Stephen is President and CEO of The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation in Montreal. Stephen has worked as a social innovator and entrepreneur in the private, public and community sectors. His early career centered on documentary filmmaking in Latin America. In Vancouver he co-founded and operated the Alma Street Café, a community-based business. Subsequently he held several executive positions with the BC SPCA, where he introduced humane food labelling and other innovations. His community service commitments include advisory roles with Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the McGill Faculty of Religious Studies, the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and ArtsSmarts. He has a Masters of Management degree from McGill.