Larry Smith, Senator and former President of the Montreal Alouettes
Larry Smith is a widely recognized and respected figure in Québec. He graduated from Bishop’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1972, and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from McGill University in 1976. He is well-known in Montreal from his days as a fullback with the Montreal Alouettes from 1972 to 1980. Working tirelessly to promote professional and amateur football, Mr. Smith served as Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1992 to 1997. He then went on as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Alouettes from 1997 to 2001 and in 2004.
Outside of football, Mr. Smith has served on several civic charitable boards, including as Co-Chair of the 2001 Montreal Centraide Campaign, was Chair of the Canada Games Council from 2001 to 2009 and on the board of the Canadian Olympic Committee. He also has extensive experience in the business world, including positions with John Labatt, Ltd., and Ogilvie Mills, Ltd. In addition, he served as president and publisher of The Montreal Gazette in 2002 and 2003.
He has received numerous awards over the course of his careers, including the Commissioner’s Award for outstanding service and dedication in promoting and preserving the CFL (2001), the 1994 American Marketing Association-Toronto chapter Marketer of the Year (consumer products) and Sports Personality of the Year at the Quebec Sports Gala (1998). Mr. Smith was inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame on September 30, 2015, under the category of “Builder for Football”. He will be inducted in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in September 2023.
Mr. Smith was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2011 by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, PC, C.C. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Standing Committee of Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration. He is a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce as well as the Senate Standing Committee of National Finance and the Senate Standing Committee of Ethics and Conflict of Interests for Senators. He also serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications.
Senator Smith resides in Hudson, Quebec, with his wife Leesa. They have three children and three grandchildren.