FAIR Canada, University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance co-hosted a conference examining shareholder rights in Canada on Friday, October 28th, 2016.
As institutional shareholders and hedge funds gain prominence in today’s capital markets, shareholder rights have been under the microscope: Has corporate law kept pace with the changing nature of capital markets and growth of different types of shareholders? Is “shareholder democracy” an outmoded concept? Do securities regulators have a responsibility to respond to shareholder activism? If so, how? Where do the interests of retail shareholders sit in the analysis?
The conference included a comparative view of Canada and the United States, with a focus on recent developments in shareholder activism and the rights that permit such activism to occur.
Opening Remarks: Ed Iacobucci, Dean, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
Introduction: Anita Anand, Professor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, JR Kimber Chair | Implications of Shareholder Activism
Closing Remarks: Maureen Jensen, Chair and CEO, Ontario Securities Commission
Stephen Erlichman, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance
Sharon Geraghty, Partner, Torys LLP
Naizam Kanji, Director, Office of Mergers and Acquisitions, Ontario Securities Commission
Jon Lukonmik, Executive Director, Investor Responsibility Research Center and Managing Partner of Sinclair Capital LLC