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  Leslie Smejkal
Vice President, Government Relations
(905) 361-0268 / (800) 668-8906

Leslie Smejkal has joined ORHMA as the Vice President of Government Relations, she is responsible for assisting to increase the influence of the Hospitality Industry in advocating for favourable public policy through government relations, strategic public policy partnerships, and advocacy at the municipal and provincial levels.  

Leslie began her passion for the hospitality industry working in various restaurants while attending high school and university.  Her hard earned tip money contributed to her successful completion of a university degree.

She earned her Honours, Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph and held several different positions within the provincial government including Senior Policy Advisor with the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Correctional Services.  Her responsibilities included managing cabinet submissions, government budgets, economic statements and overall business and capital plans.

Most recently Leslie's career took her to work for Tim Hortons Inc. as Manager of Government Affairs where she spent over seven years in working with all levels of government across Canada and was able to successfully mitigate and influence positive changes on legislative and regulatory issues.

Leslie lives in the City of Guelph with her husband Robert and their two energetic children. They enjoy skiing, playing soccer, fishing, sailing and spending quality time together in the great outdoors of Ontario.

What is your zodiac sign?

What is your favourite food?
Italian, pasta, pizza anything with pesto!

What is your favourite drink?
Coffee then red wine...

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
Coupon Clipper - Avid bargain hunter

What was your first hospitality or customer service job?
My first restaurant job was serving at Wikiki in Kitchener - Chinese food