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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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SCHEDULE 14A
Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
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Filed by the Registrant   Filed by a Party other than the Registrant  
Check the appropriate box:
Preliminary Proxy Statement
Confidential, for Use of the Commission Only (as permitted by Rule 14a-6(e)(2))
Definitive Proxy Statement
Definitive Additional Materials
Soliciting Material under §240.14a-12
AURINIA PHARMACEUTICALS INC.

(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)

(Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if other than the Registrant)
Payment of Filing Fee (Check all boxes that apply):
No fee required.
Fee paid previously with preliminary materials.
 Fee computed on table in exhibit required by Item 25(b) per Exchange Act Rules 14a-6(i)(1) and 0-11




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AURINIA PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
#140, 14315 - 118 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5L 4S6 Canada

April 18, 2023
Dear Valued Shareholder,

You are cordially invited to attend the annual general meeting (the "Meeting") of shareholders of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the “Company”) to be held on May 17, 2023 at 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The Meeting will be a virtual only meeting of shareholders. You can attend the Meeting by visiting https://web.lumiagm.com/467056294 (password (case sensitive): aurinia2023). Registered shareholders and their duly appointed proxyholders attending the virtual meeting will be afforded the same rights and opportunities to participate as they would at an in-person meeting.

At the Meeting, you will be asked to consider and vote on the proposals set forth in the enclosed management information circular and proxy statement relating to the Meeting. The Company’s board of directors unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” proposals 1, 2, 3 and 4 as set forth in the management information circular and proxy statement.
Whether or not you plan to virtually attend the Meeting, it is important that your common shares be represented and voted at the Meeting. Accordingly, after reading the management information circular and proxy statement, please vote via the Internet, telephone or by mail by following the voting instructions included in the management information circular and proxy statement. If you hold your shares in “street name” through a broker, bank or other nominee, please vote in accordance with the instructions provided by such nominee.
The Company has fixed the close of business on April 12, 2023 as the record date for the determination of shareholders entitled to notice of, and to vote on the matters proposed at the Meeting and any adjournment or postponement thereof.
If you have any questions or require assistance voting, please contact our proxy solicitation agent, Laurel Hill Advisory Group toll free within North America at 1-877-452-7184 (1-416-304-0211 outside North America), or by email at assistance@laurelhill.com.
Thank you for your continued support.
Very truly yours,
/s/ Peter Greenleaf
Peter Greenleaf
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer





AURINIA PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
#140, 14315 - 118 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5L 4S6 Canada
Notice of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
To Be Held On May 17, 2023
Dear Shareholder:
NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (the “Meeting”) of shareholders of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the “Company”) will be held as a virtual-only meeting via live audio webcast online using the LUMI meeting platform at https://web.lumiagm.com/467056294 (password (case sensitive): aurinia2023) on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at 12:00 pm, Eastern Time, for the following purposes:

1.to elect eight directors listed in the attached management information circular and proxy statement each to serve until the 2024 annual general meeting of shareholders or until their qualified successor has been duly elected or appointed;

2.to approve the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants, as independent registered public accounting firm of the Company until the close of the 2024 annual general meeting of shareholders or until a successor is appointed;
3.to approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, a “say on pay” resolution regarding the Company’s executive compensation set forth in the attached management information circular and proxy statement;
4.to approve an amendment to the Company's Equity Incentive Plan to increase the maximum number of common shares reserved for issuance pursuant to the Equity Incentive Plan; and
5.to transact such further and other business as may properly be brought before the Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.
Management of the Company is soliciting proxies on the accompanying form of proxy (the “Proxy”). Whether or not you plan to attend the Meeting virtually, we encourage you to vote and submit your Proxy by telephone, via the Internet or by mail and ensure that as large a representation of shareholders as possible may be had at the Meeting. Specific details of the matters being put before the Meeting are set forth in more detail in the accompanying management information circular and proxy statement.
The Company's board of directors ("Board") has determined that only holders of record of the common shares of the Company at the close of business on April 12, 2023 will be entitled to vote in respect of the items set out in this notice of meeting at the Meeting. The Board has also determined 12:00 pm, Eastern Time, on May 15, 2023 or no later than 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) before any adjournment or postponement of the Meeting as the time before which proxies to be used or acted upon at the Meeting or any adjournment thereof must be deposited with the Company’s transfer agent. The time limit for proxies may be waived or extended by the chair of the meeting. Failure to properly complete or deposit a Proxy may result in its invalidation.
DATED this 18th day of April, 2023.
By Order of the Board of Directors,
/s/ Peter Greenleaf
Peter Greenleaf
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer



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You are cordially invited to attend the Meeting virtually. Whether or not you expect to attend the Meeting, please complete, date, sign and return the proxy that was mailed to you, or vote over the telephone or the Internet as instructed in these materials, as promptly as possible in order to ensure your representation at the Meeting. Please note, that if your shares are held of record by a broker, bank or other nominee and you wish to vote at the Meeting (instead of doing so in advance), you must obtain a legal proxy issued in your name from the holder of record.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON MAY 17, 2023: We are delivering to all shareholders paper copies of all proxy materials. In addition, a complete set of proxy materials relating to the Meeting is available on the Internet. These materials, consisting of the Notice of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and accompanying management information circular and proxy statement, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and proxy card, are available under our profiles at www.sedar.com, www.edgar.gov, and our website, https://ir.auriniapharma.com/all-sec-filings.

Voting is Easy. Vote Well in Advance of the Proxy Deadline on May 15, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
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Questions or Require Voting Assistance?
Contact our proxy solicitation agent, Laurel Hill Advisory Group toll free within North America at 1-877-452-7184 (1-416-304-0211 outside North America), or by email at assistance@laurelhill.com.



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AURINIA PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
#140, 14315 - 118 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5L 4S6 Canada
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CIRCULAR AND PROXY STATEMENT
FOR THE 2023 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
To be Held on May 17, 2023

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THESE PROXY MATERIALS AND VOTING

What is the purpose of this Management Information Circular and Proxy Statement (the “Proxy Statement/Circular”)?
This Proxy Statement/Circular is being furnished because the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (sometimes referred to as the “Company” or “Aurinia”) is soliciting your proxy to vote at the 2023 Annual General Meeting of shareholders, or at any adjournments or postponements thereof (the “Meeting”) to be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The Proxy Statement/Circular will first be mailed on or about April 20, 2023 to all shareholders of record entitled to vote at the Meeting.
Who do I contact if I have questions or need assistance in voting my shares?
Aurinia has retained Laurel Hill Advisory Group as its proxy solicitation agent. Shareholders can reach Laurel Hill toll free within North America at 1-877-452-7184 (1-416-304-0211 outside North America), or by email at assistance@laurelhill.com.
How do I attend, participate in, and ask questions during the virtual Meeting online?

This year’s Meeting will be our fourth time hosting a virtual only meeting of shareholders, which will be conducted solely online via live audio webcast. Any shareholder can attend the virtual Meeting live online at https://web.lumiagm.com/467056294The password for the meeting is aurinia2023 (case sensitive). There is no physical location for the Meeting. The meeting will start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. We recommend that you log in at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time on May 17, 2023 to ensure you are logged in when the Meeting begins. Registered shareholders and duly appointed proxyholders attending the virtual Meeting will be afforded the same rights and opportunities to participate as they would at an in-person meeting. To participate in the Meeting, you will need to review the information included in this Proxy Statement/Circular and on your proxy card.
You are entitled to participate in the Meeting only if you were a registered shareholder of the Company as of the close of business on April 12, 2023 (the "Record Date"), or if you hold a valid proxy for the Meeting. No physical meeting will be held.
Registered shareholders as of the Record Date and their duly appointed proxyholders also will be able to vote their shares and submit their questions online by attending the Meeting by live audio webcast.
If you hold your shares through an intermediary, such as a bank, broker or other nominee, you must register in advance using the instructions below.
We reserve the right to take any measures deemed to be appropriate, necessary or advisable in relation to the meeting including, changing the meeting date and/or changing the means of holding the meeting. Should any such changes to the Meeting format or timing occur, we will announce any and all of these changes by way of news release, which will be filed under the our profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, www.edgar.gov, and on our website, https://ir.auriniapharma.com/all-sec-filings. We recommend that you review our profile at www.sedar.com, www.edgar.gov, and our website, https://ir.auriniapharma.com/all-sec-filings prior to the Meeting for the current information. In the event of any changes to the Meeting, we will not prepare or mail amended materials in respect of the Meeting. We encourage shareholders to vote their shares prior to the meeting by following the instructions set out in the form of proxy or voting instruction form.
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To help ensure that we have a productive and efficient meeting, and in fairness to all shareholders in attendance, you will also find posted our rules of conduct for the Meeting when you log in prior to its start. These rules of conduct will include the following guidelines:
Only registered shareholders of record as of the Record Date for the Meeting and their proxyholders may submit questions or comments electronically through the meeting portal.
Please direct all questions to Stephen Robertson, our Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer.
Please include your name and affiliation, if any, when submitting a question or comment.
Limit your remarks to one brief question or comment that is relevant to the Meeting and/or our business.
Questions may be grouped by topic by our management.
Questions may also be ruled as out of order or not responded to if they are, among other things, irrelevant to our business or the business of the Meeting, related to pending or threatened litigation, disorderly, repetitious of statements already made, or in furtherance of the speaker’s own personal, political or business interests.
Be respectful of your fellow shareholders and Meeting participants.
No audio or video recordings of the Meeting are permitted.
It is important to note that if you are participating in the virtual Meeting, you must remain connected to the Internet at all times during the Meeting in order to vote when balloting commences. It is your responsibility to ensure Internet connectivity for the duration of the Meeting.

How do I register to attend the Meeting virtually on the Internet?
If you are a registered shareholder (i.e., you hold your shares through our transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company of Canada ("Computershare")), you do not need to register to attend the Meeting virtually on the Internet. Please follow the instructions on the proxy card that you received.

If you are a beneficial shareholder with shares held through an intermediary, such as a bank, broker or other nominee, and wish to vote online at the Meeting (or have a third party vote on your behalf online at the Meeting), you need to strike out the names of the management designees and insert your or a third party’s name into the appropriate space on the voting instruction form (the “VIF”). Do not fill out your voting instructions. Follow the instructions for submitting the VIF by the appropriate deadline, as the instructions and deadline may vary depending on the intermediary. It is important that you comply with the signature and return instructions provided by your intermediary.

You must also register yourself or the third party as a proxyholder by visiting www.investorvote.com by 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 15, 2023 and provide Computershare with your or the third party’s contact information so that Computershare may provide you or the third party with a username via email shortly after this deadline. Without a username, you or the third party will not be able to vote or ask questions at the Meeting.

For U.S. beneficial owners, to register to attend the Meeting online by webcast, you must submit proof of your proxy power (legal proxy) reflecting your holdings in the Company, along with your name and email address to Computershare using the below contact information. Requests for registration must be labeled as “Legal Proxy” and be received no later than 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 15, 2023.

You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email after Computershare receives your registration materials.
Requests for registration should be directed to Computershare at the following:
By email:
Forward the email from your bank, broker or other nominee, or attach an image of your legal proxy, to legalproxy@computershare.com
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By mail:
Computershare
Attention: Proxy Department
100 University Avenue, 8th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2Y1

By fax:
1-866-249-7775 for faxes sent from within Canada and the U.S. (or 1-416-263-9524 for faxes sent from outside Canada and the U.S.)
Who can vote at the Meeting?
Only shareholders of record at the close of business on April 12, 2023 (defined above as the "Record Date"), will be entitled to vote at the Meeting. On the Record Date, there were 143,034,009 common shares issued and outstanding. Each common share entitles the holder to one vote with respect to each matter submitted to shareholders at the Meeting. Each shareholder is entitled to appoint any other person to represent them at the Meeting, and at any adjournment thereof. If a shareholder
wishes to appoint a person or company other than the nominees presented by the Board, they may do so by inserting the
name of their chosen proxyholder in the space provided and as instructed on the Proxy.
Shareholder of Record: Shares Registered in Your Name
If on the Record Date your shares were registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company of Canada, then you are a shareholder of record.
As a shareholder of record, you may vote online at the Meeting or vote by proxy. Whether or not you plan to attend the Meeting, we urge you to ensure that your vote is counted by voting by proxy by mail, over the telephone or on the Internet as instructed below.
If you have any questions or require assistance voting, please contact our proxy solicitation agent, Laurel Hill Advisory Group toll free within North America at 1-877-452-7184 (1-416-304-0211 outside North America), or by email at assistance@laurelhill.com.
Beneficial Owner: Shares Registered in the Name of a Broker or Bank

If on the Record Date your shares were not held in your name, but rather in an account at a bank, broker or other nominee, then you are the beneficial owner of shares held in “street name” and these proxy materials are being forwarded to you by that organization. The organization holding your account is considered to be the shareholder of record for purposes of voting at the Meeting. As a beneficial owner of your shares, you have the right to direct your broker or other agent as to how to vote the shares in your account. As a beneficial owner, you are invited to attend the Meeting, however, since you are not the shareholder of record, you may not vote your shares online at the Meeting unless you request and obtain a valid proxy from your broker or other agent (see above "How do I register to attend the Meeting virtually on the Internet?").

If you have any questions or require assistance voting, please contact our proxy solicitation agent, Laurel Hill Advisory Group toll free within North America at 1-877-452-7184 (1-416-304-0211 Outside North America), or by email at assistance@laurelhill.com.
In accordance with National Instrument 54-101 - Communications with Beneficial Owners of Securities of a Reporting Issuer ("NI 54-101"), the Company is distributing copies of the material related to the Meeting to clearing agencies and intermediaries for distribution to non-registered holders. Such agencies and intermediaries must forward the material related to the Meeting to non-registered holders. Management of the Company also intend to pay for intermediaries to forward the Proxy Statement/Circular to objecting beneficial owners under NI 54-101.
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What am I voting on?

This Proxy Statement/Circular describes the proposals on which we would like you, as a shareholder, to vote at the Meeting. This Proxy Statement/Circular provides you with information on the proposals, as well as other information about us, so that you can make an informed decision as to whether and how to vote your shares.
At the Meeting, shareholders will act upon the following four proposals: 

