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Business Hall of Fame

Ward Seymour

Ward Seymour 

Pilon School of Business
Program: Business
Year of Graduation: 1977
Year of Induction to Hall of Fame: 2017

Owner, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President (retired), ASA Alloys/Magna Stainless.

Ward Hamilton Merritt Seymour spent three decades building ASA Alloys into Canada’s largest independently-owned specialty steel distribution firm. A 1977 alumnus of Sheridan’s Business program, Seymour credits his education with giving him the tools needed to launch a successful career. “Sheridan provided me with the fundamental knowledge that I needed to get started in business,” he says. “Equally important were the relationships that I built with my peers and some of my professors. Sheridan also helped me to develop creative problem solving skills which were critical to my success as an entrepreneur.”

Seymour began working in the steel industry in 1974, the same year he came to Sheridan to study.  In 1983, he bought ASA Alloys/Magna Stainless for a dollar and built it into a stainless steel/aluminum distributor with eight locations across the country and more than $150 million in Canadian sales a year. In less than 10 years, ASA Alloys became the largest stainless bar distributor in Canada, and the largest customer of Welland-based Atlas Steel, surpassing the likes of Atlas Alloys, Firth Brown Stainless and long-time distributor Drummond McCall. After selling the company in 2007, Seymour became Chairman of ASA Alloys, a division of Canadian Specialty Metals until his retirement in 2013. Today, he continues to stay involved in the business, passing along his hard-won wisdom to the next generation of business leaders.