Named Innovacorp’s VP of Investment in January 2013, Charles manages the Nova Scotia First Fund (NSFF), leading a team of six investment professionals. The NSFF is Innovacorp’s $60 million venture capital fund which provides seed and early-stage capital to Nova-Scotia technology start-ups focusing on IT, cleantech, and life sciences.
Previously, Charles was Innovacorp’s senior financial officer for 16 years. Experienced in corporate restructuring, he played a lead role in the divestiture of Innovacorp’s manufacturing subsidiary to Feodor Burgman, its testing businesses to Philip Analytical Services and Composites Atlantic, a subsidiary of EADS Sogerma. Charles has also been involved in several commercial and residential real estate development projects.
Charles has extensive board experience as Innovacorp’s corporate secretary and has served on the boards of a number of Innovacorp’s affiliate companies as well as a TSX Venture real estate development company, Innovative Properties. He currently sits on the boards of five NSFF investments. Charles is a Chartered Professional Accountant.