Brad Smith, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Guelph, graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA). Since then, he has established himself as an industry leader. With expertise in the fields of Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and Construction, Brad is a fully licensed professional with the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects (APALA), the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Currently serving as a Senior Landscape Architect and Project Manager at Seferian Design Group (SDG) in Burlington, Ontario, Brad has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to giving back to his community and educating others about design and the profession.
Brad is a past member of the City of Burlington Urban Design Peer Review Panel, City of London Urban Design Peer Review Panel, Board Member for the Burlington Downtown Business Association (BDBA), and member of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation’s Young Professional Committee which focuses on mental health advocacy in Halton Region. Since 2012, Brad has dedicated his time with the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, contributing to local events and influencing business development in the city. He also volunteers for public art juries, community events, and active transportation initiatives in Burlington, further demonstrating his dedication to community engagement. Notably, Brad lends his support to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, actively contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes and protection of the Niagara Escarpment landscape.
In addition to his community involvement, Brad's commitment to education and mentorship is commendable. He has served as a studio design critic at the University of Guelph Landscape Architecture Program, engaging students in dialogue about design, creativity, and strategic planning. Brad has influenced and mentored numerous landscape architects, helping them obtain their professional licensure. His dedication to training and mentoring the next generation of professionals showcases his passion for supporting others in their career development.
Brad's volunteer efforts extend beyond the local level. He has worked across Canada, at a range of levels including municipal, provincial, and federal government, Canada’s National Capital Commission, conservation authorities, non-profit organizations, land developers, and private industry. His involvement in professional conferences and annual general meetings throughout Canada further demonstrates his commitment to representing the University of Guelph as an ambassador in the field of landscape architecture.
One of Brad’s nominators says that he “is undoubtedly a great Canadian Landscape Architect, but it is his care and compassion for people and society that transcends his work and mentorship.” Brad Smith's outstanding contributions and dedication to improving communities and the profession through volunteering make him a truly deserving recipient of the University of Guelph Alumni Volunteer Award.