Proposal 1
To elect to the Board the following eight nominees presented by the Board: Dr. George M. Milne, Jr., Dr. Daniel Billen, R. Hector MacKay-Dunn, Peter Greenleaf, Joseph P. Hagan, Dr. David R.W. Jayne, Jill Leversage and Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan, each to serve until the 2024 annual general meeting of shareholders or until their qualified successor has been duly elected or appointed.
Proposal 2
To appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants, as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm until the close of the 2024 annual general meeting of shareholders or until a successor is appointed.
Proposal 3To approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, a “say on pay” resolution regarding the Company’s executive compensation set forth in this Proxy Statement/Circular.
Proposal 4To approve an amendment to the Company's Equity Incentive Plan to increase the maximum number of common shares reserved for issuance pursuant to the Equity Incentive Plan.
The Board unanimously recommends that shareholders vote "FOR" the approval of each of the four proposals.
In addition, shareholders will receive the financial statements of the Company for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, including the auditor’s report thereon (shareholders will not be asked to vote on this matter).
What if another matter is properly brought before the Meeting?
As of the date of this Proxy Statement/Circular, our Board knows of no other matters that will be presented for consideration at the Meeting. If any other matters are properly brought before the Meeting, it is the intention of the management designated proxy holder (identified on your proxy card) to vote on those matters in accordance with their best judgment.
How do I vote?
You may either vote “For” each of the nominees to the Board or you may “Withhold” your vote for any nominee you specify. For the appointment of the auditor, you may vote “For”, “Withhold” or "Abstain". For each of the other matters to be voted on, you may vote “For”, “Against” or "Abstain".
Shareholder of Record: Shares Registered in Your Name
If you are a shareholder of record, you may vote online at the Meeting, vote by proxy by mail, over the telephone or through the Internet. Whether or not you plan to attend the Meeting, we urge you to vote by proxy to ensure your vote is counted. You may still attend the Meeting. If you attend the Meeting and decide to vote online during the Meeting even if you have already voted by proxy, you may vote online pursuant to the provided instructions. Doing so will revoke your prior vote.
To vote online during the Meeting, follow the provided instructions to join the Meeting at https://web.lumiagm.com/467056294starting at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. The webcast will open prior to the start of the Meeting and we recommend that you log in at least 15 minutes before the Meeting to ensure you are logged in when the Meeting begins.
To vote by mail using the proxy card, simply complete, sign and date the proxy card delivered to you and return it promptly in the envelope provided. If you return your signed proxy card to us before the Meeting by 12:00 p.m.
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(Eastern Time) on May 15, 2023, or no later than 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) before any adjournment or postponement of the Meeting, we will vote your shares as you direct.
To vote over the telephone, dial toll-free 1-866-732-8683 using a touch-tone phone and follow the recorded instructions. You will be asked to provide the company number and control number from the proxy card.
To vote through the Internet, go to www.investorvote.com to complete an electronic proxy card. You will be asked to provide the control number from the proxy card.
Beneficial Owner: Shares Registered in the Name of Broker, Bank or Other Nominee
If you are a beneficial owner of shares registered in the name of your broker, bank, or other nominee, you should have received voting instructions from that organization rather than from us. Simply follow the voting instructions to ensure that your vote is counted. Aurinia may utilize Broadridge’s QuickVoteTM service to assist eligible shareholders with voting their shares directly over the phone.
Should you wish to vote online at the Meeting (or have a third party vote on your behalf online at the Meeting), you need to strike out the names of the management designees and insert your or a third party’s name into the appropriate space on the VIF. Do not fill out your voting instructions. Follow the instructions for submitting the VIF by the appropriate deadline, as the instructions and deadline may vary depending on the intermediary. It is important that you comply with the signature and return instructions provided by your intermediary.
For U.S. Beneficial Owners, to register to attend the Meeting online by webcast, you must submit proof of your proxy power (legal proxy) reflecting your holdings in the Company, along with your name and email address to Computershare using the contact information set out above. Requests for registration must be labeled as “Legal Proxy” and be received no later than 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 15, 2023.
How many votes do I have?
On each matter to be voted upon, you have one vote for each share you owned as of the Record Date.
What happens if I do not vote?
Shareholder of Record: Shares Registered in Your Name
If you are a shareholder of record and do not vote by completing your proxy card, by telephone, through the Internet or online at the Meeting, your shares will not be voted.
Beneficial Owner: Shares Registered in the Name of Broker or Bank
If you are a beneficial owner of shares registered in the name of your broker, bank, or other nominee (sometimes referred to as shares held in “street name”) and you do not provide instructions how to vote your shares, in accordance with section 153 of the Business Corporation Act (Alberta) (the "ABCA") your broker, bank or other nominee is not permitted to vote your shares.
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What if I return a proxy card or otherwise vote without marking voting selections?
If you are a shareholder of record and return a signed and dated proxy card without marking voting selections, your shares will be voted, as applicable:
For” the election to the Board of the following eight nominees presented by the Board: Dr. George M. Milne, Jr., Dr. Daniel Billen, R. Hector MacKay-Dunn, Peter Greenleaf, Joseph P. Hagan, Dr. David R.W. Jayne, Jill Leversage and Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan, each to serve until the 2024 annual general meeting of shareholders or until their qualified successor has been duly elected or appointed.
For” the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants, as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm until the close of the 2024 annual general meeting of shareholders or until a successor is appointed.
For” the approval, on a non-binding advisory basis, of a “say on pay” resolution regarding the Company’s approach to executive compensation.
"For" the approval of an amendment to the Company's Equity Incentive Plan to increase the maximum number of common shares reserved for issuance pursuant to the Equity Incentive Plan.
If any other matter is properly presented at the Meeting, your proxy holder (named on your proxy card) will vote your shares using their best judgment.
Can I submit a question for the Meeting?

Shareholders who attend the Meeting and log in as a registered shareholder using their control number will have an opportunity to submit questions in writing during a portion of the Meeting. Instructions for submitting a question during the Meeting will be provided on the Meeting website. We will endeavor to answer as many submitted questions as time permits; however, we reserve the right to exclude questions regarding topics that are not pertinent to Meeting matters or company business or are, in our determination, inappropriate. If we receive substantially similar questions, we will group such questions together and provide a single response to avoid repetition. Any questions that are appropriate and pertinent to the Meeting but cannot be answered during the Meeting due to time constraints will be answered and posted on the “Investors & Media - Governance Documents” page of our Company’s website at www.auriniapharma.com, as soon as practicable after the Meeting.

What should I do if I need technical support during the Meeting?
The Meeting platform is fully supported across browsers and devices running the most updated version of applicable software and plugins. Attendees should ensure they have a strong Internet connection, allow plenty of time to log in, and can hear streaming audio prior to the start of the Meeting.
If you experience any technical difficulties accessing the Meeting or during the Meeting, please call the toll-free number that will be available on our virtual shareholder login site at https://web.lumiagm.com/467056294 for assistance. We will have technicians ready to assist you with any technical difficulties you may have beginning 15 minutes prior to the start of the Meeting, and the technicians will be available through the conclusion of the Meeting. Additional information regarding matters addressing technical and logistical issues, including technical support during the Meeting, will be available on the Meeting website.
Who is paying for this proxy solicitation?
We will pay for the entire cost of soliciting proxies associated with this Proxy Statement/Circular. In addition to these proxy materials, our directors and employees may also solicit proxies in person, by telephone, or by other means of communication. Directors and employees will not be paid any additional compensation for soliciting proxies. We have also engaged Laurel Hill Advisory Group to assist us in connection with the solicitation of proxies and communications with shareholders, recommending corporate governance best practices, where applicable, liaising with advisory firms, developing and implementing shareholder communication strategies and advice with respect to the Meeting and proxy protocol. In connection with these services, Laurel Hill is expected to receive a fee of CAD$35,000, plus taxes and expenses.
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What does it mean if I receive more than one set of proxy materials?
If you receive more than one set of proxy materials, your shares may be registered in more than one name or in different accounts. Please follow the voting instructions on the proxy cards to ensure that all of your shares are voted.
Can I change my vote after submitting my proxy?
Shareholder of Record: Shares Registered in Your Name
Yes. You can revoke your proxy at any time before the final vote at the Meeting. If you are the record holder of your shares, you may revoke your proxy in any one of the following ways:
You may submit another properly completed proxy card with a later date.
You may grant a subsequent proxy by telephone or through the Internet.
You may send a timely written notice that you are revoking your proxy to our Corporate Secretary at Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc., #140, 14315 – 118 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5L 4S6 Canada. Notice must be received prior to the commencement of the Meeting in order to be timely.
You may virtually attend the Meeting and vote online at the Meeting. Simply attending the Meeting will not, by itself, revoke your proxy. Even if you plan to attend the Meeting, we recommend that you also submit your proxy or voting instructions by mail or vote by telephone or through the Internet so that your vote will be counted if you later decide not to attend the Meeting.
Your most current proxy card or telephone or Internet proxy is the one that is counted.
Beneficial Owner: Shares Registered in the Name of Broker or Bank
If your shares are held by your broker, bank or other nominee, you should follow the instructions provided by your broker, bank or other nominee in order to change your vote or revoke your proxy.
When are shareholder proposals and director nominations due for next year’s annual meeting?
From time to time, shareholders may present proposals, including to nominate a candidate to serve on the Board of the Company, that may be proper subjects to add to the agenda for consideration at a general meeting of shareholders. Under Section 136 of the ABCA and the regulations thereto, shareholders who hold, in the aggregate, at least 1% of the voting power in the Company, or shares whose fair market value at close of business on the day before the shareholder submits the proposal is at least $2,000, and have held them for the 6 month period preceding the submission of the proposal, may submit a request to include an item to the agenda, provided the requested item is appropriate for presentation at a general meeting and for consideration by the shareholders. The proposal must have support from shareholders holding at least 5% of the voting power in the Company to be validly submitted. The proposal must be submitted at least 90 days before the anniversary date of the last annual meeting of the Company's shareholders (being February 16, 2024 for the 2024 annual general meeting of shareholders, based on the planned date for the Meeting).
In addition, shareholder proposals may be submitted for inclusion in a proxy statement under Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Under Rule 14a-8 of the Exchange Act, to be eligible for inclusion in the Company’s proxy materials for the 2024 annual general meeting of Shareholders, shareholder proposals must be received by the Company not later than December 20, 2023, which is 120 days prior to the 12-month anniversary of the date this Proxy Statement/Circular was first released to shareholders with respect to the Meeting. In addition, Rule 14a-8 proposals must otherwise comply with the requirements of the rule, including minimum shareholding requirements for the proposer in order for a shareholder proposal to be valid. This date will change if the date of 2024 Annual General Meeting of shareholders is 30 calendar days earlier or later than May 17, 2024.
Accordingly, shareholders should submit any proposals for inclusion in the Company’s proxy materials prior to December 20, 2023 to be in compliance with both requirements.
The Company’s by-laws include advance notice provisions (the “Advance Notice Provisions”) that require that advance notice must be provided to the Company in circumstances where nominations of persons for election to the Board are made by
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shareholders other than pursuant to: (i) a “proposal” made in accordance with the ABCA; or (ii) a requisition of the shareholders made in accordance with the ABCA.
Among other things, the Advance Notice Provisions fix a deadline by which holders of record of common shares must submit director nominations to the secretary of the Company prior to any annual or special meeting of shareholders and sets forth the specific information a shareholder must include in the written notice to the secretary of the Company for an effective nomination to occur. No person will be eligible for election as a director unless nominated in accordance with the provisions of the Advance Notice Provisions.
In the case of an annual meeting of shareholders, notice to the Company must be made not less than 30 nor more than 65 days prior to the date of the annual meeting; provided, however, in the event that the annual meeting is to be held on a date that is less than 60 days after the date on which the first public announcement of the date of the annual meeting was made, notice may be made not later than the close of business on the tenth day following such public announcement.
The foregoing is merely a summary of the Advance Notice Provisions, and is not comprehensive and is qualified by the full text of such provisions. The full text of such provisions is set out in Section 14 of our Amended and Restated By-law No. 2, which is filed as Exhibit 3.2 on our Form 8-K filed on April 27, 2021, which can be found at www.sec.gov.
Proposals should be addressed to: Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc., #140, 14315 – 118 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5L 4S6 Canada, Attn: Corporate Secretary.
We received no shareholder proposals for the Meeting. In addition, the deadline to provide valid notice of any director nominations according to the Advance Notice Provisions was April 17, 2023.
In addition to the Advance Notice Provisions, in 2023 the SEC adopted Rule 14-19 (known as the universal proxy rules), which governs proxy contests for companies subject to the US proxy rules, for meetings held after August 31, 2022. As a result, we are subject to the new universal proxy rules. Under the universal proxy rules, shareholders who seek to nominate a director for election to a company's board of directors must submit, to the company not later than 60 days prior to the anniversary date of that company's prior annual meeting (1) the name(s) of the nominee(s) it intends to solicit proxies for, and (2) a representation that the shareholder will solicit at least 67% of the company's shareholders. The deadline for compliance with the universal proxy rules' nomination requirements was March 20, 2023 (extended from March 18, 2023, which fell on a Saturday).
As of the date hereof, the Company has not received any valid nominations for directors from any third party.

How are votes counted?

Votes will be counted by the scrutineer appointed for the Meeting, who will separately count, for proposal 1, votes "For" or "Withhold"; with respect to proposal 2, votes “For”, "Withhold” or "Abstain"; and with respect to proposal 3, votes “For,” "Against" or "Abstain", and with respect to proposal 4, votes "For", "Against" or "Abstain". No broker non-votes will be counted.
What are “broker non-votes”?
When a beneficial owner of shares held in “street name” does not give instructions to his or her bank, broker or other nominee holding the shares as to how to vote on a matter, under the ABCA the bank, broker or other nominee cannot vote the shares. These unvoted shares are counted as “broker non-votes.”

As a reminder, if you are a beneficial owner of shares held in “street name,” in order to ensure your shares are voted, you must provide voting instructions to your bank, broker or other nominee holding the shares by the deadline provided in the materials you receive from your bank, broker or other nominee.
How many votes are needed to approve each proposal?
On each proposal to be voted upon, shareholders have one vote for each share owned as of the Record Date. Votes will be counted by the scrutineer. The following table summarizes vote requirements and the effect of abstentions and broker non-votes:
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Proposal
Number
Proposal Description
Vote Required for
Approval
Effect of Abstentions
Effect of Broker Non-Votes
1The election to the Board of Directors the following eight nominees presented by the Board: Dr. George M. Milne, Jr., Dr. Daniel Billen, R. Hector MacKay-Dunn, Peter Greenleaf, Joseph P. Hagan, Dr. David R.W. Jayne, Jill Leversage and Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan.
Directors will individually be elected by a plurality of the votes cast at the Meeting by the holders of shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the election of directors. If you select “WITHHOLD” with respect to the election of a nominee, your vote will not be counted as a vote cast for the purposes of electing such nominee but will be considered in the application of the Company’s Majority Voting Policy. In order not to be subject to the application of our Majority Voting Policy, as further described on page 19, each director nominee must receive more “FOR” votes than “WITHHOLD” votes.
NoneNone
2To approve the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants, as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm until the close of the 2024 Annual General Meeting of shareholders or until a successor is appointed.
FOR votes from the holders of a majority of votes cast on the question. For purposes of this proposal, votes cast at the Meeting include only those votes cast “FOR” the appointment of the proposed independent registered public accounting firm. If you vote “FOR” the appointment of the proposed independent registered public accounting firm, your vote will be cast accordingly. If you select “WITHHOLD” or "ABSTAIN" your vote will not be counted as a vote cast for purposes of appointing the proposed independent registered public accounting firm.
NoneNone
3To approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, a “say on pay” resolution regarding the Company’s executive compensation.
FOR votes from the holders of a majority of votes cast on the question. Although this is an advisory vote, the Board will consider the results of the advisory vote when considering future decisions related to such proposal.
NoneNone
4To approve an amendment to the Company's Equity Incentive Plan to increase the number of common shares reserved for issuance pursuant to the Equity Incentive Plan
FOR votes from the holders of a majority of votes cast on the question.
NoneNone
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What is the quorum requirement?
A quorum of shareholders is necessary for the transaction of business at any meeting of shareholders. A quorum will be present if at least two (2) shareholders, each being a shareholder entitled to vote or a duly appointed proxy or representative for any absent shareholder so entitled, who hold, in the aggregate, no less than thirty-three and one-third percent (33 1/3%) of the outstanding shares of the Company carrying voting rights at the meeting. On the Record Date, there were 143,034,009 shares outstanding and entitled to vote. Thus, the holders of at least 47,678,003 shares must be present via virtual attendance or represented by proxy at the Meeting to have a quorum. Your shares will be counted towards the quorum only if you submit a valid proxy (or one is submitted on your behalf by your broker, bank or other nominee) or if you attend online at the Meeting. If there is no quorum, the holders of a majority of shares present at the Meeting via virtual attendance or represented by proxy may adjourn the Meeting to another date.
How can I find out the Meeting voting results?
Preliminary voting results will be announced at the Meeting. In addition, final voting results will be published in a current report on Form 8-K that we expect to file within four business days after the Meeting. If final voting results are not available to us in time to file a current report on Form 8-K within four business days after the Meeting, we intend to file a current report on Form 8-K to publish preliminary results and, within four business days after the final results are known to us, file an amended current report on Form 8-K to publish the final results.

RECEIPT OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
At the Meeting, shareholders will receive and consider the financial statements of the Company for the year ended December 31, 2022 and the auditor’s report thereon, but no vote by the shareholders with respect thereto is required or proposed to be taken.

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PROPOSAL 1
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

The following section states the names of all of the persons proposed to be nominated by the Company for election as directors, their municipality, province or state and country of residence, their age, their principal occupation, their position in the Company (if any), and the period during which each proposed nominee has served as a director.

The persons named in the Proxy intend to cast the votes to which the shares represented by such Proxy are entitled FOR the election of each of the nominees to the Board set forth in this Proxy Statement/Circular, unless otherwise directed by the shareholders instructing them.

The Company is not aware that any of the below nominees will be unable or unwilling to serve; however, should the Company become aware of such an occurrence before the election of directors takes place at the Meeting, if one of the persons named in the Proxy is appointed as proxy holder, it is intended that the discretionary power granted under such Proxy will be used to vote for any substitute nominee or nominees whom the Company in its discretion may select.

