Charles grew up in a hard working, blue-collar family in Winnipeg MB, where he was an honour student, president of his class and an accomplished athlete. Working alongside his father, Charles discovered his love for entrepreneurship. Together they developed property, construction contracting and ran hydroponic greenhouse operations on Vancouver Island.

Motivated by failing health and the desire to regain it, Charles became involved in formulating and marketing health products and set out to discover the ultimate vegan protein source for humans – and he found it in the mighty hemp seed. 15 years pioneering the now burgeoning hemp seed food industry finally resulted in vertically integrated Hempco and several innovative processing and product firsts such as: hemp protein powder, hemp protein concentrate and hempmilk. Charles continues to serve as the company visionary with the intent to help Hempco lead the world in hemp functional and nutraceutical foods.