David Ossip is the driving force behind the innovation, vision and leadership at Ceridian, one of the fastest growing global Human Capital Management technology companies.
Previously, David founded Dayforce – a highly successful SaaS-based workforce management software company – which was acquired by Ceridian in 2012. Since then David has led the transformation and renewal of Ceridian, with a focus on the Dayforce HCM offering. In 2013, David became the CEO of Ceridian and in 2015, its Chairman. David also serves as Chairman of LifeWorks, an employee engagement company, offering an industry-first mobile Employee Engagement Platform and wellness expertise to more than 15 million users in the US, Canada and the UK.
David is the recipient of many awards for his leadership, including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a nationally awarded Special Citation for Technology Innovation. David was also named to Canada’s Top 40 under 40. In 2016 Ceridian was recognized as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures and in 2017 David was awarded Canada’s Most Admired CEO for Transformational Leadership by Waterstone Human Capital. David has also been named as one of the top CEOs by Glassdoor, and Ceridian one of the best places to work in 2017.
Alongside his work at Ceridian, David is a champion of Canadian Entrepreneurship and is dedicated to helping build Canada’s Tech ecosystem. For instance, he is actively involved with the Canadian Council of Innovators, a business council focused on helping Canadian technology firms scale-up globally. He also Chairs the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth’s Scale-Up Program’s Committee on Procurement to help make it easier for Ontario-based scale-ups to acquire customers. David is also a member of the G7 Fellows at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management’s Creative Destruction Lab – a Venture Lab that leverages the business school’s infrastructure, industry network, and the inventions and talent from the world-class, technology-oriented faculties at the University of Toronto. In addition, David is an advisory board member of OMERS and an investor/advisor in companies such as Thalmic Labs and WealthSimple. Plus, under David’s leadership Ceridian has helped establish #MoveTheDial as a founding partner. #MoveTheDial is a global movement committed to raise the profile of, and create opportunities for women in the tech sector.