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Independent Review Committee


What is an Independent Review Committee (IRC)?

An IRC is an independent review committee, featuring no fewer than three individuals, whose role is to oversee all decisions made by managers of publicly traded investment funds on issues of perceived or actual conflicts of interest. Securities legislation (National Instrument 81-107: Independent Review Committee for Investment Funds) came into effect on May 1, 2007 that requires every Canadian publicly traded investment fund to have an IRC.

Good governance is an important issue for investors. As a result, CC&L Funds is proud to have assembled an independent review committee comprised of highly accredited individuals with a wealth of valuable experience. We encourage you to review the biographies of our IRC members below.

Committee Members

Howard J. Atkinson is currently chairman of 3iQ Corp, an investment manager focused on bringing Cryptoasset exposure to investors via traditional fund structures. Prior to joining 3iQ he was a founder and president of Horizons ETFs Management Inc. and over his three decades in financial services has held executive positions with Mackenzie Financial Corporation, CI Funds and Barclays Global Investors Canada Ltd. His board experience spans public and private companies as well as non-profit organizations. He is the past founding chair of the Canadian ETF Association and a past president of the CFA Society Toronto. He is the author of four books including The New Investment Frontier III: A Guide to Exchange Traded Funds for Canadians, (Insomniac Press, 2005). Mr. Atkinson is a CFA charterholder and also holds the CIMA® and ICD.D designations.

Anthony (Tony) L. Cox is currently a member of the PIMCO Canada and WisdomTree Canada Independent Review Committees and a Director and President of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Ontario. Tony has extensive experience as a Director and Officer of various investment management companies and has been an active member of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) chairing various committees and the IFIC annual conference while also speaking at several industry-related conferences. His work experience includes launching and building investment fund management companies such as Sun Life’s Spectrum Mutual Funds and National Bank Financial’s Emissary wrap program. Tony has also helped launch or reposition investment fund companies such as: Purposes Investments Inc., Pro-Financial, and Investment Planning Counsel. Tony attended Kingston University School of Business Studies, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England (FCA), a Chartered Professional Accountant, Canada (CPA, CA) and has the ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Directors Education Program, Institute of Corporate Directors.

Karen McRae ICD.D has over 30 years' experience in pension and mutual fund investing. Karen was previously Sr. Vice-President, Investments at Mackenzie Financial where she was head of the asset allocation team and chaired Mackenzie’s Management Fund Oversight and Derivatives Committees. Karen is also a member of the Independent Review Committee for Harvest Portfolios. A committed volunteer, she contributes her investment expertise in the not-for-profit sector by serving on the boards of several pension and endowment funds.

Each year, the IRC will issue a Report to Securityholders. Please click here to view the 2019 report.

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