Manijeh Colabella


A seasoned governance expert, lawyer, and director, Manijeh has a passion for navigating organizations across sectors through transition and change, leading to a sustainable future. Her work as a Partner in Watson’s Advisory practice inspires leadership, oversight, and a positive influence on the structure, composition, membership, activities and ultimate effectiveness of organizations and their boards.

What I wish more boards knew

"How governance is broader than oversight and compliance – done well, it can be an essential tool to a stronger, sustainable organization and a better future for our country"

Best question

"What keeps you up at night?"

Favourite agenda item

"Strategy! Thinking about and planning for the future, both in terms of opportunities, risks, and trade-offs"

Experience and Credentials

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Designation) from the University of Calgary
  • LLB from the University of Alberta
  • Professional designations including ICD.D, GCB.D, TEP
  • Member of the Law Societies of Alberta and British Columbia
  • Joined Watson in 2018
  • Board member and Governance Committee chair for White Rock Museum & Archives
  • Board member and chair of the Governance, Nominations, and Human Resources Committee for the Vancouver Symphony Society and Board member, VSO School of Music
  • Member of the BC Chapter Executive of ICD.D and past co-chair of WCM (Women in Capital Markets), Vancouver Steering Committee
  • Experience as a board director and audit committee member
  • Former Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of a Calgary-based publicly held equity financing company that provides innovative financing structures to private businesses across North America
  • Significant experience in governance, corporate transactions, and tax and estate planning for family-owned and other private corporations
  • Tax and Estate Planning Partner, of a small boutique law firm in Calgary focused on planning for private businesses and their owners


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Manijeh Colabella Feb 29, 2024
Getting on the Same Page About ESG

Cracks in the Alignment on ESG Ask a board director to name an area that is complex and evolving, divides

Manijeh Colabella Feb 23, 2023
Focusing on the G of ESG

Last year, WATSON brought together board directors in Vancouver and Toronto for a coast-to-coast conversation. In multiple sessions, our governance

Manijeh Colabella Mar 25, 2019
Is your Board Ready to go Public?

You’ve decided to take your company public. This is an exciting time in your company’s evolution, but there