Keynote Speaker

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

Natasha Himer, Governance Lawyer, WATSON Inc.

Keeping Pace with Evolving Governance Standards: Exploring Changes in Post-Secondary Governance and the Relevance for CICan Members

Natasha Himer is a governance advisor 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’s practice includes extensive work in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including with professional associations, charities/foundations, and colleges, institutes and universities.

Natasha has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and studied law in both French and English at McGill University, where she obtained both a bachelor of common law and a bachelor of civil law.

Natasha 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.

The topic of Natasha’s presentation is Keeping Pace with Evolving Governance Standards: Exploring Changes in Post-Secondary Governance and the Relevance for CICan Members. Goals of the session are:

  • Shared and interactive learning through discussion of challenges and opportunities based on the experiences and perspectives of the participants (i.e., individuals who provide senior level support to Boards or Presidents at public Canadian post-secondary bodies).
  • A review of governance fundamentals and the unique aspects of post-secondary governance.
  • A review of how governance standards are evolving in the post-secondary and broader academic context, as well as some of the driving forces behind changing practices.
  • Participants will deepen their knowledge of governance, reflect their own role and contribution towards governance at the institution and identify areas to evolve in their own role, as well as practices to take back and consider.