Proxy Voting

OMERS owns shares in numerous publicly traded companies around the world. Share ownership carries with it important rights and responsibilities, including the right to vote shares at company meetings. The proxy vote is an important asset of a pension fund. OMERS has a fiduciary duty to obtain the highest returns for plan beneficiaries within acceptable risk limits. In accordance with its fiduciary duty, OMERS exercises its ownership rights by voting proxies diligently in a manner intended to optimize the long-term value of its investments.

Proxy votes in 2016

During 2016, we voted on a total of 14,110 items covering 1547 shareholder meetings globally. In Canada, we voted on 724 items in 78 meetings in Canada. Outside of Canada, we voted on 5,499 items in the U.S. and 7,892 items outside of North America at 1,473 shareholder meetings.

Proxy voting guidelines

Learn about our proxy voting guidelines and how we are likely to vote on issues of importance.