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  • The trade diversification imperative: one year into CETA
    At its core, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which came into force just over a year ago, lowers tariffs and opens access for Canadian business. Following the upheaval and uncertainty of the past 18 months caused by the NAFTA renegotiations, reducing trade barriers with our second-largest trading partner – and the world’s second largest market – was a critical development.

    According to Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification, CETA allows Canadian consumers to benefit from greater choice of goods and services and provides Canadian companies more buyers for their products. It also addresses things such as labour standards, the removal of unnecessary regulatory requirements, automation of border procedures and many other factors that shape how Canada trades with the EU.









  • When, not if. When it comes to cybersecurity, is your board providing effective oversight?
    According to a report by Statistics Canada released earlier this month, Canadian businesses spent a whopping $14 billion on cybersecurity last year, and one in five were victims of a cyberattack.

    While businesses embrace new technologies such as blockchain, AI and others, many boards aren’t aware enough of how vulnerable their organizations are to cyberattacks. They may also not appreciate the repercussions this could have on their operations or their bottom line.    









  • Reputation up in smoke: How the board can prevent a management tire fire
    It’s been a constant in the media of late: another CEO scandal and another board of directors forced to deal with criticisms of fumbling and inaction. The net results are reputational damage and enraged shareholders or stakeholders.
     
    We’ve all been following the trials and tribulations of Elon Musk, resulting ultimately in his resignation  as chair after a settlement with the SEC (though he’s kept the CEO role). The Tesla board was widely criticized for not doing enough to hold Musk accountable to shareholders and questions were raised whether directors were adequately independent, particularly audit committee members.








  • The growing expectation on boards to address climate change as risks AND opportunities
    By Helle Bank Jorgensen and Veena Ramani
     
    Should corporate directors look at climate change as a risk or an opportunity? The news coming out of the U.S. underscores that it is not that simple.
     
    Recently, officials urged nearly 1 million people to evacuate swaths of the mid-Atlantic coastline in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. Such “once-in-a-generation” storms seem to affect us almost every year now. The year 2017 featured Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria among others, leading to a record breaking $202.6 billion in damages in the U.S. alone. Such extreme weather events - – record heat, wildfires, floods – now seem to be the new normal.
     







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  • 2018 diversity disclosure practices
    Women in leadership roles at TSX-listed companies
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    Women in leadership roles at TSX-listed companies
  • Hydro One material change report
    On July 11, 2018, Hydro One Limited (“HOL”), on behalf of itself and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hydro One, announced that following an approach by HOL to the Province of Ontario (the “Province”), they have entered into an agreement for the purpose of the orderly replacement of the board of directors of Hydro One and HOL and the retirement of Mayo Schmidt as the chief executive officer effective July 11, 2018.
  • Hydro One material change report
    On July 11, 2018, Hydro One Limited (“HOL”), on behalf of itself and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hydro One, announced that following an approach by HOL to the Province of Ontario (the “Province”), they have entered into an agreement for the purpose of the orderly replacement of the board of directors of Hydro One and HOL and the retirement of Mayo Schmidt as the chief executive officer effective July 11, 2018.