Chair Profile: Stuart Watson

July 5th, 2018|Chair Profiles|

Stuart Watson

TEC Canada CEO, Small Business and Key
Executive Chair
Vancouver, BC

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.

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Stuart Watson knows that being a CEO is a high-wire act, involving just the right combination of juggling and balancing. He also believes being truly successful means keeping the balance in all areas of one’s life. Stuart joined TEC in 1995 to develop his own leadership skills and quality of life, describing it as “the most profound business learning of my life.”

Whether playing in the retail big leagues with three companies that he steered to become industry leaders, directing public companies, or chairing a private school, this serial entrepreneur has gone from one success to the next. Testament to his achievements in balancing business with personal life are his 40-year marriage and dedication to his family. While Stuart coached his executive team at work he also found time to coach his boys in hockey and baseball.

Stuart began his career as a chartered accountant after earning a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan. He advised clients in a wide range of industries until the siren song of entrepreneurship led him to launch – not one, but two – sporting goods companies, Umbro Canada and Sims Snowboards.

Thanks to his efforts, Umbro’s share of the branded soccer market in Canada grew over a ten-year period from virtually nothing to a dominant position, as did Sims. Not content to rest on his laurels, Stuart helped launch another company in the packaged goods market, launching products into chain retailers from Walmart to Target. The combined sales of these three companies exceeded $100 million.

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.”


  • Born in Edmonton, grew up in Saskatoon
  • Married his high school sweetheart over 40 years ago
  • Ethics in Action award for ethical decision making
  • Enjoys golfing and curling

TEC Canada is a member-based peer advisory organization of over 1,300 chief executives, entrepreneurs and business owners from across Canada. For over 30 years, TEC has been helping leaders achieve success through the power of confidential group meetings, one-to-one executive coaching, business thought leadership and a global network of over 23,000 business leaders.

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