Kent B. Smith, CA

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Scientific Research and Experimental Development
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Research & Development


Carleton University

Kent Smith, CPA, CA is a partner in the Tax Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP working in the Ottawa office. He leads the Ottawa Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Incentives practice.

Kent has more than 20 years of public accounting experience and has worked with a variety of organizations to develop a deep technical knowledge of SR&ED legislation. He has extensive experience working with companies to prepare claims and has recently been involved in some of the most complex technology and manufacturing claims filed across the country.

Kent graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a BComm in 1993, and he earned his CA designation in 1996. In 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2013, Kent taught the SR&ED course for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He was also part of a team that authored a guide released by the Canada Revenue Agency on the Allocation of Labour Expenditures for SR&ED. Kent is a significant contributor to Developments, PwC’s newsletter on SR&ED, and often the lead author.

Kent has been a member of the executive and treasurer of the Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Trail Club since 2009. The Club was recognized in 2011 as the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs - Club of the Year, the 2012 Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations Club of the Year and the 2012 International Snowmobile Hall of Fame Club of the Year.

Kent is currently on the finance committee for the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, he is on the executive of The 33 Signals Regiment Foundation and was inducted into the International Knightly Order of St. George ( in 2012.

In the past, Kent has been Treasurer of the Ottawa Network, on the Risk Management Committee for the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Treasurer of the Mary Honeywell Elementary School Parent Council and a volunteer at the Office of the Vice President (Research and International) at Carleton University.

In 2007, Kent was recognized by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of city’s “Forty Under 40,” an award that recognizes business people under the age of 40 who balance bottom line results with a desire to participate in charitable and community activities.