Ben Smith is a grade 11 student at St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham, Ontario. Ever since his first day of school, Ben has been looking for ways to get involved. Ben has been involved in student government since his first day in elementary school. From playing on just about every sports team imaginable, to leading his high school’s Athletic Council, Ben has been able to create real meaningful change for his peers.

Ben has been able to use his passion for communications to successfully get his school on CTV News, when the school ran a big walk called the B-Strong Walk, a charity Ben holds particularly close to his heart in the fight to end cancer. In addition, one of Ben’s proudest moments in student government, is when he was able to get his school on Hockey Night In Canada, when the school sent alumnus Steven Stamkos a good luck video. The segment aired during Game 7 of the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals.

As Student Trustee of the York Catholic District School Board, Ben brings a unique perspective to student advocacy. His personable and including attitude gives him the opportunity to reach out to those students and stakeholders that others might have difficulty interacting with and getting results from. He brings an attitude to get tasks done quickly, but also a sense of care to get the job done right.

Outside of school, Ben both plays and referees hockey and baseball. Ben is also a prominent up-and-coming journalist and broadcaster. He currently hosts a hockey show on WhiStle Radio in his hometown of Stouffville, Ontario and has interviewed some of the biggest names in hockey. In his young career, Ben has been credentialed as a member of the media by the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Hockey Canada and the National Hockey League (NHL)

He also serves as a sports broadcaster with Rogers Television in York Region, hosting junior hockey games in studio, as well as providing his analysis during select broadcasts. In addition to his radio and television work, Ben writes with Vox Media, Metroland Media and HockeyNow Magazine. He also works in the Public Relations, Cooperate Communications and Marketing field at one of Canada’s top integrated marketing agencies, YOUR BRAND Integrated Marketing Communications.

Ben’s main philosophy in life 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 that all people will give their kids better than they have received.