Wednesday, November 10, 2010

40 after 40: Steven Bittle


Once upon a time Steven Bittle wanted to be a police officer. But after completing a two-year diploma in Law and Security Administration at an Ontario college, he realized that he was more drawn to issues of social justice.

“There was something fundamentally wrong with a system that was, for the most part, focused on policing some of the most marginalized individuals and groups in society,” he says.

From there he moved to BC and enrolled at Douglas, where he studied Criminology from 1990-1991 before transferring to SFU where he earned his BA and MA in Criminology. He went on to get his PhD in Sociology at Queen’s University.

“It was my experience at Douglas that led me to continue along this path,” says Steven. “Learning about issues of crime and social justice in a multidisciplinary setting and in small, seminar-type classes piqued my interest and gave me the confidence to continue my studies in criminology at SFU.”


Since July, Steven has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. He previously enjoyed a career in the federal public service. From 2007-2010 he was the senior advisor and research manager at the Security Intelligence Review Committee, an independent federal agency that reviews the work of the Security Intelligence Review Committee. Before that he was a senior researcher at the Law Commission of Canada, an independent federal agency that provided advice to Parliament on issues of law reform.

“Looking back, there’s no doubt that my experience at Douglas gave me the basis and confidence to pursue my studies in criminology and sociology,” Steven says. “What I really appreciate to this day is that I had an opportunity to study criminology in small, seminar-style classes, where you actually got to know the professor and other students, and where there was an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas.”

40 after 40 is a series showcasing our amazing grads and employees in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Check back every Wednesday and Friday for another inspiring story. See more about our 40th on our Anniversary page.