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Michael F. Charles is a lawyer, a human rights advisor at a Tier 1 Canadian university, and Principal of Change DeZign, a global consultancy. Often retained as a diversity and inclusion subject matter expert, Michael brings a reputation for innovative solutions to client engagements. A frequent speaker and author on matters of workforce adaptation, inclusion, and human rights, he is among Canada’s diversity and inclusion thought leadership.
Michael Charles is a breath of fresh air. Working with him on our diversity and inclusion strategic review was a total pleasure. He works tirelessly and efficiently with passionate insight. I have found he understands what an organization needs and the best ways to address them. I recommend his talents unreservedly.
Adrian Fung - Vice President Innovation, Toronto Symphony Orhcestra
"Michael is a thoughtful and articulate presenter. On two separate occasions, he has shared strategic insights and perspectives on diversity and inclusion at our firm, receiving very positive responses both times."
Neil Guthrie - Director Professional Development (Ontario), Bennett Jones SLP
“Michael’s ability to conceive analytical frameworks, conduct research and analyze consequent findings added immeasurably to the project by providing a clear, concise and pointed series of conclusions about a key stakeholder group. I would highly recommend Michael for his professionalism, knowledge and ability to undertake succinct analysis of complex research programs and to participate in project work as a valued and effective team player.”
Christopher Kelly - Principal, Navigator Limited and Former President, The Strategic Counsel
"Michael is the consummate business professional with refined personal attributes of authenticity, integrity and judgment. His unique background as a lawyer, human rights advisor and diversity strategist gives him an edge in various business and other environments. This coupled with his many years of experience gives him unique perspective and insight into the complex areas of diversity, inclusion, and high performance. Michael is able to quickly and effectively assess complex situations and add value in a variety of different circumstances.”
Tim Self - Managing Director and U.S. Division Head, Financial Services Sector
“Michael is a first rate presenter - very impressive and knowledgeable. In a session that was both engaging and enlightening, he showed us that law firms can do more to reduce the challenges faced by racialized lawyers. He offered us a very strong and balanced presentation of a complex topic with national implications.”
Susan Clarke - Partner, Director of Professional Development, Gowling WLG
Strategic Service Partners
Having developed relationships with dynamic consultants, researchers and institutions, Michael scales up Change DeZign staffing as required to meet project needs, and as necessary to extend our focus on interdisciplinary insight, creative problem-solving, and energetic collaboration. Change DeZign is your critical companion on the journey to cultural transformation.