WEST FRASER TIMBER CO. LTD. SECURITIES TRADING POLICY
This Policy is intended to raise the general level of awareness of the trading and confidentiality obligations of employees, officers and directors of West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (the “Company”).
In this Policy, “West Fraser” means West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. and each other member of the West Fraser group of companies. References to “the Company” refer specifically to West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
Broadly speaking, an employee, officer or director of West Fraser (including their spouse and other relatives with the same home as that person) with knowledge of material undisclosed corporate information may not trade in securities of the Company or otherwise use or selectively disclose the information until the information is publicly known. In order to reduce potential exposure for liability under securities laws, employees, officers and directors (and their spouses, and other relatives in their household) must not trade in the Company’s securities during
1. the “Blackout Periods” described in this Policy, and
2. when advised not to do so by any member of the Disclosure Committee as a result of the existence of material undisclosed information.
This trading restriction also applies to all securities and accounts over which such employees, officers or directors have control or direction, whether or not of such person or of relatives in the same household. Breaches of confidentiality and violations of insider trading and tipping laws carry severe consequences both for the Company and the individuals involved. Therefore, all employees, officers and directors of the Company must comply with the provisions and procedures of this Policy.
Trading in Securities of the Company
Under applicable securities laws, a person in a “special relationship” with West Fraser may not “trade” in securities of the Company if the person knows material information with respect to West Fraser that has not been generally disclosed to the public. If the person trades securities of the Company in such a circumstance, the person may be liable to compensate the seller or purchaser of the securities, as the case may be, for damages resulting from the sale. A “trade” includes a purchase or sale of securities, on offer or solicitation to purchase or sell securities and an exercise of an option, warrant or other convertible security.
All directors and officers of the Company, and their associates (which include their spouses and other relatives in their household) and affiliates, and all employees of West Fraser, are in a special relationship with the Company, as are former directors, officers and employees who acquired material non-public corporate information while in office. In addition, anyone who acquires material non-public corporate information from a person in a special relationship with the Company is deemed to be in a special relationship with the Company.
The significance of this last portion of the definition is that it creates an indefinite chain so that any person who either trades on or discloses information acquired directly or indirectly from someone “on the inside” will be caught by the insider trading provisions.
Any corporate information that would have, or would reasonably be expected to have, a significant effect on the value or market price of the Company’s securities is material information. This includes information about significant changes to senior management, financial results, decisions concerning dividends, major acquisitions, dispositions, investments, sales or restructurings, and the acquisition or loss of important contracts.
Rule Against Tipping
No employee, officer or director with knowledge of material information with respect to West Fraser that has not been generally disclosed to the public may inform or “tip” others of such information, except as required in order to carry out the duties of the person’s office or employment with the Company.
Rule as it Applies to Other Entities
Where West Fraser is involved in a material undisclosed transaction with another entity, each employee, officer and director of West Fraser is in a special relationship with the other entity and, therefore, cannot trade in securities of the other entity using knowledge pertaining to the transaction.
When Information Becomes Public
Information is considered to become public when it has been released to the public through appropriate channels, such as by press release or public statements by senior officers.
In recognition of the need to ensure that enough time has elapsed to permit the investment community to absorb and evaluate information, the Company has established “Blackout Periods” during which employees, officers and board members (and their spouses and other relatives in their household) may not trade in the Company’s securities, including securities or accounts over which such persons have control or direction, whether or not of such persons or of relatives in the same household. The “Blackout Period” in respect of a fiscal quarter is:
• the period beginning on the first day of the immediately following fiscal quarter of the Company and ending at the end of the business day after the day of the announcement of the financial results for the fiscal quarter and, in respect of the fourth fiscal quarter, the financial results for the year, and
• for all other West Fraser announcements, the period beginning on the day of the announcement and ending at the end of the business day after the day of the announcement.
Blackout Period Example
For the first quarter the Blackout Period would begin on April 1. Assuming that first quarter results were announced on April 15, the Blackout Period would end at the end of April 16. This would leave the period April 17 to June 30 as an available trading period.
Trading Outside Blackout Periods
Because at any time outside the Blackout Periods there may exist material corporate information that has not been publicly disclosed and which might significantly affect the price or value of the Company’s securities, any trades by an insider or by an employee (or their spouse or other relatives in their household) who may have access to this information should be pre cleared with a member of the Disclosure Committee.
Notification of Trades
All trades of securities by an officer or director, or any of his or her associates (which includes their spouse and other relatives in their household), must be reported by the officer or director within three days to a member of the Disclosure Committee.
Definition of insider
All directors, senior officers (including the Chairman, President, any Vice President, the Secretary or any other individual who performs a similar function), directors and senior officers of any subsidiaries of the Company and any person or company that beneficially owns or exercises control or direction over 10% or more of the common shares of the Company is an insider of the Company. Note that the trading restrictions described above cover individuals that are in a “special relationship” with the Company which is a broader category than “insiders”. The insider designation identifies those individuals who are required by law to publicly disclose their trades.
Insider Trading Reporting
It is the personal duty of each of West Fraser’s directors, senior officers and other insiders to file insider reports following any trade or other change in holdings of securities of the Company (including the exercise of any options) in accordance with securities laws. The Company assists directors and officers with the filing procedures by providing administrative support. This administrative support does not remove individual responsibility to file insider reports in a timely and accurate fashion. Currently, insider reports must be filed within five days after a change in direct or indirect beneficial ownership of, or control or direction over, the Company’s securities (three days for control persons). Insider trading reports may be filed electronically. Registration of West Fraser’s insiders under this electronic filing system (known as SEDI) is available through the Company’s counsel, McMillan LLP. Copies of all insider trading reports filed are to be promptly provided to a member of the Company’s Disclosure Committee.
Each insider or person in a special relationship with the Company has the individual responsibility to comply with this policy and applicable securities laws. The guidelines set forth in this policy are guidelines only, and appropriate judgement should be exercised in connection with any trade in the Company’s securities.
Dated as of December 9, 2002.
Last updated April 19, 2017.