Ritu Gupta, Computershare
Melody Markwart, Computershare

Robyn Shutak, Global Equity Organization




On 2 June 2015, GEO was pleased to host attendees at our Toronto Area Chapter Meeting. Thank you to everyone who attended, as well as to our speakers and event sponsors for their support.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming activities in the Toronto region.


Highlights from 2 June 2015

Toronto Area Chapter Meeting

Computershare hosted an event on 2 June 2015, at the offices of AON Hewitt.

Current Trends in Performance Award Design
with David Outlaw and Robert Slaughter of Equity Methods

  • Approaches for decreasing cost (and delivering more shares or value) while maintaining incentives
  • Setting appropriate expectations with internal stakeholders and minimizing fluctuation from those expectations
  • The latest trends in compensation analytics

Post Vest Holding Periods – The Intersection of Corporate Governance, Plan Design, and Financial Accounting
with Terry Adamson & Daniel Coleman of AON Hewitt

  • Overview of the current corporate governance environment related to mandatory post vest holdings periods
  • Outline the competitive practice and prevalence of post vest hold periods
  • Discussion of the financial accounting benefit and reduction in compensation expense that may be realized for awards that include mandatory post vest holding periods
  • Post vest holding periods as a design consideration in both the United States and Canada


Highlights from 12 November 2014

Toronto Area Chapter Meeting

Computershare hosted an event on 12 November 2014, at the offices of AON Hewitt.

In a recent study of employee share plans released by the London School of Economics and University of Toronto, results consistently show that employees are more loyal and satisfied when part of an employee share plan. In addition, plan participants take less time off and are more likely to go the extra mile and work overtime. Attendees learned more about how to increase employee satisfaction and engagement levels at your organization through increased participation in your employee share plan. Dr. Rafael Gomez, Associate Professor & Undergraduate Director of Employment Relations Program at the University of Toronto

Highlights from 3 June 2014

Toronto Area Chapter Meeting

The GEO Toronto Chapter hosted an event on 3 June 2014, at the offices of McCarthy Tétrault.

Canadian Taxation on Non Resident Trusts
The winner of the 2014 GEO Award for the Most Innovative and Creative Plan Design discussed how they have been able to excel at building an award winning global employee ownership culture, even in the face of difficult economic conditions and challenging political and labor markets. In this presentation the Kinross team shared their "out of the box" thinking that led not only to the creation of a unique share plan design that met both their industry needs and worked within the various economic constraints - but also resulted in their selection as the 2014 winner of the coveted GEO award for innovation and creativity!
Chris D'Iorio, Aon Hewitt; Peter Megoudis, Deloitte

The Kinross Experience
The deadline for filing crucial elections for offshore employee benefit plan trusts is fast approaching. If such elections are not filed by June 26, 2014, the whole trust may be subject to Canadian taxation on its income. This panel will provide an overview of the new rules and discuss the traps that can taint a company's EBP trust, as well as the procedures for minimizing the exposure of a tainted trust.
Connie Bao, Kinross; Tara Wiseman, Kinross

Highlights from 18 April 2013

Westjet Airlines Philosophy Presentation

The GEO Toronto Chapter hosted an event on 18 April 2013, at the offices of McCarthy Tétrault.

Westjet Airlines philosophy of having a committed employee base profiting from the success of the airline that was driven by employee share ownership. Its Canadian content factor is almost pure bred 100% and a success for Canadian enterprise in what is typically a graveyard industry.

Scott Hausberg, Manager, Compensation, WestJet, Calgary

Presenter Bio
Scott has been involved in compensation since 1998. Ten years after joining the navy as a logistics officer, he took his MBA at the University of Calgary. On completion, he was assigned to work in the Directorate of Pay Policy Development at National Defense Headquarters. In addition to the development of military pay, he spent two years running the military payroll systems.
Retiring as a Commander in 2006, he became the Manager of Compensation at Shell Canada. This then lead to his current role at WestJet.
Besides being a founding director of CTRN, Scott is a director in the Naval Museum of Alberta Society and editor of its quarterly newsletter, The Ensign.

2 June 2015
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Networking and refreshments
6:00pm – 6:45pm
Equity Methods presentation
7:00pm – 7:15pm
7:15pm – 8:00pm
AON Hewitt presentation

Offices of AON Hewitt
225 King Street West
16th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 3M2
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