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Industry Professor, Department of Health Aging and Society, McMaster University

Steve is an Ottawa based housing research consultant and part time lecturer at Carleton and McMaster. Widely recognized as one of the leading housing policy experts and thought leaders in Canada Steve has over 35 years of experience in the housing sector, initially in the non-profit sector, local government and with CMHC before establishing Focus Consulting Inc. in 1994. Since then he has completed over 200 research reports covering all aspects of housing as well as urban issues, both in Canada and internationally.

Steve regularly advises a number of national and provincial housing associations, many municipalities and provinces on housing programs and policy, development of comprehensive housing strategies and financial feasibility.

His recent publications include: Current State of Rental Housing in Canada’s Cities, Chapter 5 in The Future of Affordable Housing: Planning and Design Innovation (2020), editor Sasha Tsenkova, University of Calgary, Recovery for All Proposals to Strengthen the National Housing Strategy and End Homelessness (2020) for the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness; and Envisioning a Modernized Social and Affordable Housing Sector in Canada (2018).


  • –present
    Industry Professor, Dept Health Aging and Society, McMaster University


  • 1984 
    UBC, MA, Urban Planning


Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; Canadian Housing and Renewal Assoc. Leadership Award 2014