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Brian Smith

Co-Founder and CEO, Rhiza Capital

Brian is an accomplished entrepreneur, investor and creative organizer for sustainable business and impactful economic development. He has led and helped deploy private equity placements and institutional investments that have derived impressive returns and demonstrable impact. Having founded and led successful non-profits, for-profits and co-ops, Brian is uniquely skillful in a variety of models that have a positive impact.

Brian holds a BA in Economics from Simon Fraser University, an MA in Planning from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Professional Certificate from the UBC Sauder School of Business. Brian and his social ventures have received a number of awards including: Top 100 Impact Companies in North America (2019), Canadian Social Enterprise of the Year (2017), Widening our World Award (2016), Land Award (2016), Celebration of Excellence Award (2014), and Top 40 Under 40 Business People in Vancouver (2009).