In his professional life, Mike has 18 years of progressive management experience in the financial services sector. He has served as Vice President of a progressive, mid-size financial services firm. Here, he was charged with creating and implementing an entirely new strategic direction. Mike has experience in all facets of organizational management: Marketing, Human Resources, Technology, Sales, and Finance. Organizational success, he believes, is a function of the people and their level of engagement. For this, there is no substitute.
Mike is a trusted advisor to many of Canada’s most influential businesses across the private, public and social sectors. He has more than 18 years of progressive management experience and industry expertise in all facets of organizational management, including marketing, human resources, technology, sales and finance sectors.
Helping Teams Move Forward
At Ignite Management, Mike specializes in strategic growth consulting and business management consulting. He has received accolades for his facilitation expertise, strategic planning skills, and most important, his ability to help teams move forward. Mike’s approach is built on generating internal engagement, drilling to core issues, then developing practical solutions and purposeful tactics that enable organizations to move toward their goals.
An Agenda for Wellbeing
An expert on policy alternatives designed to foster a strong economy, Mike also guides companies on ways they can influence an agenda that promotes the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the community. During his tenure as vice president of a large BC-based credit union, Mike led the organization in this direction, which remains evident today.
Mike is a skilled broker with an extensive network that runs deep into the Canadian business community. You can count on him to guide buyers and sellers towards win-win solutions and mutually beneficial business transactions.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia. An active volunteer within the Canadian business community, Mike is a Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair of the BC Chamber of Commerce and Past Chair of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. In addition to this, Mike participates in Canucks for Kids and Special Olympics’ Sports Celebrities Festival. A proud father of two, Mike is also an angler, sports enthusiast and political junkie.
Ali believes in the power of resiliency; resilient teams are calm under pressure, confront challenges and difficulties with courage and optimism, adapt well to change, and proactively seek to improve. She focusses on working with leaders who want to build resiliency and invest in their people.
Creating a Better World
Ali aspires to create a better world by inspiring personal growth, so people can live more fulfilling, joyful lives, and so they can, in turn, inspire others.
She has worked with numerous social and environmental impact organizations in cleantech, sustainability, education, tech, and international humanitarian action.
Ali serves as a Logistics Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy Primary Reserve.
Ali holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (University of British Columbia), and has completed professional studies in Project Management (University of California, Irvine), Terrorism Studies (University of Maryland), and Middle East History (Tel Aviv University).
What our clients say about us
“Mike provided critical strategic support and facilitation to a major initiative of our enterprise. He was a master at keeping our groups focused, engaged and constructive when dealing with difficult issues. We couldn’t have done it without him.”
“Mike is very skilled at bringing clarity and objectivity to complex internal discussions. He has been instrumental in helping us shape a strategic plan for our company’s future that focuses us, aligns us and importantly inspires us.”
“I been involved in a number of strategic, multi-interest facilitations led by Mike Watson and have also retained his services for our own organization. In all cases he has demonstrated an ability to help bring diverse interests together, identifying areas of mutual interest and alignment. He is an immensely talented facilitator who is at ease working with groups ranging from Canada’s most senior business leaders to small not-for-profit organizations.”