A leader in mental health in Canada, Steve recently retired from the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch, where he served as Executive Director for 41 years.
Steve is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work. He has written and lectured extensively on mental health policy issues. He recently co-chaired the Health Quality Ontario Quality Standard on Schizophrenia Care in the Community, and currently is the co-chair of the Toronto Police Service Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel. Steve is also an executive lead on the Toronto Supportive Housing Growth Plan, a project of the Wellesley Institute, CMHA Toronto, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness and the Toronto Supportive Housing Network.
In 2005 he provided technical assistance to the Senate Committee Report, Out of the Shadows at Last: Transforming Mental Health and Addiction Services in Canada, and in August 2007 was appointed to chair the Service Systems Advisory Committee for the newly established Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Steve has been awarded the Canadian Mental Health Association’s CM Hincks award for national leadership in mental health and the President’s Award for outstanding contributions, by Addictions and Mental Health Ontario. In 2016, he was named to the Order of Canada for his contributions as leader, scholar and advocate. In November 2017 he was honoured by CAMH as one of Canada’s Difference Makers in mental health and addictions.
Steve has a Masters in Management from the McGill McConnell Voluntary Sector Leadership program and has a BA and MSW from the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work.