Securities Law

58-101F1 - Corporate Governance Disclosure [F - Rescinded]

Published Date: 2005-06-30
Effective Date: 2005-06-30
Rescinded Date: 2011-10-31
Document(s):

Concurrently Published:

1.         Board of Directors -

(a)       Disclose the identity of directors who are independent. 

(b)       Disclose the identity of directors who are not independent, and describe the basis for that determination.

(c)       Disclose whether or not a majority of directors are independent.  If a majority of directors are not independent, describe what the board of directors (the board) does to facilitate its exercise of independent judgement in carrying out its responsibilities. 

(d)       If a director is presently a director of any other issuer that is a reporting issuer (or the equivalent) in a jurisdiction or a foreign jurisdiction, identify both the director and the other issuer.

(e)       Disclose whether or not the independent directors hold regularly scheduled meetings at which non-independent directors and members of management are not in attendance.  If the independent directors hold such meetings, disclose the number of meetings held since the beginning of the issuer’s most recently completed financial year.  If the independent directors do not hold such meetings, describe what the board does to facilitate open and candid discussion among its independent directors. 

(f)        Disclose whether or not the chair of the board is an independent director.  If the board has a chair or lead director who is an independent director, disclose the identity of the independent chair or lead director, and describe his or her role and responsibilities.  If the board has neither a chair that is independent nor a lead director that is independent, describe what the board does to provide leadership for its independent directors.

(g)       Disclose the attendance record of each director for all board meetings held since the beginning of the issuer’s most recently completed financial year. 

2.         Board Mandate -Disclose the text of the board’s written mandate.  If the board does not have a written mandate, describe how the board delineates its role and responsibilities.

3.             Position Descriptions -

(a)       Disclose whether or not the board has developed written position descriptions for the chair and the chair of each board committee.  If the board has not developed written position descriptions for the chair and/or the chair of each board committee, briefly describe how the board delineates the role and responsibilities of each such position.

(b)       Disclose whether or not the board and CEO have developed a written position description for the CEO.  If the board and CEO have not developed such a position description, briefly describe how the board delineates the role and responsibilities of the CEO.

4.            Orientation and Continuing Education - 

(a)       Briefly describe what measures the board takes to orient new directors regarding

(i)             the role of the board, its committees and its directors, and 

(ii)             the nature and operation of the issuer’s business.

(b)       Briefly describe what measures, if any, the board takes to provide continuing education for its directors.  If the board does not provide continuing education, describe how the board ensures that its directors maintain the skill and knowledge necessary to meet their obligations as directors.

5.         Ethical Business Conduct -

(a)       Disclose whether or not the board has adopted a written code for the directors, officers and employees.  If the board has adopted a written code: 

(i)             disclose how a person or company may obtain a copy of the code;

(ii)             describe how the board monitors compliance with its code, or if the board does not monitor compliance, explain whether and how the board satisfies itself regarding compliance with its code; and 

(iii)             provide a cross-reference to any material change report filed since the beginning of the issuer’s most recently completed financial year that pertains to any conduct of a director or executive officer that constitutes a departure from the code.

(b)       Describe any steps the board takes to ensure directors exercise independent judgement in considering transactions and agreements in respect of which a director or executive officer has a material interest.

(c)       Describe any other steps the board takes to encourage and promote a culture of ethical business conduct. 

6.            Nomination of Directors -

(a)       Describe the process by which the board identifies new candidates for board nomination. 

(b)       Disclose whether or not the board has a nominating committee composed entirely of independent directors.  If the board does not have a nominating committee composed entirely of independent directors, describe what steps the board takes to encourage an objective nomination process.

(c)       If the board has a nominating committee, describe the responsibilities, powers and operation of the nominating committee. 

7.             Compensation -

(a)       Describe the process by which the board determines the compensation for the issuer’s directors and officers. 

(b)       Disclose whether or not the board has a compensation committee composed entirely of independent directors.  If the board does not have a compensation committee composed entirely of independent directors, describe what steps the board takes to ensure an objective process for determining such compensation.

(c)       If the board has a compensation committee, describe the responsibilities, powers and operation of the compensation committee. 

(d)       If a compensation consultant or advisor has, at any time since the beginning of the issuer’s most recently completed financial year, been retained to assist in determining compensation for any of the issuer’s directors and officers, disclose the identity of the consultant or advisor and briefly summarize the mandate for which they have been retained.  If the consultant or advisor has been retained to perform any other work for the issuer, state that fact and briefly describe the nature of the work.

8.         Other Board Committees - If the board has standing committees other than the audit, compensation and nominating committees, identify the committees and describe their function.

9.             Assessments- Disclose whether or not the board, its committees and individual directors are regularly assessed with respect to their effectiveness and contribution.  If assessments are regularly conducted, describe the process used for the assessments.  If assessments are not regularly conducted, describe how the board satisfies itself that the board, its committees, and its individual directors are performing effectively.

INSTRUCTION:       

 (1)      This Form applies to both corporate and non-corporate entities. Reference to a particular corporate characteristic, such as a board, includes any equivalent characteristic of a non-corporate entity. 

Income trust issuers must provide disclosure in a manner which recognizes that certain functions of a corporate issuer, its board and its management may be performed by any or all of the trustees, the board or management of a subsidiary of the trust, or the board, management or employees of a management company. In the case of an income trust, references to “the issuer” refer to both the trust and any underlying entities, including the operating entity. 

(2)       If the disclosure required by Item 1 is included in a management information circular distributed to security holders of the issuer for the purpose of electing directors to the issuer’s board of directors, provide disclosure regarding the existing directors and any proposed directors.

(3)            Disclosure regarding board committees made under Item 8 of this Form may include the existence and summary content of any committee charter.