Directors are elected by a plurality of the votes of the holders of shares by remote attendance at the Meeting or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the election of directors. Accordingly, the eight nominees receiving the highest number of affirmative votes will be elected. However, in order not to be subject to the application of our Majority Voting Policy, as further described below, each director nominee must receive more “FOR” votes than “WITHHOLD” votes. Holders of proxies solicited by this Proxy Statement/Circular will vote the proxies received by them as directed on the proxy card or, if no direction is made, for the election of the Board’s eight nominees. If elected, each director will hold office until the next annual meeting of shareholders or until their successor is duly elected, unless their office is vacated earlier in accordance with the by-laws of the Company or the ABCA.

Nominees for Election

Our Governance & Nomination Committee of the Board ("G&N Committee") and our Board seek to assemble a board that, as a whole, possesses the appropriate balance of professional and industry knowledge, financial expertise and high-level management experience necessary to oversee and direct our business. To that end, our Board has identified and evaluated nominees in the broader context of our Board’s overall composition, with the goal of recruiting members who complement and strengthen the skills of other members and who also exhibit integrity, collegiality, sound business judgment and other qualities that our Board views as critical to effective functioning of our Board. The brief biographies below include information, as of the date of this Proxy Statement/Circular, regarding the specific and particular experience, qualifications, attributes or skills of each director or nominee that qualify such director or nominee to serve on our Board.


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Name, Province, State and Country of ResidenceDate First Elected / AppointedAgePresent Principal OccupationPosition Held With the Company
Dr. George M. Milne, Jr.
Boca Grande, Florida
United States
May 8, 201779
Chair of Amylyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company
Chairman of the Board
Peter Greenleaf
Potomac, Maryland
United States
April 29, 201953
President and Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") of the Company
Director, President and CEO
Dr. David R. W. Jayne
Cambridge
United Kingdom
May 26, 201566
Professor of Clinical Autoimmunity in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK; fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, and the Academy of Medical Science; certified nephrologist and an Honorary Consultant Physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge UK
Director
 Joseph P. Hagan
La Jolla, California
United States
February 7. 201854
President and CEO of Regulus Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company
Director
Dr. Daniel G. Billen
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada
April 29, 201969
Retired, previously commercial GM/VP at Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company
Director
R. Hector MacKay-Dunn
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada
June 26, 201972
Senior Partner, Farris LLP
Director
Jill Leversage
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada
November 13, 201966Corporate DirectorDirector
Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan
San Francisco, California
United States
June 14, 202143
Senior Vice President, Chief Business Development Officer of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Director

Dr. George M. Milne, Jr., PhD, Director, Chairman of the Board

Dr. George Milne has over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and product development, including over 20 years of experience as a board member and lead director of multiple biopharmaceutical companies. Dr. Milne also currently serves on the board of Amylyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMLX), a pharmaceutical company, where he is the Chairperson. He retired from Pfizer Inc. in 2002 where he served as Executive Vice President of Global Research and Development and President, Worldwide Strategic and Operations Management. He joined Pfizer Inc. in 1970 and held a variety of positions conducting both chemistry and pharmacology research. Dr. Milne became director of the department of immunology and infectious diseases at Pfizer Inc. in 1981, was its executive director from 1984 to 1985, and was Vice President of research and development ("R&D") from 1985 to 1988. He was appointed Senior Vice President in 1988. In 1993, he was appointed President of Pfizer Central Research and a Senior Vice President of Pfizer Inc. with global responsibility for human and veterinary medicine R&D. Dr. Milne has also previously served on multiple corporate boards including Mettler-Toledo, Inc. (a manufacturer of laboratory instruments), MedImmune, Athersys, Biostorage Technologies, Aspreva and Conor Medsystems. Dr. Milne received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our Board believes Dr. Milne’s background, corporate pharmaceutical experience, as well as the variety of skills identified in the table set out below under "Skills Matrix" qualifies him to serve on the Board.




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Peter Greenleaf, Director, President and CEO

Peter Greenleaf currently serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board since April 29, 2019. From March 2018 to April 2019, Peter served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Cerecor, Inc. (NASDAQ: CERC). From March 2014 to February 2018, Peter served as CEO and Chairman of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP) ("Sucampo"), a company that focused on the development and commercialization of medicines to meet major unmet medical needs of patients worldwide until it was sold in February 2018 to U.K. pharmaceutical giant Mallinckrodt plc. Peter also served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Histogenics Corporation, a regenerative medicine company. From 2006 to 2013, Peter was employed by Medlmmune LLC, the global biologics arm of AstraZeneca, where he most recently served as President. From January 2010 to June 2013, Peter also served as President of Medlmmune Ventures, a wholly owned venture capital fund within the AstraZeneca Group. Prior to serving as President of Medlmmune, Peter was Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations of MedImmune, responsible for its commercial, corporate development and strategy functions. Peter has also held senior commercial roles at Centocor, Inc. (now Janssen Biotechnology, Johnson & Johnson) from 1998 to 2006, and at Boehringer Mannheim (now Roche Holdings) from 1996 to 1998. He was a member of the board of directors of Antares Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRS) until its sale to Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. on May 24, 2022, and was the Chairman of the board of directors of BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc (NASDAQ: BDSI) until its sale to Collegium Pharmaceuticals in March 2022. Peter earned an MBA degree from St. Joseph’s University and a BS degree from Western Connecticut State University. Our Board believes Mr. Greenleaf’s background, role with the Company, corporate pharmaceutical experience as well as the variety of skills identified in the table set out below under "Skills Matrix" qualifies him to serve on the Board.

Dr. David R.W. Jayne, MD FRCP FRCPE FMedSci, Director

Dr. David Jayne has been a Professor of Clinical Autoimmunity in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK since 2017. Dr. Jayne received his MB BChir in Surgery and Medicine from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. He received postgraduate training at several London hospitals and Harvard University. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, and the Academy of Medical Science. He is a certified nephrologist and an Honorary Consultant Physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge UK. Dr. Jayne is a medical advisor to UK, U.S. and EU regulatory bodies, patient groups and professional organizations. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews. He was elected the first President of the European Vasculitis Society in 2011 and is a member of the ERA-EDTA immunopathology working group and he co-chairs the EULAR/ERA-EDTA task force on lupus nephritis. Dr. Jayne’s research includes investigator-initiated international trials and the introduction of newer therapies in vasculitis and SLE with collaborators on five continents. Our Board believes Dr. Jayne’s background and medical expertise in the nephrology area, as well as the variety of skills identified in the table set out below under "Skills Matrix" qualifies him to serve on the Board.

Joseph P. "Jay" Hagan, Director, Chair of the Compensation Committee

Joseph Hagan is President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Regulus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: RGLS). Jay joined Regulus Therapeutics, Inc. in January 2016 as Chief Operating Officer, Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer and was appointed to President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2017. Jay’s career includes roles as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer of Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., Managing Director of Amgen Ventures and head of corporate development for Amgen Inc. Jay has led numerous strategic and financing transactions including the acquisitions of Immunex and Tularik and the spinout of Novantrone and Relyspa, as well as many other business development efforts totaling over $15 billion in value. Before joining Amgen, Jay spent five years in the bioengineering labs at Genzyme and Advanced Tissue Sciences. He received an MBA from Northeastern University and a BS in Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. Our Board believes Mr. Hagan’s background, corporate and financial pharmaceutical experience, as well as the variety of skills identified in the table set out below under "Skills Matrix" qualifies him to serve on the Board.

Dr. Daniel G. Billen, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Daniel Billen has over 40 years of experience in commercialization of pharmaceutical and biotech products both in Europe and North America. He started with Janssen Pharmaceuticals in its Belgian headquarters in cardiovascular global marketing in 1979. Dr. Billen became head of marketing and sales for Janssen Pharmaceutica’s newly formed affiliate in Canada in 1983 launching multiple products into the Canadian market. In 1991, Dr. Billen moved to Amgen Inc. to lead its Canadian operations as their first General Manager. He moved to Amgen’s headquarters in California in 2011 where he led the U.S. Commercial Operations Business Unit and later the combined Nephrology and Inflammation business unit as their VP/GM. In 2017, Dr. Billen took on the role of VP of Global Commercial initiatives with focus on the evolving US payer landscape. Dr. Billen
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received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Louvain in Belgium. Our Board believes Dr. Billen’s background, corporate pharmaceutical experience, as well as the variety of skills identified in the table set out below under "Skills Matrix" qualifies him to serve on the Board.

R. Hector MacKay-Dunn, J.D., K.C., Director, Chair of the Governance & Nomination Committee

Mr. MacKay-Dunn has over 30 years of practice experience providing legal advice to high growth public and private companies, many of which achieving valuations exceeding $1billion over a broad range of industry sectors including life sciences, health and technology, advising on corporate domestic and cross border public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and international partnering and licensing transactions, and Boards of Directors and independent board committees on corporate governance matters. Mr. MacKay-Dunn has been recognized by Lexpert® as being among the top 100 Canada/US cross-border corporate lawyers in Canada, in the 2021 Lexpert® Special Edition of Technology; in the 2020 Lexpert® Special Editions of Global Mining and Infrastructure, and in the 2022 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, by Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Biotech, M&A, Corporate & Securities and Tech for 2022 and Lawyer of the Year 2020 in Biotech. Mr. MacKay-Dunn received the King’s Counsel designation upon recommendation by the Attorney General of British Columbia for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession, the "AV” preeminent legal ability rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is regularly recognized as a Leading lawyer Nationally by Chambers Canada within the Life Sciences Category. Mr. MacKay-Dunn has served as a director or officer with Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Arbutus Biopharma Corp., XBiotech Inc. and QLT Inc., the BC (British Columbia) Tech Association, Lifesciences British Columbia, Genome British Columbia and Tennis Canada. Our Board believes his background and broad legal practices as well as the variety of skills identified in the table set out below under "Skills Matrix" qualifies him to serve on the Board.

Jill Leversage, Director, Chair of the Audit Committee

Prior to retirement, Ms. Leversage was a senior investment banker with over 30 years of experience in investment banking and private equity. She was a Managing Director, Corporate and Investment Banking for TD Securities Inc. from May 2002 to May 2011 and Former Managing Director at Highland West Capital Ltd. from June 2013 to January 2016. She currently serves on several public and private company boards, including MAG Silver Corp. (TSX/NYSE A: MAG) (a mining company) and RE Royalties Ltd. (TSXV: RE) (a finance company specializing in renewable energy). She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and also a Chartered Business Valuator (ret.) of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. Our Board believes her background, financial experience and qualifications as well as the variety of skills identified in the table set out below under "Skills Matrix" qualifies her to serve on the Board.

Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan, M.D., Ph.D., Director

Brinda Balakrishnan, M.D., Ph.D., joined BioMarin in early 2016 and currently serves as their Chief Business Development Officer. Dr. Balakrishnan leads their initiatives on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and licensing.

Prior to joining BioMarin, Dr. Balakrishnan was the Co-founder and Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Product Development at Vision Medicines, Inc., a start-up focused on developing treatments for rare ophthalmic diseases. In that role, she was responsible for in-licensing assets from big pharma and academia, fundraising and advancing a program for the treatment of Stargardt Disease. Before Vision Medicines, she spent two years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in the healthcare practice, serving clients across small biotech, large pharma and provider groups on topics related to corporate strategy, corporate and business development and operations. Prior to McKinsey, Dr. Balakrishnan was in business development at Genzyme.

Dr. Balakrishnan earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. from MIT in biomedical engineering and chemical engineering. She also earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and conducted her medical training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, a Harvard hospital. In addition, Dr. Balakrishnan serves as executive Leader Liaison to the BioMarin Working Parents Community Resource Group. Our Board believes Dr. Balakrishnan's background, corporate pharmaceutical experience as well as the variety of skills identified in the table set out below under "Skills Matrix" qualifies her to serve on the Board.
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Skills Matrix
The Company’s director nominees bring a number of skills and experience to the Board. The image below gives a snapshot of the top skills of each director nominee. You can read about each nominee in the director nominee profiles above.
Dr. George M. Milne, Jr.
Peter Greenleaf
 Jill Leversage
Dr. David R.W. Jayne
Joseph P. Hagan
Dr. Daniel G. Billen
R. Hector MacKay-Dunn
Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan
Management/Operations
CEO/CFO/COO experience
Industry Experience
Commercialization
Manufacturing/Supply Chain
Government Relations
Finance/Financial Industry
Accounting/Auditing

Risk Management
Mergers & Acquisitions
Legal/Regulatory
Corporate Governance
Capital Markets
Executive Compensation
Research/Development
Clinical Development
Business Development/ Strategy Development
Health & Safety
International Markets

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Board Diversity Matrix (As of December 31, 2022)

The following table sets out voluntarily disclosed information regarding certain diversity elements for our Board of Directors.
Board Size
Total Number of Directors8
Gender:FemaleMaleNon-BinaryDid not Disclose Gender
Directors26
Number of Directors who identify in Any of the Categories Below:
Asian1
White16
LGBTQ+
Persons with Disabilities

We recognize that, in terms of gender diversity, our Board (both current, and those nominated for election at the Meeting) is made up of 25% female board members. While we believe in the efficacy of a right-sized, highly engaged Board (of which our two existing female members with critical skills (as set out in our Skills Matrix (above)) play a significant role), our current intention is to increase this representation to over 30% prior to our annual shareholders meeting for the year ended December 2023, to be held in 2024.The Company will be conducting that process with a view to maintain or build upon the range of skills and depth of expertise already identified as possessed by our Board in our Skills Matrix (above).

Majority Voting Policy
The Company has adopted a Majority Voting Policy where if, with respect to any particular nominee being voted on for election at any meeting where shareholders vote on the uncontested election of directors, the number of shares withheld exceeds the number of shares voted in favor of the nominee, then for purposes of the Majority Voting Policy the nominee shall be considered not to have received the support of the shareholders, even though duly elected as a matter of corporate law. If a director receives more withheld votes than for votes at the election of directors, pursuant to our Majority Voting Policy such director is required to forthwith tender their resignation. An uncontested election means the number of director nominees for election is the same as the number of directors to be elected to the Board. Within 90 days of the relevant shareholders’ meeting, the Board will make its determination whether or not to accept the resignation and issue a press release either announcing the resignation of the director or explaining the reasons justifying its decision not to accept the resignation. The Board will accept the resignation absent exceptional circumstances and such resignation will be effective when accepted by the Board. A director who tenders a resignation pursuant to this policy will not participate in any meeting of the Board or any committee at which the resignation is considered.
The directors have agreed to comply with the Company’s Majority Voting Policy, pursuant to the language in such policy “Any future nominees for election to the Board will be asked to agree to comply with this policy before they are nominated for election, or otherwise appointed, to the Board.”
Advance Notice Requirements
The Company’s by-laws include advance notice provisions (the "Advance Notice Provisions") that require that advance notice must be provided to the Company in circumstances where nominations of persons for election to the Board are made by shareholders other than pursuant to: (i) a "proposal" made in accordance with the ABCA; or (ii) a requisition of the shareholders made in accordance with the ABCA.
Among other things, the Advance Notice Provisions fix a deadline by which holders of record of common shares must submit director nominations to the secretary of the Company prior to any annual or special meeting of shareholders and sets forth the specific information a shareholder must include in the written notice to the secretary of the Company for an effective nomination to occur. No person will be eligible for election as a director unless nominated in accordance with the provisions of the Advance Notice Provisions.
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In the case of an annual meeting of shareholders, notice to the Company must be made not less than 30 nor more than 65 days prior to the date of the annual meeting; provided, however, in the event that the annual meeting is to be held on a date that is less than 60 days after the date on which the first public announcement of the date of the annual meeting was made, notice may be made not later than the close of business on the tenth day following such public announcement.
In the case of a special meeting of shareholders (which is not also an annual meeting), notice to the Company must be made not later than the close of business on the tenth day following the day on which the first public announcement of the date of the special meeting was made.
The Board may, in its sole discretion, waive any requirement of the Advance Notice Provisions.
The deadline to provide valid notice of any director nominations according to the Advance Notice Provisions was April 17, 2023.
In addition to the Advance Notice Provisions, in 2023 the SEC adopted Rule 14-19 (known as the universal proxy rules), which governs proxy contests for companies subject to the US proxy rules, for meetings held after August 31, 2022. As a result, we are subject to the new universal proxy rules. Under the universal proxy rules, shareholders who seek to nominate a director for election to a company's board must submit, to the company not later than 60 days prior to the anniversary date of that company's prior annual meeting (1) the name(s) of the nominee(s) it intends to solicit proxies for, and (2) a representation that the shareholder will solicit at least 67% of the company's shareholders. The deadline for compliance with the universal proxy rules' nomination requirements was March 20, 2023 (extended from March 18, 2023, which fell on a Saturday).
As of the date hereof, the Company has not received any valid nominations for director from any third party.
Required Vote
Directors will individually be elected by a plurality of the votes cast at the Meeting by the holders of shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on the election of directors. However, under our Majority Voting Policy, as further described above, a director is required to forthwith tender their resignation if the director receives more "WITHHOLD” votes than “FOR” votes. Abstentions will have no effect and broker non-votes will not be counted.

