In 2018, Canada had a record year for shareholder activism campaigns, and the climate in Canada has never been more fertile. A number of corporations faced with activist director contests have set up strategic partnerships with investment firms, partly in an effort to keep dissidents at bay, and Canadian corporations are being tasked with placing greater emphasis on director overboarding, board diversity and ESG oversight.
 
Join The Deal, the leading U.S. news source of mergers, acquisitions and all other changes in corporate control, for an exclusive gathering of corporate executives, board members and fund managers to explore the evolving relationship between companies, activists, institutional investors and shareholders, and examine the new reality for Canadian company boards.

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The Deal’s Corporate Governance conference attracts senior corporate executives, board members, fund managers and institutional investors.  Attendees walk away with smart strategies and ideas, and new connections to the people shaping the conversation around corporate governance and shareholder activism in public companies.

On the evening of September 18, 2019, The Deal will host an invitation-only dinner to bring together C-suite executives, board directors and the firms that serve them. Sponsor firms have the opportunity to join The Deal in this unique environment for networking and business development. For more information, please contact Jonathan McReynolds at jmcreynolds@thedeal.com or 212.224.3026.

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Pensions Speaking up in Deals 

The role of the pension fund in shareholder activism continues to expand. These funds, many run by large, public systems, are key contributors to activist funds and often vote to support their agendas. Pension funds also are activists in their own right, driving governance changes through activist shareholder proposals. This panel seeks to explore the changing role of the pension fund, how managers can best allocate their funds and how activist investors are working to corroborate or fight against these large pools of cash.

Inside the Boardroom: How Do You Work with an Activist Nominated Director on Your Board? 

You either fought the activist and lost, or you settled with them and allowed one or more of their nominated directors onto your board. How do you keep the discourse civil – and what happens if you don’t?  How do you work collaboratively with an activist inside the boardroom? How can boards be their own activist? This panel will provide real-life examples of discourse that has worked, and discourse that has not worked.

Preparing Your Board for the Rise in ESG and Responsible Investing Strategies? 

As of late, Environmental, Social & Governance oversight in the boardroom has taken on a greater sense of urgency.  Moody’s recently acquired a majority stake in an ESG research data and assessment firm, and some high-profile activists are setting up ESG funds, a move that indicates that this investment strategy may be a trend to stay. This panel will examine which ESG initiatives are resonating with investors in Canada and the U.S.

Pick Your Poison: Exploring Hostile Bids, Activist Investor Rules, and White Squire Investments 

In 2016, regulators in Canada installed a new hostile bid regime, which significantly extended the minimum offer period for hostile bidders. Poison Pills adopted in the face of hostile bids are receiving more scrutiny. This panel will examine the regime, how it is working, and how it jives with Canada’s activist-friendly, special shareholder requisition rules. Panelists also explore factors regulators and courts consider when evaluating whether these investments are incumbent director entrenchment devices or justifiable strategic partnerships.  



Executive Compensation and Canada 

Canadian regulators don’t require a say on executive pay, but under pressure from institutional investors, most of the largest corporations in the country have adopted the practice on a voluntary basis. What executive pay packages do activists like to see and what do corporations think about them?  What do pension funds, proxy advisers and others think of best-practices for executive compensation? This panel explores trends in executive compensation, and examines the many avenues activist shareholders often take to make changes to how company leadership teams are compensated.

Who attends:

  • CEOs, CFOs, General Counsel
  • Chairmen, Non-Executive Board Members
  • Hedge Fund Managers
  • Institutional Investors
  • Shareholder Activists
  • Corporate Secretaries
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  • Investment Bankers
  • Corporate Advisory Firms
  • Corporate Governance Specialists
  • Proxy Solicitors and Advisors
  • Corporate Law Firms
  • Investor Relations Professionals

SPEAKERS

Naizam Kanji
Ontario Securities Commission

Zachary George
FrontFour Capital

Catherine McCall
Canadian Coalition for 

Good Governance

Camilla Sutton
Women in Capital Markets