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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 and 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, is the ASC’s Chief Administrative Officer, and 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, Enforcement, Market Regulation, Information Technology, Corporate Services and Human Resources, 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.
Office of the Chief Accountant
The Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) provides expert knowledge in accounting, auditing and financial reporting matters to the Commission Members, the Chair, the Executive Director and ASC staff. The OCA also provides guidance to issuers, registrants and their advisers in those areas of expertise, as it relates to securities regulation. This division is involved in policy initiatives that relate to accounting, auditing, and financial reporting and provides training as needed to the professional accountants within the organization.
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 it in the future. This division’s goal is to protect investors and foster the integrity of Alberta’s capital market through deterrence, disruption and accountability. It engages in proactive, fair and visible enforcement action locally and collaborates with the Commission’s compliance divisions, other securities regulators, and Canadian and foreign police forces.
Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is the ASC’s senior financial officer. The CFO’s office is responsible for effective internal control over financial reporting, enterprise risk management program, 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.
Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services
Human Resources and Corporate Services
The Human Resources and Corporate Services division provides human resource and business services to enable staff to fulfill the ASC’s mandate. The business services include purchasing, security, business continuity, health and safety, facility management and records management. Human Resources and Corporate Services 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.
Chief Information Officer
The Information Technology division is responsible for the operational and strategic management of technology services that enables the ASC to fulfill its mandate. It is responsible for the development, implementation, training and management of information systems across the organization.
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 supports the market and meets the ASC's organizational objectives. The division's award-winning CheckFirst.ca website and ongoing consumer campaigns aim to educate Albertans about investing and explain how they can protect themselves from securities fraud. Through media relations, stakeholder engagement and internal communications, the team promotes transparent, relevant and timely information to support efficient and effective securities regulation in Alberta and throughout Canada.
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 securities regulatory policy, statutory interpretation, administrative law, 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, and provides advice on corporate governance matters and the application of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Alberta).
Director, Market Regulation
Market Regulation provides 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). 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, and energy exchanges, clearing agencies and trade repositories conducting business in Alberta.
Director, Corporate Finance
The Corporate Finance division is engaged in the regulation of issuers (and their insiders) participating in the Alberta capital market including both corporate issuers and investment funds raising money publicly or privately. This involves the development of rules and policy and the administration of them, i.e., reviewing offering documents, continuous disclosure documents, takeover bids and shareholder meeting matters, and insider and control person reporting. Staff make recommendations respecting discretionary exemptions from securities law and they are engaged in oversight of the TSX Venture Exchange. Specialized teams focus on priority issues such as energy (including oil and gas reserves/resource disclosure), sustainability/environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure; systemic risk and market intelligence; and supporting the ASC’s cross-divisional innovation team exploring ways to improve capital formation in Alberta through regulatory innovation.