Toronto for three years. Nancy was the recipient of the 2011 Joanna Townsend Award for an Export Champion, recognizing an outstanding woman in Ontario who, through her business and personal networks, creates opportunities to actively support Canadian women entrepreneurs and help them succeed in international business.