MANDATE AND TERMS OF REFERENCE
Role and Objective
The purpose of the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) is to assist the board of directors (the “Board”) of Tourmaline Oil Corp. (“Tourmaline” or the “Corporation”) in fulfilling its responsibility by reviewing matters relating to the human resource policies and compensation of the directors, officers and employees of the Corporation and its subsidiaries in the context of the budget and business plan of the Corporation and to ensure alignment with the Corporation’s short and long term goals.
Membership of Committee
1. The Board, on recommendation of the Governance Committee, will appoint members to the Committee. The Committee will be comprised of at least three (3) Directors or such greater number as the Board may determine from time to time and all members of the Committee shall be “independent” (as such term is defined for purposes of National Policy 58-201 – Corporate Governance Guidelines).
2. The Board may from time to time, on recommendation of the Governance Committee, designate one of the members of the Committee to be the Chair of the Committee.
Mandate and Responsibilities of Committee
1. The Compensation Committee shall formulate and make recommendations to the Board in respect of compensation issues relating to directors and employees of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, as applicable. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Committee shall have the following duties:
(a) to review the compensation philosophy and remuneration policy for employees of the Corporation and to recommend to the Board changes to improve the Corporation’s ability to recruit, retain and motivate employees;
(b) to review and recommend to the Board the retainer and fees to be paid to members of the Board and the Chairman of the Board to ensure that such compensation reflects responsibilities and risks involved in being an effective Board member, and to propose the terms and awards of equity compensation for directors;
(c) to review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), evaluate the CEO’s performance in light of those corporate goals and objectives, and determine (or make recommendations to the Board with respect to) the CEO’s compensation level based on such evaluation;
(d) to recommend to the Board with respect to non-CEO officer and director compensation including to review management’s recommendations for proposed stock option or other incentive-compensation plans and equity-based plans for non-CEO officer and director compensation and make recommendations in respect thereof to the Board;
(e) to periodically review and administer the stock option plan and other incentive plans (collectively, the “Incentive Plan”) approved by the Board in accordance with its terms including recommending (and if delegated authority thereunder, approve) the grant of stock options or other incentives under the Incentive Plans in accordance with the terms thereof;
(f) to consider and recommend other savings plans and benefits plans;
(g) to review risks facing the Corporation relating to executive and employee compensation matters and to recommend mitigation strategies to manage such risks;
(h) to determine and recommend for approval of the Board bonuses to be paid to officers and employees of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, as applicable, and to establish targets or criteria for the payment of such bonuses, if appropriate; and
(i) to prepare and submit a report of the Committee to the Board for approval of the Board and inclusion of annual disclosure required by applicable securities laws to be made by the Corporation including the Compensation Committee Report required to be included in the information circular – proxy statement of the Corporation and review other executive compensation disclosure before the Corporation publicly discloses such information.
Meetings and Administrative Matters
1. At all meetings of the Committee every resolution shall be decided by a majority of the votes cast. In case of an equality of votes, the Chairman of the meeting shall not be entitled to a second or casting vote and in such cases, the undecided matter should be referred to the Board as a whole.
2. The Chair will preside at all meetings of the Committee, unless the Chair is not present, in which case the members of the Committee that are present will designate from among such members the Chair for purposes of the meeting.
3. A quorum for meetings of the Committee will be a majority of its members, and the rules for calling, holding, conducting and adjourning meetings of the Committee will be the same as those governing the Board unless otherwise determined by the Committee or the Board.
4. Meetings of the Committee should be scheduled to take place at least one time per year and at such other times as the Chair of the Committee may determine.
5. Agendas, approved by the Chair, will be circulated to Committee members along with background information on a timely basis prior to the Committee meetings;
6. The Committee may invite such officers, directors and employees of the Corporation as it sees fit from time to time to attend at meetings of the Committee and assist in the discussion and consideration of the matters being considered by the Committee. At each meeting, the Committee will meet in camera without management present.
7. Minutes of the Committee will be recorded and maintained and circulated to directors who are not members of the Committee or otherwise made available at a subsequent meeting of the Board.
8. The Committee may retain persons having special expertise and may obtain independent professional advice to assist in fulfilling its responsibilities at the expense of the Corporation as determined by the Committee.
9. Any members of the Committee may be removed or replaced at any time by the Board and will cease to be a member of the Committee as soon as such member ceases to be a director. The Board may fill vacancies on the Committee by appointment from among its members. If and whenever a vacancy exists on the Committee, the remaining members may exercise all its powers so long as a quorum remains. Subject to the foregoing, following appointment as a member of the Committee, each member will hold such office until the Committee is reconstituted.
10. Any issues arising from these meetings that bear on the relationship between the Board and management should be communicated to the Chairman of the Board by the Committee Chair.
11. In discharging its duties under this Mandate, the Committee may investigate any matter brought to its attention and will have access to all books, records, facilities and personnel, may conduct meetings or interview any officer or employee, the Corporation’s legal counsel, external auditors and consultants and may invite any such persons to attend any part of any meeting of the Committee.
Last approved: November 8, 2017