Steven Staples – Vice President

Steven Staples has been elected Vice President of IPB in October 2022 and is a former board member (2019-2022).

He is currently the National Director of Policy and Advocacy of the Canadian Health Coalition, an accomplished policy and research strategist, published author, and award-winning peace and social justice advocate with over 25 years of experience in community organizations and the labour movement.

As a communications and policy advocate, he has worked with a wide range of leaders including Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, former U.S. Senator Tom Hayden, Senator Roméo Dallaire, Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow, Unifor President Jerry Dias, and Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan.

Steven Staples is the owner of Public Response, a digital agency that services non-profit organizations and trade unions in the fields of online engagement and government relations.

He is the founder of the Rideau Institute, a non-profit, independent research, advocacy and consulting group based in Ottawa. It specializes in defence and foreign affairs policy. It’s public engagement and advocacy arm is He is also serving his third consecutive term on the Members’ Council of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. In 2018, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Council of Canadians, the country’s largest social justice organization.