Patrick Smith attended Robert Land from kindergarten to Grade 6 back in the early ’70s. He went on to Prince of Wales enrichment program for Grades 7 & 8 with the support and assistance of the Robert Land administration. He then graduated Sir John A. MacDonald and HCI before going off to McMaster in 1981. After 2 years of engineering, he switch programs to philosophy. In an effort to support himself during his undergraduate years, he also worked as a theatre manager for Cineplex Odeon. Upon completion of his philosophy studies, he entered law school at the University of Alberta in 1993 and graduated in 1996. After spending some time in Yellowknife and then Calgary, he was called to the Alberta Bar in 1999. He worked as an associate lawyer in Red Deer before joining the Legal Services Board of Nunavut in 2000 as a staff lawyer. Patrick became the Executive Director of the Legal Services Board of Nunavut in 2003 and ran that organization until 2007. From 2007 until September of 2012 he was a private practitioner working in Nunavut. He is not currently not practicing law, but providing consulting services to Inuit organizations.
Patrick is past president of the Nunavut Law Society; past chair the Nunavut Law Foundation; past Treasurer of the Law Society; past member of the Federation of Law Societies, past member of the Association of Legal Aid Plans.
He is a member of the Alberta, Nunavut and Ontario bars.