Director at Large
Stephen is currently Director of Legislative and Political Affairs at the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association representing all 29 Catholic School Boards in Ontario. He is responsible for developing all government advocacy and political strategies for the association, along with monitoring and developing submissions on all matters pertaining to Catholic education.
Formerly, he was the Government Relations Advisor for Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Canada’s largest law firm) where he advised a wide range of clients on government relations strategies, stakeholder management techniques, media relations, lobbying law and compliance with lobbying codes of conduct. His career includes working closely with senior executives in a number of financial service organizations including: the TSX Group and the Independent Financial Brokers of Canada – where he was instrumental in positioning them as trusted partners with the Ministry of Finance.
Stephen has also worked extensively in the electric utility sector and with their municipal shareholders. He is also father to a 16 year old son with a disability.
As an acknowledged expert in federal, provincial and municipal policy development processes, he has assisted many major clients in moving legislation forward with the Ontario government related to consumer protection, energy and financial services regulation. He has also worked with various municipal governments to assist clients manage their relationships and public policy priorities.