Charles is an engaging and collaborative leader who helps companies achieve organizational goals by leveraging his extensive experience in program management, agile methodologies, business strategy and operational excellence. He co-founded and led a start-up training technology company to attain recognition as one of “Canada’s Top 50 Defence Companies” within five years. Charles was a finalist for EY’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Canadian Prairie Region.
Charles is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Commissionaires Southern Alberta. Prior to joining the Commissionaires, Charles held a variety of leadership positions with companies in the defence and technology industries including General Dynamics Canada, Nortel Networks and C4i Training and Technology. Charles served as a communications officer in the Canadian Army with a number of operational units in Western Canada as well as peacekeeping duties in Croatia and at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Charles holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada; a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College; and a Master Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. Additionally, Charles has his P. Eng and PMP designations.
A long time Calgarian, Charles is married to Marva and they have two sons. He enjoys a variety of activities in the mountains near Calgary and volunteering with his son’s Air Cadet Squadron.
Gerry Lynch was appointed as Chair of the Board of Governors for the Commissionaires for Southern Alberta in July 2018 and has been on the Board since 2014.
Gerry retired as Assistant Commissioner Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2011 after 38 years of service. At the time of his retirement he was Canada’s Senior Police Envoy to Mexico and The Americas overseeing Canada’s police capacity building program in the Americas.
His career was pan-Canadian, from criminal investigator in Alberta, foreign services manager in Ottawa, investigator in Quebec, to provincial criminal operations officer in New Brunswick to Commanding Officer of Newfoundland and Labrador and acting Acting Atlantic Regional Commander in Nova Scotia.
Gerry has been a director of the Canadian Police Information Centre, Canadian Intelligence Service, provincial Duke of Edinburgh Program, RCMP Senior Executive Committee and others. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge.
Gerry was awarded the Order of Merit of Police Services (OOM), National Defence Medal with Gold Echelon Gendarmerie (France) and RCMP Long Service Medal.