Coronavirus: how do Canadian public companies convene shareholder meetings during a pandemic?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. With proxy season upon us, Canadian public companies are faced with the question of how to legally hold their shareholder meetings in a manner that minimizes health risks for participants.

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