The common shares of the Company are listed on the NYSE-MKT. Section 110 of the NYSE-MKT company guide permits NYSE-MKT to consider the laws, customs and practices of foreign issuers in relaxing certain NYSE-MKT listing criteria, and to grant exemptions from NYSE-MKT listing criteria based on these considerations.
A description of the significant ways in which the Company’s governance practices differ from those followed by U.S. domestic companies pursuant to NYSE-MKT standards is as follows:
Shareholder Meeting Quorum Requirement: The minimum requirement for a shareholder meeting is one-third of the outstanding shares of common stock. In addition, a company listed on the NYSE-MKT is required to state its quorum requirement in its bylaws. The Company’s quorum requirement is set forth in its Articles. A quorum for a meeting of shareholders of the Company is two persons who are, or who represent by proxy, shareholders who, in the aggregate, hold at least 5% of the shares entitled to be voted at the meeting.
Proxy Delivery Requirement: requires the solicitation of proxies and delivery of proxy statements for all shareholder meetings, and requires that these proxies shall be solicited pursuant to a proxy statement that conforms to SEC proxy rules. The Company is a “foreign private issuer” as defined in Rule 3b-4 under the Exchange Act, and the equity securities of the Company are accordingly exempt from the proxy rules set forth is Sections 14(a), 14(b), 14(c) and 14(f) of the Exchange Act. The Company solicits proxies in accordance with applicable rules and regulations in Canada.
Shareholder Approval for Issuance of Shares: Section 713 of the NYSE-MKT Company Guide requires shareholder approval as a prerequisite to approval of applications to list additional shares when the additional shares will be issued in connection with a transaction involving the sale or issuance by a company of common stock (or securities convertible into or exercisable for common stock) equal to 20% or more of presently outstanding stock for less than the greater of book or market value of the stock. However, the issuance of common stock in an amount in excess of 20% of the presently outstanding stock for less than book or market value, without shareholder approval, is not prohibited under the rules of the TSX in certain circumstances and does not constitute a default under the TSX rules or any applicable laws in Canada under certain circumstances. In future transactions, the Company may seek exemptions from the shareholder approval requirements of the NYSE-MKT Company Guide with respect to such share issuances in those circumstances.
The foregoing are consistent with the laws, customs and practices in Canada.
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