The opportunity to lead the future of the YMCA of Regina is a natural fit for Steve Compton, a lifelong Regina resident and seasoned non-profit executive with a passion for community service.
Steve was intrigued by the prospect of joining the YMCA of Regina because it represented an opportunity to build on an organization with a rich history while strengthening its connection with the community and guiding future development.
That challenge is one for which he is well-prepared. Since 2012, Steve has served as the CEO of the Regina Food Bank, leading organizational development, expanding community partnerships, and strengthening operations. While improving the financial stability of the Regina Food Bank, and overseeing facility capital renovation, he launched the four season agricultural urban centre—a first in Canada—and supported the development of a Regina human services support network that now includes 120 partner agencies.
Over the last 11 years, Steve has worked with the province’s most vulnerable populations to address hunger and food security issues. Steve has also served as past Executive Director for Food Banks of Saskatchewan and contributed at a national level with Food Banks Canada, providing a provincial voice for food banks across the province.
A veteran of the retail and wholesale food industry, Steve has held a variety of managerial and executive roles with organizations such as Independent Choice Distribution, Triple Four Advertising, Nestlé Ice Cream and Ault Foods.
As a volunteer, Steve has been extensively involved with charitable and non-profit groups and organizations. He developed a poverty reduction strategy for the Province as part of the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction, and has held a variety of volunteer roles with the Salvation Army Community Council advisory group, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, First Years Day Care Co-operative, Grow Regina Community Gardens, Carmichael Outreach, among others.
Steve studied Business Administration at the University of Regina and is a proud husband, father of twin girls and hobby musician.