Stephen brings over 20 years experience in public affairs to StrategyCorp where he specializes in working with the City of Toronto and other GTA municipalities. Before joining StrategyCorp, Stephen worked as the Associate Director, Ontario Government Relations at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). He worked in similar capacities at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Canadian Jewish Congress. As a key liaison in Ontario between the community its agencies and provincial and municipal governments, politicians and public servants, Stephen worked on public policy issues relating to:
Infrastructure funding: successfully delivering $30 million in federal and provincial funding to the landmark 3 campus Tomorrow Campaign of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto;
Municipal budget: ensured stable funding for community agency for funding for a niche program to assist disadvantaged individuals during time of cuts at Toronto City Hall;
Amalgamation of Ontario social service agencies: Ensured that major Jewish community social service agency was not amalgamated with other similar agencies during province wide amalgamation of social service agencies;
Stakeholder relations: worked with Toronto City Council and key stakeholders to negotiate with and have council pass a resolution on a contentious issue that involved Council, Executive Committee, bureaucracy and key stakeholders from within and outside of the Jewish community.
Stephen has also worked at the Ontario Legislature as the Executive Assistant to the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Chair of the Red Tape Commission.
Stephen graduated with a Master of Arts in Political Science from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania as well as undergraduate degrees from both Carleton and Brock Universities. He is a former Vice Chair of the Chai Tikvah / Life and Hope Foundation, providing residential services: a group home facility, a semi-independent living facility and an out-reach program in Toronto.
In 2003 Stephen was a recipient of the City of Vaughan Volunteer of Distinction Award. Stephen was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in November 2012 and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto recognized Stephen’s volunteerism with the Chai Tikvah Foundation by awarding him a Shem Tov award in 2016.