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Exclusive WATSON Webinar: Do Boards Play a Role in Supporting Workplace Culture?

February 23, 2021

Posted in: WATSON Speaks

This webinar is exclusive to members of the Council of Human Resources Executives of The Conference Board of Canada.

Oversight of culture was a growing priority in the boardroom even prior to the events of the past year, and these same headlines have pulled boards of directors much closer to what this responsibility and oversight of culture really means, and how it manifests in organizational performance. There is a clear trend towards high-performance boards engaging more deeply in the intentional design of culture, culture metrics, and ongoing monitoring of culture. 

Join WATSON Practice Leads Rachel O’Connor (Leadership & Performance) and Sharon Rudy (Director & Executive Search) as they share insights gained from working with multiple boards across sectors and discuss the implications for even greater leadership and influence by CHROs.  They’ll bring the topic: Do Boards Play a Role in Supporting Workplace Culture? to life with discussion, case studies and real experiences.

  • HR Council – Eastern Canada – February 18, 2021
    • February 17-18, 2021 Virtual
  • HR Council – Western Canada  – March 3, 2021
    • March 3-4, 2021 Virtual
  • Joint HR Council meeting (Eastern and Western Canada) – TBD
    • June 9-11, 2021

Learn more here about membership to The Council of Human Resources Executives.




WATSON/Family Enterprise Xchange Webinar: How Family Enterprises are Navigating Uncertainty

January 19, 2021

Posted in: WATSON Speaks

During the past year, we have all experienced a lot of turbulence — and there’s more ahead. As family business owners plan for the future, they’re having to be more flexible and consider multiple business scenarios.

Join WATSON and FEX on February 9, 2021 for the next panel with Julius Frohlich and Chris Massie where we will hear how far they are looking out and what they’re doing differently during their planning as they try to navigate uncertainty.

  • What are some of the different scenarios that have been considered?
  • How have they engaged their leaders and advisors to chart the course?
  • Are they performing better or worse than planned?
  • What adjustments have they made as a result?


Tuesday, February 9, 2021
1:00PM EDT/ 11:00AM MDT/ 10:00AM PDT


More information HERE

Registration HERE


PS: In case you missed the last WATSON/FEX webinar, catch it HERE!


Liz Watson Presents at the 16th Annual Crown Corporate Governance Virtual Conference

January 5, 2021

Posted in: WATSON Speaks

Elizabeth Watson, WATSON Founder and CEO, will be a key speaker at the 16th Annual Conference on Crown Corporate Governance taking place January 19th – 20th, 2021 virtually.

The 2021 program features timely content on the complexities of governance at this unique historical moment. The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing crowns to contend with important challenges in workforce management and business continuity, while presenting new opportunities to re-imagine how public services are delivered. At the same time, social movements like Black Lives Matter and demands for increased diversity are setting new expectations for boards and managers.

Register here


Liz Watson Moderates ICD Webinar: The Changing Role of the CEO and Corporations in Society

October 14, 2020

Posted in: WATSON Speaks

Recent events have shone a spotlight on the changing role of the CEO (and corporation) in society. Highly charged issues including gun control, climate change, carbon economy, living wage, indigenous rights, systemic racism, BLM and #MeToo have found their way onto the corporate agenda as many customers, employees and other stakeholders have demanded the CEO and corporation take a public stand on the issues. An outstanding panel of CEOs, who are also independent board directors, will discuss this new reality from their perspective.

Join Liz Watson and the esteemed panelists; Ian Anderson, President & CEO, Trans Mountain Corporation., Scott Thomson, President & CEO, Finning International Inc., and Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO Vancouver Airport Authority.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020
11:00AM EST / 9:00AM MDT / 8:00AM PDT

More information HERE



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