Our Board of Directors unanimously recommends
that you vote “FOR” each named nominee.
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INFORMATION REGARDING THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Corporate Governance Highlights and Guidelines

We recognize the importance of a good framework for sound, long-term oriented governance. We are committed to the highest standards of corporate governance and generally align our corporate governance with the best practice principles. We highlight our following best practices with regard to governance:

ü Majority of the Board is independent (87.5% under US/Nasdaq rules; 75.0% under Canadian rules)
ü Annual board and committee self- evaluation

ü Majority voting in uncontested elections

ü Presiding Chairman is an independent director
ü Proxy access
ü No poison pill in effect

ü Separate Non-Executive Board Chair and CEO roles
ü Annual director elections
ü Stock ownership guidelines for directors
ü Wholly independent Audit, Compensation and G&N Committees
ü Regular executive sessions of independent directors
ü Regular director refreshment
Independence of the Board of Directors
Applicable Nasdaq rules require a majority of a listed company’s board of directors to be comprised of independent directors. In addition, Nasdaq rules require that, subject to specified exceptions, each member of a listed company’s audit, compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees be independent and that audit committee members also satisfy independence criteria set forth in Rule 10A-3 under the Exchange Act. The Nasdaq independence definition includes a series of objective tests, such as that the director is not, and has not been for at least three years, one of our employees, that neither the director nor any of his family members has engaged in various types of business dealings with us and that the director is not associated with the holders of more than 5% of our common shares. In addition, under applicable Nasdaq rules, a director will only qualify as an “independent director” if, in the opinion of the listed company’s board of directors, that person does not have a relationship that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director.
Our Board has determined that all of our directors, except Peter Greenleaf, are independent directors, as defined under applicable Nasdaq rules. In making such determination, our Board considered the relationships that each such non-employee director has with our Company and all other facts and circumstances that our Board deemed relevant in determining his or her independence, including the beneficial ownership of our capital stock by each non-employee director. Mr. Greenleaf is considered to have a material relationship with the Company by virtue of being the President and CEO of the Company.
Pursuant to applicable Canadian securities laws, our Board has determined that all of our directors, except Peter Greenleaf and Dr. Billen, are independent directors. Mr. Greenleaf is considered to have a material relationship with the Company by virtue of being the President and CEO of the Company. Dr. Billen is considered to not be independent by virtue of having been a consultant to the Company in the past three years and the amount of compensation he received as a consultant to the Company. Dr. Billen's compensation as a consultant was below the allowable threshold for directors under applicable Nasdaq rules, but above the threshold under applicable Canadian securities laws. Mr. Billen is expected to be considered an independent director under applicable Canadian securities laws in September 2023.
There are no family relationships among any of our directors or executive officers.
Board Leadership Structure
Our Board has an independent Chairman, Dr. George M. Milne, Jr. who has authority, among other things, to preside over Board meetings, and shall have such powers and duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Board. Accordingly, the
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Chairman has substantial ability to shape the work of the Board. We believe that separation of the positions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer reinforces the independence of the Board in its oversight of our business and affairs. In addition, we believe that having an independent Chairman creates an environment that is more conducive to objective evaluation and oversight of management’s performance, increasing management accountability and improving the ability of our Board to monitor whether management’s actions are in our best interests. As a result, we believe that having an independent Chairman can enhance the effectiveness of our Board as a whole. Dr. Milne also leads all meetings of non-employee directors, which are held regularly to allow for the exercise of independent consideration by the Board.
Role of the Board in Risk Oversight
One of the key functions of our Board is informed oversight of our risk management process. Our Board does not have a standing risk management committee, but rather administers this oversight function directly through the Board as a whole, as well as through various standing committees of our Board that address risks inherent in their respective areas of oversight. The Board as a whole regularly (and no less than annually) reviews management's annual enterprise risk assessment, business continuity process and cybersecurity posture. In particular, our Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing the management of risks associated with our financial reporting, accounting and auditing matters, as well as business related risks (such as leadership, continuity, and matters relating to our commercial activities), reviewing as required our processes around the management and monitoring of such risks, as well as conducting a risk assessment review. As an additional measure, the G&N Committee conducts an annual review of all of our corporate governance and Board related policies and charters, and recommends any updates that may be applicable to the full Board for approval. Both the Board as a whole and the various standing committees receive periodic reports from the standing committees, as well as incidental reports as matters may arise. It is the responsibility of the committee chairs to report findings regarding material risk exposures to the Board as quickly as possible. 
Meetings of the Board of Directors
In 2022, our Board met nine times, the Audit Committee met nine times, the G&N Committee met four times, the Compensation Committee met five times. Each Board and committee member that is standing for election attended at least 75% of the aggregate number of meetings of the Board and of the committees on which they served, held during the portion of the last fiscal year for which they were directors or committee members, respectively. The Company’s independent directors met nine times in regularly scheduled executive sessions during fiscal year 2022, at which only independent directors were present in compliance with applicable Nasdaq listing standards. Dr. Milne, the Chairman of our Board, presided over the executive sessions. The Company does not require members of the Board to attend its annual meeting of shareholders; however, Dr. Daniel Billen, Joseph P. Hagan, Dr. David Jayne, Jill Leversage, Hector MacKay-Dunn, Dr. George Milne, Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan, and Peter Greenleaf (being all of the Directors nominated for election at the Meeting) attended the Company’s last annual meeting of shareholders held on May 17, 2022.
The following table sets forth the number of meetings held by the Board and each of its committees during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, and the attendance of each Director (in the case of committees of the Board, the attendance of each member of such committees) at those meetings.
DirectorBoardAuditCompensationGovernance & Nomination
Peter Greenleaf
9/9---
Dr. David R.W. Jayne8/9--4/4
Dr. George M. Milne, Jr.9/99/9-4/4
Joseph P. Hagan9/99/95/5-
Dr. Daniel Billen
9/9---
R. Hector MacKay-Dunn
9/9-5/54/4
Jill Leversage
9/99/9--
Timothy P. Walbert(1)
5/7-3/4-
Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan9/9-5/5-
(1)Timothy Walbert ceased to be a director as of September 19, 2022, and therefore ceased to be a member of the Compensation Committee.

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Information Regarding Audit, Compensation and G&N Committees of the Board of Directors
Our Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and G&N Committee have authority to engage legal counsel or other experts or consultants as each deems appropriate to carry out its responsibilities. Our Board has determined that each member of these committees meets the applicable Nasdaq rules and regulations and Canadian securities laws regarding “independence” and each member is free of any relationship that would impair their individual exercise of independent judgment with regard to the Company.
The following table provides our current committee membership for each of these committees.
DirectorAuditCompensation
Governance & Nomination
Dr. David R.W. JayneX
Dr. George M. Milne, Jr.XX
Joseph P. HaganXX*
R. Hector MacKay-Dunn
XX*
Jill Leversage
X*
Dr. Brinda BalakrishnanX
* Committee Chairperson
Report of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 with management of the Company. The Audit Committee also has discussed with the independent registered public accounting firm the matters required to be discussed by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, ("PCAOB") and the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The Audit Committee has also received the written disclosures and the letter from the independent registered public accounting firm required by applicable requirements of the PCAOB regarding the independent accountants’ communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence and has discussed with the independent registered public accounting firm the accounting firm’s independence. Based on the foregoing, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board that the audited financial statements be included in the Company’s 2022 Annual Report, which was filed on February 28, 2023.
Jill Leversage, Chair
Joseph P. Hagan
Dr. George M. Milne, Jr.

The information in this Audit Committee Report shall not be deemed “soliciting material,” or to be “filed” with the SEC and is not to be incorporated by reference in any filing of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (Securities Act) or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof and irrespective of any general incorporation language in any such filing.
Report of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors

The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) contained in this Proxy Statement/Circular. Based on this review and discussion, the Compensation Committee has recommended to the Board that the CD&A be included in this Proxy Statement/Circular and incorporated by reference into the Company’s 2022 Annual Report, which was filed with the SEC on February 28, 2023.

Joseph P. Hagan, Chair
R. Hector MacKay-Dunn
Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan

The information in this Compensation Committee Report shall not be deemed “soliciting material,” or to be “filed” with the SEC and is not to be incorporated by reference in any filing of the Company under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof and irrespective of any general incorporation language in any such filing.

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The composition and functions of our Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and G&N Committee are described below.
Audit Committee
Our Audit Committee consists of Jill Leversage, Joseph P. Hagan and Dr. George M. Milne, Jr. Jill Leversage serves as chairperson of the Audit Committee. All members of our Audit Committee meet the requirements for financial literacy under the applicable rules and regulations of the SEC and Nasdaq. Our Board has determined that Jill Leversage is an audit committee financial expert as such term is defined by the SEC rules and has the requisite financial experience as defined by the applicable Nasdaq rules and applicable Canadian securities laws. Each of the members of our Audit Committee is “independent” as such term is defined in Rule 10A-3(b)(1) under the Exchange Act and satisfies the independent director requirements under the Nasdaq rules.
Our Audit Committee charter sets forth the responsibilities of the Audit Committee consistent with the rules and regulations of the applicable SEC and the Nasdaq rules, including the following:
oversight of our independent registered public auditor and recommending the engagement, compensation or termination of engagement of our independent registered public accounting firm to the Board;
recommending the engagement or termination of the person filling the office of our internal auditor;
reviewing and recommending to the Board with respect to our annual financial statements and related disclosures;
approving our interim unaudited financial statements;
overseeing our whistleblower program and our Code of Conduct;
recommending the terms of audit and non-audit services provided by the independent registered public accounting firm for pre-approval by our Board; and
reviewing the Company's approach to risk mitigation with respect to IT and cybersecurity.
Our Audit Committee provides assistance to our Board in fulfilling its legal and fiduciary obligations in matters involving our accounting, auditing, financial reporting, internal control and legal compliance functions by pre-approving the services performed by our independent accountants and reviewing their reports regarding our accounting practices and systems of internal control over financial reporting. Our Audit Committee also oversees the audit efforts of our independent accountants and takes those actions that it deems necessary to satisfy itself that the auditors are independent of management.
We believe that the composition and functioning of our Audit Committee complies with all applicable requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, all applicable SEC and Nasdaq rules and regulations and applicable Canadian securities laws. We intend to comply with future requirements to the extent they become applicable to us.
A copy of our Audit Committee charter is available for review on the “Investors & Media - Governance Documents” page of our Company’s website at www.auriniapharma.com.
Compensation Committee
Our Compensation Committee consists of Joseph P. Hagan, R. Hector MacKay-Dunn, and Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan, with Joseph P. Hagan serving as chairperson of the committee. Each of these individuals is a non-employee director, as defined in Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act. Our Board has determined that each of these individuals is “independent” as defined under the applicable listing standards of Nasdaq, including the standards specific to members of a compensation committee and applicable Canadian securities laws.
Our Compensation Committee charter sets forth the responsibilities of the Compensation Committee, which include:
reviewing, evaluating and making recommendations on the employment, appointment and compensation arrangements of our CEO;
together with our CEO, reviewing, evaluating and approving the employment, appointment and compensation arrangements for our other executive officers;
reviewing and recommending our corporate goals;
overseeing the administration of our Equity Incentive Plan; and
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reviewing, evaluating and making recommendations regarding the compensation and benefits for our non-employee directors.
The Company’s compensation philosophy and guiding principles are designed to:
support the attraction, retention and engagement of global talent and talent mobility while recognizing differences across labor markets, where appropriate;
engage our talent to achieve critical business and financial objectives, research and development ("R&D") and product milestones that are set by management and the Board, through strategically-aligned annual and long-term incentive programs, as appropriate;
provide target total direct compensation opportunities that are generally aligned with the competitive market 50th percentile and provide both upside and downside earning potential based on company performance; and
maintain a disciplined use of equity while appropriately recognizing performance, ensuring alignment with the competitive labor market and long-term shareholder interests.
The Compensation Committee may retain special legal, accounting, financial or other consultants to advise the Compensation Committee at the Company's expense including any executive search firm or any compensation consulting firm. Any such consultant or advisor shall liaise with and be answerable to the Chair of the Compensation Committee, on behalf of the Compensation Committee. See "Executive Compensation" for further information relating to the Compensation Committee's engagement of Willis Towers Watson US LLC ("WTW") as a compensation consultant in respect of, among other things, executive compensation.

We believe that the composition and functioning of our Compensation Committee complies with all SEC and Nasdaq rules and regulations and applicable Canadian securities laws. We intend to comply with future requirements to the extent they become applicable to us.
A copy of our Compensation Committee charter is available for review on the “Investors & Media - Governance Documents” page of our Company’s website at www.auriniapharma.com.
Governance & Nomination Committee
Our G&N Committee consists of R. Hector MacKay-Dunn, Dr. George M. Milne, Jr. and Dr. David R.W. Jayne, with R. Hector MacKay-Dunn serving as chairperson of the committee. Each of these individuals is a non-employee director, as defined in Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act. Our Board has determined that each of these individuals is “independent” as defined under the applicable listing standards of Nasdaq and applicable Canadian securities laws.
Our G&N Committee charter sets forth the responsibilities of the G&N Committee, which include:
develop and monitor our overall approach to environmental, social and corporate governance ("ESG") matters, on behalf of the Board;
making recommendations to the Board regarding corporate governance matters;
reviewing and evaluating the performance of the Board;
selecting or recommending to the Board for selection candidates to the Board;
making other recommendations to the Board regarding affairs relating to our directors; and
considering whether the Board and the Company’s executive team is in need of diversity, including in respect of age and gender, and whether to establish specific diversity targets for the makeup of the Board and the Company’s executive team in accordance with the Company’s Diversity Policy (as defined below).
We believe that the composition and functioning of our G&N Committee complies with all SEC and Nasdaq rules and regulations and applicable Canadian securities laws. We intend to comply with future requirements to the extent they become applicable to us.
At this time, the G&N Committee does not have a written policy with regard to the consideration of director candidates recommended by shareholders. The G&N Committee believes that it is in the best position to identify, review, evaluate and select qualified candidates for Board membership. However, the G&N Committee would review any shareholder-recommended
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candidate in substantially the same manner as it would any other candidate, including: 1) reviewing prior experience of the candidate to determine whether they had a background that is appropriate to the Company (including corporate, medical or pharmaceutical experience); and 2) reviewing the existing skill set of the Board (as set out above for the current directors under "Skills Matrix") to determine if the candidate was meeting a gap in the existing Board's skill set. The skills set out under "Skills Matrix" are currently the broad group of skills that the Board considers desirable to be covered by directors of the Company. Any nominations by shareholders must also be conducted in compliance with the Advance Notice Provisions and the universal proxy rules described under Proposal 1. If the G&N Committee (and the Board, on recommendation of the G&N Committee) determines to nominate a shareholder-recommended candidate, then the name of the shareholder-recommended candidate will be included in our proxy card for the next annual meeting.
In identifying potential candidates, the G&N Committee may take any approaches it considers reasonable. These may include canvassing existing networks of the Board and the Company's management team to identify candidates, reaching out to applicable industry groups, or employing a search firm.
Diversity Policy
The Company has adopted a written policy with respect to the identification and nomination of directors and executive officers (the "Diversity Policy"). The Diversity Policy requires that the Board consider diversity on the Board from a number of aspects, including but not limited to gender, age, ethnicity, cultural diversity and relevant experience. In addition, when assessing and identifying potential new members to join the Board or the Company’s executive team, the Board shall consider the current level of diversity on the Board and the executive team. The Board has followed the Diversity Policy in considering potential candidates for election and appointment of members of the Board and the executive team.
The G&N Committee regularly considers the Company's Diversity Policy and the diversity needs of the Company and reports to the Board as needed on the Company’s advancements related to this policy. In connection with such review, the G&N Committee considers the effectiveness of the Company’s approach to diversity and recommends to the Board any changes that it considers appropriate. The Board continues to seek more diversity on the Board and in senior executive positions. See the "Board Diversity Matrix" in Proposal 1 for further information regarding the diversity of our Board.
A copy of our G&N Committee charter is available for review on the “Investors & Media - Governance and Documents - Corporate Governance Charter” page of our Company’s website at www.auriniapharma.com.
Other Board Membership
The following table identifies the directors and nominees for election as directors who also act as directors for other reporting issuers.
Name
Name of Issuer
Name of Exchange of Market
Dr. George M. Milne, Jr.Amylyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. NASDAQ: AMLX
Joseph P. HaganRegulus Therapeutics Inc.NASDAQ:RGLS
R. Hector MacKay-DunnCopper Fox Metals Inc.TSXV:CUU
Jill LeversageMag Silver Corp.
RE Royalties Ltd.
TSX/NYSE A:MAG
TSXV:RE

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation
None of our directors who serve as a member of our Compensation Committee is, or has at any time during the past year been, one of our officers or employees. None of our executive officers currently serves, or in the past year has served, as a member of the board of directors or compensation committee of any other entity that has one or more executive officers serving on our Board or Compensation Committee.
Shareholder Communications with the Board of Directors
The Board expects that the views of our shareholders will be heard by the Board, its committees or individual directors, as applicable, and that appropriate responses will be provided to shareholders on a timely basis. Shareholders wishing to formally communicate with the Board, any committee of the Board, the independent directors as a group or any individual director may send communications directly to us at Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc., #140, 14315 - 118 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5L 4S6
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Canada, Attention: Corporate Secretary. All clearly marked written communications, other than unsolicited advertising or promotional materials, are logged and copied, and forwarded to the director(s) to whom the communication was addressed. Please note that the foregoing communication procedure does not apply to (i) shareholder proposals pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 14a-8 and communications made in connection with such proposals or (ii) service of process or any other notice in a legal proceeding.

