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Looking for a Chief Executive Officer - Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation

Sep 27, 2013

UPDATE: This position has been filled. 

We are working with Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation to find their inaugural Chief Executive Officer. If you are a strategic and solutions oriented leader who is passionate about youth, the outdoors and the community, are a relationship builder, and have extensive experience working with boards, we want to hear from you!

For more information and details on how to apply, click here.

Looking for Board Directors - BC Safety Authority

Aug 23, 2013

UPDATE: These positions have been filled. 

We are working with the BC Safety Authority to find four Directors for their Board. If you have a combination of experience in the areas of governance, financial literacy, government relations, technology, regulatory/enforcement and industry knowledge, we want to hear from you!

For more details on the position and how to apply, click here

Winners of CSCS Excellence in Governance Awards Announced

Aug 20, 2013

This week, our President and Founder, Liz Watson, participated on the judging panel of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries Excellence in Governance Awards, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The awards ceremony was attended by close to 300 of Canada's top governance practitioners and leaders from the corporate, non-profit, crown and public sectors, and recognizes the important contribution governance professionals make in terms of best practices that build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value. The awards underscore the critical role that good governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada’s public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, contributing to the competitiveness of Canada’s economy and its capital markets.

The winners were announced last night with awards being distributed in the following categories:

  • Best sustainability, ethics and environmental governance programs
  • Best use of technology in governance, risk and compliance
  • Best approach to board and committee support
  • Best shareholder or stakeholder engagement by a governance team
  • Best overall corporate governance
  • Best approach to board diversity
  • Joyce Borden-Reed CSCS distinguished contribution award
  • Peter Dey Lifetime achievement award

WATSON congratulates the full list of winners!

Call for Nominations: MEC Board of Directors

Aug 9, 2013

UPDATE: These positions have been filled. 

Mountain Equipment Co-op has begun the call for nominations for their Board of Directors. If you connect strongly with the values and culture of MEC, have board or senior management experience in a complex organization (or professional leadership experience), as well as experience in the retail sector, supply chain, and/or information technology, they want to hear from you!

To see a copy of the ad, click here

For more details on the Nominee Criteria and/or to submit Notice of Intention to Run, please click here.

Looking for Board Directors - TransLink

Aug 6, 2013

UPDATE: These positions have been filled.

We are working with TransLink to find Directors for their Board. If you have previous experience in a complex organization, and a combination of experience in areas of board leadership, public policy/economics, sustainability/environment, intergovernmental relations/local government and/or public consultation/communications, we want to hear from you!

For more details on the position and how to apply, click here. A copy of the Recruitment Brief can be found here.

Should Ministers have discretion to make board appointments against advice from the department or company?

Aug 2, 2013

The recent scandal at Sydney Water suggests not - here is a brief extract from the press coverage of the disaster:

FINANCE Minister Greg Pearce has become the first ministerial scalp in the O'Farrell government, sacked by the Premier after The Daily Telegraph informed him Mr Pearce had appointed his wife's boss to Sydney Water's board.

After a raft of revelations on his travel, appointments and relationship with lobbyists, The Daily Telegraph discovered yesterday Mr Pearce ignored Sydney Water recommendations and instead went with his own three hand-picked candidates.

One of those appointed to a $60,000-plus position in late 2011 was the eminent Sydney University Law School General Counsel Richard Fisher, who employs Mr Pearce's wife Shauna Jarratt as his assistant group secretary. Mr Pearce signed-off on his appointment without telling the Premier this information. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Mr Fisher or Ms Jarratt.

The Premier and Treasurer signed off on the appointment as shareholder ministers, unaware of the conflict of interest.

For a LinkedIn discussion on this topic, click here.

Joining Boards: It's Not Just Who You Know That Matters

Jul 18, 2013

At WATSON, we believe that effective board recruitment goes far beyond your rolodex. We work with organizations to ensure they are building a board with appropriately diverse assets and skills, according to their industry's needs. This article supports our view of the importance of recruiting directors based on the skills and knowledge required to build a balanced board.


For many, a corporate directorship is a career capstone. But attaining one is far from easy. No one can say for sure how to get on a corporate board, but many people point to two routes: the first is to break into the "right" network and the second is to seek a progression of board seats that begins with, for example, a seat on a not-for-profit or community board and eventually results in appointment to a corporate board.

Both paths are problematic — neither is particularly transparent or relies on objective measures and given that many boards are stubborn bastions of white masculinity, pursuing the "right" network can be fraught, especially for women and other diverse candidates. Indeed, our research reinforces that concern: many boards still rely on their own (mostly white, mostly male) networks to fill seats.

To read the rest of the article, click here

Board Evaluation - A Window Into The Boardroom

Jul 17, 2013

Investors and other stakeholders are increasingly calling for higher levels of board transparency and accountability. In accordance with most best practice requirements laid out in corporate governance codes, many companies are now dealing with the issue by conducting regular board performance evaluations. Board evaluation is increasingly acknowledged as a vital process for improving board performance and dynamics, whatever the size, status or type of organization. If thoroughly conducted, a board evaluation has the potential to significantly enhance board effectiveness, maximize strengths and tackle weaknesses.

Here at WATSON, we have conducted board evaluations in a wide variety of sectors including public companies, governments, private corporations, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and major trade and professional associations. 

For further information about our board evaluation service, please contact Liz Watson at (604) 569-2071 ext. 301.

For a full article on board evaluations, click here.


Good Conflict Makes a Good Board

Jul 17, 2013

Boards have a responsibility to ensure they are performing at an optimal level and helping an organization perform at its best for the benefit of shareholders and stakeholders. According to an article by Solange Charas, there are two factors that contribute to high governance quality for a company - addressing conflict that occurs in the boardroom and casting a wide net while recruiting of directors. 

At WATSON, one of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to high quality governance is through our recruitment practice. We recruit directors that create a diverse, strong and balanced board for our clients by identifying potential directors who will not only add strength to the board and fit the culture, but also be willing to tackle conflict head-on.

To read the full article, click here

Come Join the WATSON Team!

Jun 3, 2013

Update: This position has been filled. 

WATSON is growing and we are looking for a new person to join our team. We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated administrative professional to join us as our Governance Services Coordinator. 

For more details on the position and how to apply, click here.