Ben Smith is a grade 12 student at St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham, Ontario. He is a two term Student Trustee at the York Catholic District School Board, where he represents the voices of 55,000 students. Ben believes strongly that education is the silver bullet to all the world’s problems and is proud to play a part in improving our education system in Ontario.

Ben is a strong advocate of Ontario’s current education system and the effectiveness of it. He especially believes in the need for a school system that nurtures the mind, body and spirit, while creating collaborative contributors, responsible global citizens and lifelong learners rooted in Gospel values that will make positive contributions to our world.

Ben is a professional communications operative, having worked in public relations, broadcasting, journalism and corporate communications. He’s been able to use his media skills to successfully pitch producers and secure segments on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, CTV News, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and Hockey Night in Canada.

Ben brings a unique perspective to student advocacy. He believes in the value of team culture, humour and teamwork to get results and reach out to all stakeholders and partners. A passionate and persuasive personality, Ben believes in working to develop successful teams and a winning culture through pragmatism, passion, integrity, courage and respect. He fosters a culture of loving what we do, while doing more with less.

Put simply: More and more we’ve come to expect less and less from each other and Ben thinks that needs to change.

Ben is a hockey player, coach and referee. He also is a sports broadcaster and serves as the host of the OJHL on Rogers TV. He’s been credentialed as a member of the media by the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Hockey Canada and the National Hockey League (NHL).

Ben’s biggest belief is that decisions are made by those who show up and it’s his hope that he will play a part in a team that will inspire all students, no matter what walk of life they come from, to show up to play a part in building an education system that fulfills that unwritten commandment to leave the world in a better place than when we found it.