The Board has a policy of having an independent, non-management Chair. At every Board meeting, the directors meet without management present and the independent directors meet in camera.
The Board is comprised of a majority of independent directors and will continue to be comprised of a majority of independent directors if all of the proposed nominees for election are elected at the Meeting. For a director to be considered independent, the Board must determine that the director does not have any material relationship with the Company, either directly or indirectly.
The Board is responsible for determining the independence status of each director and proposed director, and for disclosing annually whether the Board has a majority of independent directors. The Board has adopted independence standards to assist with the independence determination. The independence standards fall within the meaning of the guidelines adopted by Canadian securities regulators in National Instrument (“NI”) 58-101, “Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices” and NI 52-110, “Audit Committees”.
Current directors and proposed directors must fully disclose their relationships with the Company and provide other pertinent information on an annual basis. The Board reviews such relationships to identify any impact on director independence having regard to the criteria in the independence standards and whether any relationships between a director and the Company could reasonably be expected to interfere with the exercise of the director’s independent judgment.