Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Stephen Smith, one of Canada’s leading financial services entrepreneurs, is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of First National Financial Corporation. He has been an innovator in the development and utilization of various securitization techniques to finance mortgage assets as well as a leader in the development and application of information technology in the mortgage industry.
Mr. Smith is Chairman of Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company, which he owns in partnership with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He is the largest shareholder in Equitable Bank, one of Canada’s leading alternative lenders and the country’s ninth largest bank. Mr. Smith is a member of the Board of Governors of the Royal Ontario Museum, the Board of Directors of the C.D. Howe Institute and the Empire Life Insurance Company. He is also Chairman of Historica Canada, producer of the Heritage Minutes and publisher of The Canadian Encyclopaedia. In 2012, Mr Smith received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada.
In 2015, Queen's University announced the naming of The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen's University in honour of Mr. Smith and his historic $50-million donation to the school.
Mr. Smith holds a B.Sc (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and in 2017 received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from Queen’s University.