TEDxUW talk by Larry Smith, November 2011- "Why you will fail to have a great career"
In elementary school, Larry already knew he wanted to teach. By high school, he found himself fascinated with innovation, entrepreneurship and markets. Economics seemed to him to be the best choice to combine his interests.
A student at the universities of Western Ontario and Guelph, Larry holds his B.A. and M.A from the University of Waterloo. Specializing in forecasting and the economics of innovation, he has worked with governments, financial institutions, professional associations and companies developing new markets or new products.
An Adjunct Associate Professor, Larry has happily taught ten percent of Waterloo’s alumni. He is a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teacher Award.
Primary research areas
- Building Canada’s Competitive Advantage (Polytechnics Canada), 2007
- A Labour Market Analysis of Rising Skill Requirements (Waterloo Wellington Training and Adjustment Board), 2007
- A Labour Market Analysis of the Demand for Healthcare Workers (Waterloo Wellington Training and Adjustment Board), 2007
- A Labour Market Analysis of the Retirement of Skilled Trades in Urban Southern Ontario (Waterloo Wellington Training and Adjustment Board), 2006
- A Labour Market Analysis of the Supply of Skilled Trades in Grand Erie (Grand Erie Training and Adjustment Board), 2006
- A Labour Market Analysis Identifying the Demand and Supply Conditions for the Skilled Trades in Waterloo Wellington for 2010 and 2015 (Waterloo Wellington Training and Adjustment Board), 2005
- An Economic Analysis of Apprenticeship Programs for Waterloo Region and Wellington County (Waterloo Wellington Training and Adjustment Board), 2004
Forecasting and analysis provided to
- Ontario Sewer and Water Main Construction Association 
- Canadian Construction Association 
- Association of Managers of College and University Student Centres 
- Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities [2009,2010]
- Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers 
- Conestoga Heavy Construction Association 
- Grand Erie Training and Adjustment Board 
- Project Management Institute 
- Young Presidents Organization 
- Town of Caledon 
- Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning [2009, 2010]