Natasha Himer is a governance lawyer with WATSON Inc. specializing in policy and research to help private, public and not-for-profit boards and their committees establish effective and sustainable governance structures and practices. She is a facilitator in WATSON’s Governance Academy delivering governance education programs to both individual directors and boards. Known for her deep knowledge of emerging governance issues, Natasha delivers well-researched, practical recommendations to WATSON’s clients.
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 lead on board diversity research.
Natasha started 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 OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), one of Canada’s largest pension plans and institutional investors. At OMERS, Natasha worked closely with senior management on plan governance matters.
Natasha is a member of the Governance Committee of LEAF (Legal Education Action Fund) and past editor of a publication by the Canadian Society of Association Executives on Duties and Responsibilities of Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations. Natasha brings her experience working closely with senior management, boards and committees to WATSON’s governance education courses.