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N. Arthur (Art) Smith

Founder and CEO GS1 Canada


Art Smith is founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GS1 Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering the continuous development and adoption of global e-commerce standards.

Art formed the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (the forerunner of GS1 Canada) in 1997. Prior to this, he had an impressive track record in the Canadian retail industry with the Hudson’s Bay Company and Dylex, most notably as President of Biway. During the course of his career, he successfully applied his expertise and aptitude for leading edge technology, implementing the first online retail loyalty program in North America (Club Z), developing global classification schema, and implementing the first home shopping pilot in North America.

Art has taken a leadership role in a number of Canadian supply chain initiatives. He serves on the boards and steering committees of supply chain initiatives for Grocery (ECR), Food Service (EFR), Healthcare (EHCR), General Merchandise (VICS), and Pharmacy (ECRx).

Art represents Canada on a number of international standards boards and advisory committees involved with global standards that are shaping the future of the retail supply chain. His participation includes:

  • Member of the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) Executive Board;
  • Member of Executive Committee of Voluntary Industry Commerce Standards (VICS) Board of Directors, and Member of VICS e-Collaborative Commerce Steering Committee;
  • Member of Global Standards Management Process (GSMP) Advisory Committee and Chair of GSMP Global Classification Standards Committee;
  • Member of Board of Governors of GS1 US;
  • Member of GS1 General Assembly and GS1 Global Advisory Board; and
  • Chair of Business Steering Committee of EPCglobal.

Art has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a BMath (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo. He lectures at York University on loyalty marketing and supply chain management. A proud Nova Scotian, Art lives in Mississauga with his wife and their two daughters.




N. Arthur Smith, Founder & CEO


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