Charles Plant is a Senior Fellow at The University of Toronto’s Impact Centre. His research and teaching focuses on best practices in innovation and entrepreneurship in the technology sector. Lately he has been focusing on research to figure out why the Canadian ecosystem can’t seem to grow world-class technology companies.
He also acts as advisor to help technology entrepreneurs transition from startup to scaleup by assisting with financial strategy development and execution. Sometimes he even takes on assignments as a part time CFO to assist in raising funding.
He is a serial entrepreneur who has been an officer, director or investor in a dozen technology companies. He was co-founder and CEO for 15 years of Synamics, a telecommunications software firm that provided mass calling platforms to telcos. He spent four years at MaRS ending 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.