Stephen, a practicing lawyer, has been a leader in public policy, politics and business in British Columbia and Canada for over 20 years.
Politically, Stephen has been involved in an advisory capacity to Prime Ministers, Premiers, Cabinet Ministers and both Members of Parliament and Member of the Legislature.
In business, Stephen founded both a renewable power company and a strategic advisory firm in 2007. Ku Group Holdings was a strategic advisory firm that included international business partnerships and also offered advisory services including regulatory and legal affairs, government and industry affairs, strategic planning, policy development, strategic communications and business development. Atla Energy Corporation developed renewable energy projects focused on transforming existing energy systems through the utilization of technology, innovation and cleaner, greener alternative power generation. As a founder, Stephen was involved at every level of both companies including finance, legal and corporate development, Aboriginal and industry partnerships, engaging stakeholders, project management and relations with customers and governments. In early 2010, Stephen sold Atla Energy to Syntaris Power. Following the sale, Stephen became President of Syntaris Power Company later that year.
Prior to Ku Group, Atla Energy and Syntaris Power, Stephen spent over 7 years with Ballard Power Systems as Director, External Affairs and Emerging Market Business Development. In this role, he led the company’s globally focused External Affairs group that included business development efforts in Asia, with an emphasis on China. He also utilized his law degree handling employment, labor and litigation matters. During this time, Stephen served, and helped lead, several industry associations and partnerships including the Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance (Chair), National Hydrogen Association (Director), US Fuel Cells Council (Director), World Fuel Cell Council and the California Fuel Cell Partnership (Steering Team). In British Columbia Stephen served on the Power Technology Alliance Steering Committee, Chair of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association and as a member of the B.C. Energy Systems Industry Working Group.
In late 2011, Stephen founded Wazuku Advisory Group with Mike Watson and Brad Zubyk. With Wazuku, Stephen brings his extensive knowledge, range of experience and commitment to cultivating valuable, long-term relationships with clients and partners. In short, Stephen works hard to support clients and partners needs with the goal of creating opportunities and solving problems. His experience in the public and private sector, dynamic personality and tireless work ethic make him a sought after consultant in the Province.