Government Relations

The Government Relations Manager monitors all activity at all levels of government across Canada and is the voice of negotiation and advocacy for natural health professionals, ensuring that the best interests of the NHPC's members are represented.

Kathy WatsonKathy Watson
Government Relations Manager

Kathy joined the NHPC in 2012 as the Manager of Government Relations.

Her responsibilities with the NHPC focus on advocacy to governments on the behalf of NHPC members in the areas of municipal bylaws, provincial and territorial programs, taxation, and regulation. Kathy's work provides facts on complementary and alternative health to decision-makers whose policies, laws, and legislation impact the livelihoods, opportunities, and work environments of NHPC members.

Kathy's work experience includes many years in senior positions — most of which involved working as an advocate. Her background also includes owning and managing businesses, managing government relationships for corporate and not-for-profit organizations, and politics. Kathy has a long history of sitting on nationally active boards, including the Canadian Capital Cities Organization, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and the National Association for Municipal and Aboriginal Relations.

Kathy was on City Council for nine years and was Mayor of Whitehorse for six of those years. During her time in public office she represented the city and territory as the guest of Premier MacDonald on trade missions to the United States and with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien on the Team Canada Trade Mission to Japan.

In her personal life, Kathy spends as much time possible with her three children and their families — which include six grandchildren. Kathy is very close to her family and always has at least "one more story" about her little ones.

kwatson@nhpcanada.org
ext. 228