Ceridian mourns loss of Ottawa-based president

HR software and service provider Ceridian is grieving the unexpected death of its Ottawa-based president, Dave MacKay.

“Dave was universally loved and admired at Ceridian and in the community,” Ceridian chairman and CEO David Ossip said in a statement. “The memories and condolences that we continue to receive are a true testament to Dave’s character. He had a tremendous impact on us as individuals and as an organization, and leaves behind a powerful legacy of kindness, integrity and humility.”

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 1-4 p.m and 6-8 p.m. at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry’s Woodroffe Avenue location. A service will follow Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the First Unitarian Sanctuary on Cleary Avenue. Memorials will follow in Toronto the following week.

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In a news release issued Monday, Ceridian said Mr. MacKay strongly believed a company’s success begins with the “employee experience,” echoed by Ceridian’s selection as an Employee’s Choice Award winner last year.

“This simple yet profound approach influenced all of our actions and shaped our culture. Dave had an extremely deep passion for the company, our employees and customers worldwide,” the company said.

Mr. MacKay joined Ceridian in 1983 when it was known as Control Data. He held a number of management positions and was instrumental in forming Ceridian Canada in 1998, the company said.

Mr. MacKay was named president of Ceridian Canada in 2007 and president of Ceridian in 2013.

He formed Ceridian Cares that same year, a charity meant to improve the quality of life in communities across Canada.

“It was important to Dave that Ceridian have a legacy of service to the community. He firmly believed that we must succeed by doing good in our communities in addition to doing well as a business,” Mr. Ossip said. “We will honor him by continuing to work following the example he set for us.”

Mr. MacKay’s age and cause of death were not disclosed.

He is survived by his children Kirsten and Reilly and their mother Sheila.

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