Speaker David Ossip

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
David Ossip

David Ossip is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Ceridian (NYSE and TSX: CDAY), one of the fastest growing human capital management (HCM) technology companies.

In 2009, David founded Dayforce – a highly successful SaaS-based workforce management software company. Ceridian acquired Dayforce in 2012 and shortly after the acquisition, David was named CEO. David led the transformation of Ceridian into an innovative cloud Human Capital Management company.

In April 2018, Ceridian completed the largest technology IPO in Canadian history, raising over $800 Million (CAD) with dual listings on the NYSE and TSX (CDAY).  It was the second-best performing IPO of 2018, and today, Ceridian has a market valuation of approximately $9B CAD.

David has more than twenty years of experience building and leading successful HCM technology companies. From 1999 to 2007, David was the founder, CEO and President of Workbrain Inc., where he was responsible for the company's vision, product and market direction. After a successful IPO, Workbrain was acquired by Infor for $227 million in 2007.

David is an investor, advisor and mentor in the Canadian business and technology communities. He is a member of the G7 Fellows at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management’s Creative Destruction Lab, an advisory board member of OMERS.

David is the recipient of many awards for his leadership, including the Ernst and Young Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst and Young National Special Citation for Technology Innovation, Canada’s Top 40 under 40, Waterstone Human Capital’s Most Admired CEO for Transformational Leadership, Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs, and Arthur Kroeger College Award for Management. Under David’s leadership, Ceridian’s culture of innovation has received multiple accolades including Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” (2016, 2017, 2018), “Great Place to Work” by Great Places to Work Canada (2018), and “100 Best Companies” for Working Mothers (2018, 2019), by Working Mother Media.

David holds a MBA from Harvard Business School.


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