Stephen Owen was first elected Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra in November 2000, and currently serves as the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Receiver General for Canada.
He previously served as Secretary of State (Western Economic Diversification) (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, and past member of the House of Commons Standing Committees on Justice and Human Rights, and Health. He was also appointed as a member of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Urban Issues.
Mr. Owen holds a Masters degrees in both Law and Business Administration and has held past positions such as Law Professor of Law & Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria, Commissioner and Vice-President of the Law Commission of Canada, Deputy Attorney General of British Columbia, Commissioner of Resources & Environment of British Columbia, and Ombudsman of British Columbia.
He has been an advisor to many international and national projects that focus on war-affected children in Northern Uganda and conflict resolution in Sri Lanka. He has also worked with the Israel-Palestine Centre for Research Information on final status peace negotiations.
Mr. Owen has been special legal advisor to the Commission for Environmental Co-operation in Montreal, mediator of the Newfoundland-Nova Scotia offshore boundary dispute, and a director of Ecotrust Canada.
He is married to Diane Koerner and has two grown sons.