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GOVERNANCE MATTERS AT CSCS
Welcome to the CSCS Monthly E-Newsletter
 
Dear Member,

The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) strives to provide its members with the tools necessary to become expert in their roles as corporate secretaries, governance practitioners, or shareholder communication services professionals and to strengthen the corporate secretary's profile in their organizations.
 
The increasing focus on good company practices, effective shareholder communications, timely disclosure, and effective board administration makes it clear that now is the time for a strong Canadian association which effectively represents the interests of the professionals that work towards ensuring good corporate governance. 
Help Shape the Future of CSCS!
 
As part of its succession planning objectives, CSCS is looking to recruit new volunteers and develop an Evergreen list of candidates for our board and member engagement activities. In view of the evolving diversity (professional, geographic, organizational, cross-sector) of the members of CSCS, we are conscious that we need to have appropriate representation of the views and range of skills on our national board, committees and chapter leadership teams. If you have been a member of CSCS for at least one full year and would like to make a contribution to the organization, we would love to hear from you!
 
Please contact us at info@cscs.org to let us know of your interest!
CSCS Upcoming Events  
 
Roundtable Discussion on Executive Compensation and Say on Pay
Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Toronto 
 
You are invited to a CSCS roundtable discussion hosted by Ken Hugessen, Partner, Hugessen Consulting & Stephen Griggs, Managing Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance on Thursday, January 14, 2010.
 
This interactive session will offer a practical look at the newest developments and challenges in executive compensation disclosure and provide an overview on the model policy that CCGG has prepared to give guidance to boards of directors.
 
 
Roundtable Discussion on Executive Compensation and Say on Pay
Thursday, January 21, 2010 | Alberta
 
Please join the Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretary's for an overview of insight and comment on the newly revised Executive Compensation rules hosted by Scott Munn, Partner, Hugessen Consulting, David Taniguchi, Partner, Stikeman Elliott, Tom Graham, Director, Corporate Finance, Alberta Securities Commission and Charles Kraus, Senior Associate, Stikeman Elliott on Thursday, January 21, 2010.
 
Another exciting year has passed in the world of governance, and perhaps the greatest challenge for Corporate Secretaries in 2009 was complying with the new Executive Compensation disclosure rules.  We welcome three outstanding speakers to provide their insight and expertise as to the challenges issuers faced in complying with these new rules.  We will also be discussing "Say on Pay" trends in Canada, which is certain to be another "hot topic" in 2010.
 
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Meetings and Governance Best Practices 
Have you ever wished you knew how other Corporate Secretaries manage their board and committee meetings to make effective use of their time and provide all the support their directors' demand?

 

This "essentials" workshop will provide you with key tools for managing meetings and minutes in a risk-driven corporate landscape.
 
Spend an interactive -day gaining insight on both the practical and legal requirements you need to be aware of when holding meetings, taking minutes, recording procedures, guiding directors, preparing resolutions and managing special circumstances such as conflicts of interest.  PLUS, explore a list of governance scenarios you see every day and learn how experienced practitioners and peer companies deal with the issues.
 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
| Ottawa, ON
 
Monday, March 29, 2010
| Calgary, AB
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | Vancouver, BC
 
CSCS Conference Update  
 
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Head West with CSCS
Last year we rocked "The Rock" on the east coast. This year we're roping in the cowboys in the west at Lake Louise, AB. It's where nature speaks your name, the fresh air keeps you going and the scenery takes your breath away. A destination of this magnitude is sure to attract our highest attendance records to date.
 
So come, join the herd and lead the pack with your Company Name by taking a sponsorship package today. 
 
Click here for the complete package of 2010 Opportunities.
 
 
Best wishes,

Tina Hutchinson
Manager, Events & Special Projects
Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries 

Fairmont

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News & Updates 
  
Best Practices in Compensation Disclosure Available
(Canadian Coalition for Good Governance) 
CCGG's Best Practices in Executive Compensation Relation Information 2009 is now available for download 
 
Developments in Corporate Governance: Looking Ahead to 2010
Torys LLP 
A number of developments occurred in corporate governance during 2009. This
bulletin recaps some of the key developments affecting Canadian companies ...
 