Corporate Responsibility
Aurinia is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on delivering therapies to treat targeted patient populations that are impacted by severe autoimmune diseases with a high unmet medical need.
In January 2021, we introduced LUPKYNIS® (voclosporin), the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") approved oral therapy for the treatment of patients with active lupus nephritis ("LN"). We continue to conduct pre-clinical, clinical, and regulatory activities to support the voclosporin development program as well as our other assets, AUR 200 and AUR 300.
We have a history of innovation that is continuously evolving. Our groundbreaking research for kidney health has been made a reality by our talented, experienced team at all business levels. By following our mission to transform people’s lives by changing the trajectory of autoimmune disease, we hope to continue to evolve with our fresh perspectives.
Our highly skilled leadership team furthers execution through driving LUPKYNIS sales, developing our existing business pipeline and investing in our commercial strategy through business innovation.
In line with our mission to enable patients to live their fullest lives, Aurinia believes that we must take a wholistic approach to improve our impact on the communities we serve. Therefore, we've established ESG priorities. The G&N Committee is responsible for ensuring the mentioned goals are pursued and are assessed periodically. As part of our commitment to our ESG priorities, we plan to issue our first sustainability report in 2023.
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Patients
Our goal is to enrich lives and improve outcomes for people living with LN. Through our various educational and disease management programs, we hope to empower patients to take charge of their LN through early diagnosis, routine management, and treatment.
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Aurinia Alliance
As part of our continuous improvement efforts, we invest heavily in resources, processes, and infrastructure aimed at optimizing access to LUPKYNIS and increasing patient affordability. Our Government Affairs and Advocacy teams work to promote legislative and regulatory policy changes that improve access and affordability for patients.
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Education Programs
We are committed to collaborating with industry and patient advocacy groups to increase awareness, enable early diagnosis, advance the development of potential new therapies, and design initiatives that address the unique challenges of patient communities. Two of these key education programs include ALL IN for LN and Get Uncomfortable with LN.
ALL IN for LN seeks to connect the LN community and encourage those living with lupus to seek routine check-ups to catch the disease early, which may help prevent irreversible kidney damage and other serious complications. The program also offers free information and resources, in addition to an LN Awareness Kit. All IN for LN’s Facebook community connects others across the world who are also affected by LN.
Get Uncomfortable with LN was launched in Q3 2022 and addresses the need for routine testing for LN and enables users to find a doctor through its search engine. By enacting patient education programs, we can encourage those at risk of developing LN to get periodically tested and empower those who are already diagnosed through resources and community.
Science
We are a science and innovation-driven company with the mission to address critical health needs in autoimmune and rare diseases with the hopes of transforming our science into life changing medicines for patients. Innovation and advancing our pipeline are key strategic pillars (along with M&A) to create sustained advancement that benefits the health of all.
We evaluate our R&D candidates to identify and address potential significant public health challenges and unmet medical needs of patients, including in resource-constrained settings. Our approach involves assessing the level of disease burden that exists, the availability of alternative medications and the appropriateness of our products to improve public health. Additionally, understanding where health system infrastructure and funding mechanisms are in place is an important component of enabling
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safe and effective usage, which ultimately facilitates meaningful patient access. This process informs our product access solutions with the goal of making our products available to as many people as possible.
Our R&D priorities focus on addressing vital global health needs where we can have the greatest impact, now and in the future. We invest in R&D to address autoimmune and rare diseases that have a significant global public health burden and where emerging science suggests opportunities to substantially reduce this burden through treatment exists.
Aurinia's Approach to Health and Equity
Commitment to Health Equity
Aurinia aims to enrich lives and improve outcomes for people living with LN. People living with LN face a multitude of socio-economic challenges such as limited access to technology and transit, food insecurity, health literacy, and language barriers that create challenges for managing a complex disease. We have a team dedicated to identifying and providing resources that minimize disease burden and reduce health disparities. Through an intentional, targeted grassroots approach, this team works to ensure that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health and receives the treatments needed to ensure the best possible health outcomes. Through collaborations with local community leaders, lawmakers, and community health organizations, the team facilitates educational programs and events that improve awareness and drive urgency to diagnose and treat LN.
Educating to Empower
LN education and awareness is critical to ensuring patients feel empowered to effectively manage their disease. Through our educational and disease management programs, we arm patients with the knowledge needed to take charge of their LN and engage in meaningful conversations with their healthcare providers. We remain committed to improving health outcomes through encouraging routine lab testing to monitor for kidney disease activity and emphasizing the need for early diagnosis and prompt treatment that minimizes kidney damage.
Connecting With the Community
We seek to partner with all members of the lupus and LN communities to build consensus and drive action that removes barriers to healthcare. Through engagement with patients, healthcare providers, and advocacy organizations, we listen to understand the needs of the community and deliver programs that empower patients to make informed decisions about their health. Throughout 2022, Aurinia collaborated with more than 50 advocacy organizations at both national and local levels who serve the lupus and LN communities.
Community Support
We engage in charitable giving and volunteer programs for causes that are important to our community. We participate in community-focused programs and events that benefit those in need of our support. We listen to our employees and encourage them to bring forth worthy causes to advocate for. Through our efforts and donations, we have built meaningful relationships and strive to continue our engagement with our communities and increase our positive impact.
Employees
Guided by our values, we continue to carefully develop a culture of inclusivity and engagement to drive strategy achievement. We strive to create an empowered environment that:
values innovation, integrity, personal development;
celebrates and rewards performance excellence; and
puts patient needs and caring for each other first,

As of December 31, 2022, we employed 316 employees: 264 employees in the United States, 47 employees in Canada, and 5 employees in the United Kingdom, all of whom are expected to live our vision, mission and values, and adhere to the Company’s Code of Ethics and Conduct ("Code of Conduct"). As stated in the Company's Code of Conduct, we are committed to treating each of our employees fairly, and to maintaining employment practices based on equal opportunity for all employees. Our Diversity Policy promotes cultural diversity and respects people irrespective of age, race, color, sex, sexual preference, nationality, or physical condition. This policy is a living document that is maintained and reviewed at least annually.
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We also strive to ensure gender balance and in 2022 saw 52% of our employees identifying as women and 48% identifying as men.

The Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors has the primary responsibility for overseeing our human capital management activities, including assessing the effectiveness of employee programs and advising management on strategic goals and overall human resource strategies. Other committees may also have responsibilities that impact our human capital management. Within management, our human resources function has global management responsibility for advising and assisting the business on human resource matters and executing our overall human capital management strategies.

Health and Well being
Our employees’ health, safety, and overall well-being is a priority for us. We track this in a variety of ways, including providing all of our employees with access to healthcare benefits, measuring the number of employees participating in our health and wellness events, ensuring 100% of our employees are covered by an occupational health and safety management system, and minimizing work-related injuries. In FY2022, there has been one work-related injury and zero for FY2021. The incident during FY2022 was a slip & fall which resulted in an injured back. The number of instances of work-related ill health is not tracked by Aurinia.
We are committed to providing safe and healthy working conditions and an atmosphere of open communication for all our employees. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we quickly implemented safety and health standards and protocols for our employees while continuing to offer a safe environment as an essential service to our customers. Employees are empowered to work from both the office and at home. We have followed the COVID-19 guidance provided by local medical authorities for each of our offices. We have also established periodic mental health sessions to help our employees manage stress and anxiety.

Talent Management and Retention
Recruiting and retaining top talent is key to advancing our mission. We strive to engage and retain our employees throughout the employment life cycle. Within management, our human resources function has global responsibility to facilitate the optimization of our human capital investment. Effective performance management is key to goal attainment. All our employees are provided with routine performance feedback aligned with our pay for performance philosophy, which ties compensation to performance.
As part of our annual review of compensation, we include the most current industry market compensation data to assess whether our employee pay is fair and competitive. We take proactive measures to ensure there are no pay gaps related to race, age, gender and ethnicity across the organization, functions, and levels. We offer a competitive benefit plan as part of our total rewards package. We have also established a parental leave program where our employees continue to accrue their annual performance bonus and continue to receive equity compensation while on leave.
Strategy achievement year over year is essential to building a sustainable company. Along with our mission, vision and values, incorporating core competencies essential for our success is a priority. We are using a well-researched model to select those that closely correlate to high performance and align with our values.

We provide our employees with developmental training in accordance with their specific role and career path, paying considerable attention to any new upcoming regulations and procedures. We conduct periodic sessions on compliance-related topics and specific training modules specifically for the Commercial and Clinical teams.

We have also defined a competitive benefit plan and other total rewards such as RRSP (Canadian Retirement Savings Plan), 401(k) (USA Retirement Savings Plan) with employer matching contribution (50 cents per $1 up to 8% of employee contribution), Smart Pension offering for the UK employees with 5% employer contribution and ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan) that enables eligible employees to purchase our shares at a defined percentage discount from the fair market value. Our disability leave includes short and long-term disability specific requirements for the USA, Canada and the UK, respectively. Specifically, on the long-term disability leave we have an elimination period that varies according to the country and we defined a percentage of coverage in line with a typical disability insurance. For the UK, we also have an income protection entitlement for long term ill health.

We have no collective bargaining agreements with our employees, and we have not experienced any work stoppages.
All of our employees are required to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. It is the responsibility of all of our employees to comply with our Code of Conduct and to report any actual or
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suspected misconduct, illegal activities or fraud. To that end, employees are encouraged to report any such activities to their supervisor or our Chief Compliance Officer. Under the oversight of the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors, we have established a Whistleblower Policy, which includes that we maintain a whistleblower hotline that is available to all our employees to report any concerns. The hotline is facilitated by an independent third party and all communications are routed to our General Counsel for investigation and resolution. The single exception to this routing is if a complaint implicates the General Counsel, in which case it will automatically go to the Chair of the Audit Committee. We have also defined a Bullying and Harassment Policy and process, which are available to our employees on our internal website.
Environmental Management
We seek to improve the health and sustainability of our planet, as the well-being of our planet directly impacts the health of humanity. We recognize that energy, water, and materials use; greenhouse gas emissions; material and hazardous waste; and transportation are among the largest contributors to our environmental footprint. Many of our impacts on the planet are indirect – for instance, we do not manufacture the drug product, the capsules, or the packaging for LUPKYNIS ourselves, but instead do so through our manufacturing partners located across the globe.
Similarly, we do not transport LUPKYNIS to specialty pharmacies or specialty distributors directly, but instead do so through a third-party logistics firm. However, although our direct impact on the environment may be small, we take our direct and indirect role in environmental protection matters very seriously. As a first step, our facilities, manufacturing, supply chain and procurement teams began a process of collecting data across these impacted areas. Our next steps will be to establish better tracking and measurement tools, refine strategies and determine targets to drive our, and our partners’, environmental performance. The process will enable us to increase our internal and external transparency and report progress against specific goals.

Corporate Governance and Risk Management
We understand that adhering to established good practices of corporate governance is critical to earning and maintaining the trust of our shareholders, customers, employees, and other stakeholders, and is essential to building long-term value. Our G&N Committee is responsible for developing our approach to ESG issues and implementing high standards of corporate governance practices. Our CEO and CFO are also responsible for leading and managing our approach to corporate social responsibility.
An effective control system enables companies to pursue their objectives consistently through informed decisions. As part of our commitment, we have established a consistent monitoring and control system across operations. This includes internal controls over financial reporting, the use of best practices (including good clinical, manufacturing, safety, and other practices), delivered through a comprehensive quality management system ensuring quality control and assurance across the enterprise, accuracy of government reporting and routine internal audits over key functions of our business.

The Company has a proactive approach to addressing risk, helping to safeguard the long-term sustainability of its business. In particular, during 2022 we refreshed our business continuity program and conducted mock audits, to assess the resilience of our processes and systems against potential threats such as natural disasters as related to climate-related risks (physical risks) or cyber-attacks. The crisis management and business continuity program enables Aurinia to refresh our list of current risks and mitigating factors and establish crisis management instructions with a detailed plan for each business department outlining critical processes, internal and external dependencies and recovery strategies.

The Information Security Policy, in line with best practices such as GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation), manages and executes the information security framework for preserving the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and privacy of our information assets. Routine information security training and updates are rolled out to the employee population and metrics are tracked to ensure we have a strong security posture. To uphold this, we aim to have at least 95% of employees trained on data security and acknowledge our privacy policy annually. In FY 2022, our employees totaled 1,581 hours of cybersecurity training. For data privacy, 100% of our employees completed this training. An information security update is provided quarterly to the Audit Committee, with a detailed review provided at least annually.
Ethical Business Conduct
The foundation of our corporate governance principles and practices are built on our reputation for openness, integrity, and accountability. It is these principles that guide us every day. We have adopted a Corporate Code of Ethics and Conduct, our Code of Conduct, applicable to all of our employees, executive officers and directors. The Code of Conduct is also available on our website.
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Each of our employees is expected to be familiar with and at least 95% must acknowledge their understanding of our Code of Conduct annually. In FY2022, 98% of our employees completed the Code of Conduct training. Additionally, every employee must complete healthcare compliance training on an annual basis. 95% of our commercial field personnel and home personnel must be trained on healthcare compliance annually; in FY2022, 97% of our employees completed module one of healthcare compliance, while 96% completed module two of this training.
The Audit Committee of our Board of Directors is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Code of Conduct and must approve any material changes to or waivers of the Code of Conduct regarding our directors or executive officers, and disclosures made in our annual report in such regard. In addition, we intend to post on our website all disclosures that are required by law or the listing standards of the applicable stock exchange concerning any amendments to, or waivers from, any provision of the Code of Conduct. There have been no waivers from the Code of Conduct sought or granted.
The Code of Conduct is part of our commitment to adhere to the highest levels of ethical, compliance and legal standards. Detailed information on other aspects of our corporate governance policies and programs, which include our Fraud Policy, are available on our website. In addition to these corporate governance policies, we also maintain written policies and procedures that are established to ensure all of our interactions with health care practitioners are ethical and in line with ever evolving laws and guidance in each of the jurisdictions in which we operate. Each of these are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they are up to date, and all applicable members of our team are trained on them.

