Rodger Smith Entrepreneurial Engagement Manager

Rodger joined the RBDM team in November 2013. Born and raised in the Community of North Preston, he now resides in the Community of East Preston with his wife Marilyn. He had over 37 years of experience with the Royal Bank Financial Group as Branch Manager (Gottingen Street and Lady Hammond Road), Account Manager and Senior Account Manager.

Rodger is well connected in the African Nova Scotian Community as well as the community-at-large. He has served on many boards and committees such as The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, The Chebucto Windfield Inc, National Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association, The AKOMA Centre Fundraising Telethon, St. Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston and East Preston Baptist Church Prison Ministry, Metro United Way, North Preston Day Care Centre, the North Preston Gentlemen’s Hockey League, Gottingen Street Merchants Association, YMCA’s Job Creation, East Preston Ratepayers Association, Junior Achievement, The Preston Fund, and many more. Rodger was also featured on the television show The Leading Edge – a CBC Production.

Since joining BBI, Rodger has helped lead our efforts in supporting business starts, growth and attraction, as well as client’s capacity to innovate and compete. His banking experience will significantly add to our commitment to improving BBI’s client portfolio management. Rodger states, “I am looking forward to serving the Black Business communities to the best of my abilities.” Please join us in welcoming Rodger to the BBI team.