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Brian Alistair Smith

Retired Vice President and General Manager
Raytheon Canada Ltd
Brian Alistair Smith | Vice-président et Directeur général à la retraite
Brian Alistair Smith | Vice-président et Directeur général à la retraite
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Brian Alistair Smith is a Retired Vice President and General Manager of Raytheon Canada Ltd.

About me

I was born/grew up in: Sarnia Ontario Canada

I now live in: Waterloo Ontario Canada

I completed my training/education at: BASC 1981 (Systems Design Engineering) University of Waterloo, MBA 1989, WLU

What I do at work

I’m a Senior Business Executive with experience in the High Technology Defence and Aerospace sector.  I have a lot of knowledge about the International and Domestic defense and aerospace industry. I lead teams of people to ensure we operate efficiently and effectively. I’m responsible to make sure our market strategy is on target. If things are not working out the way we have planned, I find out why and make changes to correct the problems. I work closely with our clients to ensure we have a top quality business relationship. 

My career path is

When I was in high school, I wanted to be an engineer and that is what I did. I expected to have a long, successful career and retire, which I have done. I hold a PEng designation with a BASC (Systems Design Engineering), an MBA, and a QMed (Qualified Mediator) status. I have worked in Aerospace and defense companies for my entire career (35+ years). I have held a variety of roles from Proposal Engineer through to General Manager. I enrolled in Engineering because of the Co-op education component. I completed my apprenticeship to obtain my Professional Engineer designation (P. Eng.). Later I transitioned to business with my MBA and undertook Mediation training as a potential retirement occupation. I was influenced by my extended family, family and a series of mentors in the Companies where I worked. I have faced and overcome many different challenges such as taking over a floundering Aerospace start-up Company and successfully turning it around.

I am motivated by

As a retired Engineer and executive, I find it rewarding to be able to give back to my Community. I do this through such volunteer activities as serving on the Board of Directors of a Not for Profit Club, being a part time School Crossing guard, volunteering with the local Knights of Columbus.

How I affect peoples’ lives

In my job I help businesses to succeed. This provides employment for others, and for the community.

Outside of work I

I read extensively, play challenging games such as Scrabble, play pool and golf. I volunteer on the Board of Directors for a local Rod and Gun Club, and with the local Knights of Columbus.

My advice to others

Get a good grounding in your base degree or education that gives you discipline and a springboard for success. Seek out mentors to help guide you in growth throughout your career. Find time to volunteer in your community to help build your network and give back.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Business & Economics
  • Art
  • Foreign Languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature and Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Technology
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Liked helping people
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Played on a sports team
  • Enjoyed working with my hands
  • Was motivated by success
  • Wanted to be in charge
  • Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Liked reading
  • Was really creative
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Always knew what I wanted to do
  • Liked to take things apart to see how they worked
  • Liked to design or build things
  • Engaged in activities such as fishing
  • Learned Best by Doing

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