Owen Charters is the president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. Through ninety-five clubs across the country, Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada provides a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life.
Over his career, Owen has worked with many non-profit organizations, including the YM-YWCA, Easter Seals, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre Foundation, CanadaHelps, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. In executive leadership roles, he has focused on marketing and fundraising to help organizations raise their profile and grow their impact, with a number of successful and high-profile campaigns under his belt.
A proponent of a strong, collective voice for the non-profit sector, Owen is currently chair of Imagine Canada, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University. He is a frequent speaker on charitable and non-profit issues across Canada.
He holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management, both from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and is an adjunct member of York’s faculty, lecturing at the MBA-level on nonprofit management in Canada.