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.
- PhD, Leadership, Gonzaga University, USA 2008 (Organizational Psychology)
- Family Enterprise Advisor, Family Enterprise Exchange (FEA), Canada
- MA, Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University (Psychology), USA 1996
- CHA, Health Administration, University of Saskatchewan, 1990
- CMC, Certified Management Consultant, ongoing membership
- International Association of Public Participation (IAP2 Canada), Certified Public Participation Practitioner, IAP2 Canada Board, Research chair
- Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), Certified Prosci, Enterprise Change Management Practitioner
- International Coaching Federation, MCC, Master Certified Coach
Leadership and Psychology
Sherry has an extensive educational background in leadership and the psychology of individuals, groups and organizations. She puts this training to use in leveraging and maximizing contributions for the greater good of organizations and their communities. She is a popular facilitator of groups on complex matters to bring about collaborative results with more cohesive organizations within an industry sector. Her work produces success with diverse stakeholders who desire to build coalitions and a collective voice to achieve strategic innovations with the commitment of all stakeholders. With a strong belief in the leadership quotient, Sherry coaches and develops leaders to take their organizations and teams to the next level.
Sherry is a popular speaker at conferences and industry events, and she brings new insights into understanding how people and organizations can achieve results together under the directives of change. One of her innovative topics is “Biopsychology and Managing Resistance to Change” bringing together her training in neuropsychology and experience as a change management specialist. She participates in industry panels and regional and national forums. Sherry is a chair with IAP2 Canada bridging research into the practice of organizations who undertake complex stakeholder engagement. Her speaking engagements include conferences and seminars in Canada, the US, Europe and Africa and organizations such as ACMP Global, IAP2 Global, the International Association of Management, and the Conference Board of Canada. She writes articles and books relevant to understanding how organizations and individuals can work together, pursue change and promote success.
Education can be a passive tool without applying what is learned to real-life messy situations. Sherry’s expertise provides organizations and individuals with the opportunity to actively learn and develop their skills and determine how to best transfer knowledge into practice to achieve desired results in chaotic environments. She builds education and training programs for higher education and industry and provides customized coaching and leadership seminars.
Sherry has extensive experience with both the profit and non-profit sectors. In addition to administrative and consulting roles in both sectors she has a long history of volunteer work in the not for profit sector. Sherry chaired the hospital-community liaison committee and on-air presentations for three years with the BC’s Children’s Hospital Miracle Network Telethon. In addition, she has participated as a coach and facilitator of non-profit societies seeking to develop their organizations through the Social Enterprises Heroes event. She has provided pro bono advisory services to non-profits and community organizations.
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.”