To help foster this culture, we have a Board that is comprised of accomplished leaders from various backgrounds and a breadth of experience in scientific and corporate matters. They set our goals and make determinations on material business initiatives and decisions, as well as set the direction for our business. They also act as an oversight function for our management team. You can see the skills that each of our directors brings earlier in this proxy under the heading "Nominees for Election - Skills Matrix".
Hedging Policy

Our Insider Trading Policy prohibits our employees, executive officers, directors and other insiders from engaging in hedging transactions that involve derivative securities such as short sales, puts, calls, and other speculative transactions (excluding stock options that the Company may issue to them) with respect to our common shares at any time regardless of insider status.
Corporate Cease Trade Orders, Bankruptcies, Penalties or Sanctions
To the knowledge of the directors and officers of the Company, no director nominee of the Company:
1.is, as at the date of this Proxy Statement/Circular, or has been, within ten years before the date of this Proxy Statement/ Circular, a director, CEO or Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") of any company, that:
a.was subject to a cease trade order, an order similar to a cease trade order or an order that denied the relevant company access to any exemption under securities legislation that was issued while the proposed director was acting in the capacity as director, CEO or CFO that was in effect for a period of more than 30 consecutive days; or
b.was subject to a cease trade order, an order similar to a cease trade order or an order that denied the relevant company access to any exemption under securities legislation that was issued after the proposed director ceased to be a director, CEO or CFO and which resulted from an event that occurred while that person was acting in the capacity as director, CEO or CFO that was in effect for a period of more than 30 consecutive days; or
2.is, as at the date of this Proxy Statement/Circular, or has been within ten years before the date of this Proxy Statement/Circular, a director or executive officer of any company, that, while that person was acting in that capacity, or within a year of that person ceasing to act in that capacity, became bankrupt, made a proposal under any legislation relating to
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bankruptcy or insolvency or was subject to or instituted any proceedings, arrangement or compromise with creditors or had a receiver, receiver manager or trustee appointed to hold its assets;
3.has, within the ten years before the date of this Proxy Statement/Circular, become bankrupt, made a proposal under any legislation relating to bankruptcy or insolvency, or become subject to or instituted any proceedings, arrangement or compromise with creditors, or had a receiver, receiver manager or trustee appointed to hold its assets; or
4.has been subject to:
a.any penalties or sanctions imposed by a court relating to securities legislation or by a securities regulatory authority or has entered into a settlement agreement with a securities regulatory authority; or
b.any other penalties or sanctions imposed by a court or regulatory body that would likely be considered important to a reasonable security holder in deciding whether to vote for a proposed director.

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PROPOSAL 2
APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

The Board recommends that shareholders vote for the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Chartered Professional Accountants ("PwC") as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm until the close of the 2024 annual general meeting of shareholders or until a successor is appointed. PwC has audited the Company's financial statements since at least 1997. In accordance with Section 203 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the lead and concurring partner are subject to rotation requirements after five years. Representatives of PwC are expected to be present at the Meeting. They will have an opportunity to make a statement if they so desire and will be available to respond to appropriate questions.

Principal Accountant Fees and Services
The following table represents aggregate fees billed to us for the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, by PwC.
Year Ended December 31,
20222021
Audit fees(1)
$1,045,945$834,043
Audit-related fees(2)
5,44994,598
Tax fees (3)
175,777261,397
Total fees$1,227,171$1,190,038
(1)For the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, these fees include professional services provided by the external auditor for the statutory audits of the annual consolidated financial statements, performing review engagement services on the Company’s quarterly financial statements and auditing internal controls over financial reporting.
(2)These fees relate to other audit related services including professional services performed during the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, the filing of our shelf registration statement on Form S-3 in 2021, filing the prospectus supplement related to the November 2021 ATM facility and ancillary other audit related fees.
(3)These fees include professional services for tax compliance, transfer pricing assistance, tax advice and tax planning for various taxation and business development matters.
Pre-Approval Policy and Procedures
Our Audit Committee has adopted policies and procedures relating to the approval of all audit and non-audit services that are to be performed by our independent registered public accounting firm. These policies and procedures generally provide that we will not engage our independent registered public accounting firm to render audit or non-audit services unless the service is specifically approved in advance by the Audit Committee.
All fees for services provided by PwC during 2022 and 2021 were pre-approved by the Audit Committee in accordance with the pre-approval policy and procedures described above.
Proposed Resolutions
It is proposed that at the Meeting the following resolution be adopted:
“RESOLVED, that the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm to hold office until the close of the 2024 annual general meeting of shareholders or until a successor is appointed, be, and hereby is, approved."
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Required Vote
“For” votes from holders of a majority of votes cast on the question is required to approve the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm to hold office until the close of the 2024 annual general meeting of the Company or until a successor is appointed. "Withhold" or "Abstain" votes will not be counted as a vote cast for purposes of appointing the proposed independent registered accounting firm and broker non-votes will not be counted.
Our Board of Directors unanimously recommends
that you vote “FOR” the foregoing resolution.
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PROPOSAL 3
ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

In a non-binding advisory vote on the frequency of future say on pay votes held at the annual general and special meeting of shareholders held on June 7, 2021 (the "2021 AGM"), shareholders voted in support of holding a non-binding advisory "say on pay" vote every year (as opposed to every two or three years). The Board considered the outcome of that advisory vote and determined, as was recommended with respect to the proposal by the Board in the proxy statement for the 2021 AGM, that the Company will hold future "say on pay" votes on an annual basis until the occurrence of the next advisory vote on the frequency of "say on pay" votes.

Accordingly, our Board has determined to provide shareholders the opportunity to vote on the Company's executive compensation at the Meeting. This vote is not intended to address any specific item of compensation, but rather the overall compensation of the Company’s named executive officers ("NEOs") and the philosophy, policies and practices described in this Proxy Statement/Circular. Since the resolution is advisory in nature, it will not be binding.

The compensation of the Company’s NEOs subject to the advisory vote is disclosed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables, and the related narrative disclosure contained in this Proxy Statement/Circular. As discussed in those disclosures, the Company believes that its compensation policies and decisions are focused on pay-for-performance principles and strongly aligned with the best interests of the Company, consistent with current market practices. Compensation of the Company’s NEOs is designed to enable the Company to attract and retain talented and experienced executives to lead the Company successfully in a competitive environment.

Proposed Resolutions
Accordingly, pursuant to Section 14A of the Exchange Act, the Board is asking the shareholders to indicate their support for the compensation of the Company’s NEOs as described in this Proxy Statement/Circular by casting a non-binding advisory vote “FOR” the following non-binding resolution:

“RESOLVED, on an advisory basis and not to diminish the role and responsibilities of the board of directors, that the shareholders approve the executive compensation paid to the Company's named executive officers disclosed in the Company's proxy statement for the annual general meeting of shareholders of the Company held on May 17, 2023.”

Required Vote
Because the vote is advisory, it is not binding on the Board or the Company. Nevertheless, the views expressed by the shareholders, whether through this vote or otherwise, are important to management and the Board and, accordingly, the Board and the Compensation Committee intend to consider the results of this vote in making determinations in the future regarding executive compensation arrangements.

Advisory approval of this proposal requires the vote of the holders of a majority of votes cast on the question. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect.

Our Board of Directors unanimously recommends
that you vote “FOR” the foregoing resolution.
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PROPOSAL 4

AMENDMENT TO EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

At the 2021 AGM, our Equity Incentive Plan was amended to, among other things, remove the "evergreen" allocation methodology to determine the maximum aggregate number of our shares ("Plan Shares") which may be issued as equity awards to our employees. The amendment allowed for a fixed maximum number of Plan Shares of 23,815,115. Having a fixed maximum number plan allows our shareholders to have direct input on our equity compensation program, and ensures our long-term incentives align the interests of our employees with the interests of our shareholders. However, as of April 12, 2023, we have only 3,506,356 remaining Plan Shares available for issuance under the Equity Incentive Plan. Any increase to the number of Plan Shares available under the Equity Incentive Plan requires approval of our shareholders.

We have conducted, with the assistance of our compensation advisors, WTW, a review and analysis of the Equity Incentive Plan and equity outstanding. As a result of that review, we are proposing an amendment to the Equity Incentive Plan to increase the fixed maximum number of Plan Shares from 23,815,115, to 27,815,115 (the "Plan Amendment"), an increase of 4,000,000 Plan Shares and representing, in aggregate, 19.74% of total shares outstanding as of April 12, 2023. If the Plan Amendment is not approved, our ability to both attract new talent, as well as retain our existing pool of employees, may be negatively impacted.

The following table summarizes shares available under the Equity Incentive Plan and outstanding equity as of the Record Date:

Shares Available for Future Issuance as of the Record Date3,506,356
Options Outstanding as of the Record Date(1)
12,758,413
Weighted Average Exercise Price of Options Outstanding(1)
$11.98
Weighted Average Remaining Term of Options Outstanding(1)
7.58
Full-Value Awards Outstanding as of the Record Date(2)
7,966,801
Common Stock Outstanding as of the Record Date143,034,009

(1)The Options Outstanding include 3,203,298 options granted as inducement material.
(2)The Full-Value Awards Outstanding include 596,373 awards granted as inducement material.
No other substantive amendments are proposed to the Equity Incentive Plan. Certain minor housekeeping amendments are also proposed, as outlined in Appendix C.
The Plan Amendment was approved by the Board on April 14, 2023.
If the Plan Amendment is not approved, the Equity Incentive Plan, without amendment, will continue unaffected.
Summary of the Material Terms of the Equity Incentive Plan

The following summary describes the material terms of the Equity Incentive Plan and provides a general description of the U.S. federal income tax consequences applicable to certain transactions involving awards under the Equity Incentive Plan. A summary of the principal features of the Equity Incentive Plan is provided below, but is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Equity Incentive Plan which is attached hereto as Appendix C to Proxy Statement/Circular and includes the proposed amendment (proposed additions are indicated by bold, underlined italicized text and proposed deletions by over striking).

On April 12, 2023, the closing price of our common shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market was $11.03.

Administration. The Equity Incentive Plan is administered by the Board (or a committee thereof) which has the power to (i) grant awards (options, performance awards, restricted units, or restricted stock units), (ii) reserve common shares for issuance upon the exercise of awards, (iii) determine the terms, limitations, restrictions and conditions respecting award grants, (iv) interpret the Equity Incentive Plan and adopt, amend and rescind such administrative guidelines and other rules and regulations relating to the Equity Incentive Plan, and (v) make all other determinations and take all other actions in connection with the implementation and administration of the Equity Incentive Plan.
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Number of Securities Issuable. The Equity Incentive Plan is a fixed maximum incentive plan that reserves, for issuance pursuant to awards, a maximum number of 23,815,115 common shares. The number of securities issuable pursuant to the Equity Incentive Plan is proposed to be amended as described above.

Eligible Persons. "Service Providers" are eligible to receive grants of awards under the Equity Incentive Plan. "Service Providers" is defined as bona fide directors, officers, employees, management company employees and consultants and also includes a company of which 100% of the share capital is beneficially owned by one or more individual Service Providers. As of April 12, 2023, 315 employees and 7 non-executive directors would be eligible to participate in the Equity Incentive Plan.

Shareholder Approval. Shareholder approval for matters relating to the Equity Incentive Plan, including amendments thereto, is only required if amendments are being made to the amended Equity Incentive Plan that require shareholder approval, whether pursuant to the terms of the Equity Incentive Plan or applicable securities laws and regulations. In particular, shareholder approval is required to issue any additional common shares under the Equity Incentive Plan, allowing our shareholders to have direct input on our equity compensation program, and to ensure our long-term incentives align the interests of the employees with the interests of our shareholders.
Express prohibition on the “liberal” recycling of shares. The Equity Incentive Plan includes an express prohibition on the liberal recycling of Plan Shares. For example, shares surrendered or withheld in the payment of the exercise or purchase price of any award or to satisfy tax withholding obligations with respect to an award do not return to the Equity Incentive Plan to be granted pursuant to future awards.

Grants to One Person. The number of common shares reserved for issue to any one person under the Equity Incentive Plan may not exceed 5% of the outstanding common shares at the time of grant less any common shares reserved for issuance to such person under share compensation arrangements other than the Equity Incentive Plan.

Exercise Price of Stock Options. The exercise price of stock options under the Equity Incentive Plan will be set by the Board at the time of grant and cannot be less than the Market Price (defined in the Equity Incentive Plan as the closing trading price for the common shares on the stock exchange with the highest volume of trading on the day immediately prior to the date of grant).

Vesting. Vesting of awards is at the discretion of the Board. No time-based award may vest until at least 12 months following the date of grant of such award and no performance-based award may have a performance period of less than 12 months, except that (a) shares issued in satisfaction of fully vested cash obligations, and (b) up to 5 percent of the share reserve of the amended Equity Incentive Plan may be subject to awards that do not meet such vesting requirements.

Term of Awards. Awards granted under the Equity Incentive Plan will have a maximum term of ten years from their date of grant.

No Assignment. All awards will be exercisable only by the recipient to whom they are granted and are non-assignable and non-transferable other than in the case of death where the applicable awards will become exercisable by the holder’s lawful personal representatives, heirs or executors until the earlier of one year after the date of death and the expiry date of such awards.

Termination of Exercise Right. No awards may be exercised after the holder has left the employ or service of the Company except as follows:

in the event of the holder’s death, any vested award held by the holder at the date of death will be exercisable by the holder’s lawful personal representatives, heirs or executors until the earlier of 12 months after the date of death and the date of expiration of the term otherwise applicable to such award;

in the event of a holder’s disability, any vested award held by the holder will be exercisable until the earlier of 12 months after the date the Board makes a determination of disability and the date of expiration of the term otherwise applicable to such award;

generally speaking, vested awards will expire 90 days after the date the holder ceases to be employed by, provide services to, or be a director or officer of, the Company, and any unvested awards shall immediately terminate.

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Acceleration of Vesting. Notwithstanding the above disclosure under the heading "Termination of Exercise Right", if an employee awards employment terminates by reason of death or disability or without cause, and such employee was continuously employed by the Company for a minimum of three (3) years, any awards held by such employee shall become fully vested and exercisable and may thereafter be exercised during the time periods set out above.
Change In Control Specifications. The Equity Incentive Plan states with specificity the change in control vesting treatment for awards. Specifically, whether or not awards granted under the Equity Incentive Plan are proposed to be assumed in a change in control transaction, the awards with time based vesting requirements or restrictions would vest immediately prior to, and contingent on, the effectiveness of the change in control, and awards with performance based vesting requirements would vest immediately prior to, and contingent on, the effectiveness of the change in control with a deemed achievement of 100% of the performance metrics. In the event of a change in control, all awards will terminate unless they are assumed by the surviving entity or equitably converted, substituted or continued as part of the change in control. In that event, recipients will have a reasonable period prior to the effectiveness of the change in control to exercise the vested portion of any award prior to its termination.

