Why Rise Up

Welcome to Rise Up Strategies, where our name represents our mission and passion. We chose “Rise Up” because it captures the essence of what we aim to achieve for our clients – helping organizations reach their full potential and soar to new heights.

“During the Federal election, while I was volunteering with the LPC, Adam identified a gap in the Party’s messaging and communications whereby thousands of Canadians were not having their policy questions answered. Although outside Adam’s scope of work, he quickly assembled and trained a team of volunteers to work through the backlog and make sure every inquiry and question was answered.”

Scott Willis
Climate Policy Specialist

“Adam is a true professional with an exceptional work ethic combined with intelligence, creativity and desire to make a real difference. A significant asset always to our team, it was a pleasure to work with him.”

Rocco Rossi
President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

“I had the pleasure of working with Adam for several years in Ottawa and found him to be a voice of reason and a champion of innovation. Adam is not afraid of taking chances while always supporting his colleagues.”

Gosia Radaczynska
Senior Vice-President, AlayaCare

“In the 25 years I’ve known and worked with Adam, I’ve seen him successfully build high-performing teams in the technology, political, non-profit, and financial services sectors. He’s a true high-performing professional.”

Jay Litkey
Software Executive, Snow Software

“Adam understands how to shape and frame messages for greatest impact. He understands narratives and the power of appealing to both the heart and the head. I would trust him with any communications challenge.”

Andrée Dion
Communications Manager, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

“I’ve seen Adam diplomatically express a contrary opinion to the consensus in a room of professionals and eloquently convince people that his perspective is the right one. It takes courage to be different than the crowd, but the value it brings is immeasurable.”

John Peters
Partner in the Advocacy Department, Gowlings WLG

“I worked with Adam on the renewal of a complex $30M account. The client wasn’t happy with the way things were going and it was clear that they were exploring alternatives. Adam was able to step in and reset the discussion, eventually resulting in the renewal of the account with several new concessions made by the client.”

Rob McCulloch
Associate Vice-President, Advancement and Chief Development Officer, University of Ottawa

“I asked Adam to be a keynote speaker at the Performance and Planning Exchange Symposium where he delivered an exceptionally well-received presentation on his work with the Shepherds of Good Hope. It couldn’t have gone better.”

Katie Brown
Chief of Staff at Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada

“During my time as President of the Liberal Party of Canada, Adam had a very difficult job but he handled it with charm and professionalism. Despite the challenges faced by the Party, he built strong and lasting relationships with many senior officials across the country and ensured the Party had the necessary funds to fight elections.”

Doug Ferguson
Lawyer and Professor

“During my time working with Adam at United Way, I saw him transform an underperforming, outdated Marketing Department into an innovative and high-performing digital team. It was an amazing transformation that helped United Way re-establish itself in the modern digital philanthropic landscape.”

Brendan Mullen
Marketing Executive, Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada

At Rise Up Strategies, we believe in the power of converting interest into action. We understand that organizations often face challenges in translating their vision and ideas into tangible results. That’s where we come in. With our expertise and strategic approach, we bring together the right people, skills, and resources to breathe life into organizations and propel them towards their goals.

Mobilizing resources is our specialty. We have a proven track record of harnessing the necessary tools and connections to achieve unprecedented success. By tapping into our extensive network and leveraging our deep understanding of various industries, we help our clients gain a competitive advantage and overcome obstacles that stand in their way.

Behind Rise Up Strategies is our founder, Adam Smith. While our focus is on strategic consulting, it’s worth noting that Adam’s personal passion for yoga aligns with our approach. Yoga embodies the principles of growth, resilience, and inner strength, which resonate with our commitment to helping organizations rise above challenges and unlock their full potential.

Join us at Rise Up Strategies and let us be your catalyst for transformation. Together, we will elevate your organization, inspire action, and pave the way for your continued success.