Dave Smith grew up in Prince Edward County and moved to Peterborough in 1989 to obtain his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Trent University.
He worked with both the Trillium Lakelands District School Board and Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and was a manager of Product Development for Cardinal Software. He has previously been a member of the Kinsmen Club of Peterborough. Dave’s dedication to Peterborough and the surrounding area is well-known and widely acknowledged, resulting in him being named one of the most influential people in Peterborough by Metroland Media in 2013 and 2018 and as Sports Personality of the Year by the City of Peterborough in 2014.
Dave has been a driving force in the Peterborough hockey community, founding the Under the Lock Tournament, the only minor hockey sanctioned tournament played on a canal in Canada which brough Hockey Night in Canada to Peterborough. He has served as the President of the Peterborough Community Church Hockey League, where he led the amalgamation with the Peterborough Minor Hockey Association. In the fall of 2016 when a planned Special Hockey International event was in jeopardy, Dave stepped up to ensure that the tournament would be a success. As a result of the efforts of him and his team, more than 1,000 exceptional players and their families benefited.
In June 2018, Dave took the next step in his community dedication by running for the Progressive Conservative Party and was elected to serve as the MPP for the Riding of Peterborough-Kawartha. In 2022 he sought and won re-election.
Dave currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
He is a father to three children and husband to Lorien.