Topic Results: Chief Executive Officer

May 14, 2019

Short-term thinking forcing companies to delay IPOs, opt for dual-class shares: Governance expert

Yvan Allaire, executive chair at the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss “quarterly capitalism” in light of WestJet CEO Ed Sims’ warning on the destruction it brings to long-term company plans. To watch this interview, please click here.  

January 23, 2019

Myth of ‘superstar CEO’ driving excessive pay: Report

When it comes to compensation, the myth of the “superstar CEO” continues to drive excessive pay, as companies are desperate to attract and retain top talent — even if it doesn’t always lead to improved corporate perform23ance and they have other options. That’s according to a report out of the United Kingdom that delved into […]

June 21, 2018

Why Canadian CEO pay has soared over the past decade

When shareholders of Canada’s big banks opened their proxy voting forms in early 2008, they found a striking new proposal on the ballot. Submitted by a small ethical mutual fund company, the resolution called on banks to give investors an annual vote on how executive pay was designed. Bank boards initially opposed the motion as […]

January 2, 2018

Canada’s top CEOs will make $50K before noon on Jan. 2

If they were to live on the average worker’s pay, Canada’s CEOs could stop working at around 11 a.m. on Jan. 2 and take the rest of the year off. That’s because by 10:57 a.m. on the second day of the year, their earnings will have already hit $49,738, the equivalent of the country’s average […]

November 21, 2017

Canada’s ‘questionable’ CEO pay system needs overhaul: Think tank

Current executive compensation practices are making Canadian CEOs rich, but at the expense of a strong corporate culture and the long-term interests of shareholders, according to a new report from the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP). “Mutual trust, loyalty, the sharing of objectives and pride in the organization, the sense of […]

November 21, 2017

IGOPP Calls for Changes to CEO Compensation

Today, the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organisations (IGOPP) released its policy paper entitled Executive Compensation: Cutting the Gordian Knot.  The compensation of CEOs remains a contentious issue and, for the past twenty years, has drawn sharp and unrelenting criticism, much of it justified.  At issue has been the fact that the ratio […]

November 21, 2017

Executive compensation

The median total CEO compensation has more than doubled between 1998 and 2007, followed by a 17.7% correction in 2008 and an uptick afterwards. Since 2010 however, CEO compensation has stabilized at about $8 million. The chief executive officers of the big six Canadian banks are obviously better paid with a total compensation of $10.5 […]

November 21, 2017

Companies urged to rethink executive pay practices

Companies should give CEOs share units less often and stop paying them with stock options to motivate better long-term performance and minimize the role of luck in compensation payouts, a new report argues. The Quebec-based Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations has proposed revamping the model for executive pay in Canada, saying companies […]

November 21, 2017

Here are the pay perks you’d enjoy if you were a CEO in Canada

The typical Canadian CEO makes $8 million a year, 140 times the average private-sector salary, according to new research by the Montreal-based Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP). In the banking sector, that ratio is even higher, with the median CEO compensation at $10.5 million. Things, though, weren’t always so. In 1998, […]

November 17, 2017

Pershing Square, Ackman and CP Rail: A Case of Successful ”Activism” ?

Pershing Square, an activist hedge fund owned and managed by William Ackman, began hostile maneuvers against the board of CP Rail in September 2011 and ended its association with CP in August 2016, having netted a profit of $2.6 billion for his fund. This Canadian saga, in many ways, an archetype of what hedge fund […]

June 29, 2017

The CEO pay crusade

For a few months there, 2016’s political earthquakes seemed to signal a power shift away from the 1%. What started with the Brexit vote escalated when Donald Trump won the White House. Now, as we barrel toward an apocalypse incited by ill-advised presidential tweets, all that anti-elite anger has somehow been forgotten—and with it, any […]

January 28, 2017

The $100 million man

In an unexpected turn of events, the Canadian Pacific Railway announced the early retirement of its CEO Hunter Harrison a few minutes before the conference call planned for the analysts on January 18. Harrison thus forfeited all benefits and perquisites he was entitled to receive from CP, including his pension, and has agreed to surrender […]

December 23, 2016

A «Successful» Case of Activism at the Canadian Pacific Railway: Lessons in Corporate Governance

Pershing Square Capital Management, an activist hedge fund owned and managed by William Ackman, began hostile maneuvers against the board of CP Rail in September 2011 and ended its association with CP in August 2016, having netted a profit of $2.6 billion for his fund. This Canadian saga, in many ways, an archetype of what […]

April 6, 2015

Cost-cutting Mosaic CEO collects $5.5 mln pay raise

” U.S. fertilizer producer Mosaic Co boosted its chief executive officer’s pay last year by more than $5 million as a reward for slashing costs and jobs, a regulatory filing shows. Construction of excess potash capacity and fiercer competition have pressured the sector, and leading North American producers Mosaic, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan and Agrium […]

February 3, 2015

How Pershing Square found success at Canadian Pacific Railway

In 2011, Pershing Square Capital Management, an activist hedge fund founded by William (Bill) Ackman, acquired some 14.2% of Canadian Pacific Railway’s outstanding shares and proceeded to require several changes in the management and governance of the company. The CP board resisted fiercely his entreaties. A memorable proxy fight ensued, which was won by Pershing […]

December 6, 2013

Rethinking CEO’s golden parachute

[…] “Professor Yvan Allaire, chair of the board of directors of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP), an initiative of HEC Montréal and Concordia University, objects to CEOs receiving such large payments when a firm is sold. If it’s a negotiated sale, he believes CEOs with golden parachutes will be more […]