Adam J. Smith

The last eight years have taken place on opposite sides of Ottawa’s downtown, and often in what are worlds apart.

On one side, I have helped raise money for the last three leaders of the Liberal Party of Canada, including most recently as part of Justin Trudeau’s campaign leadership team. Through my work with the Liberal Party, I have realized a sense of public service, while forming an appreciation for how our political system can be a force for positive change when smart, motivated, good people participate. (I’m talking to you!)

On the other side of downtown, I serve as Chair of the Board for the Shepherds of Good Hope. We serve those most in need in our community, and we never turn anyone away. The Sheps believe in the dignity of every person, and that everyone should have access to food, shelter, clothing, and support. We are a major provider of supportive housing services in Ottawa, and our shelters and soup kitchen are working 365/24/7. We manage a variety of cutting-edge programs in pursuit of better serving those most in need. (I would love to give you a tour.)

In October 2013, I began working as the Vice-President of Communications and Marketing for United Way Ottawa.

My wife and I have two curious and loving children, and we all live in a nice old home on a quiet road near Westboro and the Ottawa River. Sunsets sitting on its banks are something special.