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Donald J. Smith was born on 23 March, 1924 in Provost, Alberta, Canada, is an entrepreneur. Discover Donald J. Smith’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 89 years old?
|Age||89 years old|
|Born||23 March 1924|
|Birthplace||Provost, Alberta, Canada|
|Date of death||(2013-06-16)|
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Donald J. Smith Height, Weight & Measurements
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Who Is Donald J. Smith’s Wife?
His wife is Elizabeth Joan McDonald
|Wife||Elizabeth Joan McDonald|
|Children||Geoff Smith, Catherine, Robert, Lynne, Geoff, Michael, Donald, David|
Donald J. Smith Net Worth
His net worth has been growing significantly in 2022-2023. So, how much is Donald J. Smith worth at the age of 89 years old? Donald J. Smith’s income source is mostly from being a successful entrepreneur. He is from Canada. We have estimated
Donald J. Smith’s net worth
, money, salary, income, and assets.
|Net Worth in 2023||$1 Million – $5 Million|
|Salary in 2023||Under Review|
|Net Worth in 2022||Pending|
|Salary in 2022||Under Review|
|Source of Income||entrepreneur|
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In May 2014, Smith was inducted, posthumously, into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame as part of its 36th Class of Companion Inductees. This award recognizes Canadian business leaders for their financial success as well as contributions to Canadian business and society.
On July 16, 2013, at 89 years old, Smith died in London, Ontario as a result of an illness. A celebration of his life was held in his memory on July 23 at the London Hunt Club, and was attended by family, friends, and employees.
In 2008, along with his daughter, Lynne Cram, Smith organized the Horizons Campaign to raise funds for the M.A.P. Program (My Action Plan for Education) that supports youth from Grade 4 to post-secondary school to achieve their academic goals.
In 1996, Smith retired. His son Geoff Smith, took over EllisDon as president and CEO.
By 1982 EllisDon was awarded a Construction Management Contract for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre project. It was after this that Smith knew EllisDon had enough experience to take on a project that was of a much larger scale. In 1986 Smith took a big risk and bet the entire company to bid on the Rogers Centre, formerly known as Skydome. Although the company faced many obstacles over the course of the project, it deemed very successful. The project was completed in three short years and on June 3, 1989, the Rogers Center officially opened its doors, making it the world’s first retractable rooftop stadium. This project was Smith’s pride and joy and represented the height of his career.
Smith also had a passion for politics. He was involved in the Ontario Liberal Party, and was elected party president Feb. 17, 1985, when he served as chief fundraiser for Premier David Peterson’s government. After 42 consecutive years under conservative rule, Smith helped rebuild the Ontario Liberal Party and bring it back to prominence.
In 1974, Smith began his long-term partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of London. EllisDon expanded its clubrooms in addition to building a new gym and swimming pool. He was also involved in other renovation and construction projects for the organization including the Don Smith Young Wing in 1995 and an Aquaplex in 2006. Although he came from a construction background, Smith’s involvement was mainly attributed to his fundraising efforts.
In 1967, when Smith was the President of the London Club, he took a stand against the discrimination of Jewish people who would not be admitted to the private club. Smith partnered up with a Jewish lawyer, who put his name up for membership and fought relentlessly until the club would admit its first Jewish member. After a long fight with lots of resistance, Smith succeeded. Immediately after, Jewish members were welcome in every private club in London.
As a result of his feat against the discrimination of Jewish people in private London clubs in the late 1960s, Smith was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews.
From the beginning, Smith built EllisDon into an industry leader with rapid growth. It began with schools and universities and eventually moved into other sectors like healthcare and office buildings, among other projects. Between 1956 and 1968, EllisDon made critical business investments, which included computerizing its accounting and cost control systems, and operating a purchased tower crane – the first construction company in Canada to do both. In 1971, EllisDon cemented safety as a top priority by becoming one of the first construction companies to launch a Corporate Safety Strategy to improve overall job site safety. Between 1974 and 1976, EllisDon focused on expanding, and established operations in Edmonton, Alberta and in Saudi Arabia. In 1978, and in the next three years that followed, EllisDon took on local projects that included the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario; Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta; a Bank of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario; and Peel Regional Police Headquarters and 22 Division in Brampton, Ontario– to name a few.
At age 27, Smith quit his job at Foundation Company in pursuit of his own company. On April Fools’ Day, 1951, Smith and his brother David launched EllisDon. The name of the company combined Don’s first name and David’s middle name, Ellis. Their first project was a small home renovation job which was funded by their mother who was also their bookkeeper. On the first day of business EllisDon also received a contract for a small three-room schoolhouse, Northdale Public School in London, Ontario. Shortly after its inception, David left EllisDon and relocated to Calgary, Ontario.
In January, 1949, Smith married his wife, Elizabeth Joan McDonald. The newlywed couple moved to London, Ontario where they had their first child, Catherine, the same year in November. Catherine was their first of seven children followed by Robert, Lynne, Geoff, Michael, Donald, and David. Joan was a University of Toronto graduate with a degree in Philosophy. She began her career with charitable service and eventually moved on to municipal and provincial politics.
In 1929, when the stock market crashed, Donald Bennett Smith, a bank manager, lost everything. In 1930, during the Great Depression, when Don was six years old, his father suddenly died leaving Florence and the children with nothing at all. With no prospects in Provost and no way of supporting her family, Florence and her children were forced to move to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Upon moving to North Toronto, Florence found a home and a job as a Sales Clerk at Eaton’s department store. Soon after, Smith’s cousin George Ellis moved in with the family when his own father died.
Donald (Don) James Smith (March 23, 1924 – July 16, 2013) was a Canadian business leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the former president and CEO of EllisDon Corporation and is widely recognized for co-founding the construction giant and the landmark projects it was responsible for completing. EllisDon now has over 2500 employees, bringing in over $3.5 billion in revenues annually.
Donald “Bus” Smith was born on March 23, 1924, in Provost, Alberta, to Donald Bennett Smith and Florence Marie Smith. Don had an older brother, David Ellis Smith, and a younger sister, Muriel.