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About

To bring about organizational change towards equity and cultural pluralism has been Charles’ work and passion for the past three decades, resulting in a wide range of experience including the public sector, the legal profession, post-secondary education institutions, and the arts and culture sector:

  • Charles developed equity frameworks and/or delivered the corresponding educational change programs for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Presents, Sony Centre for the Arts, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, Media Arts Network Ontario, Ontario College and Art and Design University, the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Writers Union of Canada, the Shaw Festival, and George Brown College.

  • Charles provided advice and guidance to numerous organizations/initiatives looking to develop and implement equity and diversity policies and programs; including the Ontario Science Centre, Metro Toronto Special Committee on Child Abuse, Toronto Community Housing Company, Eva’s Initiatives, Toronto Theatre Alliance, Caribbean Cultural Committee, African Canadian Legal Clinic, Ryerson University School of Nutrition, College of Dietitians of Ontario, McMillan Binch Mendelsohn, Ontario Human Rights Commission.

  • Currently, Charles is leading equity-focused organizational change programs at the Canadian Human Rights Commission as well as the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.

  • Charles has served in Toronto’s Municipal Government (Metro Toronto) as the city’s Manager for Access and Equity. Some of these policies Charles developed in that role addressed: the provision of employment benefits to same sex partners; a response to the Federal Government’s Right of Landing Fee; a critique of the Toronto Police employment equity policy implementation; the inclusion of equity and diversity into the annual budget and strategic planning process; guidelines on contract compliance; human rights management; and equity and diversity organizational development and change.

  • Charles also served as the first Equity Advisor to the Law Society of Upper Canada and, in that capacity, guided the development of numerous policies and programs promoting equity and diversity in the legal profession. 

  • Further, Charles served as the Equity Advisor to the Canadian Bar Association and authored several papers for the Bar Association. Charles also guided the organization in its production of Take Action on Equity and Diversity, a resource guide and toolkit for law firms which is accompanied by an educational DVD on preventing harassment and discrimination.

  • Charles is a member of the Canadian Court Challenges Program Equality Rights Panel and a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

  • Charles has been a lecturer in cultural theory, cultural pluralism in the arts, and social justice for almost two decades (Humber College, Ryerson University, University of Toronto Scarborough).

  • Charles is the founder and Executive Director of the Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO, active since 2009) and have in this capacity been leading a number of equity-focused change initiatives with local and national Arts Services Organizations, including the 2-year CPAMO-POC education and training program (42 organizations involved to date).

  • Last not least, Charles is a writer who has not only authored numerous books and articles in the field of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism (list of publications) but is also a published poet with four books of poetry to his name.

 

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