Who We Are
AST Trust Company (Canada) is a tech-enabled, integrated, professional services firm that empowers companies and their stakeholders to achieve their goals through advisory, technology and flawless execution.
What We Offer
We are your strategic partner for positive investor engagement, transfer agent excellence, control of essential ownership records, and employee plans.
We assist corporations in obtaining and interpreting key investor information to enhance their engagement through our expertise in corporate governance, proxy solicitation, advisory services, credit markets intelligence and more.
Experienced in both the technical and legal aspects of debt and fiduciary transactions, we have the deep expertise and flexibility necessary to meet the needs of specialized transactions and provide guidance in a changing field.
As a federally-regulated trust company in Canada, we serve as an advisor to support all of our clients’ structured finance needs.
Solutions by Function
AST understands and addresses the unique challenges faced by finance teams. As your proactive advisor, we’ll help guide you through regulatory challenges while delivering the day-to-day service and operational support you need to ensure your company’s continued evolution. We are dedicated to supporting your organization’s progress and to helping you avoid obstacles along the way. Discover our solutions and start moving forward today.
To deliver essential corporate services like ownership recordkeeping and shareholder communications, corporate secretaries need a strong partner with the resources and experience to ensure that nothing stands in the way of their progress. AST offers the advisory, operations, and expertise to address a suite of needs, from flawless transfer agent and registrar services to IPO and ownership advisory. We believe in staying ahead of compliance and regulatory changes, in fostering positive relationships with shareholders, and in using technology and strategic acumen to drive decisions. Discover just some of what we can do together.
Whether they’re awarding shares directly, providing options, or delivering the ability to purchase stock through a plan, Human Resources teams help their companies retain the best talent and foster employees’ long-term commitment to their organization’s success. AST is equipped to support the goals of HR teams for both public and private organizations, and across even the most recently adopted equity products. Our tech-forward solutions serve both issuers and employees, and they are customized to your needs—whether you’re looking for a comprehensive, full-service solution to manage your plans or a simpler SaaS tool that puts you in the driver’s seat. See how we can help you get started.
Whether it’s a private company issuing its first IPO, issuing debt instruments, or securitizing its assets, or an established corporation handling an M&A event, successful corporate actions require dedicated operational support. For these matters, AST offers an integrated suite of services designed to help legal teams move their clients forward. Our expert staff, technology-driven solutions, and integrated communications framework enable us to work collaboratively with you, even when timing is tight. We can integrate registry and compliance advisory services into all of our solutions, and we have the infrastructure to quickly implement efficient processes that drive resolution. Best of all, our engagements are overseen by seasoned professionals who have been there, understand the pain points, and strive to prevent them.
Investor and Public Relations teams are responsible for managing essential corporate functions that can make or break investor affinity and public confidence. AST specializes in providing you with the support you need to better manage your corporate programs. With AST, you can be confident in the quality and delivery of shareholder and investor communications, including proxy solicitations and voting tabulation. Our team of experts can also help support rare and unexpected events, such as a hostile takeover or crisis situations.
In the News
AST Trust Company (Canada) is proud to announce that its President and CEO, Margot Jordan, will be among an expected 80 of Toronto’s business and community leaders as they sleep out on the night of November 15 to help homeless youth.
As you may be aware, Canada Post has been working to reach new collective agreements with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (“CUPW”) since late 2017. Talks between Canada Post and CUPW continue. We continue to monitor the situation, and will provide updates as they are made available. AST is committed to delivering a superior client service experience and is seeking every means to lessen the impact of a potential Canada Post work stoppage. Please contact your Relationship Manager if you have any concerns about an upcoming mailing. Learn more.
The increase in cyber attacks requires companies to exceed current security standards and introduce new levels of protection in order to combat ever-growing threats such as phishing, ransomware, and zero-day threats. Based on his work overseeing AST’s own industry-leading program designed to protect and secure client data, AST’s Chief Information Security Officer Baba Gurjeet S. Bedi outlines a range of approaches companies can take to increase their cybersecurity measures. Read more.
In a recent interview with Activist Insight magazine, Dexter John and Susy Monteiro, Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President, D.F. King Canada, spoke about the shareholder activism landscape in Canada, the governance issues companies trending this year and what to be aware of with universal proxy and ESG proposals.
Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) and Glass Lewis & Co. (“Glass Lewis”) have both updated their proxy voting guidelines for 2019. The key changes to the guidelines focus primarily on director overboarding, virtual meetings, environment and social governance and gender diversity.