Regan P. Watts
Head: Innovation, Citizenship, Government Affairs
Regan Watts is a skilled executive with public and private sector experience in innovation, strategy, marketing, communications, and public and regulatory affairs across a variety of sectors including information technology, financial services, capital markets, healthcare, infrastructure, transportation, construction, and industrial manufacturing.
Regan is a member of IBM Canada's senior management group and leads Innovation, Citizenship, and Government Affairs. He initially joined IBM Canada in 2016 to lead government and regulatory affairs and was promoted to his current role in 2017.
Under his current mandate, Regan leads a group of passionate IBMers who create new markets for IBM technology and develop new collaborative innovation opportunities for our clients. The team includes Innovation Programs, who lead IBM Canada’s collaborations with government, universities, and industry partners; Corporate Citizenship, including corporate social responsibility; and, Government and Regulatory Affairs, including public policy, government relations, indigenous engagement, and IBM Canada’s Industrial Regional Benefits program office.
Prior to joining IBM, Regan served on the Executive Committee of Lafarge Canada Inc. In this role, he led corporate communications, public and regulatory affairs including oversight for environment, and corporate social responsibility.
Regan had an extensive career in public service, serving in leadership roles in the Government of Canada across four federal departments. From 2006 - 2012, he served at Finance Canada, Transport Canada, Health Canada, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
In 2012, Regan was awarded Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his public service to Canada.
An active volunteer, he serves on the Advisory Board for Earth Rangers, Canada's largest conservation organization dedicated to educating children and families about biodiversity.
Regan holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western. He lives in Toronto with his wife and their two children.Back to speakers