Prior to starting the investment fund Lyra Growth Partners in September 2015, Charles was the President & Founder of Vega, a company he started from scratch from his basement in 2004. Financed by his life savings, a second mortgage on his house and four credit cards, Charles built Vega to become an iconic lifestyle brand of clean, plant-based nutritional products, sold in over 20,000 stores across North America.
Both Vega and Charles have received many accolades, including: Profit 100 Fastest Growing Companies, Best Workplaces, BIV 40 Under 40, Best Managed Companies and E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year.
In August 2015, Charles led the sale of Vega to White Wave Foods for US$550 million. He is proud that corporate headquarters have remained in Vancouver and Vega’s employees continue to run the company. Charles lives with his family in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), an avid mountain biker, golfer, skier and Whistlerite wannabe.