Director & CEO Opportunities

At Watson, we match your Board with the uniquely qualified Directors and CEO candidates your organization needs to succeed in the future. We regularly recruit for:

  • Public company Director searches
  • Private company Board and Advisory Board searches
  • Public sector and not-for-profit Director searches
  • CEO, President, and Executive Director searches

Most of our searches are confidential and are not advertised publicly.
If you have unique experience and skills that our clients might value, we encourage you to reach out to us at

Ballet BC l Managing Director

Ballet BC, a visionary contemporary dance company, is at the forefront of innovation, boasting a rich legacy spanning over 35 years in shaping the global dance landscape. Nestled in the vibrant arts community of Granville Island, Vancouver, Ballet BC has found a revitalized home that not only unites artistry with administration but also prioritizes the professional development and well-being of its members. As Ballet BC embarks on its next chapter, it seeks a dynamic Managing Director to join forces with its esteemed artistic leadership.

The Managing Director, collaborating closely with the Board and Artistic Director, will steer the organization’s financial and operational success. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional interpersonal skills, a creative business-oriented approach, and a demonstrated ability to lead progressive fundraising efforts, ideally within the arts sector. Ballet BC, an equal opportunity employer, offers a competitive salary range of $125,000 to $150,000.

Greater Vancouver REALTORS® (GVR) is a member-based professional association of 15,000 REALTORS® and their companies, who live and work in communities from Whistler to Maple Ridge to Tsawwassen and everywhere in between.

GVR’s Board of Directors is seeking two new Appointed Directors to complement the existing Board and who will be able to contribute on a wide range of business governance issues and bring a strategic perspective, as well as play a role in creating a constructive boardroom culture. The world of real estate is evolving; regulatory change, technology disruption and opportunity, shifting demographics, and a challenging context for home ownership. The association benefits from the members who participate in governance, and the Appointed Directors help bring additional skills, experience and diversity to the governance equation.

Real estate experience is not essential, but can be valuable (as can experience in related sectors). An interest in the sector and a desire to contribute to it is important.

Appointed Directors GVR Directors are eligible to receive the following:

  • Appointed Directors receive a $800 per diem for Board meetings.
  • Appointed Directors receive a $400 per diem for Committee meetings.

Encorp is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit, product stewardship corporation in British Columbia. At its core, Encorp’s business mandate is to develop, manage and improve systems to recover used beverage packaging and end-of-life products from consumers and ensure they are properly recycled and not land-filled or incinerated.

Encorp is seeking an experienced governance individual to serve as an Unrelated Director on the Board. This individual will complement and add to the skills of the Related Directors (drawn from the beverage and retail industries, and include representatives of organizations that have competitive or customer relationships inside the beverage marketing and retail industries). The Unrelated Directors play a key role in bringing outside perspective and balance to the Board. Experience, openness, and the ability to bridge interests and points of view are key assets in an Unrelated Director.

Established in 2013, American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP (AHIP or the REIT) is a limited partnership formed to invest in hotel real estate properties located in the USA. AHIP is engaged primarily in growing a portfolio of premium branded, select-service hotels in larger secondary markets with diverse and stable demand generators.

Trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), AHIP currently owns 71 premium branded, select-service hotels in 22 states and 48 cities. Over the long term, AHIP’s goals are to build on its proven track record of successful investment, deliver reliable and consistent US-dollar denominated distributions to unitholders, and add value through the ongoing growth of its diversified hotel portfolio.

At a high level, the Board is seeking an individual with deep experience in the legal aspects of real estate investing, including public and private capital markets, M&A, transaction structuring such as joint ventures and limited partnerships, and who will also be able to contribute on a broad range of business issues and provide a strategic perspective, as well as play a role in creating a constructive boardroom style.

Established in 1987 to generate and transmit electrical energy in the Yukon, Yukon Energy Corporation (Yukon Energy or YEC) is an electrical utility. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Yukon Development Corporation, which is owned by the Yukon government, Yukon Energy operates arm’s length from government but works very collaboratively with Yukon Development Corporation who represent their interests to government. YEC has a bold vision to be a Canadian leader in sustainable energy by 2030. This ambitious plan was developed in response to the Yukon government’s Our Clean Energy Future strategy that focuses on using electrification to reduce carbon emissions from the Yukon’s heating and transportation sectors. This is both an exciting time and a challenging time for Yukon Energy.

YEC is looking for a highly effective and collaborative President & Chief Executive Officer (President & CEO) who will work with the Board in creating a long-term vision for energy in the Yukon and ensure effective planning and delivery of Yukon Energy’s programs and services to deliver sustainable, cost effective and reliable electricity to more than 21,000 consumers. They will provide strategic leadership for the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of all aspects of an electrical utility and direct corporate goals, business plans, and strategies to ensure the effective planning and delivery of programs and services to achieve the corporate mandate. While an energy background would be beneficial, more important is proven success partnering with First Nations governments on large scale capital projects, a high degree of transparency and political acumen, and the ability to work cooperatively within a complex ownership structure.

The Dress for Success Vancouver Board is seeking their next Executive Director to lead the organization’s next phase of development and growth. As a Dress for Success affiliate, Dress for Success Vancouver first opened its doors 24 years ago to empower women and gender-diverse individuals into the workforce by helping them make the all-important great first impression with professional attire.

With a well-established brand position, a bold strategic plan, passionate and experienced staff, and a new office location that provides enhanced visibility and accessibility for clients and partners, Dress for Success Vancouver is well positioned to build upon a solid foundation to seize fundraising and partnership opportunities that will ensure a strong sustainable future.

This is an exciting opportunity for a proven leader with a passion for the cause who can effectively engage and galvanize the staff, donors, corporate partners, and the hundreds of volunteers who are fundamental to the organization’s success. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are highly desirable, in addition to well-honed business and financial acumen. Previous knowledge and experience in fundraising are highly desirable, as is the ability to develop and foster new and ongoing relationships with a wide range of interest holders.

The Alberta Insurance Council (AIC) is the regulatory body responsible for protecting the Alberta insurance consumer through the licensing and regulatory compliance of all insurance agents, brokers, and independent adjusters in the province. The AIC has been under the leadership of a long-standing CEO who recently retired. While the Board prepares for a CEO search, the AIC is being led by an Interim CEO who is a seasoned executive with regulatory experience and knowledge of the insurance sector.

With the objective of protecting the Alberta insurance consumer, the organization is seeking a CEO who will “set the tone at the top” and model ethical behaviours of integrity, accountability, leadership, and courage. The ideal candidate will be a strong communicator, collaborator, and strategic thinker with prior experience as a senior executive. Knowledge within a regulated sector, a high level of financial acumen, and exceptional relationship-building skills are also required to enable the next CEO to successfully navigate the complex relationships with government and sector leaders. Experience and exposure to the insurance industry will be an asset.

With offices in Calgary and Edmonton, the CEO must reside in Calgary or Edmonton and have a presence at both offices on a regular and consistent basis to foster a harmonious culture and unified team across the organization.

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