T. Charles De Jager, Partner

Charles is a partner of DVC and the firm’s senior counsel with over 26 years of practice experience. He carries on a general counsel practice focused in the areas of charities and non-profits, employment and human rights, education, wills and estates, privacy and commercial. Charles is also a trained and experienced mediator.

Charles acts for a wide range of charities and non-profit organizations including local and international church and para-church organizations, local and international missions, aid and development organizations, independent schools and education organizations, housing organizations and foundations as well a variety of businesses and individuals. He provides a broad range of legal services to clients including:

  • Advice and representation in regards to internal and external disputes and difficulties including member, shareholder and director issues, volunteer, employment and independent contractor matters including discipline, lifestyle, termination, human rights issues, donor and supporter matters and residential tenancy issues
  • Use of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques to resolve disputes
  • Advice and services in respect to organizational structure, set-up, governance, operational due diligence, reorganization and windup including charitable and non-profit registration with CRA
  • Advice and representation in regards to compliance with legal and regulatory requirements including the Income Tax Act and CRA policy requirements, CRA audits, suspensions and revocations, Human Rights, Employment Standards, Workplace Safety, Teachers Regulation Branch and Privacy
  • Advice and services in regards to the development and implementation of policies and legal documents including volunteer, employment and independent contractor agreements and policies, Human Resources manuals, lifestyle and sexual misconduct policies, privacy policies, dispute resolution procedures and policies, benevolence policies and agency, joint ministry and associate ministry agreements

Charles has represented clients before the Federal and Tax Courts of Canada and all levels of Court in British Columbia as well as administrative and quasi-judicial bodies including the Human Rights Tribunal, Employment Standards, Worksafe, the Residential Tenancy Branch and the College of Teachers.

Charles has presented numerous lectures and workshops on a wide variety of topics in his areas of expertise. He has also served as a volunteer on the boards of a number of religious, educational and community organizations.

Apart from his legal practice and volunteer activities, Charles in involved in his local church, enjoys gardening and photography and is an avid fly fisherman and sportsman. Charles lives with his wife and family in Surrey. 

Community Involvement

  • Federation of Independent School Associations, Director, 2010 – present
  • Kings University College, Director, 2006 – 2012
  • Kings University College Foundation, Member, 2012 – present
  • The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Director, 2005 – 2012
  • Society of Christian Schools in BC, Chair, Policy, Leadership and Governance Committee, 1998 - 2010


  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, British Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, CBA, BC Branch, Charities and Not-for-Profit Section
  • Corporate member, Canadian Council of Christian Charities
  • Member, Christian Legal Fellowship
  • Corporate member, Surrey Board of Trade
  • Member, BC Non-Profit Housing Association
  • Member, BC Care Providers Association

Contact Information

604-953-1501 (fax)
1-866-953-1500 (toll free)