Ben Stewart was elected MLA for Westside-Kelowna in 2009 and 2013. He was then elected MLA for Kelowna-West in 2018 and 2020. He currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Tourism and Trade.
Stewart previously served as Official Opposition Critic for Housing. He also served as Minister of Citizen Services and Multiculturalism, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Community and Rural Development (Municipal Affairs), and on Treasury Board, and as Government Whip. In October of 2013, Stewart was appointed British Columbia's Special Representative in Asia to act as the province's official on-the-ground representative to further strengthen B.C.'s government-to-government relationships in China, Japan, Korea, India, and Southeast Asia.
He also has extensive experience serving the community as a board member for numerous organizations such as the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and Okanagan College. He was also as a founding director of a venture capital fund for local business development in British Columbia.
In 1989, he founded and built Quail's Gate into one of Canada's leading estate wineries. Later, under his leadership as chair of VQA Canada, that organization successfully resolved a number of significant issues such as International trademark protection and international mutual recognition agreements. He is recognized as a global leader in small lot premium wine production and a pioneer in Pinot Noir clonal research and wine-making.
Ben lives in West Kelowna and has three children and five grandchildren.