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2017 ISS and Glass Lewis Updates to Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co (Glass Lewis) have both released their updates to their respective Canadian proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. The ISS updates apply to...more

InterOil and heightened judicial scrutiny of plans of arrangement

A recent decision of the Yukon Court of Appeal (comprised of justices of the British Columbia Court of Appeal) has confirmed the importance for boards of directors to ensure not only that a proposed plan of arrangement is...more

Disclosure of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions in Alberta

On September 14, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) released for comment its proposed amendments to National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (PDF). The proposed amendments put forward...more

Are Mandatory Gender Diversity Targets Coming for Public Companies in Ontario?

On June 7, 2016, the Ontario government announced that it has accepted all 11 recommendations set forth in Catalyst Canada’s report, Gender Diversity on Boards in Canada: Recommendations for Accelerating Progress (Report)....more

Ontario Encourages Gender Diversity Targets for Boards

The Ontario Government has announced a target that women comprise at least 40 percent of appointments to provincial boards and agencies by 2019 and is encouraging businesses to set gender diversity targets for their boards of...more

Insider Trading and Tipping in Ontario at a Glance

What is a Material Fact or Change? A material fact is a fact that, if disclosed, would reasonably be expected to have a significant effect on the market price or value of the securities of the issuer in question. A material...more

Taseko Mines Defeats Raging River in Proxy Contest: Important Lessons for Boards Facing a Dissident Attack

After a lengthy, acrimonious and costly proxy contest to remove three directors of Taseko Mines Limited (“Taseko”) and elect its own nominees, in early May, 2016, activist investor Raging River Capital LP (“Raging River”)...more

Feeling Oppressed? Not if it’s from a Breach of Contract, Says Court of Appeal

In Shefsky v. California Gold Mining Inc., the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) upheld the chambers judge’s decision and dismissed the appeal of Martin Shefsky in a fight for control of the board of directors of California...more

"All the time in the world": Canadian securities regulators adopt fundamental changes to take-over bid regime

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have announced the final adoption of fundamental changes to the take-over bid regime in Canada. These changes are substantially similar to a draft version of the amendments that...more

New Capital Markets Regulator: Extent of Consultation and CMA Provisions Remain of Concern

Comments on the revised consultation draft of the provincial/territorial Capital Markets Act (CMA) and the draft initial regulations (Initial Regulations and, together with the CMA, the Consultation Drafts) for the proposed...more

B.C. Supreme Court Dismisses Petition in Proxy Fight Over Kobex

The British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) recently considered certain issues relating to a proxy battle involving a TSX Venture Exchange-listed issuer, Kobex Capital Corp. (Kobex). The Court’s decision in Kingsway Financial...more

Women on boards: Review and discussion of new “comply or explain” disclosure requirements

On September 29, 2015, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) hosted a roundtable to discuss both its findings on compliance with and the disclosure undertaken in response to National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of...more

Director Term Limits Not Common

On September 28, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a staff notice summarizing the findings from its review of the corporate governance disclosure of non-venture issuers related to policies regarding...more

CSA Findings from Gender Diversity Disclosure Requirements Review Released

On September 28, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a staff notice summarizing the findings from its review of the corporate governance disclosure of non-venture issuers as it relates to the...more

Canadian Coalition of Good Governance Advocates More Proxy Access

Earlier this year, the Canadian Coalition of Good Governance (CCGG) released its publication “Shareholder Involvement in the Director Nomination Process: Enhanced Engagement and Proxy Access”, proposing enhanced proxy access...more

Be Global - July 2015

The UK Government has now published its plans for when radical new transparency in supply chain reporting comes into effect, brought in by the Modern Slavery Act. As from October 2015, assuming timings are kept in the...more

Broad Changes to Ontario Corporate Law Recommended

A panel of legal practitioners and academics appointed by Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (Panel) has recommended potential updates and revisions to a number of corporate and commercial Ontario statutes...more

Ontario Ministry’s Expert Report Recommends Big Changes to Province’s Corporate Laws

On July 9, 2015, an expert panel convened by the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) released their final report (the Expert Report) containing many broad recommendations on how to modernize Ontario’s...more

The WSGR Data Advisor

In this issue: - Navigating Public Company Cybersecurity Obligations: Advising Boards and Disclosing to Investors - FTC Updates School-Related COPPA Guidance - Status Update on the EU Data Protection...more

2015 Canadian Proxy Season – New Requirements and Continuing Trends

Annual meeting season for Canadian public companies starts soon. What new requirements and continuing trends will companies face in 2015? This update discusses some of them. - New requirements: The following new...more

2015 Proxy Advisory Voting Guidelines: Proxy Season Highlights

In preparing for the upcoming proxy season, it is important for issuers to be familiar with the current Canadian proxy voting guidelines prepared by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis & Co. (Glass...more

Directors Need to Meet High Standard to Avoid Liability

The Tax Court of Canada again confirmed that directors of corporations will have a high burden to meet to establish a due diligence defence and avoid liability for unremitted source deductions....more

Dispute Over Landscaping Repairs Results in Personal Penalties against Condo Directors and a Fascinating Governance War Story

Court decisions holding corporate directors personally liable for acting in bad faith tend to be few and far between in Canadian jurisprudence. The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Boily et al v Carleton Condominium...more

Final Disclosure Rules Regarding Women on Boards and in Senior Management

TSX-listed companies will almost certainly need to include disclosure in their information circulars or annual information forms on the representation of women on their boards and in senior management for the 2015 proxy...more

Doing Business in Canada: Directors' Liabilities

DIRECTORS’ LIABILITIES - In Canada, there is a legal duty for every director and officer of a corporation to act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the corporation when exercising his/her...more

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