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CSA / ACVM
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2017


Canadian securities regulators seek comment on approach to determining director
and audit committee member independence


Montreal – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published for comment CSA Consultation Paper 52-404 Approach to Director and Audit Committee Member Independence, which is intended to facilitate a broad discussion on the appropriateness of the CSA’s approach to determining director and audit committee member independence.

“The exercise of independent judgement by boards and board committees is a fundamental element of corporate governance,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “The purpose of this consultation is to solicit views on the appropriateness of our approach to determining independence for all issuers in the Canadian market.”

The Consultation Paper outlines key historical developments related to the CSA’s corporate governance regime, sets out our approach to determining director and audit committee member independence, and describes the approaches to determining independence in other jurisdictions. The Consultation Paper also examines the benefits and limitations of our approach.

The Consultation Paper can be found on CSA members’ websites. Comments should be submitted in writing by January 25, 2018.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.


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For more information:

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176

Kristen Rose
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2336

Hilary McMeekin
Alberta Securities Commission
403-592-8186

Alison Walker
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6713

Jason (Jay) Booth
Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-1660

Erin King
Financial and Consumer Services
Commission, New Brunswick
506-643-7045

David Harrison
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586

Janice Callbeck
Government of Prince Edward Island,
Superintendent of Securities
902-368-6288

John O’Brien
Office of the Superintendent of Securities
Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-4909

Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent
of Securities
867-667-5466

Jeff Mason
Nunavut Securities Office
867-975-6591

Tom Hall
Northwest Territories Securities Office
867-767-9305

Shannon McMillan
Financial and Consumer Affairs
Authority of Saskatchewan
306-798-4160