Honorary Colonel Stevenson graduated from Canada’s Royal Military College in 1978 as the Cadet Wing Commander and Sword of Honour Graduate. Commissioned into 3rd Battalion, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Victoria BC, he served as a Platoon Commander and Recce Platoon Commander from 1978-80. Until 1982 Col Stevenson served with the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Petawawa. During his service he also served as an Instructor at both the Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack, BC and the Infantry School in Gagetown, NB. His regular force military career also includes two operational peacekeeping tours in Cyprus.
Managing Director of Callisto Capital since 2006, Col Stevenson’s business career includes founding and serving as CEO of Chapters Inc. He led the buyout of SmithBooks and Coles in 1995 and created Chapters Inc., leading to dramatic changes in the Canadian book retailing business, and resulting in the company being named Innovative Retailer of the Year in 2000. After leading Chapters he was CEO of a multi-billion dollar U.S. publicly-traded company. Before Chapters he was the co-founder in 1989 of Bain & Company in Canada which he led from inception until 1993. Earning an MBA at Harvard, Col Stevenson was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by RMC. Other accomplishments include being named one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” in 1995 and Ontario’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997.