Steven Fletcher, B. Sc. (Engineering). MBA, F. CIM, has long advocated bringing together like-minded people to unite behind a common cause. His leadership abilities and team-building skills are the product of a diverse background, education and unique life experiences.
Steven was elected President of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba in 2001 and re-elected in 2003 for a second term.
In 2002, Steven received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for "exemplary and outstanding contribution to the community and to Canada."
His community involvement began at Shaftsbury High School from which he graduated in 1990, as President of the Student Council. Since that time Steven has served the community in many capacities. He has been an executive member of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba; a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of Manitoba; a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the College of Registered Nurses; President of the Manitoba Recreational Canoeing Association; Honourary President of the Manitoba Naturalists Society, and member of the Board of Directors, Disabled Sail Manitoba.
He is a member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Young Associates; Fort Whyte Nature Centre; Canadian Institute of Management; and Charleswood Legion.
He has been the Manitoba Provincial Kayak Champion, competing at the National level in the Canada Summer Games and has logged thousands of kilometres canoeing northern rivers. He has been an award- winning sailor in an International Regatta using the innovative sip-and- puff technology for disabled sailors. He is the founding member of Wilderness Access Manitoba, promoting Trail-Rider equipment for disabled outdoor enthusiasts. He is also Manitoba ambassador for the Rick Hansen Man- in- Motion Foundation.
Steven became a quadriplegic at the age of 23 as the result of an automobile collision with a moose in Northern Manitoba - an accident that left him paralysed from the neck down. He was employed at the time as a mining engineer with the Bissett Gold Mine. After almost year in hospital, Steven returned to university and attained his Masters of Business Administration.
Steven was elected President of the entire Student Body at the University of Manitoba during this period and was re-elected for an unprecedented second term as president of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) based on his proven track record - a significant accomplishment because he was elected in a left wing environment on a conservative agenda. During his tenure, Steven was responsible for a five million dollar budget and brought the 23,000-member association out of debt and into a surplus position for the first time in a generation.
Steven is an acknowledged expert on Public Insurance, Post-Secondary Education and the Manitoba Health System. He is a popular public speaker and media commentator and is admired for his intellect, determination, compassion, and integrity.
Former leader of Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative Party.
Popular public speaker and media commentator.
B.SC. (Engineering). MBA, F. CIM from the University of Manitoba.
Stephen resides in Winnipeg.