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10 corporate governance trends for 2014

Written by Posted Date: February 3rd, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_richard-leblanc.jpgIf you are in-house counsel, or advise boards or management teams externally, there are several changes to corporate governance on the horizon of which you should be aware. The volume and velocity of corporate governance changes over the last few years has not been insignificant, to put it mildly, and that trend is expected to continue well into 2014 and 2015. Here are 10 of the top trends as I see them.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_January_Screen-shot-2014-01-23-at-4.jpgIn the first of six videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2014 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Canadian Tire SVP, secretary & general counsel, Robyn Collver talks about the challenges she and her team face in the year ahead as the company takes on a number of new projects as well as how the team works with external counsel.

The court order forcing B.C. to pay a forestry company damages should be an eye-opener for other provinces. (Photo: ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock)
The court order forcing B.C. to pay a forestry company damages should be an eye-opener for other provinces. (Photo: ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock)
The government of British Columbia has been ordered to pay a forestry company $1.7 million for damages suffered during a blockade in 2006 and experts say other provinces, especially Ontario, should sit up and take notice.

Getting a larger piece of the legal pie

  • Practising In-house
Written by Posted Date: January 13th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIdentifying the appropriate equilibrium between the responsibilities of in-house and external counsel is usually a function of the nature of the client’s business, challenges, resources, organizational chart, competitive advantages, and other like criteria and a determination of which legal professionals are best equipped all around to address them.
Stephen Green says there should be more transparency from government on compliance inspections.
Stephen Green says there should be more transparency from government on compliance inspections.
Inspections without warrants and further delays to Labour Market Opinions make recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program bad for Canadian business, say immigration lawyers.

Regulatory, peer pressure driving change in public companies

  • But Crown corporations really need to step up in terms of corporate governance cleanup
Written by Posted Date: December 30th, 2013

William Ainley says with so many qualified women it’s ‘slightly appalling’ there are so few on corporate boards.
William Ainley says with so many qualified women it’s ‘slightly appalling’ there are so few on corporate boards.
While Canadian boards and directors have been under pressure from regulators to implement reforms to boost diversity in their ranks, the most common profile for a director of a TSX company remains a male in his early 60s.

Skill sets for the future general counsel

  • In-house Coach
Written by Posted Date: December 30th, 2013

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_fredkrebs.jpgThe Association of Corporate Counsel recently released its first executive series report“Skills for the 21st Century General Counsel.” It contains a wealth of information useful to current GCs and those who aspire to that role. I had the pleasure and privilege of working on this project.

Some worry now employers will amend plans so employees can’t receive both pension and wrongful dismissal damages contemporaneously.
Some worry now employers will amend plans so employees can’t receive both pension and wrongful dismissal damages contemporaneously.
After a five-year battle, a British Columbia man can keep his pension benefits and damages awarded after his former employer, IBM, challenged a lower court decision all the way to the Supreme Court.
'Complete your gap analysis if you haven’t already and put compliance planning at the top of the agenda,' advises Michael Fekete.
'Complete your gap analysis if you haven’t already and put compliance planning at the top of the agenda,' advises Michael Fekete.
It’s been three years in the making but businesses now have little more than six months to prepare for Canada’s Anti-Spam Law, which will take effect July 1, 2014.

Deflecting the dreaded technology escrow agreement

  • Practising In-house
Written by Posted Date: December 9th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgWhether mature, large, mid-size, or emerging startups, businesses will from time-to-time be pressured into signing technology escrow agreements with customers. Escrow agreements typically provide for the depositing of tangible items such as blueprints, sketches, quality, manufacturing and test instructions, and source code into an escrow account with an independent escrow agent.
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