Hi there! I’m Patrick Smith, an Ottawa-based educator, safety advocate, web developer and human being.
Thank you for visiting my site!
In my role as Manager, National Projects at the Canada Safety Council, I’m responsible for the organization’s communications efforts and web presence, including social media and web development. I also spearhead the development of eight annual national campaigns.
At Algonquin College, meanwhile, I have been teaching in the Journalism program since 2016 (Data Journalism, Story Lab I, Story Lab II, formerly Multiplatform Storytelling.) I also formerly taught Writing for the Web in the Professional Writing program.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University, as well as a Journalism diploma and an Interactive Media Management certificate from Algonquin College. I also hold a certificate in Data Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.
Outside of professional pursuits, I’m also:
- an alternative/punk bassist, guitarist, and vocalist,
- a sports nut, with the defending Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams being #1 in my heart,
- intensely proud of the frequency with which my Dungeons & Dragons group is able to meet, and
- always on the lookout for a new hoppy beer and the perfect chicken wing.
Browse around. Stay a while!
I understand the importance of having a compelling message. And I understand the importance of reaching the right audience in a language they can easily understand, all while being as concise as possible.
As an educator, multimedia is my wheelhouse. While the message is always the focus, it can help to know how to draw attention to the message in the first place. I show the value in alternate story forms that let an end user interpret a story or an idea in a multitude of ways.