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Pay for Performance Observations 2011

By: Antonio Spizzirri

In 2009, the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) began observing pay and performance for firms on the S&P/TSX Composite Index (TSX Index).1 CCBE has continuously tracked pay and performance data since 2004 for over 300 Canadian large public firms. For the purposes of this report, we observe 200 firms who were listed on the TSX Index in 2011 and for which 7 continuous years of pay and performance data are available. The impact of the financial crisis can be seen in our TSR observations for two years (2008-2009) of our sample. The average annual TSR in 2008 is the lowest in our observation period at -31.64% which was followed by the highest average annual TSR of 36.51% in 2009, suggesting an immediate overall rebound. However, despite the negative impact of the financial crisis, overall CEO pay and performance over the 6-year 2005-2010 period were aligned.


Publication can be found here.


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Board Shareholder Confidence Index, 2010

The Clarkson Centre is pleased to announce the arrival of its 2010 Board Shareholder Confidence Index, which rates all corporations listed on the S&P/TSX Composite Index.

You can find this year’s Index, along with past years’ results, here: Board Shareholder Confidence Index.

The BSCI is based on the kinds of factors that active shareholders use in assessing Boards of Directors in terms of their adherence to corporate governance best practices.

A couple of things are worth noting. First, our yearly Index isn’t a ranking. We assign each company a letter grade (from C to AAA+), based on a clear set of criteria, but we don’t rank-order them.

Second, as we often do, we’ve altered our methodology somewhat this year. We now reward firms that disclose the value of option gains. While boards are currently subject to a regulatory requirement to disclose a ‘grant date fair-value’ for options awarded to executives during the most recent fiscal year, the requirement to disclose the value of option gains for the year was removed a couple of years ago. We included disclosure of option gains in our scoring system because we feel that disclosure of actual gains will give a clearer impression to shareholders of how compensation has been affected over time.

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Board Games, 2010

Today the Globe and Mail released its 9th annual corporate governance rankings: Board Games 2010: Rankings for corporations

We’re proud to say that this year’s Board Games rankings are based on data gathered and analyzed by our research team here at the Clarkson Centre, as they have been for several years now.

The top end of the rankings is, once again, dominated by the financial industry. Though it’s hard to establish a direct causal connection, the fact that Canada’s financial institutions perform so well in terms of corporate governance may well have something to do with the fact that Canada has managed to ride out the recent financial storm that has battered so much of the rest of the developed world.

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Credit Union Governance and Performance (Video)

In this video, Matt Fullbrook, Manager of the Clarkson Centre, discusses the core findings the research that went into the Centre’s report, “Tracking the Relationship Between Credit Union Governance and Performance”. In it, Matt talks about the following key findings regarding the priorities manifested by the credit union boards the Centre studied:

  1. Credit union boards want to spend more time spent on strategy;
  2. Credit union boards are characterized above all by a deep commitment to meeting the needs of members;
  3. Credit union boards demonstrate commitment to continuing education.

Here’s the video:


(Thanks to the Centre for Credit Union Board Excellence for making this video possible.)

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