About Me

Stephen White - Competitive Edge CoachingStephen White is a Career and Executive Coach and founder of Competitive Edge Coaching based in Burlington, Ontario.  His firm specializes in providing Career and Executive Coaching and Human Resources consulting services to small to medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Over the course of his career Stephen held several senior Human Resources generalist and specialist positions in both the public and private sectors.   Most recently, he was Senior Manager, Human Resources and Policy Compliance with Scotiabank in Toronto where he was responsible for the design, development and implementation of Scotiabank’s Occupational Health and Safety Program.  Stephen also spearheaded the design of the Bank’s policy development function within human resources, as well as regulatory reporting for the Bank.  Previously, his background included various Human Resources roles including recruitment and talent management, employee/labour relations, compensation, succession planning, benefits and HRIS.

Stephen graduated from McMaster University with an Honours B.A. in History and Political Science, and later went on to complete Masters degrees in Public Administration (M.P.A.) and Industrial Relations (M.I.R.) from Queen’s University. He also hold a Certificate in Adult & Continuing Education from the University of Saskatchewan (CACE), and an Advanced Certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. Stephen has been certified by the Ontario Ministry of Labour as a Joint Health & Safety Committee representative.

Since 1985 Stephen has been an active member of the Human Resources Professionals Association, Halton Chapter, and currently holds the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation.  He received his Certified Professional Coaching (CPC) designation in May 2016 from the College of Executive Coaching in California, and in June 2017 he was awarded the Associate Certified Coach designation (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation.  Stephen is also certified to administer the EQ –i 2.0 and EQ 360 assessment tools as well as the Personality Dimensions assessment tool.

Stephen is strongly committed to helping those facing workplace and career challenges.  From 2012 to 2014 he was a volunteer Mentor with the Halton Chapter of the HRPA, and in 2015 initiated the first coaching support program for unemployed Human Resources professionals.  He is also proud to be affiliated with Career Compass Canada, a leading outplacement firm based in Hamilton, Ontario.  Beginning in September 2018 Stephen will be an Instructor in the Human Resources Management Program at McMaster University.