Liz Watson, President and CEO of WATSON Inc., has more than 30 years experience as a lawyer and more than a decade as a leading advisor to boards, committees and CEOs. Liz regularly advises clients on governance effectiveness, board and executive recruitment and succession, effective board practices, governance training, board, director, and CEO evaluations, and CEO and executive recruiting.
Liz works closely with the corporate governance community in Canada and is a sought after advisor, speaker and contributor on governance, CEO and board recruitment issues and the importance of diversity on boards. She teaches at the ICD’s Directors Education Program and recently authored CPA Canada’s publication on Building and Sustaining an Effective Board.
In 2012, Liz was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2010, as one of the inaugural Top 100 Influential Women of British Columbia. In 2007, Liz received an Influential Woman in Business (Vancouver) award.
Liz served for four years on the ICD Fellowship Awards Selection Committee and she currently serves on the selection committee for the Canadian Excellence in Governance Awards. As a director, Liz has served on the boards of Choice School for Gifted Children (Chair), the Institute of Corporate Directors (Governance Committee Chair), Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (Governance Committee Chair), Women in the Lead Inc, the BC Cancer Foundation, and as an Advisory Board member for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
Liz holds an LL.B from the University of British Columbia and completed executive education in the areas of governance and finance at Harvard University and Ivey Business School respectively. She was named Queen’s Counsel in 2012.