Carleton Place hires new CAO

Posted on: December 21, 2017


Mayor Louis Antonakos and town council are pleased to announce Diane Smithson has been appointed as the
Town of Carleton Place’s new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), to begin in March 2018.

Smithson was recruited after an extensive nationwide search by Ravenhill Group Inc. a Toronto-based
executive search firm specializing in municipal searches.

“Diane has a wealth of municipal experience and knowledge; she brings a fresh, forward-thinking
leadership style to this role. Council is excited to work with her on advancing Carleton Place’s priorities
and setting the stage for the future,” said Antonakos. “I’m confident that she is just what we
need and welcome Diane to her new role.”

“I look forward to working with Carleton Place’s council and staff team. The next ten years are going to be
some of the most important years for the growth of this community,” said Smithson. “I am excited to be
working alongside the Mayor and Council to navigate these changes for the long-term sustainability of the

Smithson has close to 30 years of leadership experience within municipal organizations in Ontario. She
currently serves as CAO for neighbouring municipality Mississippi Mills, a position she has held since
amalgamation in 1998. Under her leadership, Mississippi Mills has sustained a healthy, vibrant local
economy while developing a fiscally responsible public service.