Art Smith

Art Smith
President & CEO, EPCglobal Canada

Art Smith is President & CEO of EPCglobal Canada, as well as Founder & CEO of GS1 Canada. EPCglobal Canada is a subsidiary of EPCglobal Inc., serving subscribers in Canada to help foster the adoption of the EPC Network and related technology. The EPC Network is a new, open, global standard that combines low-cost Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, existing communications network infrastructure and the Electronic Product Code (EPC) to provide vital information on products in the supply chain. GS1 Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering the continuous development and adoption of global supply chain standards. Art has over twenty years experience in Canadian Retail. Prior to forming ECCC in 1997, the predecessor to GS1 Canada, Art 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. A well-known international speaker, Art participates in global initiatives shaping the future of the retail supply chain, contributing industry expertise and Canadian perspective on global standards. He represents Canada on several international standards boards and advisory committees, Chairing the EPCglobal Business Steering Committee. In this capacity he advises the President of EPCglobal Inc. of end-user issues and priorities, and spearheads the Business Action Groups and Working Groups that focus on translating end-user requirements into standards and driving adoption of the EPCglobal Network globally across multiple vertical industries. Art has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a BMath (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo. In his spare time, he lectures at York University on loyalty marketing and supply chain management. A proud Nova Scotian, Art lives in Mississauga with his wife Lucy and their two daughters.