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11.2.3 Corporate Structure

Understanding the executive-level corporate structure including roles and responsibilities can significantly benefit those preparing for the Canadian Securities Course (CSC). Learn about the duties and obligations of directors, the chairman, president, vice-presidents, and officers.

The Corporate Structure

A typical corporate structure at the executive level is illustrated below. The organizational chart outlines different key roles and their hierarchal positioning within the corporate framework.

Simplified Organizational Chart of a Hypothetical Corporation

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	  A(Shareholders)
	  B(Board of Directors)
	  C(Chairman of the Board)
	  D(President)
	  E(Executive Vice President)
	  F(Vice-President of Finance)
	  G[Vice-President of Marketing]
	  H(Vice-President of General Counsel)
	  I(Secretary and Vice-President of Human Resources)
	  J(Vice-President of Research)
	  K(Vice-President of Public Affairs)
	
	  A --> B
	  B --> C
	  C --> D
	  D --> E
	  E --> F
	  E --> G
	  E --> H
	  H --> I
	  I --> J
	  I --> K

Directors

The directors hold significant responsibility within a corporation. Here are some of their major roles:

  • Legal Requirements: Directors must be of the age of majority, of sound mind, and not an undischarged bankrupt.
  • Policy Making: They set company policies by passing resolutions.
  • Supervision: Normally appoint and supervise officers and have authority over business decisions like banking, budget approvals, and expansion plans.
  • Decisions on Shares and Profits: Responsible for decisions to issue shares and declare dividends. They can also decide on other profit dispositions.
  • Liability: Held personally liable for any illegal acts of the corporation done with their knowledge and consent. Also responsible for wages, declared dividends, and government remittances.
  • Fiduciary Duty: Must act honestly, in good faith, and in the best interests of the corporation.

Chairman of the Board

The Chairman of the Board also carries important duties:

  • Election: Elected by the board of directors.
  • Responsibilities: May hold duties of the president or other officers and may act as the CEO.
  • Influence: Presides over board meetings and plays a significant role in managing corporate affairs.
  • Dual Role: The job may be combined with that of the president.

President

The role of the president encompasses multiple responsibilities:

  • Appointment: Appointed by, and responsible to, the board of directors.
  • Delegation: Exercises authority through officers and heads of departments.
  • Acting Chairman: May serve as chairman in their absence if not already combined with the chairman role.

Vice-Presidents

Vice-presidents also play vital roles in corporate structure:

  • Appointment and Accountability: Appointed by, and responsible to, the president.
  • Operational Leadership: Lead specific operational areas like sales or finance.

Officers

Officers ensure the smooth day-to-day running of a corporation’s business:

  • Appointment: Appointed by the board of directors.
  • Responsibilities: Handles daily operations.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding the hierarchical structure of a corporation helps detail the executive functions and responsibilities.
  • Different roles from Directors to Officers, each have specific legal and operational duties that impact overall corporate governance and daily operations.
  • This breakdown is essential for those studying for the Canadian Securities Course.

FAQs

What is the main responsibility of a corporate director?

Directors are mainly responsible for setting company policies, appointing and supervising officers, deciding on issuing shares and declaring dividends, and ensuring the best interests of the corporation are met.

Can one individual be both Chairman and President?

Yes, the roles of Chairman and President can be combined. In the structured hierarchy, it’s feasible for one person to fulfill both roles.

A corporate directory must be of the age of majority, of a sound mind, and not an undischarged bankrupt.

Feel free to use these insights as you prepare for the Canadian Securities Course. Understanding the intricacies of corporate structure can give you a significant advantage.


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## Who appoints and supervises the officers and signing authorities for banking in a corporation? - [ ] President - [ ] Chairman of the Board - [ ] Vice-President Finance - [x] Board of Directors > **Explanation:** The Board of Directors normally appoints and supervises officers and signing authorities for banking, budget approval, financing, and other corporate decisions. ## Which of the following are the personal liabilities of a director in a corporation? - [x] Employee wages, declared dividends, and government remittances - [ ] Marketing strategy - [ ] R&D expenditures - [ ] Corporate public affairs > **Explanation:** Directors are personally responsible for employee wages, declared dividends, and government remittances, as well as illegal acts of the corporation done with their knowledge and consent. ## The Chairman of the Board may also act as which of the following under some circumstances? - [ ] Vice-President - [ ] Secretary - [ ] Treasurer - [x] Chief Executive Officer > **Explanation:** The Chairman of the Board may have the duties of the president or any other officer of the corporation and may also serve as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). ## Who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a corporation? - [ ] Board of Directors - [x] Officers - [ ] Shareholders - [ ] Executive Vice President > **Explanation:** Officers are the corporate employees responsible for the day-to-day operation of the business as appointed by the Board of Directors. ## In the corporate structure, who exercises their authority through other officers and department heads? - [ ] Chairman of the Board - [ ] Vice-President Finance - [ ] Board of Directors - [x] President > **Explanation:** The President exercises authority through the other officers and heads of departments or divisions. ## What is the primary responsibility of the Chairman of the Board? - [ ] Filing taxes - [x] Presiding over meetings of the board and influencing the management of corporate affairs - [ ] Managing daily operations - [ ] Preparing financial statements > **Explanation:** The primary responsibility of the Chairman of the Board is to preside over meetings and generally exert great influence on the management of the corporation's affairs. ## What is NOT a typical responsibility of a Vice-President in a corporation? - [ ] Leading specific areas like sales or finance - [ ] Appointed by and responsible to the president - [ ] Managing day-to-day operations of the business - [x] Declaring dividends > **Explanation:** Vice-Presidents lead specific operational areas and are appointed by the president, while declaring dividends is typically a responsibility of the Board of Directors. ## Who is responsible for setting company policies in a corporation? - [ ] Chairman of the Board - [ ] Officers - [ ] Shareholders - [x] Board of Directors > **Explanation:** The Board of Directors sets company policies by passing resolutions. ## What must the directors of a corporation act in? - [ ] The interest of shareholders - [ ] Favor of the majority - [ ] In accordance with market trends - [x] Honestly, in good faith, and in the best interests of the corporation > **Explanation:** Directors must act honestly, in good faith, and in the best interests of the corporation. ## Who usually appoints the Vice-Presidents in a corporation? - [ ] Chairman of the Board - [ ] Board of Directors - [ ] Shareholders - [x] President > **Explanation:** Vice-Presidents are appointed by, and responsible to, the President. >

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