Following an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and biology at the University of Toronto, David spent 25+ years in consumer-facing private sectors, in retail, foodservice, and high tech, in Canada, the USA, and developing countries. He has held executive positions in sustainability, marketing and communications, and general management/operations. For the past 20 years, since being the first-ever Vice President of Marketing for Whole Foods Market (Austin, Texas) and through his more recent consulting work, he has been leading change and driving improvements in the environmental and social footprints of companies and industrial sectors and their global supply chains.
October 27, 2020
the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada appoints David Y. Smith as CEO
July 14, 2020
60th Anniversary of Wild Chimpanzee Research in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park
On this day, sixty years ago, world famous animal behaviour expert and conservationist, Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, first stepped foot in what is now Gombe National Park to begin her pioneering study of the wild chimpanzees. Now, six decades later, having become recognized as Guinness World Records’ longest-running study of wild chimpanzees and one of the longest-running studies of any wild mammal, Goodall’s research with the chimpanzees of Gombe continues to bring discoveries, spark innovation and instill hope.
June 25, 2020
JGI Canada's Statement on Racial Inequality and Discrimination
In light of recent events exposing the senseless racial injustices across North America, and internationally around the world, JGI Canada has taken time to pause and reflect on our role as an environmental conservation organization and the importance for us to stand in solidarity against the racism and discrimination that oppresses Black, Indigenous and people of colour everywhere.
June 4, 2020
The Globe & Mail
January 22, 2020
Botswana’s First Elephant Hunt to be Auctioned in Canada
Amid global recognition of the threatened survival of elephants, a hunting club in Calgary is poised to auction off the first licence for a foreigner to hunt elephant in Botswana. The Ivory-Free Canada Coalition, a partnership of Canadian non-profit organisations, that includes the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, has petitioned the federal government for two years to ban the import, domestic sale, and export of all elephant ivory, including hunting trophies.
December 2, 2019
The Toronto Star
In order to maintain youth-driven momentum for environmental activism, young people must be encouraged to look for opportunities that help the environment in their own communities. Programs like Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots provide a framework for participants to make a tangible difference for people, animals and the environment.
October 24, 2019
Maclean’s magazine has released a 2020 assessment of the top Canadian charities according to sector category. The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada has been included among the top nine environmental charities, as evaluated on financial transparency and donations directed to programs.
September 29, 2019
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s highest honour was recently awarded to Dr. Goodall for her ground-breaking research with wild chimpanzees in Africa and for her indefatigable advocacy on behalf of the environment.
August 12, 2019
The Globe and Mail
The ongoing slaughter of African elephants for their tusks has decimated elephant populations. On World Elephant Day, Dr. Jane Goodall shares her support for an #IvoryFreeCanada and explains why the legal domestic trade in elephant ivory needs to end.
June 4, 2019
Meet the young sustainability leaders of tomorrow
On June 12, 2019, students in Grades 5 and 8 will be doing their part to help preserve an important part of southern Ontario’s ecologically fragile Carolinian zone. The young naturalists are participating in the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada’s Roots & Shoots program, which supports young people across Canada in leading projects that make their communities more sustainable.
March 26, 2019
G for Goodall
G Adventures has announced a gifting campaign that will deliver $85 donations for every Jane Goodall Collection tour booked across the globe between April 1 – 5, in honor of the conservationist’s birthday on April 3. The birthday donations, made by G Adventures at no cost to travelers, will support the work of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.
February 26, 2019
Feature story on Dr. Goodall highlights her trailblazing research, pioneering spirit, and how young people around the world keep her motivated.
February 5, 2019
Purpose and Perspective
The interviews with Jane Goodall and Andria Teather, JGI Canada CEO, cover Dr. Goodall’s career, her advocacy work against climate change, and JGI Canada’s maternal health programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
January 24, 2019
Protest Against Japanese Whaling
Dr. Jane Goodall joins other notable signatories in protest against the recommencement of Japanese whaling. The open letter has been published in the London Telegraph newspaper, and explains deep concern for the Japanese Government’s decision to leave the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling.
January 22, 2019
Launch of the Jane Goodall Legacy Foundation
Dr Jane Goodall launches the Jane Goodall Legacy Foundation, the purpose of which is to ensure that Dr. Goodall’s lifetime of work and values continue in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations. The announcement was made at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The first donation to the foundation was made DocuSign Inc. which committed $1 million in equal parts from the DocuSign IMPACT Foundation and from CEO Dan Springer.
October 9, 2018
The Jane Goodall Institute Launches ForeverWild Campaign
With the imminent publication of Horizon Scan, a ground-breaking report that, for the first time, identifies and prioritizes the most urgent issues fueling wildlife trafficking, and as delegates gather for the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London, UK, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) announces the launch of the ForeverWild campaign to help end trafficking of endangered species, many on the brink of extinction.
July 26, 2018
A New Biosphere for the Planet
JGI Tanzania was successful in working with the Tanzanian Government and UNESCO to have Gombe National Park to be included as part of a Biosphere Reserve. JGI Canada is one of the chapters that provided funding to JGI Tanzania for community consultation, which was a critical step in obtaining this designation.
June 28, 2018
What we learned from Koko the gorilla
Bombarded by bad news, many of us may have missed the story of Koko, a most remarkable primate. The celebrated western lowland gorilla died peacefully in her sleep last week. She was 46 years old — elderly for a species that lives up to 30 to 40 years in the wild.
March 14, 2018
Elephanatics' Letter for an #IvoryFreeCanada Goes to the Government
We are asking the Canadian government to take a lead role, as other international countries have done. As a country we not only have a responsibility but a moral obligation to be part of saving one of Earth’s most precious animals – the elephant.
February 4, 2018
Minister Bibeau announces Canadian organizations selected for International Indigenous and Youth Internship programs
Under the indigenous-focused IAYI initiative, eight organizations will receive up to $10.5 million over five years to help engage Indigenous youth interns as global citizens who support international development.
August 1, 2017
Jane Goodall Returns to Canada!
The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGI Canada) is thrilled to announce that celebrated primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall will be delivering her legendary lecture in Winnipeg, MB on Friday, September 29th.
April 5, 2017
Interview Opportunities with Dr. Jane Goodall
On April 12 and 13, 2017, Dr. Jane Goodall will be delivering evening lectures at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, BC.
September 27, 2016
Jane Goodall Collection by G Adventures launches
G Adventures is proud to announce a new partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute. Through this collaboration, G Adventures hopes to raise awareness of the importance of wildlife-friendly tourism, curating a programme of 20 wildlife trips to form the Jane Goodall Collection by G Adventures. All trips in the collection are endorsed by renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall. The Jane Goodall Institute protects endangered species through conservation strategies that incorporate the needs of local communities, understanding that helping people saves wildlife.
September 19, 2016
Dr. Jane Goodall’s East Coast Canada Tour
The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGI Canada) is proud to announce that celebrated primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall will be delivering her lecture Gombe & Beyond in Charlottetown, PEI on October 2 and 3. She will give the same lecture in Moncton, NB on October 4. On these three special evenings, Dr. Goodall will share tales of her unique experience researching the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania with ground-breaking results.
March 23, 2016
The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada Opens a New Office
The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGI Canada) is proud to announce the opening of the organization’s first western office, located in the same office building as the Environmental Services Association of Alberta – a longtime supporter and partner. To celebrate the opening, JGI Canada is holding a special event on March 23 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. CEO Andria Teather will be giving a short address at 4:15pm. Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. JGI is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages, with groups in more than 130 countries.