Natasha Himer is a senior governance consultant at WATSON where she helps boards and committees establish effective and sustainable governance structures and practices. Natasha has supported a broad range of organizations including member based associations, charities and foundations in the not-for-profit sector, crown corporations and health authorities in the public sector, and universities and colleges in the higher education sector. Known for her deep knowledge of emerging governance issues, Natasha delivers well-researched, practical recommendations particularly suited to her client’s context. Natasha also facilitates governance education programs to individual directors and boards as part of WATSON’s Governance Academy.
Natasha has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and holds both an LL.B and BCL from McGill. She was the coordinator of the McGill Law Women’s Caucus and a non-governmental representative on a federal delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She continues to fuel her passion for diversity as WATSON’s board diversity research lead.
Natasha is a lawyer and commenced her legal career at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto, working with employers in the private and public sectors on pension issues, including governance, regulatory compliance, mergers, and acquisitions. Natasha went on to work as corporate counsel at Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), one of Canada’s largest pension plans and institutional investors. At OMERS, Natasha worked closely with senior management on plan governance matters.
Natasha has served a number of not-for-profit boards, including most recently as a member of the Governance Committee of Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF). Natasha is a former editor of a Canadian Society of Association Executives publication on Duties and Responsibilities of Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations.