Message from the President: Michael Charles appointed Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights

York University President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri issues the following announcement to the University community:

Michael Charles
Michael Charles

I am very pleased to inform you that Michael Charles (LLB ’94) has been appointed the Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights (CHR), effective Nov. 1. Michael has served as Interim Director of the Centre for Human Rights since Sept. 5. Prior to this appointment, he was an advisor on case resolution at the centre for nearly three years. During this time, he provided CHR with valuable guidance on a number of initiatives and priorities.

A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Michael has worked actively as a consultant on issues of inclusion, human rights and diversity for a number of years. These advisory skills were first amplified in private legal practice, and subsequently, as the principal of a management consultancy firm providing diversity, inclusion and organization development services to a range of organizations including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Public Safety Canada and RBC. Michael is an Executive Committee member of Human Rights Watch (Canada), and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

I would like to thank Michael for his contributions to the centre and the University, and extend our best wishes to him as he takes up this permanent role.