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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.


WATSON Presents at CSAE 2019

October 25, 2019

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Stacey Martin Presents at Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) 2019 Conference & Showcase on Friday, October 25. Stacey Martin’s session will address “Association Governance – Pressure Points and Trends from the Trenches”. Discussed will be how Associations and Not-For-Profit organizations operate in increasingly complex environments where we see evolving technologies making it easier to work remotely and connect with constituents. However, how can executives navigate this new era of technology and make informed decisions?

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WATSON Presents at Family Enterprise Xchange in Toronto

October 22, 2019

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Liz Watson, CEO & Founder, and John Jennings, WATSON Co-Practice Lead, Director and Executive Search, will be featured speakers at the Family Enterprise Xchange in Toronto, ON, on October 22, 2019.

Discussed will be “The Evolution of Family Business Governance – Navigating a Different Pace of Change”.

Liz Watson and John Jennings of WATSON Advisors share stories that capture each of these shifts – a case of slow, deliberate governance change to respond to business evolution and a case of a board stepping up in a time of crisis. Each story, emblematic of family business governance, speaks to a different path to good governance and shares real-life lessons to bring back to the boardroom.


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