Arthur (Art) Smith, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GS1 Canada
Art Smith is founder and Chief Executive Officer of GS1 Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering the continuous development and adoption of global commerce standards. GS1 is now recognized as the world’s leading supply chain standards association. He is the visionary force behind the organization’s innovative track record.
Art’s career has included many roles in Canadian retail including president and CEO for chains in drug and discount department store channels. As an entrepreneur he has founded, built and sold several high tech companies and, as a consultant, he worked with Arthur Anderson and A.T. Kearney. His contribution to industry spans more than 40 years and his dedication to bridging the gap between suppliers and retailers has been a thread throughout his entire career.
Recognized as an innovator, Art has led a number of North American firsts including: founding Club Z, North America’s first online frequent buyer program; designing and implementing the first retailer ATM and debit card program in Canada; pioneering North America’s first interactive electronic home shopping pilot, and Implementing (with Catalina Marketing) the first electronic coupon network in Canada.
In addition to participating on many Canadian retail and healthcare boards, some of Art’s notable contributions include: Member of the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) steering committee; Member of Executive Committee of Voluntary Industry Commerce Standards (VICS) Board of Directors; Member of GS1 Global Management Board; Board and steering committee member of supply chain initiatives for grocery foodservice, healthcare, general merchandise, and pharmacy; Chair of the GS1 Global Business Steering Committee for RFID (electronic product code). An industry leading initiative for Art was the development of ECCnet Registry with more than 4,000 users and 700,000 products.
A native Nova Scotian, Art has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo. He is married to Lucy and are the parents of two girls and grandparents to one with two more on the way. One of his passions is his commitment to amateur sports. He was appointed to Mississauga Mayor’s Special Task Force on Sports and he co-founded the BladeNET Amateur Hockey Council, a not-for-profit organization.