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Corporate Governance Research Associate

Corporate Governance Research Associate

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ISS is seeking a Research Associate to join our Corporate Governance team as a corporate governance analyst based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is a unique opportunity to join our leading Corporate Governance Research team and can lead to a career path towards a Senior Research Lead or other managerial role in an exciting multi-faceted and growing company.


  • Complete basic and advanced analytical governance research of particular shareholder meetings and companies, managing workload to maintain timeliness of client SLA deliverables
  • Distill financial and corporate governance information and issue proxy vote recommendations based on ISS' Canadian market specific policy guidelines
  • Contribute to providing answers to internal/external client/issuer queries on research reports and/or voting recommendations and be able to discuss corporate governance principles and policy issues as required
  • Complete market specific or client requested reports and/or policy related projects
  • Research policy related issues and co-ordinate with other team members in the completion of such projects
  • Identify opportunities to enhance the department's service offering
  • Demonstrate well-developed understanding of shareholder/corporate governance issues gathered through fundamental research and contact with company executives and/or institutional investors
  • Use expertise to provide support to sales and account management teams to enhance client service experience
  • Monitor and assess the compliance of regional SAS-70 audits as implemented by regional team leadership
  • Work with Corporate Technology to develop, enhance and test current and new applications that will benefit our clients, the research offering, and the company as a whole
  • Identify process improvement opportunities
  • Lead or actively contribute to ISS policy formulation and update efforts
  • Contribute to working committees and/or projects
  • Review other analysts’ research related work


  • Bachelor´s degree and a minimum of 5 years full-time employment experience with 2 of those specifically focused on corporate governance OR degree in Finance, Economics, or equivalent with at least 2 years of full-time employment experience specifically focused on corporate governance
  • Demonstrated understanding or competency in corporate governance issues, corporate transactions and capital markets, corporate law, and/or securities regulation
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively with clients, colleagues at various staff and management levels across staff and function lines
  • Excellent writing and research abilities; proofreading skills and attention to detail; and well-developed communication skills, both oral and written
  • Familiarity with SEDAR/SEDI filings
  • Good understanding of business technology; experience working with technology in an operational context strongly desired
  • Strong computer literacy with previous experience and excellent knowledge of MS Office. Working knowledge of SQL a plus. 
  • Possess and exhibit enthusiasm and innovation

Due to the great number of applications we receive for each of our open vacancies, we are unable to respond on an individual basis.


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ISS Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce. It is the policy of the Firm to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, marital and civil partnership/union status, pregnancy (including unlawful discrimination on the basis of a legally protected pregnancy/maternity leave), veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.