IR Leader
January 31, 2017

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Regulations for CBCA's New Diversity, Majority Voting and Notice-for-Access Provisions Released

The Government of Canada has released proposed regulations to accompany the proposed amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act under Bill C-25. These proposed regulations add detail to Bill C-25's three major themes: Diversity disclosure; Majority voting in uncontested director elections; and Internet-based provision of meeting materials to shareholders (notice-and-access).

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Canadian Securities Regulators Publish Final Proxy Voting Protocols

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published CSA Staff Notice 54-305 Meeting Vote Reconciliation Protocols, which outlines CSA staff expectations and guidance for improving the processes involved in the tabulation of proxy votes.

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Here is the Letter the World's Largest Investor, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, Just Sent to CEOs Everywhere

Larry Fink, the chief executive at BlackRock, which with $5.1 trillion is the world's biggest investor, just sent his annual letter to chief executives at S&P 500 companies and large European corporations.

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CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 51-347 Disclosure of Cyber Security Risks and Incidents

Cyber security was identified as a priority area in the CSA 2016-2019 Business Plan. On September 27, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published Staff Notice 11-332 Cyber Security (Staff Notice 11-332) in order to highlight the importance of cyber security risks for issuers, registrants and regulated entities and inform stakeholders about recent and upcoming CSA initiatives. With respect to issuers, Staff Notice 11-332 indicated that CSA members would examine the disclosure of some of the larger issuers to analyze what is being disclosed with respect to cyber security risk and cyber attacks.

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An Age of Shareholder Empowerment

In a corporate directors survey (the Survey) entitled "The swinging pendulum: Board governance in the age of shareholder empowerment", PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) presents current trends in investor influence and their impact on governance practices of boards and management teams.

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Institutional Investors Want 'Climate Competency' in Canada's Boardrooms: Report

Despite growing concern from institutional investors about the risks associated with climate change and the subsequent impact on companies in their portfolios, companies in Canada's most carbon-intensive sectors are not demonstrating "climate competency" in the boardroom, according to a new report.

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