Steven Staples is the president of Public Response. He is well known for his advocacy on public policy issues, and appears regularly on the national media, including CBC TV’s The National with Peter Mansbridge, and recently CTV’s W5 with Lloyd Robertson.
Steven has led media, lobbying and community organizing campaigns for the last twenty years; these have included Canada’s largest citizen organization, the Council of Canadians, where he worked closely with its national chairperson, Maude Barlow.
In 2006 he founded the Rideau Institute, an organization that the Globe and Mail described as “indispensable” because of its work bringing issues to the public’s attention and working with leading non-profit organizations and trade unions. That same year he published his first book, Missile Defence: Round One (Lorimer), which chronicled the citizen-based campaign that succeeded in persuading the Paul Martin government to announce that it would not join the U.S. ballistic missile defence program in February 2005.
In 2010, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, a client of the Rideau Institute, received the “Best Cyberunion” award from the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) for an online webcast and membership engagement campaign led by the Rideau Institute.
Steven Staples is sought out by community organizations and trade unions to advance their public relations and government relations goals, and to increase their capacity to mobilize their constituencies and members.