Kayleigh Donahue


A former executive leader and entrepreneur, Kayleigh is an Associate in the Watson Vancouver office. From four years building a single retail store into a national, diversified, publicly traded company, Kayleigh loves helping businesses in transition. She’s worked in government and in highly regulated industry and engaged effectively with elected officials and regulators to influence public policy. Her experience crosses the public and private sector, and Kayleigh loves learning new business models and tackling new challenges.

Reason for doing this work

"I love learning about how organizations work, what is most important to them, and what are their biggest challenges."

Favourite saying

“Don't ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn't.” — Michelle Obama

Most dangerous myth

“Noses in, fingers out.”

Experience and Credentials

  • Joined Watson September 2023
  • Former, Vice President, Business Development and Licensing, Kiaro. Licensed 17 cannabis retail stores across Canada, completed a public listing on the TSX Venture Exchange, numerous business acquisitions and asset sales, advocacy with elected officials and industry associations, public speaking and
  • Former, Director of Communications, CTR. Facilitated the evolution of the business model with the three co-founders and developed new business lines. Produced large and small-scale digital and in-person events. Lead a team responsible for content creation, video production and audience building.
  • Former, Economic Analyst, Ministry of Finance, BC.
  • Master of Arts, Economics, 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 2013
  • Director, Project Management Volunteers (current board position)
  • Previous Board roles:
    – Board member, Women in Economics Affinity Group University of Victoria
    – Vice President, Ainembabazi Children’s Project

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