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Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Strategy
Senior Vice President, Global Standards and Education
Senior Vice President, Finance and Governance
Senior Vice President, Subscriber Engagement
Senior Vice President, Industry Relations
Executive Vice-President, Industry Managed Solutions, Technology
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 commerce standards. He is the visionary force behind the organization’s track record of innovation.
In 1997, Art brought together a diverse group of standards organizations to form the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (ECCC). In 2004, the ECCC united with its counterparts from the USA and abroad to create GS1—now recognized as the world’s leading supply chain standards organization.
Recognized as an innovator in the retail space, Art is credited with a number of North American firsts, including:
In addition to participating on many Canadian retail and healthcare boards, Art represents Canada on a number of international standards boards, shaping the future of the retail supply chain. Some notable industry contributions include:
The development of ECCnet Registry, which is used by 50 data recipients (retailers, distributors and healthcare providers), over 4,200 data owners and holds over 590,000 products, is a key achievement and has been recognized as a best practice globally. Industry Canada has recognized this work as a highly successful, leading initiative that brings value to Canadian industry.
As passionate about life as he is about work, Art is committed to the amateur sports community. He was appointed by former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion to the “Mayor’s Task Force on Sports.” Art also co-founded the BladeNET Amateur Hockey Council, a not–for-profit organization dedicated to supporting volunteer sports administration. BladeNET provided free amateur hockey scores and schedules for hundreds of thousands of hockey families all over Canada.
Art has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo. A native Nova Scotian, Art lives in Mississauga with his wife Lucy. They are the proud parents of two girls and doting grandparents to three grandchildren.
Eileen Mac Donald is president of GS1 Canada, a member of GS1, the world’s leading supply chain standards organization.
Ms. Mac Donald is responsible for leading GS1 Canada’s strategic direction and growth by driving organizational planning and priorities in conjunction with Board directives. In this role, Ms. Mac Donald oversees finance, operations, industry and government relations, corporate affairs and marketing for GS1 Canada, managing business opportunities and challenges.
Ms. Mac Donald has had a long and distinguished career in strategic planning, project management and corporate affairs. Prior to working with GS1 Canada, she was vice president of marketing and operations at an innovative national loyalty card program, where she was responsible for business strategy, mass and data marketing, advertising, public relations, member services, and communications. Ms. Mac Donald also spent over eight years in various executive positions at Home Depot, where she was instrumental in implementing the successful rollout of the home improvement retailer across Canada.
Ms. Mac Donald’s studies include Marketing and Advertising at York University, and Contracts and Law at the University of Toronto. She has lectured at the University of Toronto, York University and Rotman School of Management.