Directors’ questions about executive compensation

This 36-page guide for your board's compensation committee members is a tool for directors to set compensation and assess the executive compensation information they get both from their management team and external consultants.

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Can you defend your organization’s pay practices to shareholders? What about compensation-related risk? Does the pay clearly link to performance?

Executive pay under scrutiny

Compensation committees are coming under increased scrutiny because of shareholder engagement, exhaustive pay disclosures and the significant regulatory and public attention now being given to executive pay.

Best practices in compensation

Executive compensation is not only a hot button issue, it is one of your board’s key governance responsibilities. Compensation committee members need to understand and respond to changes in best practices and regulatory issues.

Explore the underlying issues

In 20 Questions Directors Should Ask about Executive Compensation, Elizabeth Greville and David Crawford have written a concise, easy-to-read guide that doesn’t limit the discussion to the board’s role in compensation matters. It goes beyond the board perspective to explore some of the underlying operational issues at work. 

Whether you are a member of the executive compensation committee or a director keen to understand how compensation works, this guide highlights a number of things to consider, including:

  • How much should you pay and what benchmarks can you use to figure this out?
  • How do you measure performance and what kind of incentives should you offer?
  • What should you know about benefits and perks?
  • What should you do about severance packages?

Executive compensation is a topic that will surface regularly in board discussions. This Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) resource assists you to participate knowledgeably and productively in these conversations.