Outdoor enthusiast. Guitarist. Loves road trips and cities.
Charles holds a Masters of City Planning from the University of Manitoba and has been steering the DVBIA with vision and a commitment to the future of downtown Vancouver since 1992. He’s been the recipient of Business In Vancouver’s prestigious ‘40 Under 40 Achievement Award,’ and the Downtown Vancouver Association’s President’s Award, in addition to other accolades. He has served on numerous boards during his career including the Business Improvement Areas of BC, the BC chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, the International Downtown Association and the Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society. As a result of his long tenure at the DVBIA, his extensive professional network and his track record of accomplishments, he is sought out by media, government and colleagues to provide a perspective on downtown issues. He speaks at a number of international conferences per year to share his wealth of BIA experience, paying it forward to the next generation of urban leaders. Foremost, he lobbies all three levels of government on behalf of the collective interests of DVBIA members and downtown. He enjoys the outdoors almost as much as he does cities, and loves tapping into his creativity by playing the guitar and singing his favourite songs of his youth—The Beatles, Steve Miller Band, The Eagles and so many more . He has hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon from the north rim to the south rim, and Canada’s famous West Coast Trail; sailed the Galapagos Islands; and completed a number of road trips including a cross-country trip to the Maritimes, Route 66 and the Alaska Highway.