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Trends and predictions in Canadian proxy contests

Kingsdale Advisors (Kingsdale) recently released its annual Proxy Season Review for 2017. The report examines trends observed in 2017 and provides analysis on what the future may hold for Canadian proxy contests. The report also outlines strategic recommendations for Canadian companies.

Looking back – trends from 2017

  • Shareholder activism: alive and well. Kingsdale reports that despite a drop-off in the number of public campaigns so far in 2017 (21) as compared to 2015 (55) and 2016 (33), the number of public campaigns to-date demonstrates the continued prevalence of activism in Canada with respect to public companies. The
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Executive compensation and shareholder activism

Executive compensation has been a hot button issue as of late. Not only has executive compensation come under increased scrutiny from politicians, regulators and the public at large, it is an issue that is also top-of-mind for shareholders, analysts and proxy advisory firms. For example, the Financial Post published an article earlier this year entitled “Canadian shareholders increasingly aggressive on ‘say-on-pay’”, which reports that institutional investors and the public are taking an increasingly hard-nosed and critical approach to evaluating corporate compensation decisions.

Executive compensation can be a flashpoint between a company and its shareholders, and it is thus … Continue Reading

Our Top Five Tips for Companies and Boards in advance of the 2015 Proxy Season

As a new year begins, it is always a good time to take stock of the successes of the past year and look forward to doing even better in 2015. Shareholder activism will continue to be a “hot topic” for publicly listed issuers in 2015. Here is a checklist of our top five tips to help ensure a smooth year to come:

1.            Have an Effective Communication Strategy – Having a great corporate strategy that no one knows about will not help your business. Whatever the industry, it is important that internal and external stakeholders are regularly kept informed … Continue Reading

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