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Stephen Rotstein, BA, LL.B.

Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel

As Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Stephen oversees all government, regulatory and public policy issues related to financial planning. He works with government officials, regulators and other stakeholders to ensure FPSC’s voice is heard on financial planning related matters and that FPSC’s standards for professional financial planning are incorporated into legislation, regulations and rules.

In his role as General Counsel, Stephen manages risk for FPSC and protects the organization’s legal interests. He handles all legal activities related to the organization, including corporate/commercial, intellectual property, employment and corporate governance issues.

Stephen works diligently with government representatives at all levels to advance the professionalization of the financial planning profession, instill confidence in financial planning, and help to safeguard and enhance the financial well-being of Canadians. Stephen also leads FPSC’s financial literacy activities, including membership in the Financial Literacy Action Group (FLAG).

During his time at FPSC, Stephen has also had responsibility for enforcement activities, including investigation, prosecution and resolution of complaints against CFP® professionals for violations of the FPSC Code of Ethics and licensing requirements.

Stephen has extensive public and private sector experience. Stephen followed several years in private practice with positions at Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and Ministry of Finance. He later joined a prominent e-commerce company where he held various senior management positions, including responsibility for government relations, partnerships and business affairs.

Stephen served as the Director of Government Relations and General Counsel at the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), leading HRPA’s intervention in the landmark employment law case, Keays v. Honda Canada at the Supreme Court of Canada. Stephen was also appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve on the Employment Accessibility Standards Development Committee, which was responsible for developing regulations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Stephen holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall and a BA in political science and history from the University of Western Ontario. He currently serves as Chair of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association – Ontario Chapter and Vice-Chair of the Four Villages Community Health Centre.