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About Don

Don Smeltzer is an award winning executive level professional who has been involved with municipal government in Canada for many years as an educator, management consultant, speaker and author.

Don Smeltzer is a dynamic and innovative educator and leader. He directed operations of the Maritime Municipal Training and Development Board (MMTDB) at Dalhousie University for 25 years. His visionary leadership earned him and the Maritime provinces respectively, reputations as the Canadian leaders in municipal education and professional development. The establishment of institutional partnerships became a hallmark of MMTDB operations.

In addition to broad management responsibilities, Don counselled students and taught courses in Canadian local government, public sector ethics and communications. He established internship programs, developed training resources and led international delegations. Successful in sourcing out and securing funding for innovative educational programming, he was a key player in the establishment of a three-year, pilot program in Race, First Nations and Multi-cultural Relations Training for the municipal public sector. 

As a management consultant, Don served as an interim-CAO (Chief Administrative Officer) in many jurisdictions throughout the Atlantic Provinces. His responsibilities have included managing annual budgets in excess of $60 million, facilitating organizational reviews and compensation studies, conducting senior management recruitment, developing policy and leading strategic initiatives. Don is skilled in the management of public sector organizations and in the creation of healthy, board-staff relationships. He is an effective communicator, personable, non-threatening, and committed to treating others with dignity and respect.

When Don is not teaching or consulting, he is often engaged in research and writing. His latest book, A Matter of Choice - Ethical Municipal Governance, published in 2018 is for council members, municipal employees, public sector educators, and others interested in decision-making at the local level.

For more information and a detailed look at Don's work engagements please visit his LinkedIn profile.

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