MFDA proposes amendments to Rules resulting from registration reform
Canadian Securities Law Online
The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada published proposed consequential amendments to its rules intended to ensure consistency with ...
 
CSA publish FAQ regarding new registration regime
Canadian Securities Law Online
Staff of CSA published a staff notice (the FAQ) setting out their answers to frequently asked questions regarding National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements and Exemptions (31-103) and amendments to National Instrument 33-109 Registration Information (NI 33-109). 
 
CSA propose amendments to oil and gas disclosure requirements
Canadian Securities Law Online
The CSA published for comment proposed amendments to NI 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities, its companion policy and related forms.
Not-For-Profit News & Articles
 
The non-profit scene: looking back and ahead
Canadian Fundraising & Philanthropy 
Looking back on the year, 2009 can be characterized as a rollercoaster ride for nonprofits. Although it has been a difficult time, 2009 has made organizations Read more Check3
 
Five Internal Controls for the Very Small Nonprofit
Blue Avocado
Segregation of duties, checks & balances - difficult to implement in the organization that has perhaps three or fewer staff, or only a few active board
 
Top Governance Issues and Trends in Not-for-Profit
Canadian Society of Association Executives
At the end of this first decade of the century, and after some very public cases of corporate malfeasance in the private sector, Boards have been thrust into the
Request for Assistance 
 
A large private insurance company asks:
I am in the process of working with our IT Department to build a Board Portal for our Directors.  I would like to know what type of information other companies have available on their portal.  What works best by way of materials/minutes/other resources/links? What have companies found as useful info for Directors and what they like to see on the websites?  Any suggestions would be helpful as I am building from scratch.  
A small public company asks:
A small geothermal power company is requesting a salary comparison range for the Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Corporate Development.
Please send all responses to info@cscs.org.   In order to provide information that is more comprehensive to our members, please use the following format to respond.    
 
Contact Name:                
Email:   
Company Type:  (i.e. publicly traded, crown corporation, not-for-profit, government)
Company Size:  (i.e. small, medium, large issuer based)  
Responses:
 
Responses will be collated and then forwarded to the members at a later date, as well as being posted on the CSCS Request for Assistance Section in the Members Only area of the website.
 
To view responses to previous Request for Assistance, please click here or login and
click on Members Only Section > Request for Assistance Responses.
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January 13, 2010
In This Issue
Help Shape the Future of CSCS!...
CSCS Upcoming Events
CSCS Conference Update
News & Updates
Not-For-Profit News & Articles
Request for Assistance
Advertisers
Advertising Opportunities
CSCS Welcomes New Members
CSCS Board of Directors
Job Postings
Membership Benefits
Events & Workshops
About CSCS
 
Join Our Mailing List
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Job Postings
 
Request for Assistance
Advertisers 
 
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Advertising Opportunities 
 
Are you interested in advertising your company on CSCS's website and/or monthly e-newsletter?
 
For just $300.00 (plus GST) a year, visibility can be yours on either the CSCS website or the monthly e-newsletter which goes out to our members and our network of contacts. 
 
If you are interested in advertising in both for increased visibility, a package rate of $50.00 per month, or an annual charge of $500.00 is available. 
 
You can also post a press release or an advertorial article on the monthly e-newsletter.
 
The fees are:

$150 per banner ad per newsletter, or $1,000 for all issues in the year.

$350 for an advertorial or advertising article.
 
CSCS's monthly e-newsletter has a circulation of over 5,000 including our members and other governance professionals.  If you are interested in advertising, or for further inquiries, please email info@cscs.org. 
Welcome to New Members
CSCS warmly welcomes the following new members who joined in November/December 2009! 
 

Jill Aebker

Tim Hortons Inc.
 

Pierre Marc Bellavance

La Capitale Financial Group Inc.
 

Angela Dearie

Pembrook Mining Corp.
 

Patti Edie

Copperfin Credit Union
 

Karen Fyfe

Royal Host REIT
 

Christine Lee

Cenovus Energy Inc.
 

Julie Nol de Tilly

La Capitale Financial Group Inc.
 

