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Federal government proposes changes to corporate law: What it means for corporate governance and shareholder activism

On September 28, 2016, Canada’s federal government introduced a bill proposing amendments (the Amendments) to the Canada Business Corporations Act (the CBCA), among other acts. The Amendments include new requirements for electing directors, mandatory diversity disclosure, and changes to shareholder communications. These proposed changes, if enacted, will have significant effects on corporate governance and shareholder activism in Canada. Here are some of the key things issuers and investors will need to know.

 Election of directors

 The Amendments introduce several changes to the election of directors. They will require publicly traded corporations, with some prescribed exceptions, to:

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Board renewal: A focus on board performance

Long-serving boards and board renewal policies may face increasing scrutiny in the 2015 proxy season. Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) recently released a position paper, Beyond Term Limits: Using Performance Management to Guide Board Renewal (the ICD Paper) which calls on boards of directors to rethink their board renewal policies and encourages a more proactive and flexible approach to renewal, focusing on director performance and cautioning against over-reliance on term limits.

The ICD Paper questions the effectiveness of term limits to ensure adequate board renewal, and instead encourages boards to center their renewal policy around comprehensive … Continue Reading

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