johngfwatson atreplace aol dotreplace com
Associate, British Columbia
John Watson has extensive experience as a senior executive in the federal public service gained over thirty years with a particular expertise in aboriginal issues, federal provincial engagement and innovative policy approaches. For the past decade he has provided strategic advice to First Nations clients and organizations seeking productive partnerships with First Nations.
For two and a half years he was the Head of the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat in the Privy Council Office where he served as the Secretary to the Cabinet Committee on Aboriginal Affairs chaired by former Prime Minister Paul Martin. In this role Mr. Watson was responsible for leading the development of new aboriginal policy approaches, the co-ordination of the Prime Minister’s Roundtable with Aboriginal Leaders, the Policy Retreat of the Cabinet Committee with Aboriginal Leaders and the policy aspects of the successful First Ministers Meeting on Aboriginal Issues held in Kelowna in November 2005.
Mr. Watson was formerly the Regional Director General of Indian Affairs in British Columbia and has also previously directed the management of regional federal organizations responsible for labour market and training programs in both British Columbia and Ontario and the delivery of immigration programs. In these roles he has actively worked with industry associations, community and municipal organizations and international governments successfully negotiating many complex agreements and forging innovative and productive partnerships.
He was educated in Political Science at Carlton University and is a previous recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Head of the Public Service for his work related to the successful negotiation of the Nisga’a Treaty. He is the former chair of the Pacific Council of Senior Federal Officials. He retired from the federal public service in May of 2006 and is in private consulting practice with an impressive roster of clients.