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“Pssst! U.S. liquidity…cheap!”

Okay, the OTCQX over-the-counter market isn’t that big of a secret. But it’s still surprising to learn how many Canadian companies are turning to it as an alternative to the cost and headache of listing on a U.S. exchange
By Paul Brent
March 16th, 2012

IT’S A CRAZY LITTLE growth story that hasn’t entirely found the spotlight. But it has found its market. Twice a week, every week, for the past year and a half, another Canadian listed company has signed up trade its shares … Continue reading

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How to see it coming

The failure to understand and evaluate the interconnectivity and compounding effects of risks is a major flaw in the way many boards oversee enterprise risk
By John Caldwell
March 15th, 2012

While board members from time to time may lay awake thinking about a so-called “Black Swan” event that could cause catastrophic damage to the company for which they serve as directors, we would assert that far fewer directors share sleepless … Continue reading

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Many are cast, fewer are counted

New rules for things like director elections and majority voting are on OSC and TSX agendas. Should they overhaul the proxy voting process instead?
By Celia Milne
December 20th, 2011

Everyone’s talking about democracy. And Bay Street, it seems, is no exception. Say-on-pay, individual election of directors, majority voting and the potential for proxy access; in some form or another, these are all current action items for the Ontario Securities … Continue reading

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We’ll always have China…right?

Despite the recent obsession with Europe’s financial crises and continued sluggishness in the U.S., there’s at least one more big worry out there—China. If its slowdown turns serious, the damage here will be extensive
By Ian McGugan
December 20th, 2011

China’s fastest growing exports are anxiety and skepticism. After years of seeing its collective wealth race ahead at a breakneck clip, the world’s most populous economy is hitting some speed bumps—and raising concerns about how severe its slowdown will be. … Continue reading

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Good, better, best

Canadian boards can expect a familiar message when they take their first calls from Stephen Erlichman, new executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance
December 15th, 2011

Insider Stephen Erlichman Who Since September, executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance Involvement The CCGG, which is led by and represents Canadian institutional shareholders, has emerged as the country’s most influential shareholder rights organization. It actively campaigns for … Continue reading

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Putting risk in its place

Escalating expectations, obligations and unwelcome surprises have directors losing sleep worrying about risk oversight. The solution lies in a mix of tried-and-true leadership and the latest knowledge and tools
By Cooper Langford
November 23rd, 2011

WHEN YOU’VE SPENT close to two decades as a CEO, held more than a dozen positions on high-level boards, and have board or executive experience in four distressed situations, you’ve earned the right to the first word on risk. “Risk … Continue reading

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Carol Stephenson: Risk, reward, repeat

In The Director's Chair, with David W. Anderson: In an era when women presidents, CEOs, chairs, corporate directors and business deans are still the exception, Carol Stephenson has excelled in all five roles
October 7th, 2011

It’s fitting that Carol Stephenson is dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business, for her multifaceted career is a case study in the value of lifelong learning, peer interaction and the power of strong leadership. In addition to her … Continue reading

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But is it art?

Since 1998, has been trying to patent its one-click buying system in Canada: business methods rarely qualify. But now a pending federal Appeal Court decision could go its way. If it does, expect a flurry of new patent applications—and costly patent litigation—in its wake
By Robert Thompson
September 15th, 2011

On the surface, it looks decidedly simple, something so straightforward that you don’t give it a second thought. Even its name—“one-click”—suggests an easy-to-use approach. Say you decide to purchase something from or one of its various international sites, including … Continue reading

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Rules of engagement

SPECIAL REPORT: PREPARING FOR PROXY SEASON - It’s never too early to start planning for next proxy season. Use the time to get to know your shareholders and help them get to know you. You’ll be on your way to owning the AGM
By Dana Lacey
September 15th, 2011

Every proxy season, there are a few quintessential stories. A leading contender in the most recent season was the showdown between the board and management of Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) and a small institutional shareholder, Northwest & Ethical Investments LP … Continue reading

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The board’s secret weapon?

By Dana Lacey
June 25th, 2011

Too many smaller companies do without a corporate secretary. Too many bigger ones undervalue the job. Too bad, because companies that get it, stand a better chance of getting ahead For the past 15 years, Mary Batoff has worked behind … Continue reading

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Two teams, many audiences, the same message

SPECIAL REPORT ON INVESTOR RELATIONS AND CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS: One size never fits all. But when it comes to to the parallel practices of corporate communications and investor relations, coordination has never been as critical
By Celia Milne
June 25th, 2011

If you think of the way your company manages corporate communications and investor relations, does the following anonymous account sound familiar? I am director of corporate communications and manage a corporate marketing communications group. We do product advertising for the … Continue reading

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Learning to love the dragon

Can Felix Chee change the way his fellow Canadians view Chinese state investment in our economy? As the first overseas point man for China's $300-billion sovereign wealth fund, he knows people are listening
By Robert Thompson
June 25th, 2011

FELIX CHEE FEELS misunderstood—and pulled in a lot of different directions. Sure, Chee understands what it is to be busy. As the former chief investment officer at Manulife Financial and head of the Ontario Hydro pension plan and University of … Continue reading

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The decision

Since day one as TransCanada’s new CEO in 2010, Russ Girling’s agenda has been dominated by the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline—a $7-billion shipping lane to move Alberta oilsands oil to Texas. Come autumn, it’s Hillary Clinton’s call
By Mark Anderson
June 25th, 2011

Since day one as TransCanada’s new CEO in 2010, Russ Girling’s agenda has been dominated by the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline—a $7-billion shipping lane to move Alberta oilsands oil to Texas. Come autumn, it’s Hillary Clinton’s call It’s … Continue reading

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