Kathy Ward Former President and CEO at Canadian Black Book Loses Her Battle with Cancer

At the age of 60, surrounded by family and close friends on Christmas Eve, past President and CEO at Canadian Black Book, Kathy Ward passed away. After a courageous fight, she eventually lost a multiyear battle against cancer.

Kathy, a Canadian auto industry icon, retired from Canadian Black Book in September of 2016. She was a mainstay in the company for 36 years and President and CEO for the last ten years of her storied and pioneering career.

“Kathy was responsible for delivering Canadian Black Book into the digital age,” says Brad Rome, President, Canadian Black Book. “Kathy, and the Ward family have given so much to the auto industry in Canada. We are going to remember that, build on it and we will miss her dearly,” he adds.

Under Kathy Ward’s leadership, Canadian Black Book evolved through the emergence of mass technological advancement, an uncertain Canadian auto industry during the recession, and solidified its position as Canada’s trusted provider of vehicle values.

As the business evolved from predominantly a publishing house into a provider of data electronically, Kathy began to emerge as the driver. Her father, Bill Ward the company’s founder, became comfortable in the backseat, knowing she was better suited to bring the company into the age of technology. Data and the demand for residual values began to surge in the banking and insurance worlds, and Kathy took over. In 2006 she took the reigns as President and CEO.

In 2010, Kathy oversaw a paradigm shift at Canadian Black Book, with the release of its data to consumers through CanadianBlackBook.com. In 2015, Ward negotiated the sale of Canadian Black Book to its new parent company out of the US – Hearst Business Media.

Above all, the accomplishment that Ward always held highest was her ability to prosper as a female at the helm of an automotive company. Her legacy in the industry will serve to demonstrate that women need not fear entering this space. Things have changed since her early days going from dealer to dealer selling, yet Kathy always believed the industry has an abundance of room for more women to grow in automotive and succeed as she did.

Details regarding a Celebration of Kathy’s Life will be announced at a later date.


For More Information Contact: Conrad Galambos, 905-979-7039, cgalambos@canadianblackbook.com

5 thoughts on “Kathy Ward Former President and CEO at Canadian Black Book Loses Her Battle with Cancer”

  1. Sad news indeed and my condolences to the entire Ward family. I met Kathy on a number of Ward golf-event occasions back in the 80’s, she always had a kind word & a smile and was a very approachable person.

  2. Kathy Ward. what a class act she was. Linda and myself Sean Kelly and son Damien have been friends of the family . in the early days of knowing Bill Ward he would shake your hand so hard . And after asking you how are you doing . he would always reply tremendous . Kathy was always the first one to go to her purse to pick up a bill no matter how much it was. Kathy you will be missed but never forgotten. Harmes and William you are in our thoughts . The Kellys .

  3. Our hearts are heavy with the tragic news of Kathy Ward’s passing. She gave her cancer a good fight, with superlative courage & strength. May she now Rest In Peace for all eternity.

    May Harm & William find the same courage & strength as Kathy has shown by her example. We share in your huge loss.
    We all will miss her greatly in every way. She is quite the awesome lady & it’s a true blessing to have had her friendship. Farewell my friend till we meet again. Love .

  4. Kathy you have been part of our family for as long as i can remember. My heart hurts for your loss. You have lived a full life but was cut too short. So many people are grieving for you now and know that you will be dearly missed but we will never forget you. I will forever miss your cheap shots at my dad Jim Campbell. Now lets remember all the fun times we had. I love you always. xoxo

  5. Kathy to me was just a wonderful and fun person to be around. I was a novice in this business many years ago and she always had to time answer my questions. I will miss her warm “Hey Wil” followed by a hug. We partnered a few times on the golf course and while she rarely actually played she was there to have fun and make others laugh. Her stories were legendary. I will miss that smile. Rest easily Kathy and thank you for being you.

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