On June 18, 2016, Stephen won the nomination to be the BC Liberal candidate for Saanich North and the Islands. After running a close second—by just 163 votes out of 32,000 cast—in the 2013 provincial election, Stephen is back with more experience, more knowledge, and even more enthusiasm. Saanich North and the Islands deserves a seat in government and Stephen is working to deliver it.
Stephen enjoyed a successful career as chief operating officer (COO) in the investment research divisions of international banks, Merrill Lynch, ING, and Citibank. With a keen interest in public affairs wherever he goes, Stephen is eager to give back and contribute meaningfully to his community full time. Although work took him around the globe managing people in a multitude of offices, substantial budgets, technology projects, legal and compliance oversight, and the complex relationship between investment banking and investment research, his heart has always been right here at home.
Having worked in finance in Asia, New York, Toronto, and London, and with an Honours Degree in Economics and Political Science, Stephen hopes to bring his international business acumen and experience to the political arena in British Columbia. He continues to be profoundly interested in the importance of the free-enterprise system to economic well-being for everyone, while at the same time believing it is imperative to have a sound economic model that is sensitive to and protective of our environment, and inclusive of everyone in our society.
Since his school days, Stephen has had a keen interest in politics and public policy. He has volunteered in partisan election campaigns and has also participated in the democratic process from the non-partisan angle as an enumerator, poll clerk, and returning officer. Engagement and participation are principles he believes in and encourages in others.
Stephen currently serves on a number of volunteer boards and organizations. He is the Chair of the board of directors of the Vancouver Hospice Society, which operates an independent, privately funded hospice home on Granville Street in Vancouver. He is also the Chair of the Salt Spring Hospice Society, which provides hospice outreach and support services to the community on Saltspring Island. He serves as Vice Chair of the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation on Saltspring, and is Chair of the Advisory Planning Commission for the Islands Trust there too. On the Peninsula, Stephen is Secretary of the Memorial Parks Society, which operates the Mary Winspear Centre and Blue Heron Park. He was an early supporter of the Saltspring Abattoir project and continues to support this important initiative for island farmers. He's also a member of the Saltspring Forum and Saltspring Conservancy. He supports the Peninsula Streams Society, Sidney Food Bank, and the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Crystal Awards. Stephen has a keen interest in local agriculture, food and art, including First Nations art, of which he is a collector, and believes it is critical that we support our local communities and businesses.
Born in Sidney's Resthaven Hospital, Stephen spent his childhood on Saltspring Island where he attended Saltspring Elementary. His mother was a nurse at Lady Minto and his father worked on the Long Harbour ferry. His family moved to Kamloops when he was a teenager and he attended high school there before pursuing his degree in the UK.
He is at home once again on Saltspring Island.