Charles Cirtwill is the founding President and CEO of Northern Policy Institute.
Charles joined NPI in September 2013 after twelve years with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.
A resident of Thunder Bay, Charles travels extensively throughout Northern Ontario and can routinely be found engaging with one of NPI’s 780,000 “bosses”. Whether at formal conferences, small workshop sessions, or one on one over coffee, Charles is passionate about listening to his fellow northerners. Charles is the author of, and firmly believes in, NPI’s tag line: evidence based solutions for and from Northern Ontario.
Charles’ work on education, fiscal management, debt reduction, taxation, the growth of government, and the importance of government accountability regularly appears in local, regional and national media.
His published works focus on government structure and organization, business-government relations, inter-governmental relations, performance measurement and accountability. He has spoken across Canada and the United States on the role of think tanks in society, the appropriate assessment of government activities, and the use of school performance data to improve classroom practice and fully engage all education stakeholders.
He has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors as a program manager, policy analyst, senior administrator, consultant and entrepreneur. Charles has also served as policy advisor to several political campaigns and has provided non-partisan advice and direction to provincial and municipal administrations across Canada.
He currently serves on the editorial board of the Mowat Centre and he has had leadership roles in multiple community organizations including Civitas, IPAC, Scouts Canada, local school associations and local homeowners associations. He attended Dalhousie University, earning a BA in Political Science, a LLB, and a MPA with a focus on quantitative and qualitative assessment of public policy and programs.