This session will present the results and the implications of a recent study which surveyed Canadian institutional investors, who were asked whether or not they incorporate ESG issues into their investment decision-making, and if they do, where they get their information and how useful it is when making investment decisions.
Catherine Gordon, President, SimpleLogic Inc.
Paul Schneider, Head of Corporate Governance, Public Equities, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
John Truzzolino, Director Business Development, RR Donnelley
Katharine Preston, Senior Manager, Responsible Investing, OPTrust
Compensation continues to be the centerpiece for corporate governance and a flashpoint for activists. Shareholders are taking a closer look at the relationship between compensation and performance. Say-on-pay votes are becoming more important and, as such, new standards are emerging in realized versus realizable pay disclosures, peer assessments and the importance of compensation risk reviews. Canadian institutional investor advisors are prompting the adoption of clawback policies by Canadian public companies as a governance best practice. Getting the design right must be supported by intelligent disclosures.
The focus of the session is on best practices respecting improving gender diversity on company boards and senior management. The session will also discuss the latest updates in practices and levels of representation of women as directors and as executives, prevalence of companies adopting written disclosure policies, company practices for increasing the proportion of women directors and executives, including what worked and where there is room for improvement of regulatory developments in regulation in Canada and internationally.
Moderator: Mary Lou Maher, Business Unit Leader, GTA Audit & Chief Diversity Officer, KPMG
Panel: Wendi Locke, Partner, Corporate Finance, McCarthy Tétrault and Faculty Member of The Directors CollegeSelma Lussenburg, C.Dir., VP, Governance, Corporate Safety & Security, Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA)Terry Goodtrack C.Dir., President and Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada (AFOA Canada)Deborah Rosati, co-founder of Women Get on Board and Affiliate Partner of The Directors College
This panel will focus the discussion on understanding the growing threats in terms of cyber-attacks and cyber espionage, the evolving duties of boards of directors to know what the right questions are to determine whether they are fulfilling their fiduciary duties for proper oversight on information and risk management systems, and will take a look the key questions that boards must ask to prepare for and mitigate the threats from cyber-attacks and espionage.
Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D. Executive Director, Privacy & Big Data Institute, Ryerson University
Jeffry Powell, EVP, Sales Director, Diligent Board Member Services, Inc.
Stephen Mallory, Chair of the Governance, Risk and Strategy Committee on the board of VIA Rail Canada Inc; CEO, Directors Global Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Jacqueline Detablan, B.Comm, FCIP, CRM, CIPP/C, Vice President, Professional Liability, Financial Lines AIG Canada
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