Insurance Companies Act
Marginal note:Removal of directors or senior officers
678.2 (1) The Superintendent may, by order, remove a person from office as a director or senior officer of a company, society or provincial company if the Superintendent is of the opinion that the person is not suitable to hold that office
(a) on the basis of the competence, business record, experience, conduct or character of the person; or
(b) because the person has contravened or, by action or negligence, has contributed to the contravention of
(i) this Act or the regulations made under it,
(ii) a direction made under section 676,
(iii) an order made under subsection 515(3) or 516(4),
(iv) a condition or limitation in respect of the order approving the commencement and carrying on of business by the company, society or provincial company, or
(v) a prudential agreement entered into under section 675.1 or an undertaking given by the company, society or provincial company to the Superintendent.
Marginal note:Risk of prejudice
(2) In forming an opinion under subsection (1), the Superintendent must consider whether the interests of the policyholders and creditors of the company, society or provincial company have been or are likely to be prejudiced by the person’s holding office as a director or senior officer.
Marginal note:Representations may be made
(3) The Superintendent must in writing notify the person concerned and the company, society or provincial company of any removal order that the Superintendent proposes to make under subsection (1) and must afford them an opportunity within 15 days after the date of the notice, or within any longer period that the Superintendent allows, to make representations to the Superintendent in relation to the matter.
(4) If the Superintendent is of the opinion that the public interest may be prejudiced by the director or senior officer continuing to exercise the powers or carry out the duties and functions of that office during the period for making representations, the Superintendent may make an order suspending the director or senior officer. The suspension may not extend beyond 10 days after the expiration of that period.
Marginal note:Notice of order
(5) The Superintendent shall, without delay, notify the director or senior officer, as the case may be, and the company, society or provincial company of a removal order or suspension order.
Marginal note:Consequences of removal order
(6) The director or senior officer, as the case may be, ceases to hold that office as of the date the removal order is made or any later date specified in the order.
(7) The director or senior officer, as the case may be, or the company, society or provincial company, as the case may be, may, within 30 days after the date of receipt of notice of the removal order under subsection (5), or within any longer period that the Court allows, appeal the matter to the Federal Court.
Marginal note:Powers of Federal Court
(8) The Federal Court, in the case of an appeal, may dismiss the appeal or set aside the removal order.
Marginal note:Order not stayed by appeal
(9) A removal order is not stayed by an appeal.
- 2001, c. 9, s. 461
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