G. Kingsley Ward

Chairman Emeritus

WARD, George Kingsley, Hon. Colonel (Ret'd) - BA, B.COMM, FCA, LL.D
August 29, 1932 – August 17, 2014

"If you think all my endeavors have always been successful, then you are unaware of details concerning a large part of my life. Successful people appear to be traveling along one continually, successful road. What is not apparent is the perseverance it takes following each defeat to keep you on that road."

Kingsley was born in Tetagouche, New Brunswick. His legacy is founded on the values instilled in his youth growing up in the small town of Bathurst, New Brunswick. Driven by tenacity and integrity, he went from humble roots to achieving success in all areas of his life. George Kingsley Ward was the quintessential Canadian; understated, modest, fair, and honourable.

George Kingsley Ward attended Mount Allison University and Queens University, graduating with a BA and B. COMM in 1955. He completed his CA degree in 1958 with PricewaterhouseCoopers, then in 1994 he was awarded his Fellowship in the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA). In 2003, Mount Allison University awarded him with an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D).

Kingsley started his business career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His entrepreneurial activities began when he purchased two companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Kingsley founded the Vimy Ridge Group Ltd. (VRG Capital Corp.) from its inception in 1982. Over the next 32 years, he continued his private equity investing activities as Chairman of the Vimy Ridge Group Ltd (VRG Capital). Throughout his career, Kingsley served as Chairman and as Director of numerous private and public companies that he invested in. He took an active role in various industry associations such as serving as the Chairman of the Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Associations of Canada, Chairman of the Canadian Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association and Chairman of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy.

Kingsley was committed to people coming together and working harmoniously. This love of community involvement led him to serve several institutions. His longest tenure was to be Governor of St. Andrew's College for more than 30 years, where he headed numerous committees and special projects. He enjoyed the role of Director and Treasurer of the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, helping to raise millions of dollars for the hospital for over 20 years. He served for a number of years on the Mount Allison University Board of Regents Executive Committee. He was the Chairman of the Queen's University Chemistry Innovation Council, and prior to that, the former Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Kingsley, motivated by his health and encouraged by his wife, was the author of 5 books. The international best seller, Letters of a Business Man to his Son, has been published in over 25 different languages around the world.

His deeply held passion for Canadian military history led him to co-author the book Courage Remembered. He also spearheaded many fundraising efforts in support of Canadian military forces. In October 2003, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 2nd Battalion Royal New Brunswick Regiment (North Shore).

"Fame and money can be but fleeting moments in one's life; truth and an honest reputation are the stays of a valuable life. No one has ever been able to purchase such ultimate treasures as a good family, sound health, true friends, loyal employees, true love-or true respect."

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