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Steve has had an exemplary career in education. He is Vice President, Students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). He was previously Director of Transformative Educational Leadership and Professor of Teaching at UBC. Prior to this, Steve was the Superintendent/CEO for five plus years with the Vancouver School Board and before this, Superintendent for the Delta School Board. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from SFU and an MA and BSc from UBC.

Steve has served as President of the BC School Superintendents' Association (BCSSA) as well as an appointment to the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE).  He has served as President of the BC Science Teachers’ Association (BCScTA) and more recently as a Director on the Science World Board and a founding member of the Symbiosis Steering Committee.

Early in his career, Steve served as President and Bargaining Chair for his local teachers' union and also served on the BCTF provincial Bargaining Committee and Women in Negotiations sub-committee.

Steve is serving a second term on the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) and is Vice Chair for the Senior Academic Administrators’ Forum (SAAF). He recently completed two terms on the Editorial Board and Council for the pan-Canadian EdCan Network (previously CEA) and was a long-time council member of TECC, a subsidiary of ASTTBC.

Steve is honoured to have just completed his term as President of the Board with Learning Forward, a 15,000-member teaching and learning organization.

At KPU, Steve is the lead person responsible for the Indigenous Advisory Committee. He serves as an advisory member on the Supports for Success mentoring initiative for former youth-in-care, and represents KPU at the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Council (SUILC) and the Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition (SPRC).

Steve was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 for his outstanding service to public education. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the BCSSA and was selected as one of UBC Faculty of Education’s top 100 Alumni.

Steve is known for his valuing of ethical leadership and responsibility, building and fostering strong working relationships, leading with empathy and demonstrating exemplary communication skills. 

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I acknowledge that I am unlearning and relearning on the Unceded Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I am committed to engaging in ongoing acts of reconciliation.