Charles Field-Marsham – Co-Chair of The Charles and Rita Field-Marsham Foundation
Charles Field-Marsham is a Canadian entrepreneur and businessman with over 25 years of experience building businesses. In 1991, he joined investment bank, Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, then while living and working in Kenya between 1993 and 2003 built several businesses, and he founded Kestrel Capital Management Capital (KCMC) in 2004, when he returned to Canada. Kestrel Capital Management Capital (KCMC) provides strategic, investment and management consulting services to businesses in and outside Canada. Charles also owns and is chairman of the following businesses: Kestrel Capital East Africa, Panafrican Equipment Group, and Kenya Fluorspar, a fluorspar mine he purchased in 1997 but closed in 2017. Collectively, the companies employ approximately 400 people with operations in Canada, Dubai, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In January 2020, Charles invested in and became a board member of Slingshot Sports LLC, a world leading brand of kiteboarding equipment, headquartered in Hood River, Oregon.
Charles is dedicated to fostering strong communities where he lives and works and is involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations. Additionally, Charles has sat on the boards of The Foundation of the Hospital for Sick Children, Next Canada, Grand Challenges Canada, and the African Medical Research Foundation Canada (AMREF). He and his wife Rita founded The Charles and Rita Field-Marsham Foundation in 2009. Charles is the principal benefactor and chairman of the Kenya Scholar Access Program (KENSAP), an initiative that since 2004 has helped secure full scholarships for more than 215 Kenyan students at top-tier American universities.