Acting Commissioner Smith received a bachelor of laws degree (LLB) from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and an honorary doctor of laws degree (LLD) from Simon Fraser University. She was appointed to British Columbia’s Supreme Court in 1998 and served as a Supreme Court justice until her retirement in September 2012. Before her appointment as a judge, she practised law, and then taught law at UBC. She was the dean of the UBC Law Faculty from 1991-1997. She has served on a number of boards, including the Law Foundation of BC (Chair), the Vancouver Foundation, and the BC Women’s Hospital (Chair).
The mandate of the Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner is to promote public confidence in elected public officials as they conduct public business. The Commissioner is an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, providing advice to Members of the Legislative Assembly concerning their obligations under the Members’ Conflict of Interest Act. The Commissioner also oversees the disclosure process for Members, and reviews allegations of contraventions of the Act.