Commissioner Kadie Ward assumed leadership of Ontario’s Pay Equity Commission in 2020.
Commissioner Ward is a seasoned executive whose career to date has been characterized by successful collaboration across public, private and civil society organizations. These collaborations have focused on designing and delivering inclusive economic growth strategies that engage traditionally marginalized populations and provide equal opportunities for all to participate in the labour market and ultimately contribute to the economic health of their communities.
Her expertise has taken her around the world working with legislators to establish programs and legislation to support women-led micro and small enterprises as well as women’s participation in the economy. Commissioner Ward most recently worked with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to implement aspects of the Federal Government’s “Feminist International Assistance Policy” where her work focused on increasing women’s participation in the labour market as well as equitable participation of men and women in their local economy and democracy.
With an MA from Western University and an MBA from the Kellogg-Schulich School of Business conferred upon her by both York University and Northwestern University, Commissioner Ward has experience not only interpreting and applying legislation and their related governing acts and legal processes, but also contributing to their design and delivery in Ontario, Canada, and abroad.