Stephen Leafloor

Stephen is the executive director and founder of both BluePrintForLife.ca and Blueprint Pathways. Stephen has a Masters in Social Work degree (MSW) with over 30 years of front line experience working with youth and families in crisis. He has also worked as a senior child abuse investigator with Children's Aid in Ontario.

In 2001 he was made an Ashoka Fellow in Canada which many believe to be one of the world's most prestigious appointments for change-makers in the world. Following this he was also made a “Making More Health Fellow” in 2001 which is an international think tank of Ashoka Fellows organized on international health challenges. Currently he is also part of an international initiative called the “Wellbeing Project” which is focused on concepts of wellbeing and how this applies to changemakers in the world.

He has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards including being presented one by former Governor General Michaelle Jean. In spring of 2016 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by Governor General David Johnston, for bringing honor to Canada through his work with BluePrintForLife and Blueprint Pathways. He is a contributing author in two books including “Therapeutic uses of Rap and HipHop”, and often delivers keynote speeches at both national and internationals conferences on Mental Health, Social Work, Education, High Risk offenders and First Nations and Inuit challenges.

He is a Father of 3 with an adult son (Aaron) who has Downs Syndrome. Stephen is an advocate for special needs youth and dedicated to including youth of all abilities into his programs. Stephen is also a renown street dancer. Known as “Buddha” he is the founder of Canada's oldest street dancing crew the “Canadian Floor Masters”, having opened for James Brown, IceT, Grandmaster Flash and George Clinton. Stephen has also consulted for Cirque Du Soleil and delivered numerous training programs for them.

He often conducts training seminars for other non profits and charities and on the recent Gangs and Guns initiative he also acts as the Senior Therapist in the maximum security facilities.