Class of 2023
After playing at Bishop’s University, Smith was selected first overall in the 1972 CFL Draft by Montreal before embarking on a nine-year career. Following his playing days and 10 years spent working in the financial services industry, he was appointed the eighth Commissioner of the CFL in 1992. He helmed the league through a significant time of transition – first during its expansion into the U.S., and then as the Alouettes returned to his hometown in 1996 to reunite the league’s nine Canadian clubs.
He joined Montreal as Club President in 1997 and served until 2001, and again oversaw the team from 2004-10. During his tenure, he was recognized with the CFL Commissioner’s Award in 2001, and he co-chaired Montreal’s Grey Cup Committee in 2008. He is a four-time Grey Cup champion – twice as a player (1974 and 1977) and twice as an executive (2009-10).