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Associate, Governance Advisory Group

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About Kingsdale Advisors:

With offices in Toronto and New York, Kingsdale Advisors is the leading shareholder services and advisory firm, having acted on the largest and most high-profile proxy fights and transactions. Since 2003, public companies across North America have looked to the expertise of Kingsdale Advisors to help them reach out to shareholders and secure the success of transactions or resolutions driven by shareholder votes. Kingsdale Advisors’ multidisciplinary team offers an array of specialized services focused on strategic and defensive advisory, governance advisory and proxy analytics, strategic communications, and voting analytics. Our expert team of dedicated industry professionals is committed to providing individualized client solutions designed to suit your unique needs.

Your Career as a Kingsdale Governance Associate

Reporting to the Vice President, Governance Advisory Group, the Associate has the primary responsibility for research and analytical approach towards executive compensation and corporate governance matters of public companies in Canada and the United States.

How You Will Contribute

  • Write research reports on annual meetings with projected recommendations on proposals such as election of directors, appointment of auditors, advisory vote on executive compensation (Say on Pay), equity-based compensation plans and by-laws from the perspectives of proxy advisory firms and key institutional shareholders
  • Conduct vulnerability analysis of both management nominees and dissident nominees for contested or potentially contested election of directors
  • Assess client corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting as needed
  • Form and sustain ongoing relationships with clients to understand their needs and provide them with advisory services and expertise on executive compensation, corporate governance, and environmental and social (E&S) trends and best practices
  • Develop industry-leading intellectual capital and knowledge database on executive compensation, corporate governance, and E&S topics
  • Analyze public company filings on SEDAR and EDGAR
  • Review and develop knowledge of the materials for each event in which the department is involved
  • Review market news specific to executive compensation, corporate governance, E&S and keep group notified of relevant updates
  • As necessary, reach out to third party research contacts to obtain and procure information on executive compensation, corporate governance and E&S
  • Maintain databases that are critical to the team and firm while Identifying and recommending ways of improving efficiency, certainty, accuracy and control
  • Maximize utility from available resources, by assessing and incorporating applicability of acquired and free resources for informational, processing, operational and reporting use
  • Aid in the development and improvement of internal and external reports including preparing presentations as required
  • Assist the VP and other team members daily to ensure all tasks are completed on a timely and professional manner

Qualifications and Attributes:

  • Passion in corporate governance, executive compensation, E&S, and shareholder activism research
  • Exceptional attention to details, committed to quality of deliverables
  • Experienced team player with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to learn technical subject matter quickly
  • Intellectual curiosity and dedication to mastering complex concepts
  • Ability to diagnose client needs and identify relevant resources
  • High proficiency in distilling massive amounts of data
  • Adaptable and flexible, able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Reliable, responsible, resourceful and motivated individual with excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to liaison with clients, colleagues, management, and senior leaders within any organization
  • Solid, demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.), Bloomberg, DisclosureNet, Thomson Reuters Eikon, Enterprise Content Management
  • Exhibiting increased proficiency in duties and expanded knowledge and application of software packages


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Business Administration, Quantitative Analytics or related discipline is required
  • 2+ years of experience in corporate governance and/or executive compensation research or a similar role is an asset, experience at proxy advisory firms, compensation consultants or institutional shareholders considered an asset
  • Working with analytical tools is an asset

Equity Statement

Kingsdale Advisors is a staunch advocate for diversity in all its forms, and especially welcomes applications from members of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) community, women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and those of diverse intersectional identities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process as well as part of employment with Kingsdale Advisors. In accordance with the AODA Act, for applicants with disabilities accommodation will be provided throughout the search process.