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Charles Plant

Impact Centre, University of Toronto
Senior Fellow

Charles Plant is a Senior Fellow with the Impact Centre, working to develop research and education programs in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been an officer, director or investor in a dozen technology companies. Charles has also provided financing, consulting and coaching services to several dozen other technology companies. He was co-founder and CEO for 15 years of Synamics, a telecommunications software firm that provided mass calling platforms to telecommunications companies. He spent four years at MaRS and ended eventually as CFO but spent most of his time as Managing Director, heading up a group of former entrepreneurs and specialists who developed thought leadership, provided education, mentorship, market intelligence and capital to over 2,000 technology startups in Ontario. Active for much of his career in the world of finance, Charles has been a corporate banker, an investment banker and served on the Management Committee and as CFO of the Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) at MaRS and CFO of MaRS Innovation. As an educator, Charles spent seven years on the faculty of York’s Schulich School of Business teaching in the MBA program and now teaches management and leadership skills at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He has an MBA in marketing and is a CPA and Chartered Accountant. 

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