Kristal Hamakawa


Kristal is a professional accountant and has been the Controller at Watson Board Advisors since June 2022. Before Watson, she worked for several years in the brokerage and banking industry. With Watson she enjoys supporting her team members in their work to help Boards & companies develop and excel.

Reason for doing this work

"The satisfaction of supporting a team that helps boards do their best work."

What I've learned

"The importance of good governance cannot be underestimated"

Favourite place to look for answers

"Colleagues and team members who are always willing to help."

Experience and Credentials

  • Bachelor of Business Admin, Simon Fraser University
  • CPA and CA designations
  • Joined Watson in June 2022
  • Volunteer Treasurer on the boards of the Richmond Art Gallery Association and Tomoe Arts

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