You could say that I have a monkish commitment to building community.

Sometimes, an opportunity to contribute is severely constrained by the financial situation of the organization, but the potential for impact is great.

In these situations I offer my professional services without consideration for the limitations of a budget.

One such occasion was the opportunity to help create a pitch competition for high-impact charities, social enterprises and not-for-profits. Through financial and advisory support, I played a small role in this incredible collaboration.

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Working with David Smith is like working with a modern day alchemist.

He is a talented senior executive advisor and listener who perceives with x-ray precision, artfully pinpoints the blocks, and then sets you, or your organization on new, extraordinary path toward greater success. And here is the best part…..he is somehow able to accomplish all this in days, instead of years.

David can help you identify with confidence and clarity, the decisions you need to make, and actions you need to take, to move forward with certainty.
— Petra Kassun-Mutch, serial entrepreneur, civic leader, former publishing executive and member of Roger Martin's Dean's Advisory Board at the Rotman School of Management
I have had the pleasure of working with David as board chair as well as in other governance situations.

He excels at designing tailored processes for drawing out the essential issues and ideas for evaluation in strategy development (board and management) … I found him very easy to collaborate with and look forward to working with him again in the future.
— Brenda Eprile, FCPA, ICD.D – Chairs the board for a financial services firm and a fuel services company. Brenda was the former Leader of the National Risk Practice at PwC and served as the Executive Director and Chief Accountant of the Ontario Securities Commission.