Nolan Watson, a South Surrey resident known for his business expertise and charitable efforts, received a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal June 20 in Vancouver.
Nolan was nominated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C. in the early-to mid-career category for chartered accountants “who display exceptional promise, leadership, innovation and/or achievement, both within the profession and within their communities.”
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal honours Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their fellow countrymen, their community or to Canada over the previous 60 years.
Watson, who is on vacation, was not available for comment.
According to an online profile, in 2006, at age 26, Watson became the youngest chief financial officer of a multi-billion-dollar company in the history of the New York Stock Exchange when he became chief financial officer of Silver Wheaton.
Watson is currently the president and CEO of two finance companies in the mining sector, President and CEO of Sandstorm Gold and Sandstorm Metals & Energy.
He is also the founder and president of Nations Cry, a charity that promises 100 per cent of funds donated will be spent to “feed, clothe, house, rehabilitate, educate and save men, women and children around the world.”