Mr. Snyder was born in San Francisco, California on February 7, 1945. In 1948, he and his family moved to Canada, where his father pursued an academic career in music for 35 years. Stephen Snyder, whose pre-law work included three years in the office of the Premier of Alberta, obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. He was valedictorian of the graduating class of 1973, and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1974.
Mr. Snyder is an active member of the Edmonton community. A regular speaker on law-related matters at business and service-club events, he has served in executive capacities for The King's University College (Treasurer and Member, Board of Governors), Prairie Bible Institute (Counsel) and Cornerstone Counselling Centre (Chairman and Member, Board of Directors). He has held every elective position at his church, and is a past member of the Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Alberta Division.
Stephen Snyder's avocational interests include music and golf. He is currently a member of Edmonton's Choral Group and The Greenwood Singers.
Family is a priority. Stephen is married to Marlene, has two children, Shannon and Robert, and takes particular pleasure in the time he spends with his five grandchildren.