Born in 1959 at the “Old” Halifax Infirmary (which has since been demolished) Ward spent the first ten years of his life growing up in Burnside on what was then Bancroft Drive at the site of the existing McDonald’s Restaurant. At age 9 he had a paper route (The Chronicle Herald) which he delivered to his thirty plus customers, which at that time included most of the businesses in the “Park”. Burnside at that time was quite small and on weekends he and his friends would go-cart down Wright Avenue as there was no traffic.
Ward worked part time at a variety of jobs while attending school. After graduating from High School at age 18 he was running his own Green Gables franchise store on Pleasant St. Dartmouth. This venture did not last very long as he realized there was no future in this line of work and needing a break form the “Big City”, he moved to Sydney Cape Breton where he worked for a contracting company and quickly advanced to the position of Labour Foreman. After two years in this role Ward moved back to Halifax where he worked for a landscaping company as Construction Foreman until the oil boom materialized and he was hired by a major sub-sea wellhead supplier where within a year he was working in the “Patch” as a Service Technician for the next five years.
When the oil boom petered out, Ward moved to Fredericton New Brunswick where he was Shop Foreman at a Machine Shop performing repairs on hydraulic cylinders, valves, etc., and carried out the hard chrome plating duties. After five years he moved back to Halifax and was hired on by a local demolition company. Starting out as Foreman, Ward put the knowledge and experience he had gained through his various lines of work into his role and was a major part of growing the company into what became the biggest local player in its sector. After moving into a management position, Burnside Environmental Services was established, which Ward owned and ran along with Volcano Construction Services Ltd. which was established in 2009. In 2015 the two companies were merged into Volcano Construction Services Ltd. and Ward took in a business partner.
Volcano has come a long way since then and is well respected in the industry. Ward goes to work each day enjoying what he does and the relationships that he has formed with the various contractors, project managers, site foreman, labourers, tradesmen, competitors and employees that he has grown to know through the years.
Ward lives in Like Echo with his son Nicholas and “Best Dog in The World” Aussie.