Extension of Expiry Period. If an award which has been previously granted is set to expire during a period in which trading in securities of the Company by the holder is restricted by a black-out, or within nine business days of the expiry of a black-out, the expiry date of the award will be extended to ten business days after the trading restrictions are lifted.
New Plan Benefits
The issuance of any awards under the Equity Incentive Plan is at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. In addition, the benefit of any awards granted under the Equity Incentive Plan depend on a number of factors, including the fair market value of our common shares on future dates, among other things. Therefore, it is not possible to determine the amount or form of any award that will be granted to any individual in the future.
Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences
The following summarizes material United States federal income tax consequences of awards that may be granted under the Equity Incentive Plan. The information set forth below is a summary only and does not purport to be complete. The information is based upon current federal income tax rules and therefore is subject to change when those rules change. Because the tax consequences to any recipient may depend on his or her particular situation, each recipient should consult the recipient’s tax adviser regarding the federal, state, local, and other tax consequences of the grant or exercise of an award or the disposition of stock acquired as a result of an award. The Equity Incentive Plan is not qualified under the provisions of Section 401(a) of the Code and is not subject to any of the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
Nonstatutory Stock Options. Generally, there is no taxation upon the grant of a nonstatutory stock option if the stock option is granted with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the underlying stock on the grant date. On exercise, an option holder will recognize ordinary income equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value on the date of exercise of the stock over the exercise price. If the option holder is employed by us or one of our affiliates, that income will be subject to withholding taxes. We will generally be entitled to a tax deduction equal to the taxable ordinary income realized by the option holder.
Incentive Stock Options. The Equity Incentive Plan provides for the grant of stock options that qualify as “incentive stock options,” as defined in Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). Under the Code, an option holder generally is not subject to ordinary income tax upon the grant or exercise of an incentive stock option (“ISO”) (although, in certain circumstances, there may be an item of adjustment included for alternative minimum tax purposes). If the option holder holds a share received on exercise of an ISO for more than two years from the date the stock option was granted and more than one year from the date the stock option was exercised, which is referred to as the required holding period, the difference, if any, between the amount realized on a sale or other taxable disposition of that share and the holder’s tax basis in that share will be long-term capital gain or loss. If, however, an option holder disposes of a share acquired on exercise of an ISO before the end of the required holding period, which is referred to as a disqualifying disposition, the option holder generally will recognize ordinary income in the year of the disqualifying disposition equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the share on the date the ISO was exercised over the exercise price.
We are not allowed an income tax deduction with respect to the grant or exercise of an ISO or the disposition of a share acquired on exercise of an ISO after the required holding period. If there is a disqualifying disposition of a share, however, we are generally allowed a deduction in an amount equal to the ordinary income includible in income by the option holder.
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Restricted Stock Awards. Generally, the recipient of a restricted stock award will recognize ordinary income at the time the stock is received equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the stock received over any amount paid by the recipient in exchange for the stock. If, however, the stock is not vested when it is received (for example, if the employee is required to work for a period of time in order to have the right to sell the stock), the recipient generally will not recognize income until the stock becomes vested, at which time the recipient will recognize ordinary income equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the stock on the date it becomes vested over any amount paid by the recipient in exchange for the stock. A recipient may, however, file an election with the Internal Revenue Service, within 30 days following his or her receipt of the stock award, to recognize ordinary income, as of the date the recipient receives the award, equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the stock on the date the award is granted over any amount paid by the recipient for the stock. We will generally be entitled to a tax deduction equal to the taxable ordinary income realized by the recipient of the stock award.
Restricted Stock Unit (RSU) and Performance Awards (PA). A distribution of common shares or a payment of cash in satisfaction of restricted stock units or a performance award will be taxable as ordinary income when the distribution or payment is actually or constructively received by the recipient. Generally, the recipient of a stock unit structured to conform to the requirements of Section 409A of the Code or an exception to Section 409A of the Code will recognize ordinary income at the time the stock is delivered equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the shares received over any amount paid by the recipient in exchange for the shares. We will generally be entitled to a tax deduction equal to the taxable ordinary income realized by the recipient of the stock award.
Dividend Equivalents Rights. Recipients under the amended Equity Incentive Plan who receive awards of dividend equivalent rights will be required to recognize ordinary income in the amount distributed to the recipient pursuant to the award. If the Company complies with applicable reporting requirements, it will be entitled to a business expense deduction in the same amount and generally at the same time as the recipient recognizes ordinary income.
Unrestricted Shares. A holder of unrestricted common shares will be required to recognize ordinary income in an amount equal to the fair market value of the shares on the date of the award, reduced by the amount, if any, paid for such shares. The Company will be entitled to deduct the amount of any ordinary income taxable to the recipient if it complies with applicable reporting requirements.
Upon the holder’s disposition of unrestricted shares, any gain realized in excess of the amount reported as ordinary income will be reportable by the holder as a capital gain, and any loss will be reportable as a capital loss. Capital gain or loss will be long-term if the holder has held the shares for more than one year. Otherwise, the capital gain or loss will be short-term.
Tax Withholding. Ordinary income taxable to an employee in connection with an award generally is subject to withholding.
Section 162(m) Limitations. Under Section 162(m) of the Code (“Section 162(m)”), compensation paid to each of the Company’s “covered employees” that exceeds $1 million per taxable year is generally non-deductible. Although the Compensation Committee will continue to consider tax implications as one factor in determining executive compensation, the Compensation Committee also looks at other factors in making its decisions and retains the flexibility to provide compensation for the Company’s named executive officers in a manner consistent with the goals of the Company’s executive compensation program and the best interests of the Company and its stockholders, which may include providing for compensation that is not deductible by the Company due to the deduction limit under Section 162(m).
Registration with the SEC

If the Plan Amendment is approved by our shareholders, we intend to file a Registration Statement on Form S-8 relating to the issuance of additional common shares under the Equity Incentive Plan with the SEC pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Proposed Resolutions

It is proposed that at the Meeting the following resolution be adopted:

"RESOLVED that the proposed amendment and restatement of the Company's Equity Incentive Plan, in the form attached as Appendix C to this Proxy Statement/Circular to increase the maximum fixed number of common shares reserved for issuance pursuant to the Equity Incentive Plan from 23,815,115 to 27,815,115, be approved."

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Required Vote

“For” votes from holders of a majority of votes cast on the question is required to approve the Plan Amendment. Abstentions will have no effect and broker non-votes will not be counted.

Our Board of Directors unanimously recommends
that you vote “FOR” the foregoing resolution.
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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF
CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
The following table sets forth certain information relating to the beneficial ownership of our common shares as of April 12, 2023, by:
each person, or group of affiliated persons, known by us to beneficially own more than 5% of our outstanding common shares (based on statements filed with the SEC pursuant to Section 13(d) or 13(g) of the Exchange Act);
each of our directors and each nominee for director;
each of our NEOs that remain in our employ; and
all of our directors and executive officers as a group.
Beneficial ownership is based upon 143,034,009 common shares issued and outstanding as of April 12, 2023 and determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC and includes any shares over which a person or group exercises sole or shared voting or investment power plus any shares which such person or group has the right to acquire beneficial ownership of within 60 days of April 12, 2023, whether through the exercise of options or otherwise. Unless otherwise indicated, we believe that the persons or entities identified in this table have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares shown beneficially owned by them. Common shares issuable upon vesting of outstanding equity awards that are exercisable or subject to vesting within 60 days after April 12, 2023 are deemed beneficially owned and such shares are used in computing the percentage ownership of the person holding the awards but are not deemed outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.
Unless otherwise noted below, the address of each director and executive officer is c/o Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc., #140, 14315 - 118 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5L 4S6 Canada.
Beneficial Ownership (1)
Name of Beneficial OwnerNumber of SharesPercent of Total
Greater than 5% shareholders
ILJIN (2)
8,629,3786.0%
BlackRock, Inc. (3)
8,170,5185.7%
Directors and Named Executive Officers
Peter Greenleaf (4)
3,000,9132.1%
Joseph Miller (5)
507,030*
Max Donley (6)
704,461*
Stephen Robertson (7)
468,853*
Volker Knappertz (8)
*
Dr. George M. Milne, Jr. (9)
289,692*
Dr. David R. W. Jayne (10)
219,692*
Joseph P. Hagan (11)
143,192*
Dr. Daniel G. Billen (12)
169,692*
Jill Leversage (13)
141,792*
R. Hector MacKay-Dunn (14)
145,692*
Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan(15)
76,636*
All current directors and executive officers as a group (14 persons) (16)
6,121,9484.3%
*Indicates beneficial ownership of less than 1% of the total common shares outstanding.
(1)This table is based upon information supplied by officers, directors and principal shareholders and Schedules 13D and 13G filed with the SEC.
(2)This information is based solely on the Schedule 13D/A filed on January 20, 2023 collectively by ILJIN SNT Co., Ltd., ILJIN Semiconductor Co., Ltd., ILJIN Steel Co., Ltd., ILJIN GLS Co., Ltd., Sae Kyoung Huh, Seoung Eun Huh and Chin Kyu Huh, the aggregate amount beneficially owned by each of these reporting persons is 8,629,378. The address for the investors is listed as (Dohwa-dong), 45 Maop-daero, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea 121-716, Attention: Young Hwa Kim.
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(3)This information is based solely on the Schedule 13G filed on February 7, 2023 filed by BlackRock, Inc. with the SEC. Based on such filing, BlackRock, Inc. beneficially owns and has sole dispositive power of all such shares and sole voting power over 8,170,518 shares. In addition, each of BlackRock Advisors, LLC, Aperio Group, LLC, BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V., BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association, BlackRock Asset Management Ireland Limited, BlackRock Financial Management, Inc., BlackRock Asset Management Schweiz AG, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited, BlackRock Fund Advisors and BlackRock Fund Managers Ltd are subsidiaries of BlackRock, Inc. which beneficially own certain of the shares. The address for BlackRock, Inc. is listed as 55 East 55nd Street, New York, NY 10005.
(4)Consists of 2,893,512 options vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 107,401 common shares owned outright.
(5)Consists of 474,624 options vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 32,406 common shares owned outright.
(6)Consists of 641,841 options vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 62,620 common shares owned outright.
(7)Consists of 439,686 options vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 29,167 common shares owed outright.
(8)Consists of nil options vesting and exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and nil common shares owned outright.
(9)Consists of 219,692 options and RSUs vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 70,000 common shares owned outright.
(10)Consists of 179,692 options and RSUs vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 40,000 common shares owned outright.
(11)Consists of 139,692 options and RSUs vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 3,500 common shares owned outright.
(12)Consists of 149,692 options and RSUs vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 20,000 common shares owned outright.
(13)Consists of 134,692 options and RSUs vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 7,100 common shares owned outright.
(14)Consists of 134,692 options and RSUs vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 11,000 common shares owned outright.
(15)Consists of 76,636 options and RSUs vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023.
(16)Includes shares beneficially owned by all of our current executive officers and directors as a group. Consists of 5,623,426 options and RSUs vesting or exercisable within 60 days of April 12, 2023 and 498,522 common shares owned outright.

Delinquent Section 16(a) Reports
Under U.S. securities laws, directors, certain officers and persons holding more than 5% of our common stock must report their initial ownership of our common stock and any changes in their ownership to the SEC. The SEC has designated specific due dates for these reports and we must identify in this Proxy Statement those persons who did not file these reports when due. Based solely on our review of copies of the reports filed with the SEC and the written representations of our directors and executive officers, we believe that all reporting requirements for fiscal year 2022 were complied with by each person who at any time during the 2022 fiscal year was a director or an executive officer or held more than 5% of our common stock, except for the following: For Dr. Jayne, a Form 4/A was filed on July 8, 2022 to correct an inadvertent omission of the option exercise transaction on May 20, 2022.
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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE COMPANY
The following table sets forth information concerning our executive officers, including their ages, as of the date of this Proxy Statement/Circular.
Name of Executive OfficerAgePosition(s)
Peter Greenleaf53President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Joe Miller49Chief Financial Officer
Matthew ("Max") Donley54Executive Vice President, Operations and Strategy
Scott Habig63Chief Commercial Officer
Volker Knappertz58Executive Vice President, Research & Development
Michael Martin51Chief Business Officer
Stephen P. Robertson41Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

The brief biographies below include information, as of the date of this Proxy Statement/Circular, regarding the specific and particular experience, qualifications, attributes or skills of each executive officer of our Company.

Peter Greenleaf, Chief Executive Officer

Refer to "Proposal 1 Board of Directors" Section for Peter Greenleaf's biography.

Joe Miller, Chief Financial Officer

Joe Miller has served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company since April of 2020. Joe has over two decades of experience in both public and private biotech and commercial stage companies across the health sciences, biotech, and pharmaceutical sectors.

Most recently, Joe served as CFO, Principal Executive Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Avalo Therapeutics, (formerly Cerecor, Inc.), a publicly traded biotech company. Before Cerecor, Joe was the Vice President of Finance at Sucampo, where he was responsible for building out the finance organization to effectively support the company’s rapid growth, Before Sucampo, he served in various progressive finance and management roles at QIAGEN, and Eppendorf. Joe began his career in the audit practice of KPMG LLP. Joe earned his B.S. in accounting from Villanova University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Matthew ("Max") Donley, Executive Vice President, Operations and Strategy

Max Donley has served as Executive Vice President, Operations and Strategy of the Company since July 2019. He most recently led Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities at Senseonics from December 2018 to May 2019. Prior to that, Max was Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources, Information Technology, and Corporate Strategy at Sucampo until its acquisition in February 2018 to U.K. pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt plc. Max also served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at MedImmune from July 2000 to May 2013 where he provided business-integrated leadership and delivered professional tools, programs and services to optimize MedImmune’s human capital investments worldwide. Max received his B.A. from University of Michigan and his M.B.A from George Mason University.
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Scott Habig, Chief Commercial Officer
Scott Habig has served as Chief Commercial Officer of the Company since July 2022. He has more than 20 years of global and U.S. sales and marketing experience and relevant expertise in Rheumatology and Lupus markets. Over the past ten years, Scott has held numerous leadership roles at UCB, Inc and most recently was Head of Global SLE, maintaining full responsibility for pre-launch and commercial launch activities of a novel CD40 ligand currently in Phase III of clinical development for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). His previous roles include Vice President, Sales at Human Genome Sciences, where he led the development and execution of organizational capabilities and infrastructure to support the company’s first sales team and led organizational and operational initiatives to guide the first major Lupus drug launch in more than 50 years. Prior to this role, Scott spent nine years at Centocor, Inc. where he led development and execution of sales and marketing strategies for one of the first biologic therapies approved for multiple autoimmune disorders. Under Scott’s sales and marketing leadership at Centocor, Inc., the company transformed a multimillion-dollar pipeline into a multibillion-dollar product. Scott received his B.A. from the University of Akron.

Volker Knappertz, M.D., Executive Vice President, Research and Development

Volker Knapperts has served as Executive Vice President, Research and Development of the Company since July 2022. He leads the entirety of Aurinia’s R&D effort, including pre-clinical research and pharmacology, clinical development, patient safety, medical affairs, regulatory affairs, and all other R&D functions. Prior to joining Aurinia, Dr. Knappertz served as the Executive Vice President of Research & Development and Chief Medical Officer at GW Pharmaceuticals, a global biopharmaceutical company targeting medicines for rare and orphan diseases as well as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. He was instrumental in driving the transformation of GW from a botanical pharmaceutical company to a fully integrated biopharmaceutical R&D and marketing organization, which was achieved by gaining the first FDA approval of Epidiolex, a treatment for rare developmental childhood onset forms of epilepsy and building a pipeline of novel small molecule CNS therapeutics. Before joining GW, he was the Vice President of clinical development for multiple sclerosis, immunology, oncology and biosimilar products at Teva Pharmaceuticals achieving several drug approvals and business development deals. During the first decade of his drug development career Volker held R&D positions in multiple therapeutic areas including CNS, CV and immunology at Astrazeneca and Bayer. Dr. Knappertz received his magna cum laude doctorate and Medical Degree from Cologne University. He has served as adjunct professor in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. He was trained in Neurology at Yale University, fellowship trained at Wake Forest University and is a US board certified neurologist.

Michael R. Martin, Chief Business Officer

Michael Martin has served as Chief Business Officer of the Company since June 2020 and prior to that, as Chief Operating Officer since September 2013. In this role he oversees all business development, licensing and partner management activities along with overall management of the Company's intellectual property portfolio. He was formerly CEO, director and co-founder of the privately held Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. starting in May 2012, which merged in 2013 with Isotechnika Pharma Inc. Michael is a biotech/pharmaceutical executive with over 20 years of industry experience. Michael joined Aurinia from Vifor Pharma where he held the position of Director, Global Business Development & Licensing from September 2006 to June 2012. Prior to Vifor, Michael was a key member of the business development team that saw Aspreva sold to Galenica for $915M in 2007. Upon joining Aspreva in 2004, Michael initiated the strategic launch planning process for CellCept® in “less-common” autoimmune diseases. These included such indications as pemphigus vulgaris, myasthenia gravis, and LN. Prior to this, Michael held a variety of progressively senior commercial positions at Schering-Plough (now Merck). Most recently, he was responsible for the Rheumatology business unit for Remicade® in France. In this role, he had full profit and loss responsibilities and had direct responsibility for the sales team, the marketing team and the infusion access team. In addition, while at Schering-Plough, Michael was the brand manager responsible for the Canadian launch of Remicade (infliximab), which ultimately became the most successful product launch in Canadian history and the largest selling biologic ever. Michael started his career in the industry in the sales organization of Schering-Plough where he received multiple awards and recognition while rapidly progressing towards the prior mentioned roles. Michael received his B.Sc. (Biochemistry) from the University of Victoria.
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Stephen P. Robertson, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

Stephen Robertson has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of the Company since November 2020. Stephen is responsible for all legal and compliance matters related to Aurinia. Stephen brings more than 13 years of corporate law experience across various roles with the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, where he had been a Partner since 2014. While there, he focused on advising clients on securities, corporate and commercial legal matters, including extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions and commercial agreements. Stephen has served as Corporate Secretary for Aurinia since 2014. Stephen received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba. He has been recognized with a number of awards and honors, including being included in the 2020 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada for Securities Law.



