- Prince George
Charles began his economic development career in 1990. His main focus has been working directly with firms to enter new markets and address constraints and to assist communities to identify and develop new opportunities. Most of his work since 2001 has been in assisting firms to enter foreign markets, and he has participated on trade missions to the USA, Europe, China, Russia, Chile, Peru and the Philippines. He was a commercial lender for 8 years at GE Capital and Community Futures. Currently, he delivers the provincial Export Navigator program in partnership with Community Futures (www.britishcolumbia.ca/export/export-navigator), supports economic development initiatives in Clean Technology and labour attraction (www.cfdc.bc.ca/who-we-are/staff), and works with customers on efforts of strategic importance (www.scott-consulting.ca).
A faculty member at UNBC’s School of Business since 1999, Charles specialises in strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, international business and ethics. He holds a Masters degree in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelors degree in Economics from UBC. Born in Jamaica, he immigrated to Canada in 1977 and has called Prince George, BC home since 1993. He and his wife, Susan, have three adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. (Charles does not accept efforts to position a cat as suitable progeny).
- Master of Applied Environmental Studies in Local Economic Development (University of Waterloo, 1992)
- Bachelor in Economics (UBC, 1986)