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Corporate governance practices

At-a-glance overview

  • We have a strong, independent Chairman with a clear corporate governance leadership mandate.
  • The Board is responsible for the identification and monitoring of the principal risks affecting the Bank's business. The Board must satisfy itself that the assets of the Bank are protected and that our risk culture, compensation policies and practices, and control functions are such that we operate within our Board-approved Risk Appetite.
  • The Board oversees management and, on a regular basis, considers strategic alternatives and approves strategic plans and all major strategy and policy recommendations for TD Bank Group.
  • The Board is responsible for setting the tone for a culture of integrity and compliance throughout TD.
  • The Board, its committees, the committee Chairs and the Chairman of the Board operate under written charters setting out their responsibilities.
  • The Board renews itself with high calibre candidates with diverse skills and experience.
  • Each year, the Board evaluates its effectiveness and the effectiveness of its Chairman, its committees and their Chairs, individual directors and the CEO.
  • The Audit Committee of the Board, not management, is responsible for the relationship with the shareholders’ auditor.

The Board of Directors and the management of TD are committed to leadership in corporate governance. We believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive culture both within TD and at our Board represents a strategic business priority for TD and contributes to our continued commitment to sound corporate governance, market innovation and growth. We have designed our corporate governance policies and practices to be sure we are focused on our responsibilities to our shareholders and on creating long term shareholder value. We can assure you that TD’s policies and practices meet or exceed applicable legal requirements. We continuously monitor all proposed new rules and modify our policies and practices to meet any additional requirements. An overview of our corporate governance structure is set out below.

Role of the Chairman of the Board

Brian Levitt is the non-executive Chairman of the Board at TD Bank Group. The Chairman of the Board is appointed annually by the non-management directors of the Board. He is independent and his role as Chairman of the Board is to facilitate the functioning of the Board independently of management and to maintain and enhance the quality of our corporate governance at TD. His key responsibilities are set out in the Charter of the Chairman of the Board which is available on our website. He also serves as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Human Resources Committee.

Mr. Levitt is currently Vice-Chair of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and has held various leadership positions at that firm since 2001. From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Levitt was the President and, subsequently, Chief Executive Officer of Imasco Limited, at the time one of Canada's largest consumer products and services companies, which included Canada Trust as one of its major holdings. In addition to being a director of Domtar Corporation and Talisman Energy Inc., Mr. Levitt serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Vice-Chair of the Board of the C.D. Howe Institute. Mr. Levitt served as Chairman of the Board of Domtar Inc. (predecessor of Domtar Corporation) from 2004 to 2007. He is the Chair of the current Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission of Canada. Mr. Levitt serves as chancellor of Bishop’s University for a five-year term beginning June 1, 2013. In 2014, Mr. Levitt was appointed by the federal government to the Advisory Committee on Senior Level Retention and Compensation. Mr. Levitt has been an independent director on TD's Board since December 2008.

Overview of corporate governance structure at TD

This diagram is a simple overview of the corporate governance structure at TD.

This diagram is a simple overview of the corporate governance structure at TD

Directors’ key responsibilities

In addition to having the requisite skills and experience, all directors must meet the qualifications for directors set out in the Position Description for Directors of TD. Under the Position Description, directors are expected to serve TD and the long-term interests of its shareholders by supervising the management of the business and affairs of TD. In doing so, the directors are expected to:

  • meet the highest ethical and fiduciary standards;
  • demonstrate independence from management;
  • be knowledgeable, inquisitive and ready to engage in constructive challenge about the issues facing TD;
  • apply good sense and sound judgment to help make wise decisions; and
  • display commitment through attendance at, preparation for and participation in meetings.

Directors are expected to fulfill these objectives through accountability, integrity, independence, involvement, contribution and commitment to the bank and its shareholders.

Directors are also subject to the bank’s Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Other places to find information about corporate governance at TD

Read our Chairman of the Board’s Message to Shareholders.

Corporate Governance – Go to the Corporate Governance section of our website – – to find information on our corporate governance practices, including our Corporate Governance Guidelines, our Director Independence Policy, our Code of Conduct and Ethics, the Charters of our Board of Directors and each of its committees and a summary of significant differences between our governance practices and those required of U.S. domestic issuers listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Proxy Circular – Read our Proxy Circular – in February 2015 it will be mailed to shareholders and available on our website.

Annual Meeting – Attend our Annual Meeting – March 26, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario– or watch the webcast through our website –