2023 President's Award

RTDNA Canada is proud to announce Ward Smith as the 2023 recipient of the prestigious President's Award

Ward Smith is the type of leader you want to work for. He’s made innovative and smart decisions that have improved our industry. He leads by example and most important, he cares.
– Lis Travers, President, RTDNA Canada

About Ward Smith

Ward Smith is the Senior Vice President, Global News at Corus Entertainment overseeing all news operations across Canada . This portfolio includes 15 local news stations and five national news programs and all news programming across the talk radio stations on Corus Radio.

Smith is a champion of change, seeking new ways to produce and distribute news content to different audiences on multiple platforms, while maintaining core business. Along with being focused on new product and revenue development in a rapidly changing media landscape, Smith is invested in ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are boosted across the division . Being a big believer in leadership fundamentals Smith is committed to recruiting diverse, compassionate and experienced journalists to lead Global News teams. He also led the news division through the difficult Covid-19 pandemic, coming out on the other side a more resilient organization. Smith is also known as an early advocate to protect journalists from online harassment, having served on various committees and panels to address the issue.

Under Smith’s leadership, Global News has won numerous RTNDA awards, which includes recognition in categories such as Best Newscast and Best News Information Program (large market ). In 2023, Global News won three prestigious awards on behalf of The Canadian Screen Awards (CSA). In 2020, he celebrated his 30th anniversary with Global News.

Smith previously held the position of Vice President, News and Information for Eastern Canada. In this role, he oversaw Global Halifax and New Brunswick, Global Montreal, Global Kingston, Global Peterborough, Global Durham , Global Toronto, 980 CFPL London, 900 CHML Hamilton, 640 Toronto, as well as The Morning Show and the Global News Multi – Market Content team.

Prior to becoming Vice President, Smith served as Senior Direct or, News and Station Operations for the e astern region of the country for four years and was responsible for Global News in Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and The Morning Show. In his accomplished tenure with Global News, Smith has held several roles across the country including Managing Editor, News Director and Station Manager of Global News Toronto, Senior Producer, Assistant News Director and Director of News and Information for Global News Montreal, National Correspondent in Halifax – among others.

Smith was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Queen’s University, he returned to the city to begin his illustrious journalism career as an Editorial Assistant at Global News Toronto.

Smith is an avid reader who has a passion for boating. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the North Scarborough Rotary Club, the rotary’s highest honour for community service. Smith is also a past board member of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters. When he isn’t at work, Smith enjoys being outside and spending time with his wife and daughter.

The RTDNA Canada President’s Award is presented annually to honour individuals, stations, companies or groups who have brought distinction to, or have made major contributions to electronic journalism.

The recipient can come from within or outside the ranks of field. The award recognizes a contribution in such areas as technical innovation, personal or station excellence in news programming, or long distinguished service to the news industry.

The President’s Award recipient also receives a lifetime membership with RTDNA Canada.

To view past winners, click here