International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


The Spatial Composition of the Personal Histories of Directors for Canadian Resource Companies and their Major Shareholders: Greater Evidence of Separation and Control from the Canadian Periphery
Dr. Sean O'Hagan

Research examining the location of firm headquarters, as well as the key decision makers within these firms, makes an important contribution to our understanding of corporate influence. This paper contributes to this field of exploration through a spatial investigation of Canadian resource companies, their major stockholders, as well as the composition of key decision makers for these organizations. Results show a spatial disconnect between the location of corporate headquarters and the Canadian periphery. Decision making remains in core cities, especially in Western Canadian cities, far removed from the periphery. This paper extends the evidence to demonstrate that entities maintaining a controlling stock of Canada‟s resource corporations are also geographically severed from the Canadian periphery. Here though corporate influence shifts to Central Canada. Perhaps more importantly this research reveals a spatial disconnect between the Canadian periphery and the personal histories of key decision makers for all these firms, the boards of directors.

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