Stephen O'Brien

Stephen O'Brien

Sessional Lecturer

Stephen is the General Manager of the City Clerk’s Office and City Clerk at the City of Guelph.

In this capacity, Stephen’s role is diverse – Council secretariat and legislative support services, corporate customer service, access and privacy, corporate records and information management, and election administration all fall under his area of responsibility.

Prior to arriving at the City of Guelph in May 2014, Stephen served in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Richmond Hill as Manager of Projects and Support Services where some of his responsibilities included managing staff who supported the City’s elected officials, providing records management services along with corporate mail and print-house functions.

Stephen is a proud graduate of the University of Guelph where he completed a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration through a joint program offered by the University of Guelph and McMaster University. He has also completed a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario’s Local Government Program as well as an executive certificate in public leadership from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He is a member of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) and currently serves as President of the board of directors. He is also a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).

He is a proud graduate of the AMCTO Municipal Management Internship Program. During his internship rotation, Stephen worked at the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula.

Stephen, his wife, and two children, call Guelph, Ontario home.