Charles Paradis joins CCDI after spending about two decades working in the non-profit and heritage sectors. Having worked in charities and museums in Ontario and Alberta, Charles has a very client-focused approach and enjoys connecting with others to help them achieve their goals.
In recent years, Charles has become more aware and invested in issues relating to equity and diversity. As a person with significant privilege, he hopes to use this to help others better understand the resources and communities around them to achieve success in a meaningful, equitable, and engaging fashion.
Born in Quebec, raised in southern Ontario, and receiving his undergraduate education (BA Honours History from Mount Allison University) in New Brunswick, Charles originally hoped to be a professor of military history. But life had other plans! A quick jaunt in Tunisia for an archaeological dig, some teaching in Japan, and then a museum in northern Alberta soon led Charles down another path.
Other than using humour, Charles’ greatest tool for connecting with people around the globe is soccer, which he sees as an international language that can bridge gaps.
An avid fan of comic books, sneakers, LEGO, classic video games, and film, Charles’ main love is a good story; be it in whatever form that comes. Although he sees himself as a cinephile, he doesn’t want to be thought of as a movie snob and will watch anything from Godard to Godzilla, Coogler to Cool Hand Luke, Kurosawa to Kurt Russell, and anything in between.
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