OSC Announces Agenda for Roundtable to Discuss Progress on the Representation of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions

TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2015 /CNW/ - The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) today announced the final agenda, discussion topics and list of panellists for the roundtable on September 29, 2015 to discuss the findings from a review of the disclosures required to be made by TSX issuers, as set out in recent amendments to National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (the Rule Amendments) and to discuss measures that can support or compliment the Rule Amendments to achieve greater representation of women. The Rule Amendments follow a "comply or explain" model and require all non-venture issuers to make certain annual disclosures with respect to women on boards and in executive officer positions. A summary of the results will be published in a CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 58-307 Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of Governance Practices on September 28, 2015.

The OSC roundtable will take place the following day on September 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the 22nd floor of the OSC's offices, located at 20 Queen Street West in Toronto, Ontario.

Any interested parties who wish to attend the event are asked to send an email with full contact details to womenonboards@osc.gov.on.ca. Space is limited. It is expected that a transcript will be posted on the OSC's website following completion of the roundtable.

Any media interested in attending the roundtable should contact media_inquiries@osc.gov.on.ca to register.

The agenda and schedule of panel participants is as follows:





8.30 – 9.00 a.m.



9.00 – 9.10 a.m.



Introduction and Opening Remarks


Howard Wetston

Chair, OSC



9:10 – 9:25 a.m.

Presentation of the Results

Sandra Heldman

Senior Accountant, Corporate   Finance, OSC


9:25 – 10:00 a.m.




The Results



Maureen Jensen

Executive Director, OSC


A discussion on the key findings from the review and reactions to the results. 



Panel Participants:


Aaron Dhir

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School


John Dillon

Vice President, Policy and Corporate Counsel, Canadian Council of Chief Executives


10:00 – 10:40 a.m.

The Pathway Forward



Monica Kowal

Vice-Chair, OSC


A discussion on how to achieve greater representation of women on boards and in executive officer positions.


Victor Dodig

President and CEO, CIBC and

Founding Member of the 30% Club Canada


Pamela Jeffery

Founder, Women's Executive Network and Founder, Canadian Board Diversity Council


Alex Johnston

Executive Director, Catalyst Canada


Fiona Macfarlane

Managing Partner, Vancouver and Western Canada and Chief Inclusiveness Officer, Ernst & Young LLP


Katherine Rabin
CEO, Glass, Lewis & Co.


10:40 – 10:55 a.m.

Questions and Answers

Huston Loke
Director, Corporate Finance, OSC

10:55 – 11:00 a.m.

Concluding Remarks    

 Howard Wetston


The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices and to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in the capital markets. Investors are urged to check the registration of any persons or company offering an investment opportunity and to review the OSC investor materials available at http://www.osc.gov.on.ca

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For further information: For Media Inquiries: media_inquiries@osc.gov.on.ca; For Investor Inquiries: OSC Contact Centre, 416-593-8314, 1-877-785-1555 (Toll Free)


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