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Board/Director Assessment

Annual Board Assessment by All Members of the Board

Each year Board members complete a detailed questionnaire which (a) provides for quantitative ratings in key areas, and (b) seeks subjective comment in each of those areas. The questionnaire is administered by the Corporate Secretary. Responses are reviewed by the Corporate Secretary and the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. A summary report is then prepared and provided to the Board Chair, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the CEO and then reported to the full Board by the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Chair. Attribution of comments to individual Directors in the summary report is made only if authorized by that Director. In assessing the responses to the questionnaire, the focus is on continuous improvement. Matters requiring follow-up are identified, action plans are developed and there is ongoing monitoring by the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee to ensure satisfactory results. As part of the annual Board assessment, the Board reviews and considers any proposed changes to the Board Charter.

Annual Assessment of Each Committee by Members of That Committee

Each year members of each Committee complete a detailed questionnaire designed to allow Committee members to evaluate how well each Committee is operating and to make suggestions for improvement. The questionnaire is administered by the Corporate Secretary who receives responses and reviews them with the appropriate Committee Chair. A summary report is then prepared and provided to the Board Chair, the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, the appropriate Committee and the CEO and then reported to the full Board by the appropriate Committee Chair. As part of the annual Committee assessment, the Board reviews and considers any proposed changes to the Committee Charters.

As with the Board assessment, the focus is on continuous improvement. Chairs of each Committee are expected to follow up on matters raised in the Committee assessments and take action as appropriate.

Annual Assessment of the Board Chair by Members of the Board

Each year members of the Board are asked to assess and comment on the discharge, by the Board Chair, of his duties. Individual responses are received by the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. The Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee solicits specific input from the CEO from his perspective as CEO regarding the effectiveness of the Chair. A summary report is then provided to the Board Chair and the full Board, with no attribution of comments to individual Directors without their consent. As part of the annual Board Chair assessment, the Board reviews and considers any proposed changes to the Board Chair position description.

Annual Assessment of Each Committee Chair by Members of Each Committee

Each year, members of each Committee are asked to assess and comment on the discharge, by each Committee Chair, of his or her duties. Responses are received by the Corporate Secretary and the Committee Chair under review. A summary report is then provided to the appropriate Committee and to the full Board, with no attribution of comments to individual Directors without their consent. As part of the annual Committee Chair assessment, the Board reviews and considers any proposed changes to the Committee Chair position descriptions.

Annual Assessment of Individual Directors

Each year during the period from May to September, the Board Chair (and, if in the opinion of the Board Chair it is desirable, the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee) formally meets with each Director individually to engage in full and frank discussion of any and all issues which either wish to raise, with a focus on maximizing the contribution of each Director to the Board and Committees. In completing the review, the Board Chair employs a checklist, discussing both short-term and long-term goals, and establishes action items to allow each individual Director to enhance both his or her personal contributions and overall Board effectiveness. The Board Chair will share peer feedback with each Director as appropriate and reviews progress and action taken. Each Director, during such formal review, should be prepared to discuss with the Board Chair how the Directors, both individually and collectively, can operate more effectively. The Board Chair discusses the results of the individual evaluations with the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and reports summary findings to both that Committee and to the full Board at the November meeting.

Management Board Survey

As part of the Board's continuing efforts to improve its performance, the Board surveys those members of senior management who regularly interact with the Board and/or its Committees to solicit their input and perspective on the operation of the Board and how the Board might improve its effectiveness. The survey includes subjective management responses to questions and one on one interviews between management respondents and the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. The results of the management surveys and the one on one interviews are reported by the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee to the full Board and the Corporate Secretary.

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