I was a student fresh out of high school starting my first year of university in business school at the University of Guelph in 2019. Ryan Smolkin was a guest speaker at an event hosted by John F Wood Centre. His presentation proved that he was by far one of the most passionate entrepreneurs I have seen. He truly represented what Smoke’s Poutinerie was all about. I was lucky enough to win a Smoke’s cap and the grand prize of the event because of my knowledge I knew from doing a high school project on Smoke’s Poutinerie. Afterwards I got to chat with him for a couple of minutes. I was fortunate to get a picture with him that was featured on the Guelph Today Newspaper. He is one of the most enthusiastic guys I have gotten to know. I am gonna miss him a lot.