Tonya Pizzey

Canadian Superior Energy Inc.
 

Martin Simmons

RR Donnelley - Global Capital Markets
 

Barbara Tallant

Heritage Credit Union
 

Walter Wagnleithner

Tim Hortons Inc.
Board of Directors
 
Mary Batoff
Vice President, Legal & Secretary First Uranium Corporation
Toronto ON
 
Karen Dunfee
Corporate Secretary
Teck Cominco Limited
Vancouver BC
 
Sylvia Groves (Chair)
Governance Advisor
GG Consulting
Calgary AB 
 
Daryn MacEachern (Secretary) 
Assistant Corporate Secretary
Talisman Energy Inc.
Calgary AB
 
David Masse (Vice Chair)
Assistant Corporate Secretary
CGI Group Inc.
Montreal QC
 
Patricia Parisotto
Corporate Secretary
Discovery Capital Management Corp 
Vancouver BC
 
Laurel Savoy
VP Trust Services
CIBC Mellon Trust
Toronto ON
 
Joan Wilson (Treasurer)
VP & Corporate Secretary
Sun Life Financial Inc.
Toronto ON
 
Lynn Beauregard
President
Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries
Toronto ON

Job Postings

Do you have a career opportunity that you would like to advise our members of ...?  We invite you to send your posting for distribution amongst members of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries.   
 
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Please login to www.cscs.org
to view recent Job Postings.
 
Director, Board Affairs
Green Shield Canada 
posted on January 13, 2010
 
Viewpoint Training & Development Officer
Appleyby
posted on January 7, 2010
Membership Benefits
 
Advocacy
Networking and contacts
Membership Directory
Information Resources
Professional Development
Research Library
First Access to Employment
  Opportunities
 
To learn more about our membership benefits visit www.cscs.org
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Events & Workshops
 

Chartered Secretaries Canada Events
  
Chartered Secretaries Canada offers publications that may be of interest to CSCS Members
 
Practical Guides for Strategic Governance
The first guide, Understanding Your Board of Directors, of this popular series is now available in English for $19.95. 
 
CheckVisit ICSA's online book store to order.

ICD Events

Board Renewal Part 1
January 20, 2010 

CheckClick 
here to register and view more events.
 
2010 ICD Fellowship Awards
The 2010 ICD Fellowship Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on June 2nd, 2010 in Calgary.
 
Directors Education Program developed by ICD and Rotman School of Management, UofT
 
DEP 29   
February 19, 2010 | Toronto  
 
DEP 30      
April 30, 2010 | Toronto
 
Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations presented by TELUS, ICD and The Rotman School of Management, UofT
 
GEP 10   
January 31, 2010 | Toronto
 
 
 
Canadian Institute
 
6th Annual Crown Corporate Governance conference
January 20 & 21, 2010 | Ottawa

The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) is a Supporting Partner for this event, and has arranged for all CSCS members to receive a 15% discount off the regular conference fee (at time of registration) to attend this event.
 
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Event Details
 
CIRI
 
Write it Right Workshop
January 21, 2009
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Understanding the Sell-Side 
January 26, 2009
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About CSCS
The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) is the voice of Corporate Secretaries and governance professionals in Canada.  Its members deal with disclosure and matters affecting corporate governance, including the structure and meetings of the board of directors and its committees, the proxy process and annual meetings.  As such, CSCS strives to provide valuable and timely information on recent changes and developments which affect our members, via our website (www.cscs.org) and our monthly e-newsletter.  
 
Our members include professionals with positions such as Corporate Secretary, Manager Corporate Governance, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, VP Regulatory Affairs, Associate Corporate Secretary, and Board Administrator.  
 
Mission Statement
The promotion and advancement of effective governance and corporate secretarial practice in organizations in the private, public, not-for-profit and other sectors through the continued development and application of governance and corporate secretaryship best practices. 

This e-bulletin is issued monthly to all CSCS members.  Non-members may also subscribe and receive the newsletter without access to member-only content. 
 
If you have comments or wish to contribute material to this newsletter, please e-mail us at info@cscs.org.
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