Category: Corporate Governance

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Director Independence Regime – Time for a Change?

April 23, 2018

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have received formal submissions (Submissions) on Consultation Paper 52-404 – Approach to Director and Audit Committee Member Independence (Consultation Paper) from 27 commentators, ranging from public companies, large investors, governance commentators, professional bodies and practitioners at law firms, among others, with several Submissions representing the collective views of numerous contributing organizations. The Consultation Paper considers…

No Such Thing as March Break (2018) – Selected Corporate and Securities Law Developments

April 13, 2018

March was once again a busy month this year for corporate and securities law developments, with the publishing of staff notices by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), as well as developments regarding proposed amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) that continued to make their way through the legislative…

Bill 141: New Governance Rules for Certain Quebec Companies

December 11, 2017

Directors of Quebec insurers, trust and savings companies and deposit institutions will have increased duties regarding the development and enforcement of “sound commercial practices” and “sound and prudent management practices” in order to comply with new regulations enacted by Bill 141. The bill, titled An Act mainly to improve the regulation of the financial sector, the protection of deposits of…

CSA Reports Another Small Step for Women; Still No Giant Leap for Humankind

October 31, 2017

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 58-309 Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (Notice). The Notice continues the review, for a third year, of “comply or explain” disclosure provided by non-venture public companies concerning the representation of women on boards…

Quebec Introduces Much Anticipated Bill 141 to Revise Framework for Quebec Financial Sector

October 10, 2017

On October 5, 2017, Quebec’s Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão (Minister) introduced Bill 141, An Act mainly to improve the regulation of the financial sector, the protection of deposits of money and the operation of financial institutions (Bill) in the National Assembly, a much anticipated omnibus bill that is meant to improve the framework of Quebec’s financial sector and strengthen…

New Medium, Same Expectations: CSA Cautions Canadian Public Issuers on Use of Social Media

March 14, 2017

On March 9, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-348 Staff’s Review of Social Media Used by Reporting Issuers (Staff Notice), which reported on the social media disclosure (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and GooglePlus postings, amongst others, as well as disclosure on issuers’ own websites, including any message boards or blogs hosted on such sites) of…

2017 Proxy Advisory Firm Voting Guidelines: Canadian Highlights

January 31, 2017

As an early step in preparing for the upcoming proxy season, issuers should familiarize themselves with the Canadian proxy voting guidelines recently published by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis). This bulletin addresses certain of the updated topics covered by the ISS benchmark policy recommendations and Glass Lewis proxy guidelines regarding issuers listed on…

Proposed Regulations for Revised CBCA Provide Structure to Changes Proposed in Bill C-25

January 30, 2017

With the recent release of proposed regulations (Regulations), the Government of Canada has put some meat on the bones of the proposed changes to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) that were contained in Bill C-25 (Bill), which was released in the fall of 2016. In large measure, the Regulations continue the trend seen in the Bill of aligning the…

CSA Identifies Only a Small Step for Women; No Giant Leap for Humankind

October 5, 2016

On September 28, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 58-308 – Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (Notice). The Notice continues the review, for a second year, of “comply or explain” disclosure provided by non-venture public companies in Manitoba, New…

Alberta Securities Commission Proposes Adoption of Gender Diversity Disclosure Requirements

September 21, 2016

On September 14, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 58-101 – Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices and Form 8-101F1 – Corporate Governance Disclosure that establish disclosure requirements regarding the representation of women on boards of directors and in executive officer positions of non-venture issuers as well as with respect to term limits…

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