Steve Kent is focused on building community and connections within his community, and across the country.
Steve is a former Mayor and a former Chief Administrative Officer in Newfoundland and Labrador. Steve received his CAMP certification in May 2020.
Steve was elected as MHA for Mount Pearl North in 2007, was re-elected in 2011, and again in 2015. He served in a number of ministerial roles, including Deputy Premier, Minister of Health and Community Services, Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement, and Minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs. In all capacities, he works to balance the needs of individuals with the needs of the community, and works to strengthen all of the communities he serves. Steve resigned from the legislature in 2017 to accept a leadership role in local government.
In 1997, at the age of 19, Steve was elected to Mount Pearl City Council and was chosen as Deputy Mayor. In 2003, he became Mount Pearl’s eighth Mayor and served in this position for four years.
Steve holds a BBA and a Certificate in Public Administration from Memorial University, a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo, and a master’s in Management from McGill University. Steve has also completed the Asset Management Professional Certificate Program through Northern Lakes College. Steve is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors.
In his professional life, he served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland and Manager of Corporate Development at Stirling Communications International. Steve also started The FOCUS Group, providing management and marketing consulting for both the private and community sectors. He and his wife own FOCUS Driver Training Incorporated and Maritime Driving School, which operate Young Drivers of Canada centres in Newfoundland and New Brunswick.
Steve has a long history of community involvement. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Waterford Valley, the Mount Pearl Lions Club, and the Knights of Columbus, and he supports the local arts community and sports groups. He led Scouts Canada for four years as Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors and is currently Past Chair of the Board. Steve also serves as Past Chair of the National Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.