Precision Drilling Corporation (the “Corporation”) is governed by a board of directors and managed by our executive management team. Our investors hold common shares in the capital of the Corporation. Holders of such common shares are herein referred to as ‘shareholders’.
At Precision, corporate governance means more than simply complying with a code. We believe that a strong culture of corporate governance and ethical behavior in decision-making is fundamental to the way we do business. We therefore keep a close eye on best practices and constantly develop and improve our own governance framework accordingly. We continue to enhance our focus on good corporate governance by building on our existing practices.
Some examples of the Corporation’s governance include:
- 90% of the directors of the Corporation are independent;
- All members of the Audit, Compensation, and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees are independent;
- An independent director serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors;
- The independent members of the Board of Directors meet regularly without the presence of Management;
- The Board of Directors oversees and approves the annual strategic plan;
- The Board of Directors’ committees and chairs operate under written charters setting out their responsibilities;
- The Corporation has equity ownership guidelines for directors, officers and senior management;
- The Corporation has a joint code of business conduct and ethics policy to ensure that matters are handled ethically and with integrity;
- The Board of Directors conducts an annual self-evaluation to determine whether it and its committees are functioning effectively;
- The Corporation has a whistleblower hotline to facilitate anonymous reporting of any questionable activities; and
- The Corporation continues to evaluate best practices in corporate governance and incorporate those that are in the best interests of shareholders.
- The Corporation’s corporate governance structures, systems and practices conform with the applicable governance rules and guidelines established by the Canadian Securities Administrators and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The common shares of the Corporation are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. A complete description of the Corporation’s corporate governance practices is set out in the Corporation’s Management Information Circular.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors Charter
Position Description – Board Chair
Position Description – Chief Executive Officer
Audit Committee – Charter
Position Description – Audit Committee Chair
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, NOMINATING AND RISK COMMITTEE
Corporate Governance, Nominating and Risk Committee – Charter
Position Description – Corporate Governance, Nominating and Risk Committee Chair
HUMAN RESOURCES AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
Human Resources and Compensation Committee – Charter
Position Description – Human Resources and Compensation Committee Chair
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES
Precision Drilling Corporate Governance Guidelines
Precision Drilling Corporation By-Law No. 1
MAJORITY VOTING POLICY
Our Policy on Majority Voting
CODE OF CONDUCT & ETHICS
Precision Drilling is committed to maintaining a high standard of corporate governance that incorporates the principles of good conduct and high ethical behavior. Commitment to the Code and its relevant policies are critical to both our success and reputation.
We expect all of our employees to act honestly, with good faith, and with a view that is in the best interests of Precision and its stakeholders.
The President’s Message:
Turning in the Right Direction
We take great pride in our ability to meet the growing needs of our clients and employees. As they say on the drilling rigs, “it’s all about turning in the right direction”. We expect that all employees act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of Precision and our stakeholders.
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (English)
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (Arabic)
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COMPARISON OF NYSE U.S. DOMESTIC COMPANY LISTING STANDARDS
Precision Drilling Corporation (“Precision”) is a Canadian oilfield services company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Precision has issued securities in the United States and has a listing of its common shares on both the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) and the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”). Precision is not required to comply with most of the NYSE corporate governance listing standards and instead may comply with Canadian corporate governance practices. However, as a non-U.S. issuer listed on the NYSE, Precision is required under Section 303A of the NYSE Company Manual (the “Listing Standards”) to provide a description of any significant differences between Precision’s corporate governance practices and those required of U.S. domestic companies listed on the NYSE.
Precision’s corporate governance practices meet or exceed the TSX guidelines and all other applicable Canadian requirements. Precision’s corporate governance practices also incorporate some best practices derived from the NYSE rules and comply with applicable rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to give effect to the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
The following is a summary of the significant ways in which Precision’s corporate governance practices differ from those followed by U.S. domestic companies under the NYSE Listing Standards.
- NYSE Rule 303A.08 requires shareholder approval of all equity compensation plans and any material revisions to such plans, regardless of whether the securities to be delivered under such plans are newly issued or purchased on the open market, subject to a few limited exceptions. In contrast, the TSX rules require shareholder approval of equity compensation plans only when such plans involve newly issued securities. In addition, equity compensation plans that do not provide for a fixed maximum number of securities to be issued must have a rolling maximum number of securities to be issued, based on a fixed percentage of the issuer’s outstanding securities, and must also be approved by shareholders every three years. If the plan provides a procedure for its amendment, the TSX rules require shareholder approval of amendments only where the amendment involves a reduction in the exercise price or an extension of the term of options held by insiders. Precision follows the TSX rules with respect to the requirements for shareholder approval of equity compensation plans and amendments to such plans.
- The NYSE rules require all listed companies to have an audit committee that complies with Rule 10A-3 of the Securities and Exchange Act. Rule 10A-3 requires the audit committee of a U.S. company to be directly responsible for the appointment of any registered accounting firm engaged for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or performing other audit review or attest services. There is an exception for foreign private issuers that are required under a home country law to have auditors selected pursuant to home country standards. Pursuant to the Alberta Business Corporations Act, the auditors of Precision are to be appointed by the shareholders at the annual general meeting of the Corporation. Precision’s Audit Committee is responsible for evaluating the auditors and advising the Board of Directors of its recommendation regarding the appointment of auditors.
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