Charles obtained his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1986 (B.A. SC. Eng.) and, before studying law, was employed as a construction engineer with a Toronto-based general contractor. He then attended the University of Western Ontario where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws in 1990 (LL.B.).
After his Call to the Bar in 1992, Charles developed his legal and management career before joining Bird, alternating between chief legal officer and management positions, first with a national general contractor then an international construction and engineering organization.
Having joined Bird in 2009, Charles leads the company’s Legal and Risk Management team through a collaborative approach with the company’s operating units and is a member of the ELT. His knowledge of the construction and engineering industries, coupled with a practical business sense, provides Bird with one of the best specialists in his field.
Charles is certified as a specialist in construction law by the Law Society of Upper Canada (since 2002), is a past member of the executive of the Ontario Bar Association's construction section, and holds an ICD.D designation (Institute of Corporate Directors).