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WATSON Presents at CPA BC Not-For-Profit Forum 2020

February 4, 2020

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Natasha Himer will be a key speaker at the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia Not-For-Profit Forum on February 12, 2020, in Vancouver, BC.

Through a series of talks and interactive sessions, participants develop actionable insights that tie mission to growth and boost performance outcomes. Plus, explore the latest issues in policy, compliance, disruptive tech and more from Canada’s top not-for-profit experts.

Equipped with the latest research and in-depth knowledge, Natasha Himer will review emerging areas of focus for Boards in the not-for-profit sector, drawing on case studies to illustrate how Boards are improving their governance in areas such as oversight of organizational culture and board diversity.

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WATSON Presents at Governance Professionals of Canada Summit 2020

January 20, 2020

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John Jennings will be a speaker at the Governance Professionals of Canada Co-op and Credit Union Governance Summit: Insights on Boards, culture, member engagement and more on January 27, 2020, in Vancouver, BC.

Equipped with the latest research and in-depth knowledge, sharing expertise with real-world examples, thought-provoking presentations, and engage participants in stimulating discussion, John Jennings, alongside Bob Armstrong, Board Chair of Coast Capital Savings; Carmel Bellamy, Associate Vice-President, Governance and Corporate Secretary, The Co-operators Group Limited; and Brigitte Catellier, Vice President, Corporate Governance, Meridian Credit Union, will address The Challenges of Board and Director Recruitment relevant to co-operatives and credit unions.

Discussed will be how having the right people in your boardroom enhances the quality of major decisions and, by extension, the value created for your members. As well as the importance of optimizing the composition of your board which requires balancing professional skills, diversity of perspectives, personalities and more.

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WATSON Joins the Minerva BC Panel

January 13, 2020

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Rachel Colabella will be a featured panellist at Minerva BC Women Leading the Way on January 17, 2020, in Vancouver, BC.

Women Leading the Way is a 10-month leadership development program for established and emerging leaders at mid-management levels from all sectors (corporations, government, small businesses, and Not for Profits) with the focus towards transforming the careers of hundreds of women with its unique approach incorporating interactive and in-person training and a final leadership project.

Moderated by Lisa Leblanc, Manager of Transportation, City of New Westminster, Rachel Colabella, Senior Governance Consultant at WATSON will be on the panel with industry experts Amy Robichaud, Executive Director, Dress for Success, and Jillian Stirk, Former Ambassador & Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs Canada. The panel will be sharing their personal expertise through their years of proficiency in Governance. The goal of the session is for participants to understand what good governance means by examining different models of governance in a variety of different sectors. Ultimately the panel will be sharing their insights and tips with the goal of helping individuals consider what it takes to be in a governance capacity and the responsibilities of being on a board.

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WATSON Partners with Compensation Governance Partners

October 30, 2019

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WATSON is pleased to announce our partnership with Compensation Governance Partners (CGP) to host a webinar ‘A Fresh Look at the HRC: An Evolving Mandate & Approach for 2020’.  WATSON’s Rachel O’Connor and Chris Chen of CGP will co-host.



In an increasingly complex world, organizations know that they need the right leadership and culture in order to succeed. The importance of the Human Resources Committee (HRC) is on the rise, evolving from a primary focus on compensation to a broader mandate that carries significant weight.

When organizations recognize that people are key to both risk and success, the HRC is increasingly asked to lead the Board’s oversight of culture, leadership and talent. How has the work of the HRC expanded beyond a traditional focus on the CEO?  What are the practical aspects of CEO performance, compensation and succession? How does the HRC of today and the future best position itself to do this important work? What trends do we see in HRC mandate, composition/skills, practices and committee compensation?

Join us on November 14 to explore these questions and others.


The webinar is at noon EST/ 9am Pacific on November 14th at noon EST. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


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