Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

Steve McKinnon

Faculty/staff profile

Program Leader, ACBT

Steve McKinnon



F 348A

PhD Chemistry

Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology

School of Arts and Science

I first became interested in teaching while I was a graduate student at the University of Victoria, teaching laboratory classes and tutorials. While I enjoyed research and lab work, I realized early on that teaching was more suited to me. After graduating, I got some further experience working as a sessional instructor at UVic, Royal Roads and Camosun, teaching a variety of first and second year chemistry courses. In 2013, I got my wish when I got a continuing faculty position at Camosun College. I teach an assortment of introductory and 1st year chemistry courses, and a 2nd year course on molecular spectroscopy.

I completed my PhD degree in 2011, which focused on the coordination chemistry of stable organic radicals. My work involved investigating the magnetism and charge-transfer behaviour of these complexes.

Teaching Courses


  1. C.W. Johnston, S.D.J. McKinnon, B.O. Patrick, and R.G. Hicks*, 2013. The first “Kuhn verdazyl” ligand and comparative studies of its PdCl2 complex with analogous 6-oxoverdazyl ligands. Dalton Trans. 42, 16829-36.
  2. S.D.J. McKinnon, B.O. Patrick, A.B.P. Lever,* and R.G. Hicks,* 2013. Binuclear ruthenium complexes of a neutral radical bridging ligand. A new ‘spin’ on mixed valency. Inorg. Chem. 52, 8053-8066.
  3. S.D.J. McKinnon, B.O. Patrick, A.B.P. Lever,* and R.G. Hicks*, 2011. Electronic structure investigations of neutral and charged ruthenium bis(b-diketonate) complexes of redox-active verdazyl radicals. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 13587-13603
  4. S.D.J. McKinnon, J.B. Gilroy, R. McDonald, B.O. Patrick, and R.G. Hicks*, 2011. Magnetostructural studies of palladium(II) and platinum(II) complexes of verdazyl radicals. J. Mater. Chem. 21, 1523-30.
  5. S.D.J. McKinnon, B.O. Patrick, A.B.P. Lever,* and R.G. Hicks*, 2010. Verdazyl radicals as redox-active, non-innocent ligands. Contrasting electronic structures as a function of electron-poor and electron-rich ruthenium bis(b-diketonate) co-ligands.Chem. Commun. 46, 773-5.
  6. J.B. Gilroy, S.D.J. McKinnon, B.D. Koivisto, and R.G. Hicks*, 2007. Electrochemical studies of verdazyl radicals. Org. Lett., 4837-40.
  7. J.B. Gilroy, S.D.J. McKinnon, P. Kennepohl, M.S. Zsombor, M.J. Ferguson, L.K. Thompson, and R.G. Hicks*, 2007. Probing electronic communication in stable benzene-bridged verdazyl diradicals. J. Org. Chem. 72, 8062-9.