Charles Holmes


Charles Holmes is a cultural anthropologist by education. Over the past 25 years he has pursued projects where the need for understanding and shaping culture through dialogue and inclusion have been critical.

With more than 25 years of experience, Charles has skillfully facilitated projects with clients from health care to forestry and mining, software and pharmaceutical companies, educational institutions and utility firms, government and not-for-profit sectors. The meetings he has designed and facilitated have focused on innovation, conflict resolution, community engagement, long range scenario planning and 100’s of strategic planning sessions and other team and group engagements. He has worked with multi-national corporations in many settings throughout North America, Mexico, Asia, Europe and Saudi Arabia.

Charles was a co-founder of the Learning Strategies Group in the Faculty of Business at Simon Fraser University. He helped in the founding of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education and led the creation of the Connecting for Change dialogues that brought together business and NGO leaders in a series of dialogues with the Dalai Lama. He co-created the Connecting for Community dialogues in Cincinnati, in collaboration with Peter Block.  He is a co-founder of the Academy for Systemic Change where he is also a faculty member working with cohorts of next generation leaders to address challenges in community development, marine ecosystem restoration, education, global food security, and reconciliation. He teaches in Executive Education at the University of British Columbia, was a founder of the Cool North Shore dialogues and worked with Reconciliation Canada to prototype a national leadership learning experience on reconciliation.

Charles and his family have lived in North Vancouver, BC since 1994.