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Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Office of the Chair and Executive Officer
The Chair and Chief Executive Officer is responsible for representing the ASC, addressing emerging issues in securities regulation and leading the ASC in strategic planning and achieving its organizational objectives. The Chair has direct oversight responsibilities for the Communications & Investor Education Division and the offices of the Executive Director and the General Counsel. The Chair is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and reports to the Members and to the Minister of Finance.
Office of the Executive Director
The Executive Director reports to the Chair and Chief Executive Officer and is the ASC’s Chief Administrative Officer, and as such is responsible for ensuring that all business divisions of the ASC operate effectively and efficiently. The Executive Director is directly responsible for overseeing the divisions of Corporate Finance, Corporate Resources, Enforcement, Market Regulation, New Economy and the Office of the Chief Accountant and Financial Services. The Executive Director also participates in meetings of the ASC’s Human Resources and Audit committees and chairs the Senior Management and Strategic Planning committees. Pursuant to the Securities Act (Alberta), the Executive Director conducts hearings into certain decisions made by Market Regulation and Enforcement staff.
Cynthia J. Campbell
The Enforcement Division enforces Alberta securities laws by discovering, investigating, and prosecuting breaches of those laws with a view to both stopping current misconduct and preventing future misconduct. Through proactive, fair, and visible enforcement action locally, and through collaboration with the Commission’s compliance divisions and with securities regulators and police forces, Canadian and foreign, the Enforcement Division seeks to foster investor confidence and promote the integrity of Alberta’s capital market, thereby protecting the investing public.
Chief Accountant and Chief Financial Officer
Office of the Chief Accountant and Financial Services
The Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accountant (CFO) is the ASC’s senior financial officer and is responsible for effective internal control over financial reporting, annual budget preparation, administration of investment manager reporting and relations, coordination of risk management processes, and accurate and timely financial reporting to senior management, Commission Members and the Minister of Finance. The CFO provides expert knowledge in the areas of accounting, auditing and financial reporting matters to ASC staff as well as guidance to reporting issuers and their advisers. This division is involved in policy initiatives that relate to these areas of expertise. This Office also provides training as needed to the professional accountants within the organization.
Director, Corporate Finance
The Corporate Finance Division is the primary interface for issuers and their advisors when participating in the capital market in Alberta, and is responsible for reviewing offering documents and continuous disclosure, monitoring filings in respect of takeover bids and making recommendations on applications for exemptive relief from securities legislation. In addition to these day-to-day services, Corporate Finance is active in the formulation and development of appropriate rules, regulatory instruments and policies used in the regulation of the Alberta and Canadian capital markets for issuers, including investments funds, and over-the-counter derivatives. Given the significance of the oil and gas industry, Corporate Finance places a considerable emphasis on reviewing the public disclosure of oil and gas reserves information and overseeing the relevant disclosure policies for these issuers. Corporate Finance is also responsible for the Alberta Securities Commission’s work on systemic risk.
Director, Corporate Resources
The Corporate Resources Division provides business, technical and human resource services to enable staff to fulfill the ASC’s mandate. It provides services in the areas of: information technology; human resources and corporate services (including purchasing, security and business continuity, health and safety, facility management, records management). Corporate Resources supports the needs of employees and management through the initiation, development, delivery and implementation of key strategies, programs and policies that are aligned to organizational objectives.
Office of the General Counsel
The General Counsel reports to the Chair and oversees the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). The OGC is the in-house legal, policy, strategy and risk management resource for the ASC. The OGC provides legal advice to the Commission Members, the Chair, the Executive Director and staff on a wide range of issues including statutory interpretation, administrative law, securities regulation, corporate/commercial law, information technology/intellectual property law, procurement law and privacy law. In addition, the OGC is responsible for the corporate secretarial and legislative functions at the ASC, and provides advice on corporate governance matters and the application of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Alberta) to the ASC.
Director, Communications and Investor Education
Communications and Investor Education
The Communications and Investor Education Division provides strategic communications counsel and support to all areas of the ASC to engage and educate internal and external stakeholders in a manner that meets the ASC’s organizational objectives. The division’s award-winning Checkfirst consumer campaign aims to educate Albertans about investing, and how they can protect themselves from securities fraud. In addition, through media relations, corporate communications and internal communications the team promotes transparent, relevant and timely communication to support efficient and effective securities regulation in Alberta and throughout Canada.
Director, Market Regulation
Market Regulation provides securities regulation to the Alberta capital market by developing and administering rules and policies relating to registrants (dealers, advisers, and investment fund managers), equities and derivatives exchanges and clearing agencies, trade repositories, and self-regulatory organizations (SROs), including the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada. Staff register market participants that are in the business of trading and advising in securities and derivatives and managing investment funds, perform compliance examinations of registrants and review exemption applications. Staff conduct oversight of SROs, the TSX Venture Exchange, energy exchanges and clearing agencies conducting business in Alberta such as the Natural Gas Exchange Inc. (NGX), and trade repositories.
Director, New Economy
The New Economy division works closely with staff from across the ASC to coordinate efforts to facilitate capital raising by new economy companies entering the capital market, as well as to anticipate and act on issues and opportunities relating to emerging financial technologies. A key focus of this division is engagement with market participants to better understand challenges new economy companies face in accessing capital or deploying new financial technologies, as well as to help market participants navigate the securities regulatory regime and enhance their awareness of relevant initiatives that may assist them.