TEC CEO, Small Business and Key Executive Chair
“In times of rapid change, it’s critical for the CEO to keep his/her eye trained on the future direction of the company, since no one else is paying attention to it.”
Stuart Watson believes that being truly successful means keeping the balance in all areas of one’s life. Whether playing in the retail big leagues with three industry-leading companies, directing public companies, or chairing a private school, Stu balances business with dedication to his family.
Stu began his career as a chartered accountant. He advised clients in a wide range of industries until he decided to launch two sporting goods companies, Umbro Canada and Sims Snowboards. Thanks to his efforts, Umbro’s share of the branded soccer market in Canada grew in ten years from virtually nothing to a dominant position, as did Sims. In addition, Stu helped launch another company in the packaged goods market.
In 1995, Stu joined TEC to develop his own leadership skills and quality of life. He describes it as, “the most profound business learning of my life.” As a TEC Chair, Stu welcomes members seeking supportive, respectful guidance and ideas on how to troubleshoot the challenges of managing change and competing demands in a fast-paced environment. His focus is particularly on the challenges of retail, wholesale, distribution, international business and sales and marketing.
TEC Group Vision
“We are committed to continual personal and company growth, and value our group as a place for honest and candid exchange in a climate of trust and security.” Stuart’s group members take full advantage of his many years in the management suite and value his guidance with their own strategic planning and team-building activities.
- Born in Edmonton, grew up in Saskatoon
- Married his high school sweetheart over 40 years ago
- Received Ethics in Action award
- Enjoys golfing and curling