Stephen Schneider is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at St. Mary’s University.
For the last 20 years, one of Prof. Schneider’s area of expertise has been organized crime. In this context he has worked as a researcher, educator, government policy analyst, and consultant. His work in this field dates back to the late 1980s, when he worked as a researcher and policy analyst in the Drugs and Major Crimes Section of the federal Ministry of the Solicitor General. His accomplishments in this capacity included a major report on money laundering in Canada (co-authored with Margaret Beare) and research that led to the creation of the Integrated Anti-Drug Profiteering Units.
After leaving the federal government, Prof. Schneider was contracted as a research and policy consultant – independently and as an employee with KPMG Investigation and Security LLP – with various federal departments and agencies, including the RCMP, the Department of Justice, Industry Canada, and Solicitor General Canada. Research projects in the area of organized crime that Dr. Schneider carried out in this capacity include an evaluation of the proceeds of crime units, an evaluation of the federal Anti-Smuggling Initiative, research and policy recommendations concerning innovative approaches to combating organized and transnational crime, an analysis of federal organized crime enforcement in Australia, and an assessment of the execution of the joint-force principles inherent in the Combined Forces Special Forces Enforcement Unit of Greater Toronto.
From 1998 to 2006, he was a Research Fellow with the Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption at York University, where he conducted research and developed and maintained a web site.
Dr. Schneider is the author of numerous articles and books on the subject of organized crime. These includes articles in scholarly journals dealing with money laundering, contraband smuggling, the role of organized crime in the real estate market, the use of companies by criminal organizations, and innovations in organized crime enforcement. He is also the co-author of a book on money laundering and terrorist financing (published by the University of Toronto Press in 2007) and the sole author of a peer-reviewed book on community crime prevention (also published by the University of Toronto Press in 2007). His textbook on Canadian organized will be published in 2017 by Canadian Scholars Press.