Charley held leadership roles at Innovacorp, the Province of Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization, from its establishment in 1995 until he retired in 2018. As VP Investment (2012 – 2018), Charley led a team of 7 investment professionals to manage the Nova Scotia First Fund, Innovacorp’s $85 million early stage venture capital fund. Prior to that, he was Innovacorp’s senior financial officer. Charley has extensive governance experience, acting as secretary to Innovacorp’s board from 1998 – 2011 and sitting on the board of a number of Innovacorp affiliates. From 2001-2008, he served as an independent director for Innovative Properties Inc., a public real estate development company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Charley is a Lecturer in the Accounting Department at Saint Mary’s University, where he has taught financial and managerial accounting at both undergraduate and graduate levels for over 30 years.
Charley currently works as a consultant, and continues to represent Innovacorp on the boards two of its affiliates. Charley and his wife, Nancy Mansfield, live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and are supporters of organizations promoting animal welfare and the arts. Charley currently volunteers as Treasurer for Mocean Dance.