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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Jonathan McReynolds

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Nicole Harris

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Eric Salvarezza

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
60 Yorkville Avenue | Toronto, ON M4W 0A4



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 or 212.224.3026.




Who attends:

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


Naizam Kanji
Ontario Securities Commission





Bruce Linton

Founder & Former CEO, Canopy Growth

Zachary George
FrontFour Capital




Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30am – 9:00am

9:00am – 9:05am

Opening Remarks

Canadian Pot Stocks Ripe for Activism
Canada, the only G-7 country with recreational legalized cannabis, is a fertile ground for shareholder insurgencies, especially considering the sector’s poor governance. The booming industry has already been on the receiving end of some activism campaigns, as many "mom and pop" type cannabis companies have transformed into multimillion-dollar capitalization firms. In addition, many haven't set up appropriately independent boards, which isn’t likely to satisfy their new mainstream institutional investor owners. This panel will examine why activist advisers, bankers and attorneys all contend that these insurgencies are just among the first of many shareholder insurrections targeting Canada's growing publicly-traded marijuana sector.

Panelist: Phil McDonald, Director, Canadian Regional Strategy, Headset

9:05am – 9:50am

9:50am – 10:35am

10:35am – 10:50am

Networking Break

Closing Remarks

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 will also explore factors regulators and courts consider when evaluating whether these investments are incumbent director entrenchment devices or justifiable strategic partnerships.

Panelist: Naizam Kanji, Director, Office of Mergers & Acquisitions, Ontario Securities Commission
Panelist: Christine Carson, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Shorecrest Group

10:50am – 11:35am

What's Next for Mining Activism
The most consequential Canadian activist campaigns of the past twelve months have occurred in the mining sector – with more expected to emerge in the coming months and years. After years of lackluster performance and with gold's recent price gains forming a bullish trend, it's a safe bet that recent activist activity in the Canadian mining sector will continue. This panel will explore the key drivers for future activist campaigns in the sector.

11:35am – 12:20pm

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.

Panelist: Zachary George, Co-Founder & Portfolio Manager, FrontFour Capital

12:20pm – 1:30pm

Networking Luncheon and Keynote Interview with Bruce Linton

Speaker: Bruce Linton, Founder & Former CEO, Canopy Growth

1:30pm – 1:35pm

Christine Carson
Shorecrest Group

Phil McDonald