As co-founder and Chief Executive Peacemaker of Million Peacemakers, Stephen brings over 30 years of personal and business experience to the field of conflict resolution. Along with Dr. Amir Kfir, he co-authored an Amazon #1 Best Seller, Nonflict: The Art of Everyday Peacemaking.
Much of his experience is in family businesses, private and public in four different industries. During this time, he has dealt with conflicts dealing with growth and recessions, family issues, unions, strikes, retailing, domestic and off shore manufacturing.
As a Gen 3, he served as President of Classy Formal Wear, Canada’s largest retailer, manufacturer and wholesaler of men’s formal wear. After the family sold the business he joined an uncle who was founder and CEO of Hartco Corp., which later split into two public companies in the computer and junior department store industries. After 9 years ending including family and industry turmoil he moved to the real estate development industry before co-founding Million Peacemakers.
Stephen served as the youngest and first Canadian president of the International Formalwear Association; the same year he joined the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) at age 30. He is a winner of the Canada Award for Business Excellence, presented by the Prime Minister of Canada.
In YPO, Stephen served as Chapter Chair of YPO Gold- Quebec and during his prior tenure as Education Chair; won 3 Regional Awards and an International Best of Best Award for Leadership Development; and as YPO Gold Canada’s Regional Education Chair won the Best Leadership Development Award for Canada and the world for the Art of Peace event which is the basis for Nonflict workshops.
Stephen served 4 years as a member of the YPO International Education Committee, as Chair for YPO Gold education worldwide and was responsible for the training of all the incoming YPO Gold Education Chairs for four Global Leadership Conferences. He also served as a member of the Leadership and the Collaborations subcommittees and a judge for YPO’s Best of Best awards. He is chair of the Faculty to Global Leaders partnership with Columbia University in the field of behavioral science and decision making and co-chaired two full day events at Columbia Business School. He will be co-leading a conflict resolution workshop with Columbia’s Business School faculty chair at the YPO Global Edge conference in March 2017.
Stephen is Chair of the Advisory Board of McGill University’s International Community Action Network, which brings MSW students from the Middle East. Stephen trained the students in Nonflict in 2014-2015 and they have returned to community centres in their homes to pass on the much-needed training to the grass roots.
Stephen has an MBA from Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada and a B.Comm from McGill University where he also taught organizational behaviour.
Married to Naomi, Stephen has 4 adult children, 3 step-children and a daughter-in-law.
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