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Can Maple seal the deal?

The fate of the TMX has been the talk of 2011. Now it’s all come down to the ability of a sole remaining suitor, the bank-led Maple Group, to overcome competition concerns and win over a skeptical market
By Jim Middlemiss
October 7th, 2011

Melanie Aitken has earned a reputation for being a tough competition cop. Appointed to head the country’s Competition Bureau in 2009, Aitken has taken on realtors, whacked Bell Canada with a $10-million fine for false advertising and is busy chasing … Continue reading

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Unfinished business

Now that the Harper government has its stable majority, issuers and the investment community are waiting for action on some long-outstanding files
By Dana Lacey
June 25th, 2011

In his post-election glow, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised Canadians he would avoid any radical policy changes. During the campaign, he leaned heavily on one line in particular: the importance of a stable, majority government to navigate the country through … Continue reading

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Brookfield moves buoys CNSX

Will record IPO on low-fee exchange prompt others to follow?
By Paul Brent
June 25th, 2011

While TMX Group Inc. (TSX:X) spent the spring with its eyes on the big prize of a potential merger with the London Stock Exchange, a tiny domestic rival scored a coup of its own. In April, the Canadian National Stock … Continue reading

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OSC moving on democratic reform

Call for public comment on say-on-pay, director elections and proxy reform marks first step towards regulatory changes for issuers
By Dana Lacey
March 25th, 2011

The Ontario Securities Commission, spurred in part by a recent run of shareholder-friendly reform in Europe and the United States, has spent the first part of 2011 fielding public comments on three potentially dramatic regulatory reforms: mandated say-on-pay, an end … Continue reading

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Full cabinet press

No, you're not imagining it. In recent months, the biggest business headliners in Canada have been Conservative ministers from Ottawa
By Cooper Langford
December 25th, 2010

In this space last issue, we wrote about Porter Airlines’ sputtering bid for an IPO. While at last report that still hasn’t gotten off the ground, it’s impossible not to think that things should be looking up for Porter, which … Continue reading

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Understanding market mayhem can improve corporate strategy

By Bruce Freedman
December 25th, 2010

Over the years, I’ve met many CEOs who profess to ignore market movements and instead focus on the “fundamentals.” While they might believe they are separating the wheat from the chaff , the reality is, they’re doing themselves a disservice. … Continue reading

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A tale of two IPOs

Porter tried and failed. Smart Technologies hit a home run. What do summer's mixed IPO signals tell us about the rest of 2010?
By Dana Lacey
September 25th, 2010

Taken right, the dog days of August can steam the kinks out of any executive. Robert Deluce, founder, president and CEO of Porter Aviation Holdings, sounds like the season is working for him. Back on June 1, Deluce and his … Continue reading

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Say what?

The first shareholders have spoken. After a smooth start, say-on-pay still stirs the pot
By Dan Bortolotti
June 25th, 2010

Bank shareholder meetings aren’t typically known for high drama, and the Royal Bank’s annual gathering in early March was as sober as you’d expect. But as ballot collectors darted through rows of chairs at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, there … Continue reading

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Say-on-pay sparks reaction

Sidebar to "Say What?"
By Listed Staff
June 25th, 2010

Now that say-on-pay has taken root in this country, it’s prompting all kinds of response—some positive, some negative— beyond the dozen or so companies that have had or will have shareholder advisory votes on executive compensation at their 2010 annual … Continue reading

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IROs face ATS challenge

Trading growth on Alpha and other platforms making shareholder identification even tougher
By Listed staff
June 25th, 2010

No one needs to tell Shirley Chénier, senior director of investor relations at Bombardier (TSX: BBD), about the spectacular growth in trading volume on the Alpha Group’s alternative trading system. For months, Bombardier has been one of the most heavily … Continue reading

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