Chair, Board of Governors
Jaime Watt is the Executive Chairman of Navigator Ltd. He specializes in complex public strategy issues, serving both domestic and international clients in the corporate, professional services, not-for-profit, and government sectors.
He is a trusted advisor to business 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 is immediate past president of the Albany Club, Canada’s oldest political club. He also serves on the boards of many other organizations including the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto, the Stratford Festival and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. As well, he chairs the Capital Campaign for Casey House, Canada’s pioneer AIDS hospice, and is past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, Canada’s oldest podium of record.
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, and appears on its flagship news program The National with Peter Mansbridge.
A successful entrepreneur, Salah Bachir began his career in publishing, and is currently president of Cineplex Media. An avid art collector, Salah’s diverse collection features many works by Canadian artists and as a patron of the arts, he has supported numerous cultural events, organizations and programs. He is a champion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and has devoted his support to another signature issue – healthcare. He has raised millions of dollars for hospitals in Toronto and has been recognized for his work on behalf of local and international charities. Salah became Chancellor of OCAD University in June 2017.