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November 16, 2020

Louis Audet of Cogeco and Madeleine Paquin of LOGISTEC named 2020 Great builders of the Quebec economy

Montreal, November 18, 2020—As part of its biennial celebration of the Great builders of the Quebec economy, the IGOPP has named Louis Audet, Executive Chair of the Board of Cogeco, and Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of LOGISTIC, as the laureates of its sixth edition. Since this initiative was launched in 2010, the IGOPP has […]

November 12, 2020

Louis Audet and Isabelle Marcoux appointed to IGOPP Board

Montreal, November 12, 2020—Yvan Allaire, Chair of the Board of the Institute for Governance (IGOPP), is pleased to announce the appointment of Louis Audet and Isabelle Marcoux, respectively Executive Chair of the Board of Cogeco Inc. and Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc., to the IGOPP’s Board. Mr. Allaire emphasized Mr. Audet and Ms. […]

September 30, 2020

At Cogeco there are no coattails

We take you back to early September and a brief review of the 24-hour Quebec Inc. torpedo of a proposed takeover of the Montreal-based Cogeco telecom companies — 24 hours that highlight investor, governance and competition issues. In the early evening of Tuesday, Sept. 1, Dexter Goei, CEO of the New York-based broadband company Altice […]

September 16, 2020

Couche-Tard founders to lose special voting rights

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. will let the sun set on the special voting rights held by its four founders. Executive chairman Alain Bouchard says that he and the three other men who built the Canadian convenience-store empire will let their 25-year-old special stock rights, which give them control over the company, expire next year as scheduled […]

September 11, 2020

‘It’s never only about the money’: Past deals hint at tactics for Cogeco’s suitors

The move by Rogers Communications Inc. and Altice USA to launch a hostile takeover bid for Cogeco Communications Inc. and parent Cogeco Inc. without the support of the Quebec companies’ controlling shareholder looks like a long-shot gamble to many experts. But they say similar past deals for family-controlled companies show there can be a path to victory […]

September 8, 2020

Virtual conference with Martin Lipton, foremost American authority on corporate law and governance issues

To mark its 15th anniversary, the Institute for Governance (IGOPP) in partnership with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD-Quebec chapter) is pleased to announce a virtual conference on The “Purpose” of a Corporation and the shift towards stakeholder governance and ESG with Martin Lipton, foremost authority on corporate law and governance issues and co-founder of […]

September 3, 2020

BNN interview with the Chair of IGOPP, Dr. Yvan Allaire, on Cogeco unsolicited bid from Altice

Chairman of the Institute for Governance Yvan Allaire says that the blunt response from Louis Audet suggests the family that owns Cogeco might not be open to negotiating a selling price. To access the interview with M. Allaire, please click here.

July 6, 2020

IGOPP’s research on Stakeholders quoted in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance

In his article published on July 3, 2020 by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2020: A Mid-Year Update, Martin Lipton, a prominent New Yorker from the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, referred to IGOPP’s research on Governance and stakeholders co-written by the professors Yvan Allaire […]

July 2, 2020

Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2020: A Mid-Year Update

The past six months have been marked by a profound upheaval that has accelerated the growing focus on both the purpose of the corporation and the role of the board in overseeing and leading the corporation in ways that promote sustainable business success. For a number of years, there has been a growing sense of […]

May 21, 2020

François Dauphin Appointed President and CEO of IGOPP

Montreal, May 21, 2020 – The board of directors of the Institute for governance (IGOPP) is pleased to announce that François Dauphin has been appointed president and CEO and director of IGOPP, effective June 1, 2020. He will succeed Michel Nadeau, who has been IGOPP’s Director General since it was created in 2005. Professor Yvan […]

January 29, 2020

Regulations to rein in short-sellers must not overlook the good they do

A thick hide is a necessary qualification for the job of activist short-seller. When Spruce Point Capital Management released a negative report on Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. in late 2019, it prompted Yvan Allaire, the executive chair of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations, to fire back in the Financial Post: “What […]

January 17, 2020

Bombardier has a 50% chance of being in rail business in three years

Michel Nadeau, executive manager at the Institute for Governance and former deputy CEO at Caisse de dépôt, weighs in on Bombardier’s struggles. He says that while he believes the company will survive, it will be a much small corporation. He also says that there is a 50% chance that the Montreal-based business will still be […]

November 7, 2019

Carried Interest Warning From Court May Be Trouble for Treasury

A recent court case meant to clarify the definition of a corporation intensifies questions about the tax treatment of carried interest, a prized perk for private equity and hedge fund managers. The IRS argued for a broad definition of the term “corporation” in the case. But the legal issue that could come up in the […]

November 6, 2019

Mergers and acquisitions: Feds, activists disrupt US economic growth

By all indications mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is on the rise. In the first five months of 2019, companies announced over $1 trillion in mergers and acquisitions, a 14% increase from the same period in 2018. This is generally good for the economy, the consumer and the shareholders alike. In fact, all Americans benefit […]

October 24, 2019

Securities regulator to review share sale plans in wake of Bombardier controversy

Canada’s securities regulators are launching a review of automatic share sale programs after controversial trading last year at Bombardier Inc. led to calls for reform by investor rights advocates. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), an umbrella organization for provincial securities watchdogs, said on Thursday it will examine whether automatic securities disposition plans place “appropriate constraints” […]

September 25, 2019

Unveiling of 2019’s laureates for the Yvan Allaire medal

Montreal, September 25, 2019 – The Royal Society of Canada has awarded the Yvan Allaire medal to Professor Anita Anand and Réal Labelle respectively Professor of Law and J.R. Kimber Chair in Investor Protection and Corporate Governance at the University of Toronto and Emeritus Professor at HEC Montreal. In partnership with the Institute for Governance […]