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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.

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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.

A Strong Response to Paying Board Nominees

May 28, 2013

At WATSON, boards are our business - so we are always "in the know" and we know that the stakes just got higher for shareholder activists. Here is an article explaining why: 

Responding to hedge funds’ efforts to give incentives to nominees to company boards, the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in essence came over the top on Thursday in a memo distributed to clients. Signed by the leading deal lawyer Martin Lipton and seven other Wachtell partners, the memo proposes that company boards consider adopting a bylaw prohibiting shareholder activists from compensating director nominees. Excluded from this prohibition are out-of-pocket expenses and payments for indemnification.

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Looking for a Manager, Indigenous Affairs - Teck Resources Ltd.

Mar 20, 2013

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

We are working with Teck Resources Ltd. to find their next Manager, Indigenous Affairs. If have a post-graduate degree, 10+ years of experience in a related sector, a strong track record as a project manager and excellent presentation skills, we want to hear from you!

You can find more details on the position and how to apply here.

Looking for a Director, Business Development - The Ledcor Group

Mar 15, 2013

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

We are working with The Ledcor Group to find their next Director, Business Development. If you have a MBA, are a strong relationship builder and an excellent communicator, and have ten+ years’ experience in a senior management role in the marine, terminal, port or stevedoring industries, we want to hear from you!

You can find more details on the position and how to apply here.

Looking for a Managing Director, Development - Canuck Place Children's Hospice

Mar 14, 2013

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

We are working with Canuck Place Children's Hospice to find their next Managing Director, Development. If you are a strategic thinker and a compelling storyteller who has an understanding of the essence and ethos of fundraising (to complement your senior level fundraising experience gained in the non-profit sector), we want to hear from you!

You can find more details on the position and how to apply here.

Looking for a Chief Risk Officer - Central 1 Credit Union

Feb 7, 2013

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

We are working with Central 1 Credit Union to find their next Chief Risk Officer. If you are a strategic and analytical thinker with a Master's degree in a related business discipline and 10-12 years of progressive experience in a risk related field, we want to hear from you!

You can find more details on the position and how to apply here

Looking for a Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Communications - Westminster Savings Credit Union

Jan 29, 2013

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

We are working with Westminster Savings Credit Union to find their next Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Communications. If you are an HR leader with 7-10 years of experience (at the VP level) in a customer focused and community-minded environment, we want to hear from you!

You can find more details on the position and how to apply here.

Looking for a Director, Finance & IT - Rogers' Chocolates

Jan 29, 2013

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

We are working with Rogers' Chocolates to find their next Director, Finance & IT. If you have a professional accounting designation, 5+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment, and have successfully streamlined IT systems in a Windows environment, we want to hear from you!

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

Liz Watson Named to Judging Panel for the Inaugural Excellence in Governance Awards

Jan 24, 2013

The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") announces an esteemed judging panel for the Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGs). The highly respected jury will select the winners for the awards, which will be announced and celebrated on August 18, 2013 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the opening dinner of the CSCS' 15th Annual Conference.

The Excellence in Governance Awards jury panel is composed of seasoned and well-respected governance thought leaders from across Canada. CSCS has carefully selected the judges to ensure representation from all aspects of the governance community, including shareholder representatives, regulatory experts, leading academics and practitioners.

  • Gigi Dawe, Risk Oversight and Governance, and National Practice Area Leader, Governance, Strategy and Risk, CICA
  • Stephen Griggs, Director and past Executive Director of CCGG
  • Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
  • Carol Hansell, Senior Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
  • Carol McNamara, Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Secretary, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Paul Schneider, Manager, Corporate Governance, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)
  • Elizabeth Watson, QC, President of WATSON Inc.

These eight experts will be joined by Honorary Judge Peter Dey, Chairman, Paradigm Capital and judging facilitator Brendan Sheehan, Founder and President, The Illawong Group.

The CSCS EG Awards recognize the important contribution governance professionals make to the best practices that build shareholder and stakeholder value. The awards underscore the critical role that good governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada's public and private companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, and in contributing to Canada's economy, its services, and its capital markets.

For more information on the awards, click here.