A Canadian Model of Corporate Governance




Liao, Carol

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Dalhousie Law Journal


What is Canada’s actual legal model to govern its corporations? Recent landmark judicial decisions indicate Canada is shifting away from an Anglo-American definition of shareholder primacy. Yet the Canadian securities commissions have become increasingly influential in the governance sphere, and by nature are shareholder-focused. Shareholders’ rights have increased well beyond what was ever contemplated by Canadian corporate laws, and the issue of greater shareholder vs. board control has now become the topic of live debate. These conflicting theoretical positions have enriched the dialogue on the current environment of Canadian corporate governance. This qualitative study brings together some of Canada’s leading senior legal practitioners to opine on the fundamental principles that are driving the development of Canadian corporate governance. Taken within the context of today’s legal and regulatory environment, their insights piece together the framework of a Canadian model of corporate governance to further director knowledge and help inform future research.




Liao, C. (2014). A Canadian model of corporate governance. Dalhousie Law Journal, 37(2), 559-600.