Toronto, Ontario – June 6, 2023: Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) (“Aecon” or the “Corporation”) announced today that the nominees listed in the Management Information Circular dated May 2, 2023 were elected as directors of Aecon, to hold office until the close of the next Annual Meeting of the Corporation or until their successors are appointed.
On behalf of Aecon’s Board of Directors, John M. Beck, Chairman, was pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Lee to Aecon’s Board, effective immediately. Mr. Lee served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR) from 2015 to 2023. Prior to joining EPCOR, Mr. Lee held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Commercial Services at Capital Power Corporation. Mr. Lee previously served on the Board of Directors of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, as a member of the Audit Committee at the University of Alberta, and recently completed a term on the Board of Directors of STARS Air Ambulance. Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Accountant.
“Mr. Lee brings more than two decades of experience as a financial and commercial executive in the utilities and energy sectors and we are very pleased to further strengthen our Board of Directors through his leadership and wealth of knowledge,” said Mr. Beck.
Shareholders also adopted all other resolutions submitted for their approval, including the advisory vote on the Corporation’s approach to executive compensation, as disclosed in the Management Information Circular dated May 2, 2023, and the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the auditors of the Corporation to hold office until the close of the next Annual Meeting of the Corporation and that the Board of Directors be authorized to fix the auditors’ remuneration.
The complete voting results for each item of business are as follows:
Appointment and Remuneration of Auditors
Corporation’s Approach to Executive Compensation
The Board is disappointed by the level of support for the Corporation’s Approach to Executive Compensation (“Say on Pay”). While the Board believes that its executive compensation program is designed to deliver pay for performance and to align the interests of our executives with our shareholders, it takes the views of our shareholders seriously and will seek to clarify shareholder perspectives when considering future compensation matters.
Aecon’s Board of Directors approved its next quarterly dividend of 18.5 cents per share. The dividend will be paid on July 5, 2023 to shareholders of record as of June 23, 2023.
Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) is a national Canadian construction and infrastructure development company with global experience and is proud to be recognized as one of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. Aecon delivers integrated solutions to private and public-sector clients through its Construction segment in the Civil, Urban Transportation, Nuclear, Utility and Industrial sectors, and provides project development, financing, investment and management services through its Concessions segment. Join our online community on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram @AeconGroupInc.
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