Virtualizing Your AGM Amid COVID-19
In light of COVID-19 and with social distancing measures in effect, issuers may be considering making their Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtual. Join us for a free-to-member webinar to understand the options available to you, any obstacles that would need to be addressed and potential solutions. Force majeure clauses and the yet-to-be-released CSA guidance on making changes to AGMs will also be covered.
Date: March 31, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Cost: Free to CIRI members; Non members: $30
David Outerbridge, Partner, Torys LLP
David is a partner in Torys’ Litigation Department. He acts as both trial and appellate counsel, with specialized expertise in complex written and appellate advocacy. His practice is broad, with an emphasis on litigation and arbitration in the energy, infrastructure, construction and procurement sectors, insurance law, product liability claims, class actions, environmental claims and commercial litigation and arbitration. David’s construction, energy and infrastructure clients include project developers and owners, lenders, contractors, design professionals, regulators and insurers. In David’s class actions practice, he acts for clients in a wide range of industries including financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, public authorities and schools.
Rima Ramchandani, Partner, Torys LLP
Rima is co-head of the Capital Markets Practice. Rima’s practice focuses on corporate and securities law, including public and private financings, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Rima has represented both issuers and underwriters on numerous public offerings and private placements, with a particular emphasis on cross-border transactions. Rima also advises public company clients, including many cross-listed issuers, in a variety of industries on ongoing corporate governance and securities law matters. In the mergers and acquisitions area, Rima has advised on related party transactions, public take-over bids and private acquisitions and divestitures.
Winnie Sanjoto, Manager, Corporate Finance, Ontario Securities Commission
Winnie is Winnie Sanjoto is a Manager in the Corporate Finance Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission. She manages a team of legal and accounting professionals focused on oversight of public companies in the real estate, alternative mortgage lending, and digital assets sectors, and capital raising activity in the private markets. Winnie was also the Project Lead for the OSC's burden reduction initiative, which aims to eliminate unnecessary rules and processes while protecting investors and the integrity of our markets. In that role she oversaw the design and execution of key deliverables, including the recent report on the OSC's burden reduction action plan. Winnie has taken leadership roles in major policy initiatives, including the development of guidelines to enhance the accuracy and integrity of proxy voting. Winnie also advises the Office of Mergers & Acquisitions on proxy voting matters.
Yvette Lokker, President & CEO, CIRI [Moderator]
Yvette is the President & CEO of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI), a position she has held since 2013. In this role, she provides strategic leadership to advance CIRI’s mission and goals and represents CIRI and IROs to regulators. Yvette joined CIRI in 2008 as the Director of Communications and Professional Development and was promoted to Vice President in 2011. In addition to her many accomplishments, Yvette was responsible for establishing the first investor relations certification program in North America. Prior to joining CIRI, Yvette was the Manager, Investor Relations at MDS Inc. where she assisted in developing and directing the investor relations strategies and activities for seven years. Yvette has a BSc. in Chemistry and a Business Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has completed the ICD-Rotman NFP Program, Strategic Management of Investor Relations program at the Ivey Business School and the Canadian Securities Course. Yvette regularly interacts with other heads of investor relations associations from across the globe and has previously been a member of the OSC Corporate Finance, Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee.