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President, The Source
Charles Brown is President of The Source, Canada’s largest consumer electronics & mobile retailer. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s operations including more than 550 retail locations. Since he started in the role in 2011, Mr. Brown has led The Source’s transformation into a growing and significant retailer through completely revamping the product line and modernizing the stores’ look and feel, resulting in renewed sales growth and increased market share.
With more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications, cable communications and consumer electronics retail industries, Mr. Brown’s leadership ensures The Source stores are a go-to source for leading national brands.
In 2009, he was named Chairman of the Board of The Source, and in February 2011 he became President. Prior to joining The Source, Mr. Brown was a senior executive with Bell. Between 2006 and 2009, he held various positions including serving as Bell’s lead executive in charge of providing full telecommunication services to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Mr. Brown’s extensive business leadership experience also includes his role as President & CEO of Wave Wireless/ WaveRider Communications, a wireless broadband technology start-up based in San Jose and Toronto, and as Vice President and CIO of Clearnet Communications.
Mr. Brown began his career with marketing and planning positions at Mitel and Telesat, and he has also served in sales and marketing roles with Bell Mobility, Bell Canada and the London Life Insurance Company.
Mr. Brown sits on various Boards and Executive Committees, including holding the role of Chair for the Kids Help Phone Board of Directors and Chair of the Board of Northwestel; and he is a member of The United Way of Toronto and York’s Campaign Cabinet. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto at Scarborough College, a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and an ICD.D from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.