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The Board of Directors fulfills many of its responsibilities with the support of four committees.

The Four Board Committees

The Board of Directors fulfills many of its responsibilities with the support of four committees: Audit Committee, Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility Committee, Nominating Committee and Human Resources Committee. Every member of the Audit Committee, the Human Resources Committee and the Nominating Committee is independent according to the standards of corporate and securities laws as well as Empire’s own governance policies. All members of the Audit Committee meet the independence and financial literacy tests set out in Multilateral Instrument 52-110 adopted by most of the Canadian securities regulators.


The Audit Committee

This committee holds the roles and responsibilities of:

  • Reviewing and assessing Empire’s financial reporting practices and procedures;
  • Reviewing the adequacy and reporting of internal accounting controls;
  • Reviewing the independence of the external auditor from management;
  • Recommending the appointment of the external auditor;
  • Communicating directly with the external auditor;
  • Directly overseeing the work of the external auditor;
  • Reviewing and assessing risk management, and
  • Reviewing consolidated quarterly and annual financial statements and related communications prior to public disclosure.

To read more about each Board member of this committee, select their profile to expand their description.

  • Image of Sharon Driscoll Director Since 2018

    Sharon Driscoll


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  • Image of Martine Reardon Director Since 2017

    Martine Reardon

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  • Image of William Linton Director Since 2015

    William Linton

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  • Paul D. Sobey is a corporate director. Mr. Sobey was the President & Chief Executive Officer of Empire Company Limited from 1998 until his retirement in 2013 after 31 years with the Company. He serves as a trustee of Crombie REIT. Mr. Sobey previously served as a director of the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Chairman of Wajax Income Fund (now Wajax Corporation), a director of Emera Inc., and a member of the Board of Governors and Chancellor of Saint Mary’s University. Mr. Sobey holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and graduated from Harvard University Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He received an honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia. In 2013, Mr. Sobey received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Paul D. Sobey

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Further information regarding Empire’s Board of Directors can be found through the links below.

Board Read

Board of Directors

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The Code of Conduct

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Sustainable Business Report