Sound governance has always been an integral part of the iA Financial Group corporate culture. The Company is committed to continually adopting the best governance practices. Adherence to the highest governance standards makes it possible to not only foster growth and increase the iA Financial Group share price, but also to maintain the trust of clients, investors and other stakeholders.
The results, moreover, are compelling. For example, iA Financial Group ranks 17th among 231 Canadian companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange with respect to the quality of its governance practices (source: Globe and Mail, “Board Games/2014 Annual Corporate Governance Rankings”).
iA Financial Group’s governance policies were developed with an eye to integrity and ethics, as well as prudent risk management. These policies involve the directors, officers and all employees of iA Financial Group and its subsidiaries. The Company has also adopted rigorous monitoring mechanisms to ensure that its governance policies are understood and thoroughly implemented by everyone.
The Board of Directors of iA Financial Group is governed by a range of laws and regulations, and its mission is defined in its charter. All the members of the Board of Directors must abide by the iA Financial Group’s Code of Business Conduct and are subject to a variety of policies and guidelines concerning, among other things, Board independence, information disclosure and insider trading.
The Board of Directors is made up of 13 members, of whom 12 are independent directors. Fourty-six percent of the Board members are women. The Company’s Information Circular for the solicitation of proxies provides information on the directors and describes the governance practices.
To assist it in achieving its mandate, the Board of Directors has created the following four committees:
Audit Committee Mandate (pdf, 88.29 kB)
Investment Committee Mandate (pdf, 55.27 kB)
Information Circular for the Solicitation of Proxies (pdf, 3.9 MB)
iA Board of Directors Mandate (pdf, 81.6 kB)
Officers of iA Financial Group must abide by the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and are subject to a variety of policies and guidelines concerning, among other things, information disclosure, insider trading and risk management, in addition to all the policies and guidelines that govern employees generally.
Employees of iA Financial Group and its subsidiaries are at the very heart of the Company’s success. It is therefore vital to ensure that the trust placed in them by clients and shareholders is well-founded and deserved. That is why the level of integrity and professionalism to which they are entitled must be reflected in every employee’s conduct.
For iA Financial Group, it is essential to ensure that employees and all individuals involved in the Company's activities are aware of the high standards of conduct required of them and of the importance of always acting ethically, honestly and with integrity.
To this end, the Company has developed a variety of standards and policies for employees on a number of issues, including
iA Financial Group Code of Business Conduct (pdf, 1.42 MB)
Accessibility for People with Disabilities (Ontario) (pdf, 77.37 kB)
Fast, efficient institutional trade matching and settlement
National Instrument 24-101 establishes a framework that aims to ensure faster and more efficient matching and settlement of institutional trades carried out by a broker on a delivery against payment (DAP) or receipt against payment (RAP) account.
Institutional investors, advisors, brokers and custodians must develop and implement the necessary procedures and policies to meet the objectives set out in this instrument. They must also sign a trade-matching statement or agreement with the parties involved in the process.
The objectives of National Instrument 24-101 are available on the regulatory authorities’ website.
We and our affiliate companies have completed the matching statement required by National Instrument 24-101. The following statements confirm that we have implemented these procedures and policies.
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