Charles Hopkins is currently the UNESCO Chair at York University in Toronto, Canada where he coordinates a network of teacher education institutions from over 70 countries collaboratively working upon the reorientation of elementary and secondary teacher education to address sustainable development.  Hopkins is also an advisor to the United Nations University and a developer of their global Regional Centres of Expertise in ESD. His relationship with sustainability and ESD goes back to 1986 when he presented to the Brundtland Commission.

Previously, Charles was a teacher, a principal, and a superintendent with the Toronto Board of Education.  A longtime leader in the fields of education, and ESD, Hopkins has lectured and presented papers in over 80 countries.

His many awards are highlighted by three honorary PhDs, several honorary professorships, fellowships, senior advisory positions, civic medals, national awards, and The Sustainable Visions and Values Award of the International Beliefs and Values Institute.