Charter of Governance
Our Charter of Board of Directors Governance outlines the specific roles and duties of the Company's Directors.
GENERAL BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to diligently oversee the direction and management of the Company while adhering to the highest ethical standards. Specific responsibilities are as follows:
Strategic Planning & Budgets
- Meet at least annually in a strategy session to review and adopt the Company's strategic business plan.
- Review and adopt the Company's corporate objectives, financial plans and budgets.
- Review corporate performance against strategic plans, corporate objectives, financial plans and budgets.
- Review semi-annually the risks identified by the Officers’ Risk Committee.
- Identify and review the business risks of the Company and ensure that systems are in place to monitor and manage such risks.
- Ensure that the risks are appropriate, thoroughly understood and studied and are in line with achieving our corporate goals.
- Review annually the Company’s Corporate Disclosure Policy and ensure that it is being followed.
- Approve the hiring of senior officers.
- Establish and review annually, job descriptions for executive officers.
- Monitor and measure senior officers’ performances.
- Ensure all executive officers have current employment, non-competition and confidentiality agreements.
- Review major Company organizational and staffing issues.
- Succession planning for the CEO and other key officers.
- Ensure that the Company maintains appropriate internal controls and management information systems.
- Ensure that the Company, its executives and employees conduct themselves in an ethical manner and in compliance with laws, regulations, audit and accounting principles and the Company’s own governing policies.
- Ensure that the Board of Directors has free and full access to management regarding all matters of compliance and performance.
- Ensure that Company has adopted a code of conduct for the company’s principal executive officer, senior financial officers and all employees. Review the Company Code of Conduct annually and approve amendments by a simple majority of the Board of Directors.
- Review and approve any material transactions outside of the corporate budget, including but not limited to long term contracts, licenses or obligations which will outlive an individual's relationship with the Company.
- Adopt and review annually a mechanism through which employees and others can directly and anonymously contact the Board with concerns about conduct which the employee reasonably believes constitutes fraud or some other violation of law. The mechanism must include procedures for responding to, and keeping of records of, any such expressions of concern.
BOARD STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
Composition of the Board of Directors
- Ensure that the majority of Directors are “independent” as defined by the Company's governing regulatory bodies.
Annual Disclosure of Directors
- Publicly disclose conclusions as to the independence of the directors as defined by the Company's governing regulatory bodies.
Nominating and Assessing Directors
- Appoint a Governance and Nominating Committee to nominate new board members as required and assess current directors’ performances.
- Review promptly the continued Board membership of any director whose employment or professional status has materially changed.
Position of Chairman of the Board
- Ensure the Chairman of the Board is an independent director.
- Review and assess its own performance in fulfilling its duties outlined in this charter and any other duties charged to the Board, including the performance of individual directors.
Examination of Size of Board
- Annually review the size of the Board and the impact of that size on the effectiveness of the Board.
- Consider whether it is appropriate to reduce or increase the size of the Board.
Compensation of Directors
- Annually review the adequacy and form of all compensation paid Directors.
- Consider that compensation should reflect responsibilities and risk.
Composition of Board Committees
- Consider that Board committees should generally consist of outside directors.
- Ensure that the directors on all committees be independent and unrelated directors.
- Review the independence of all directors with respect to various regulatory requirements and ability to serve on any Committee.
- Assign general responsibility to the Audit Committee to oversee (1) the integrity of the Company’s financial statements and its financial reporting and disclosure practices, (2) the soundness of the Company’s systems of internal controls regarding finance and accounting compliance, and (3) the appointment, compensation, independence and performance of the Company’s auditors.
- Ensure that all committee members are independent.
- Review the Audit Committee Charter annually and, when necessary, suggest changes to its Charter, to be ratified by the entire Board.
- Nominate a financial expert (as defined by the SEC) to the Board of Directors and appoint to the Audit Committee.
- Review and consider a presentation by the Officers’ Risk Committee twice per annum.
- Assign general responsibility to the Reserves Committee to oversee (1) the integrity of the oil and gas reserves of the Company, (2) compliance by the Company with legal and regulatory requirements related to reserves, and (3) qualifications, independence and performance of the Company’s independent Reserves evaluators, and performance of the Company’s procedures for providing information to the independent Reserves evaluator.
- Review the Reserves Committee Charter annually and, when necessary, suggest changes to its Charter, to be ratified by the entire Board.
Compensation and Human Resources Committee
- Assign general responsibility for senior executive compensation to the Compensation and Human Resources Committee, including a review of compensation and performance in relation to Corporate Objectives.
- Engage as considered necessary a third party compensation consultant to assist in the review of executive and board compensation.
- Produce or approve annually a report on executive compensation for inclusion in Company’s annual management information circular.
- Review the Compensation and Human Resources Committee Charter annually and, when necessary, suggest changes to its Charter, to be endorsed by the entire Board.
- Review annually the Company's long term incentive plans and the incentive stock option plan.
- Approve all grants under the Company's stock-based long-term incentive compensation plans.
Governance and Nominating Committee
- Assign general responsibility for governance to the Governance and Nominating Committee.
- Review annually the Governance and Nominating Committee Charter and, when necessary, suggest changes to its Charter, to be ratified by the entire Board.
- Ensure proper orientation for new directors.
Health Safety Environment and Social Responsibility Committee
- Assign general responsibility to the Health Safety Environment Social Responsibility Committee to oversee the development and implementation of an effective HSES management system to ensure that the Company’s activities are planned and executed in a safe and responsible manner.
- Engage or authorize investigations into any matters within the scope of its responsibilities.
- Review the Health, Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility Charter annually and when necessary, suggest changes to its Charter, to be ratified by the entire Board.
Officer’s Risk Committee
- Semi-annually receive an assessment of the risks affecting the Company (“Corporate Risk Profile”).
- Review annually the Charter of the Officers’ Risk Committee and when necessary, suggest changes to its Charter, to be ratified by the entire Board.
- Assign general responsibility to the Officers’ Risk Committee to monitor and manage business risk including (a) annually coordinating the development of an assessment of the risks affecting the company (s) annually overseeing a review and evaluation of the Corporate Risk Profile, (3) develop action plans to address critical risks as needed, (4) monitor emerging risks to the Company and (5) communicate material findings, recommendations and any related action plans to the Audit Committee and Board of Directors as appropriate.
Outside Advisors for Directors
- Ensure that individual directors are permitted to engage outside advisors at the Company’s expense.
- Perform such other functions as prescribed by law and in the Company’s By-laws.
Amendments to Charter of Director Governance and Expectations
- Annually review this Charter and propose amendments to be ratified by a simple majority of the Board of Directors.