Ed Smith was born and raised in St Catharines. 

At the age of 23 he joined the military where he spent the next 25 years in various posting around Canada and the world. 

In 2011 he retired from the military at the rank of Major and returned to St Catharines to live for the first time in 25 years.

Upon returning home he became a community improvement activist and continued his work in African nations through an International Non-Governmental Organization, which he founded in 1994.

He currently resides in Port Dalhousie with his wife Margaret and together they have 3 grown children who live in Vancouver, Calgary and North Bay.