Charles C. Smith is currently a Lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough, a member of the Canadian Court Challenges Program/Equality Rights Panel and a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He has served as Equity Advisor to the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Before joining the Law Society, Charles served as the Manager of the Access and Equity Centre with the City of Toronto and the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto where he developed numerous policies and programs to enable successful implementation of equity and diversity initiatives.
Some of these policies and programs addressed: the provision of employment benefits to same-sex partners; a response to the Federal Government’s Right of Landing Fee; a critique of the Toronto Police employment equity policy implementation; the inclusion of equity and diversity into the annual budget and strategic planning process; guidelines on contract compliance; human rights management; and equity and diversity organizational development and change. Charles has provided advice to numerous organizations interested in developing and implementing equity and diversity policies and programs and Charles is also a published poet, playwright and essayist. He won second prize for his play Last Days for the Desperate from Black Theatre Canada. He has edited three collections of poetry, has one published book (Partial Lives) and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines.
He has authored several papers for the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto. He guided the CBA in its production of Take Action on Equity and Diversity, a resource guide and toolkit for law firms that is accompanied by an educational DVD on preventing harassment and discrimination. He was also Equity Advisor to the CBA and the Law Society of Upper Canada when each were finalists in the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s Awards of Excellence national competition for anti-racism, equity and diversity programs.