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KPMG studies ERM and gets some things right but misses the key point

There’s some good material in KPMG’s Enterprise Risk Management Benchmarking Study, subtitled Evolving to an active, integrated and agile approach amidst change and disruption.

 

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New B.C. Business Corporations Act transparency register requirements: A primer

Beginning on a date to be announced, privately-held B.C. Business Corporations Act (“BCA”) companies ‎will be required to maintain a “transparency register” of “significant individuals”, being individuals who:‎

 

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The board and cyber security

There’s another useful article on Forbes. How to talk to the board about cybersecurity is written by an experienced CIO, John Matthews. Here are some useful excerpts with my highlights:

 

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Alberta Court of Appeal confirms super-priority status of restructuring charges

There were conflicting decisions from Nova Scotia (Rosedale) and Alberta (Canada North) on whether it was possible for CCAA and BIA created super-priority claims to rank senior to the Crown’s deemed trust claims under the fiscal statutes.

 

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Listing in the REIN: Cruel and unusual punishment under the Charter?

Does the automatic listing in the Register of enterprises ineligible for public contracts (REIN) constitute cruel and unusual punishment within the meaning of section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

 

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Post-filing suppliers do not implicitly benefit from any priority on the proceeds of sales of assets in CCAA proceedings

The Québec Court of Appeal confirmed that unpaid post-filing suppliers, which had neither sought a court-ordered charge to secure their post-filing claims nor availed themselves of their right to stop supplying goods or services to the debtor, cannot claim an implicit priority on the proceeds of sales of assets in proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings.

 

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When does “good faith” limit a company’s choices?

In 2014, the Supreme Court released its ground-breaking decision to recognize a common law duty of good faith in the performance of contracts in Bhasin v Hrynew.

 

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Canada is first jurisdiction worldwide to require diversity disclosure beyond gender; Diversity disclosure rules will apply to federally incorporated public companies effective Jan. 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2020, corporations governed by the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) with publicly traded securities will be required to provide shareholders with information on the corporation’s policies and practices related to diversity on the board of directors and within senior management, including the number and percentage of members of the board and of senior management who are women, Aboriginal persons, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

 

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Do risk appetite statements add value?

Whilst the majority of firms had risk appetite statements that were set by the Board and which were supported by relevant metrics, 50% of respondents noted that their risk appetite statements did not link to the firm’s strategy or to the actual underlying risk the firm faced, and did not provide a forward looking view of risk.

 

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We need to preserve and protect whistleblowing in this time of challenge

Now more than ever, compliance officers, executive teams and boards of directors must think more about how to support an internal reporter, even at the “mechanical” level of protecting their identity.

 

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Efficiencies in merger reviews: Competition Bureau issues draft model timing agreement

On July 16, 2019, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued a draft model timing agreement for use in the review of unconsummated mergers where the parties intend to rely on the efficiencies defence under section 96 of Canada’s Competition Act (Act).

 

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An ERM horror story

Does it make sense to aggregate risk levels for a variety of risk sources, including cyber, compliance, credit, liquidity, competitor, and internal control over financial reporting?

 

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Legal considerations in tech lending

With a booking tech industry in Canada, growing technology companies need capital and, as a result, there has been growth in financing tech enterprises.

 

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The five essential elements of internal controls within accounting teams

Accounting departments need to implement the five essential elements of internal controls within their teams. Like it or not, organizations hold their accounting departments to higher standards when it comes to internal controls.

 

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Cyber and the board

There’s an interesting article in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. What the Capital One Hack Means for Boards of Directors has some interesting insights that merit the attention of risk, cyber, audit, and governance practitioners.

 

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