Jaime Watt

Executive Chairman, Navigator Ltd.

Jaime Watt is the Executive Chairman of Navigator. He specializes in complex public strategy issues, serving both domestic and international clients in the corporate, professional services, not-for-profit, and government sectors.

Widely regarded as Canada’s leading high stakes communications strategist, he is a trusted advisor to boards of directors, business and professional leaders as well as political leaders at all three levels of government across Canada. Jaime has led ground-breaking election campaigns that have transformed politics because of their boldness and creativity.

Jaime has been involved in governance education and thought leadership throughout his career. He is a guest lecturer at a variety of Rotman School programmes at the University of Toronto and is a Lecturer at the Ivey School of Business at Western University. He regularly provides expert opinion in challenging governance situations.

Currently, Jaime chairs the board of OCAD University and the Literary Review of Canada. He serves on the boards of many organizations including the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto, the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake, as well as Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre and Crimson Asset Management.

He is a past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto and the Albany Club.

Deeply involved with efforts to promote equality and human rights issues, he was the inaugural recipient of Egale’s Lifetime Achievement Award and has been awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals for service to the community. He recently received Out on Bay Street’s Leader to be Proud of Award. Jaime has been elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, is a Toronto Heritage Companion, and was recently named one of Toronto’s most influential citizens.

A highly regarded speaker, Jaime appears often as a public affairs commentator in the media. He is a regular contributor to the CBC, including: The Weekly with Wendy Mesley, The House with Chris Hall, and its flagship news program The National. He also writes a weekly column for The Toronto Star and is a Policy Magazine contributing writer.