Charles Benayon

Founder & CEO of Aspiria

About Charles

Charles
Charles Be
nayon, Hon. BA, MSW

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Aspiria Corp.

I am the Founder & CEO of Aspiria Corp., now in its 14th year of delivering quality Employee and Student Assistance Program to over 50,000 individuals and family members.  With over 25 years of experience in providing direct clinical and consultative services to organizations in the public and private sectors, I have developed a wealth of wisdom, insight, and passion to help organizations reach maximum performance through the use of progressive employee and student support programs.

From 1985 – 1990, I obtained my clinical training in the Crisis and Psychosomatic Medicine Units of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry as well as in the Regional Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Units of Sunnybrook Hospital where I clinically assessed and treated a diverse patient population.  It was in these settings that I shaped my passion and vision for clinical crisis and intervention work.

From 1990 – 2002, I was employed at Warren Shepell Consultants, where I developed program development skills in the area of trauma response and  business skills in the management of EAPs.  In 1991, my expertise in Critical Incident Stress gave me the opportunity to develop the Trauma Response Program at Warren Shepell Consultants.   My knowledge of the trauma field has allowed me to provide high-level consulting to organizations in the area of emergency personnel policy development, change management, restructuring, assessment and delivery of trauma response systems, and, training emergency personnel in trauma response.

I have held numerous senior management positions as Executive Vice President, Vice President of Business Development and, Vice President of Client Services.  In addition, I have been responsible for the program development and retention of organizations in the public sector including Queen’s University, Kingston General Hospital, York Region Board of Education, Revenue Canada, Humber College, George Brown College, Hospital for Sick Children, and the Ontario Securities Commission, as well as several major private sector customers such as Delta Hotels & Resorts, Sysco Canada Inc., Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, William M. Mercer, Towers Perrin and, Marsh & McClelland.

I earned a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto (1987) and an Honours BA degree in Psychology from York University (1985).  I am a published author on International EAPs and has been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

I enjoy an active role in my community helping causes close to my heart, including donating my time at Toronto East General Hospital and The John Howard Society, sitting on the Executive Board of my community’s co-operative Kindergarten school, managing my son’s rep hockey team, and for the past 6 years, Co-Chairing the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament while being an active Board Member of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada.

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