Dr. Guy Smith has been active in the property development industry for more than 40 years, the first 12 in the private sector, 30 as a public servant with the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Infrastructure, and currently as a consultant, providing advisory services to public and private sector entities. He was born and raised in England and, after completing his college education, moved to Canada, working for a large international building and civil engineering company in Toronto and Edmonton before starting a small construction costing and project management company. He joined the Government of Alberta in 1985 as a Cost Analyst and retired from government service in 2015 as Executive Director of Learning Facilities and Alternative Procurement.
During his career, he was active in his profession as a corporate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and as a member and past president of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, where he was elected to the Institute’s Board of Fellows and awarded the Institute’s highest honour, the Gordon Pattison Award of Merit.
Guy holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Public Administration from the University of Alberta and a Doctorate of Business Administration with a specialization in Collaborative Leadership from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the UOPx’s Delta Mu Delta Business Honour Society.
Guy joined the (then) Kinsmen Club of Fort Edmonton in 1982 and served the Association at all levels, including every position on his club executive, Deputy Governor, District Coordinator, and District Kinsmen Governor with Kinette Governor Sheila Laverty. He was honored with the DeCew-Phee Outstanding Kinsmen Governor Award in 2005, and served two terms totaling three years as a National Director. During his first term on the National Board of Directors, he was the chair of the Risk Management Task Force, which was responsible for setting the basic framework for a risk management strategy for the Association, and was the co-chair (with Diane Ballard) of the National Board of Directors’ 2000-2002 Strategic Planning Committee, which made the recommendations for the substantial reforms to the Association’s structure in 2003. He served five years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kin Canada Foundation, including two years as Board Chair. He was honoured with Life Membership in Kin Canada in 2002.