Chair of the Board
Carey Smith has been an avid credit union Member for over 30 years. He has served on the Board of FirstOntario Credit Union for twelve years, the last five as Chair of the Board. During his tenure, he has seen FirstOntario grow from 17 branches to the present 30 branches, and assets grow from $1.3 billion to over $5 billion. He has been involved with the hiring of a new CEO, the creation of new strategic plans, several credit union mergers, the development of a new banking system and a review and modernization of the governance structure.
He is committed to ensuring our Members receive exceptional service in all their experiences with our credit union and is also committed to recognizing the importance of the staff in providing this exceptional service.
Carey is currently the Registrar and CEO of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and was the Director of Investigations & Enforcement at OMVIC, which is the regulator of the motor vehicle trade in Ontario. Prior to this appointment, Carey completed a 25 year career as a police detective in various assignments, ultimately heading-up one of the largest joint forces operations in the country. This resulted in one of the largest international vehicle-fraud cases in history being ultimately heard in the Supreme Court of Canada.
Carey is considered a specialist on organized crime and money laundering and has given lectures across Canada and the USA to law enforcement organizations, regulators, trade associations and government agencies. He has received a medal for Exemplary Service from the Governor General of Canada, Romeo Leblanc.
He has studied at The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Schulich School of Business at York University. Carey has earned the Chartered Director designation from the DeGroote School/Conference Board of Canada and the Accredited Canadian Credit Union designation from Dalhousie/CUIC.