Governance & Leadership

It is a dynamic time to be involved in philanthropic leadership.

Governance is the anchor. Watermark can help you deepen capacity for effective leadership and decision-making, and promote healthier organizational or family culture…anytime or during times of change and transition.

In addition to being an experienced board director, Sharilyn is a Chartered Director and a governance advisor and trainer with Boardsource, drawing from their cutting edge resources and curriculum for nonprofit governance.  She also teaches Governance & Leadership at Carleton University’s graduate program in Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership.

governance and leadership
Watermark offers the following leadership, corporate and family governance, and organizational development services:


  • Governance assessments; performance evaluation; policy review and development
  • Board building and succession strategies
  • Director education, and family philanthropy explorations
  • Private one-on-one coaching for CEO’s and Board Chairs
  • Family and team meetings and retreats

We also offer 1 to 3-day workshops and retreats customized for you, such as:

  • Board Leadership & Engagement: Fundamentals for Success
  • Strategic Board Building & Development
  • Show Me the Money: Creating a Philanthropic Culture
  • The Board/Staff Partnership: How to Share Leadership and Get Results
  • Practices of High-Performing Boards: What the Best Boards Do Well
  • Board Self-Assessment and Action Planning

“Who knew governance could be so much fun??!! Sharilyn is a master teacher.”

Workshop participant, 2023