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Kadie Ward

Kadie Ward, Commissioner & Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Pay Equity Commission of Ontario

In 2020, Kadie Ward assumed leadership of the Pay Equity Commission of Ontario as Commissioner and CAO.

Commissioner Ward is a seasoned executive whose career has been characterized by successful collaboration across public, private and not-for-profit organizations to design and deliver inclusive economic growth strategies. Before joining the Pay Equity Commission in 2020, Commissioner Ward worked on implementing aspects of the Federal Government’s “Feminist International Assistance Policy” where she increased women’s participation in international trade, the labour market as well as equitable participation of men and women in their local economy. Her expertise has taken her around the world working with legislators to establish programs and legislation that support women-led micro and small enterprises.  She is a Queens’s Diamond Jubilee Medalist, recognized for her work contributing to significant economic improvement in various Canadian cities. Most recently, Commissioner Ward’s “Level the Paying Field” video and podcast series exploring issues related to economics, equity, women, work and money was awarded a Gold Quill Award of Merit for excellence in government communications. Commissioner Ward firmly believes that equity and inclusion are the foundation for sustainable economic prosperity.