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Perspectives | Issue 9

Navigator’s folio of ideas, insights and new ways of thinking

Corrective Lenses

June 6, 2018
Jaime Watt
Jaime Watt | Executive Chairman
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IF THERE IS ONE THING we have all learned through the remarkable events of the past several months, it’s the importance of social lenses. Inevitably, different people look at the same social situation and understand it in different ways.

This has created an environment where the threat of moral jeopardy hangs over individuals and organizations in every sector. The shift in values and expectations is playing out in everything from a heightened focus on sexual politics in the workplace to social media and privacy to corporate governance and reporting.

The nature of our work as communicators puts Navigator in the front lines when it comes to the adjustment required to cope with rapid societal change. To underscore the power of the social lens, we’ve attached a pair of 3D glasses to this edition of Perspectives. On every page, you will find an image or an icon that reinforces our editorial focus on the rise of moral jeopardy and
its growing impact.

That concept – and the overall design of Perspectives—showcases the creativity and talent
of Navigator’s in-house digital and design squad, Pinpoint.

We created Pinpoint to ensure Navigator’s clients have access to some of the best and brightest in the business when it comes to the all-important craft of multi-platform message delivery. In an age of social media and short attention spans, it’s essential to use powerful images—on everything from website to campaign collateral—to drive home the message.

We believe this edition Perspectives does just that. And
we hope you enjoy it.

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About the author:

Jaime Watt
Jaime Watt | Executive Chairman
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Jaime Watt is the Executive Chairman of Navigator and a bestselling author. 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 corporate governance education and thought leadership throughout his career and regularly provides expert opinion in challenging governance situations. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Directors Education Program, jointly developed and administered by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is also a guest lecturer for a variety of Rotman School programs, and the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Currently, Jaime is the Chancellor of OCAD University. As well, he serves on the board of University Health Network, the Literary Review of Canada, CANFAR and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

He is a past president or chair of the Canadian Club of Toronto, the Albany Club, Casey House – Canada’s pioneer AIDS hospice, Canadians for Equal Marriage, Canadian Human Rights Campaign and Canadian Human Rights Trust among others. Additionally, he is a past director, trustee or governor of many organizations including the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, Stratford Festival, TD Bank Private Giving Foundation, Clean Water Foundation, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, and the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.

In his board leadership activities, he has frequently been elected to strategic planning, audit, succession planning, search and crisis management committees.

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 named one of Toronto’s most influential citizens.

A highly regarded speaker, Jaime often appears as a public affairs commentator in the media. He is a regular contributor to all CBC platforms across Canada and writes a weekly column for The Toronto Star.

Jaime’s debut book, What I Wish I Said: Confessions of a Columnist, is a national bestseller and is already in its second printing. You can find it online and in bookstores nationwide.

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