Jarrod Goldsmith is a Canadian small business community builder, professional musician, and candidate for Ottawa City Council in Orléans.
Known for his signature fedora, Jarrod is one of the region’s best known connectors. He is recognized not only as the region’s premiere champion for fostering a stronger startup and small business community, but has also embraced and become the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Running for City Council is not his retirement hobby. Having the work ethic, stamina, health, people and administrative skills to make a difference in the community he loves is why he wants to get involved.
Having been an ambassador for the Orléans Chamber of Commerce (where he was also on the Board of Directors), the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, West Ottawa Board of Trade and previously Nepean Chamber of Commerce and Kanata Chamber of Commerce, Jarrod is well-aware of issues throughout the City of concern to the business community.
Helping to promote and encourage the startup and small business community across Ottawa, Jarrod created and hosts large tradeshows every three months called eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); an entrepreneur networking community to create connections, gain knowledge and promote collaboration.
Helping to support startups is one of his greatest strengths. Offering assistance, knowledge and connections for anyone considering launching a business will bring more economic development and job creation to Orléans. Through encouraging and promoting the small business community, Jarrod has helped thousands of people around the region in their pursuit of starting a business.
Jarrod’s passion for music, organizational abilities, public relation and leadership skills also made for a perfect combination in creating Sax Appeal (Canada’s Premier All-Saxophone Ensemble). Pursuing music full-time is tough. Starting a type of band that very few people have ever heard of before (just saxophones) was against all odd.
Consider how much more vibrant Orléans (and all of Ottawa) would be if more people were able to turn their hobby or passion into a viable business. Our region would be much more culturally diverse if more artists learned how to treat their craft as a ‘real’ business. Jarrod has the transferable skills in experience, knowledge and connections to help make that happen at City Hall.
Jarrod is an in-demand speaker who offers inspiration (and practical) knowledge to help others achieve their dream of entrepreneurship. He has been featured in hundreds of television, video and audio segments, as well as having articles published in newspapers, magazines and on-line forums promoting and motivating the entrepreneur community.
As an additional way to help encourage, promote and offer greater assistance to aspiring business owners about networking, Jarrod also hosts a YouTube video series titled ‘Ask the Fedora’.
Jarrod is an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated communications professional. He regularly hosts workshops and seminars for students, startups, small business and community groups on the value of developing lasting professional relationships.
Originally from Montreal, he earned a BA from McGill University in Anthropology and music performance, and obtained a Masters degree from the University of Alberta in Anthropology.
Jarrod is 43 years old and has lived in Ottawa since 2002. He moved to Orléans in 2004 and resides in Queenswood Heights with his girlfriend and her 2 teenage children.