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Canadian District Administrator
In celebration of its 90th anniversary, ITE is recognizing each of its District
Administrators throughout the year in a series of profiles. Each month this
column will also feature historical facts and figures on the various Districts,
including important dates and people throughout their history.
Steven Garner has been the District Administrator (DA) for the Canadian District of ITE (CITE)
since 2015. The position was initially described to him as being responsible for taking care of
the District's website and maintaining a filing system and contact lists. However, it has very
much evolved into so much more. He tells ITE Journal he appreciates the variety and flexibility
Steven Garner of the position. "One of the great things about doing this work is that it is so varied and I'm
Self-employed small business coach and
able to apply many facets of my skills and experience to making things run smoothly," he says,
WordPress website developer
"whether that be providing IT support and implementing solutions, advising on processes,
reviewing contracts, or providing a liability risk assessment, it's been well suited to someone
Education
with my background."
Bachelor of Arts (Honors),
Garner's professional background is in geographic information systems (GIS), specifically in
Geography, University of Victoria
local government. From this focus, he gained experience not only in GIS but also in municipal
Master of Science,
operations (because, he explains, GIS touches pretty much all of them) as well as in informaGeography, University of Victoria
tion technology. In addition to GIS-specific work, he also served in a role as an IT coordinator
in municipal government.
Fun Fact:
Throughout his working life, Garner has lent his level one accounting training and proSteven lives on Southern
fessional perspective as a member of many non-profit organization boards. These roles have
Vancouver Island, Canada in the
provided him with insight on the myriad financial and legal aspects of running a non-profit.
community of Cowichan Bay.
The variety of missions and experiences have been very gratifying for Garner, who cites his
most rewarding work in this regard was on the board of the Central Saanich Police in British
Hobbies
Columbia, Canada. "I served as the board sponsor of the strategic plan at the time and was an
Painting, flying,
instrumental contributor in coming up with the new motto that now appears on the force's
sailing, photography
crest-'Strength through Community.' That motto also relates so well to ITE."
Garner's adventurous and pioneering spirit is evident to all who have crossed paths with him.
So it's not surprising that he doesn't credit degrees or certificates or any kind of formal training
when talking about what led him to CITE. "What really prepared me for work as a District Administrator was my venture into purchasing and running a small marine supply retail store in the village
where I live. You really are a true jack of all
trades when you are running something like
this. You learn to solve problems as you go," he
notes. "I really feel for small local enterprises
like this, especially in the current climate. It's
a hard slog and I wish more people would
support their local business, which are often
the lifeblood of our communities."
One of Garner's proudest accomplishments as the Canadian DA is steering the
organization into incorporation as a national
non-profit organization. At the time, the
organization did not fully comprehend
The CITE Executive Committee members and support take a break from meetings at the
2018 Ottawa conference.
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