Peter Smith is a community activist, scientist and engineer. He has extensive experience in the energy and electricity sector, most notably in positions where he was responsible for negotiating and managing multi-million dollar energy supply contracts, and overseeing the financial operation of gas-fired, wind and hydraulic generating facilities.
Peter has been active locally with numerous groups concerned with social, human rights and environmental issues. He has been a joint-leader of the local Amnesty International letter writing group for around 20 years, and has written hundreds of letters in support of prisoners of conscience and the oppressed.
Peter served on the Board of St. Clair Child and Youth Services for approximately 12 years, after which he chaired a committee that successfully lobbied for increased funding for Children’s Mental Health Services. He has been on the organizing committee for the Sarnia-Lambton Science Fair for 6 years, and since retiring has joined Adopt a Scientist, an organization that puts retired scientists and engineers into the classroom to encourage students to explore and learn about science, technology and math.
As a professional engineer and scientist, Peter is dismayed to see the way in which government scientists have been censored under the current administration, and how scientific research has been forced to fit within the government’s ideological framework. He is particularly passionate about ensuring we avoid a climate crisis, which he believes to be the greatest danger facing humanity, a topic on which he has written and spoken numerous times.
Peter is a long-time member of the Green Party, and describes himself as a pragmatic idealist.
The Green Party of Canada is excited to have Peter Smith as our candidate in the riding of Sarnia–Lambton.