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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Compensation Discussion and Analysis
Overview of Corporate Accomplishments
At Aurinia, our mission is to change the trajectory of autoimmune diseases with unmet medical needs. Our strategy leverages the skills and knowledge of our incredible team and our deep experience in principled drug development and commercialization. In addition to driving adoption of our approved therapy LUPKYNIS (voclosporin) for adult patients with active LN, we are also pursuing a broader portfolio of innovative drugs for autoimmune disease.
The patient population that we serve has high unmet needs and faces significant barriers to adequate care. We are committed to improving awareness and driving a sense of urgency to improve treatment for LN patients. We also strive to ensure that our employees have a sense of security, purpose, and fair compensation for their significant contributions to our organizational success.
The biopharmaceutical industry continues to face complex external obstacles, including challenges related to launching a drug during a global pandemic, regulatory and pricing pressures, inequalities in the healthcare system that disrupt patient care, talent shortages similar to the wider labor market, and tightening financial conditions. While we acknowledge the impact these challenges can have on our business, we set robust goals in 2022 – some of which we achieved or even surpassed, while in others we fell short. Despite this, we gained momentum in late 2022, with improvements in many key metrics and, as a result, we remain confident in our ability to execute on our strategy in 2023.
In 2022, Aurinia experienced significant growth, generating $134.0 million in total net revenue, a 194% increase over the previous year, and $103.5 million in net product revenue, a 127% increase over the previous year. Aurinia ended 2022 with cash, cash equivalents, and investments of approximately $389.4 million, and no debt on our balance sheet.
In July of 2022, LUPKYNIS received a positive opinion from the European Commission's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, based on a comprehensive submission including data from the pivotal AURORA 1 efficacy study and the AURORA 2 continuation study. Shortly thereafter, the European Commission granted marketing authorization in all EU member states as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. Additionally, in November 2022 we were granted marketing authorization in Great Britain by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Our collaboration with our partner Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has been exceptional in achieving regulatory approvals for LUPKYNIS in Europe.
Thanks to strong leadership, resilience, and an ardent focus on operational and commercial execution, Aurinia is poised for continued growth in and outside the U.S., as we work to change the course of LN and other autoimmune diseases.
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Establishing Commercial Success & Leadership Position in LN
The LUPKYNIS launch has progressively improved, with $45.5 million in net product revenue during the truncated launch year and $103.5 million in net product revenue in our second year. Of the drugs used to treat rare diseases that launched in the United States during COVID, LUPKYNIS performed in the top 40% through the fourth quarter of 2022.
Our Call to Action
In 2022, we remained focused on advocating for improved screening, diagnosis, and treatment of LN with healthcare providers, while reinforcing the clinical benefits of LUPKYNIS over the historic standard of care for adult patients living with active LN. We recognize the importance of our role in furthering the conversation with healthcare providers to increase screening, routine monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment of lupus patients for active LN. A recently published electronic health records study by Optum Health reinforces this call to action.

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We continue to make strong progress toward our goals with the achievement of significant commercial milestones:

There were approximately 1,525 patients on LUPKYNIS therapy as of December 31, 2022, compared with 870 at December 31, 2021, an increase of greater than 75% year over year.
Aurinia added a total of 1,648 Patient Start Forms (PSFs) during 2022 and has achieved a total of approximately 3,500 PSFs from launch to February 24, 2023.
Conversion rates and speed of conversion continue to improve, with both metrics at their highest levels since launch.

Aurinia is also investing in disease awareness and patient activation, allowing us to reach LN patients with the right messages, at the right time, in the right areas to drive urgent action. Our Get Uncomfortable campaign launched in late October 2022 with the goal of activating people with LN to prioritize their kidney health by going to the doctor, completing routine testing, and having informed discussions about their LN management. To date the campaign has generated over 30 million impressions and hundreds of thousands of visits to GetUncomfortable.com.

Additionally, our ALL IN for LN program seeks to connect the LN community and encourage those living with lupus to seek routine check-ups to catch the disease early, which may help prevent irreversible kidney damage and other serious complications. The program also offers free information and resources, in addition to an LN Awareness Kit.

Strengthening Our Patent Position

Importantly, we strengthened the LUPKYNIS patent position with the receipt of a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an additional method of use patent associated with the LUPKYNIS proprietary dosing regimen (U.S. Patent Application (No. 17/713,140)) and notification from the European Patent Office of its intent to grant the European version of the existing U.S. method of use patent (U.S. Patent No. 10,286,036) for LUPKYNIS. Subsequently, on April 11, 2023 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the new and refined method of use patent (U.S. Patent No. 11,622,991, previously U.S. Patent Application No. 17/713,140), having an expiry in December 2037.

Aurinia also entered into a settlement agreement with Sun Pharmaceuticals, in which both Aurinia and Sun Pharmaceuticals filed a joint motion to terminate the ongoing Inter Partes Review (IPR) directed at Aurinia’s U.S. Patent No. 10,286,036, as well as settlement of the ongoing patent infringement litigation in the U.S. related to Sun’s CEQUA® product. Under the settlement agreement, both
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parties agreed to dismiss their claims and counterclaims against each other and cease bringing any future further action against the other.

Transformational Leadership

To position Aurinia for a successful future, and address opportunities identified in 2022, we made significant management changes and attracted top talent for critical commercial and research and development positions. To ensure we bring in the best leaders, Aurinia focuses on providing a market-aligned compensation package to our executive officers, which provides competitive base compensation, along with significant short and long-term incentives for the achievement of measurable Company and executive officer goals and objectives. We believe that this approach provides an appropriate blend of short-term and long-term compensation elements to drive performance against measurable short- and long-term goals and objectives for each executive officer.

In 2022, Scott Habig joined Aurinia as Chief Commercial Officer, replacing Max Colao in that role, to lead efforts to ensure further commercial success for LUPKYNIS and Dr. Volker Knappertz joined as Executive Vice President of Research & Development to expand our capabilities within our consolidated R&D strategy. Mr. Habig brings unique lupus and rheumatology sales and marketing experience, while Dr. Knappertz has a strong track record of advancing biotechnology and medical innovation and is recognized for his leadership in creating diverse, high performing teams, and fostering creativity in R&D. These new leaders bring a wealth of critical experience to the Company, and will play a significant role in helping us achieve our long-term vision to bring differentiated treatments to patient populations where there is high unmet need.

Conclusion

At Aurinia, we are a dedicated team of experts who are relentless in our pursuit to provide transformative medical treatments and bring value to shareholders, as well as healthcare providers and the patient community that we serve. Together, we are driven to make an impact for our patient communities as advocates and partners in innovation and for our employees by ensuring they have a sense of security, fulfillment, and purpose in their jobs and are fairly compensated.

We thank our shareholders for trusting us with their capital as we build a sustainable bio-pharmaceutical company. We encourage you to vote at our annual general meeting of shareholders and we thank you for your continued support.

Engaging with our Shareholders and Maintaining High Standards of Corporate Governance
In 2022, our management team had over 65 touchpoints with investors, representing in aggregate approximately 20% of our shares outstanding as of December 31, 2022. Management made a concentrated effort to engage with our shareholders to ensure they were properly apprised of our corporate strategy, recent developments, and to hear our investors’ views on matters important to the business.

In addition, in early 2023, we also proactively reached out to 50 of our top investors (based on available records), representing approximately 16 million of our total common shares outstanding. The investors included institutional funds, hedge funds and private, retail and family offices that were located in both North America and Europe. The main purpose of the outreach was to provide our investors with the opportunity to discuss executive compensation directly with our board of directors, specifically our Chair of the Compensation Committee and Chairman of the Board, without management involvement.

Overall, we were pleased by the support of our investor-base and were happy to discuss our company’s progress on multiple fronts over the past year, as well as future growth initiatives and other topics of interest, such as Aurinia’s corporate governance and our approach to ESG matters.
ESG has always been important in our business – we recognize the importance of conducting our business in a responsible manner. First and foremost, we have a responsibility to deliver safe products so that our patients can both trust in and rely on our products for their care. Please refer to the "Corporate Responsibility" section starting on page 27 for more details on our ESG related initiatives.
Responsibility also means ensuring high standards of corporate governance. Aurinia has a majority-independent, diverse and highly qualified Board that continually seeks to raise the bar in its standards of corporate governance, diversity and expertise.
Our strong corporate governance is coupled by our commitment to Board refreshment – all of Aurinia’s current directors have joined the Board within the last eight years.
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Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation
In keeping with our commitment to high standards of corporate governance, our goal is to provide clear and comprehensive disclosure of Aurinia’s executive compensation and approach so shareholders can make an informed decision when casting an advisory vote on executive compensation (say-on-pay) at the Meeting.
We submitted our approach to compensation to an advisory say on pay vote at the annual general meeting for the year ended December 31, 2021, held in May 2022 (the "2022 AGM"). Of the common shares voted at that meeting, 79% of shareholders voted in favor of the approach to compensation. While the vote was advisory and non-binding, our Board and Compensation Committee took this vote into account when planning matters relating to the Company's approach to executive compensation in 2022 and going forward. In contrast to the 51.6% of votes being in favor of the Company's approach to executive compensation received at the 2021 AGM, the Board recognized the result at the 2022 annual general meeting, an increase by over 27% of votes, as a marked improvement of shareholder sentiment.
Based on conversations with shareholders following the low vote outcome at the 2021 AGM, Aurinia took additional steps regarding our approach to executive compensation, including:
adopting a share ownership policy for our directors and executive officers;
adopting a clawback policy for our executive officers; and
included performance-based metrics as part of the annual equity grants for executives.
As an example, PAs were established for Aurinia in 2020 that were based on the achievement of key 2021 performance metrics and therefore would not vest until early 2022. In addition, in 2023 PAs were established for executive officers that are based on the achievement of key 2023 financial performance metrics, which, if the performance metrics are achieved, vest 50% on December 31, 2024, and 50% on December 31, 2025.

Further information regarding our response to the advisory vote outcome at the 2022 AGM, and our responses to the feedback we received, is set out later in this Proxy Statement/Circular under the heading "Executive Compensation - 2022 Say-On-Pay Results".
While this vote is not binding on the Board or Aurinia, the views expressed by our shareholders, whether through this vote or otherwise, are important to management and the Board. Accordingly, the Board and the Compensation Committee intend to consider the results of this vote in making determinations in the future regarding executive compensation and compensation philosophy.
Overview
This Compensation Discussion and Analysis discusses our executive compensation policies and how and why our Compensation Committee arrived at specific compensation decisions for the year ended December 31, 2022. It provides qualitative information on the factors relevant to these decisions and the manner in which compensation is awarded to our NEOs for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, which consist of our principal executive officer, our principal financial officer and our three other most highly compensated executive officers as of December 31, 2022. We are also required to include our two other executive officers if they would have been in our three most highly compensated executive officers as of December 31, 2022, but for the fact they were no longer employed by Aurinia as of December 31, 2022. Our NEOs for 2022 were:
NamePosition(s)
Peter GreenleafChief Executive Officer and Director
Joe MillerChief Financial Officer
Max DonleyExecutive Vice President, Operations and Strategy
Stephen RobertsonExecutive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
Volker Knappertz(1)
Executive Vice President, Research & Development
Max Colao(2)
Former Chief Commercial Officer
Neil Solomons(3)
Former Chief Medical Officer
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(1)Volker Knappertz was appointed as the Company's Executive Vice President, Research & Development effective July 14, 2022.
(2)Max Colao ceased his employment as the Company's Chief Commercial Officer effective July 22, 2022.
(3)Neil Solomons ceased his employment as the Company's Chief Medical Officer effective October 31, 2022.

Information about the compensation awarded to the NEOs can be found in the "Summary Compensation Table" and related compensation tables below.
Executive Summary
The important features of our executive compensation program include the following:
A substantial portion of executive pay is tied to performance. We structure a significant portion of our NEOs’ compensation to be variable, at risk and tied directly to our measurable performance.
Our executive bonuses are dependent on the Company's and the officer's performance in achieving annually determined goals and objectives. Our annual performance-based bonus opportunities for all of our NEOs are determined by the Compensation Committee in its sole discretion based (completely, for our CEO, and significantly (80%), for all other NEOs) upon the Company’s and the officer’s achievement of goals and objectives determined on an annual basis by our Board on the recommendation of the Compensation Committee.
We emphasize long-term equity incentives. Equity awards are an integral part of our executive compensation program and comprise the most significant “at-risk” portion of our NEOs compensation package. These awards strongly align our executive officers’ interests with those of the Company by providing a continuing financial incentive to maximize long-term value of the Company and by encouraging our executive officers to remain in our long-term employ.
Our Compensation Committee is advised by an independent third-party compensation consultant and retained by the Compensation Committee (not management) for guidance in making compensation decisions. The compensation consultant advises the Compensation Committee on market practices, including identifying a peer group of companies and their compensation practices so that our Compensation Committee can regularly assess the Company’s individual and total compensation programs against these peer companies, the general marketplace and other industry data points, as appropriate.
We generally do not provide executive fringe benefits or perquisites to our executives. Any perquisites provided to our executives are for matters in conjunction with their services as executives of the Company.
We do not provide our executive officers with any excise tax gross ups.
Objectives, Philosophy and Elements of Executive Compensation
The Company’s executive compensation program and strategy is designed to:
support the attraction, retention and engagement of global talent and talent mobility while recognizing differences across labor markets, where appropriate;
engage our talent to achieve critical business and financial objectives, R&D and product milestones that are set by management and the Board, through strategically-aligned annual and long-term incentive programs, as appropriate;
provide target total direct compensation opportunities that are generally aligned with the competitive market 50th percentile and provide both upside and downside earning potential around the 50th percentile based on company and individual performance; and
maintain a disciplined use of equity while appropriately recognizing performance, ensuring alignment with the competitive labor market and long-term shareholder interests.

To further these objectives, the Compensation Committee oversees the design of the compensation program that appropriately aligns pay and performance outcomes and are reflective of competitive market practice relative to other pharmaceutical companies of similar size and commercial stage. It also aligns the annual cash incentive (bonus) program to the achievement of objectives that will drive future success and enhance the value of the Company by linking a significant portion of the bonus program to overall corporate performance and attainment of specific value enhancing goals and milestones. The Compensation Committee assesses the performance of the Company’s CEO in accordance with these objectives and makes recommendations to the Board, and the Board approves all decisions regarding the CEO's compensation.
Annually, specific and measurable performance objectives are defined for each executive officer that are aligned with the annual corporate objectives.
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For 2022, the overall corporate level objectives against which the executive officers were evaluated, included financial and common share value targets, commercialization of LUPKYNIS, R&D milestones, ESG focus and business development.
The Company’s compensation program and strategy for its executive officers consists primarily of three main elements: base salary, an annual cash incentive (bonus) and equity-based compensation.
Element of
Compensation
ObjectivesKey Features
Base Salary
(fixed cash)
Provides fixed compensation that reflects the executive’s experience and responsibilities, and is reasonably aligned with salaries of executives with similar responsibilities and experience at comparable companies.
Reviewed annually
Determined based on a number of factors (including individual performance and the overall performance of our Company) and by reference, in part, to market data from peer companies provided by our independent compensation consultant.
Annual Performance Incentive
(at-risk cash)
Designed to provide performance-based, annual one-time additional cash compensation based on achievement. Motivates executive officers to work toward achievement of the Company’s goals and strategic objectives as well as individual goals and objectives. Underscores pay for performance philosophy.
Reviewed annually
Target bonus amounts are fixed as a percentage of cash compensation and are determined based on a combination of external market competitiveness and internal equity.
Bonus payouts are dependent upon achievement of specific annual corporate and individual performance objectives; payouts can range from 0% to 200% of target based on corporate and individual achievements.
Long-Term Incentive
(at-risk equity)
Designed to align the long-term interests of the executive officers and key employees with those of shareholders to reward the achievement of the long-term objectives of the Company. Underscores pay for performance philosophy. Supports the attraction of highly qualified executives and encourages their continued employment over the long-term.
Reviewed annually
Equity awarded by the Compensation Committee (other than to the CEO, which are awarded by the Board, on recommendation from the Compensation Committee).
Individual awards are determined based on a number of factors including: individual and Company performance, market competitiveness data from peer companies provided by our independent compensation consultant, internal equity and other potential contractual requirements and inputs considered.
We focus on providing a market-aligned compensation package to our executive officers which provides competitive base compensation along with significant short and long-term incentives for the achievement of measurable Company and executive officer goals and objectives. We believe that this approach provides an appropriate blend of short-term and long-term incentives to maximize alignment between management and the best interests of the Company.
We have a compensation philosophy for allocating total compensation among salary, performance bonus awards and performance-based long-term equity grants. The Compensation Committee with input from its compensation consultant regarding market competitive assessments of the Company's peer group, uses its judgment to establish a total compensation program for each NEO that is a mix of base salary, short-term and long-term incentive compensation, and cash compensation, that it believes appropriate to achieve the goals of the executive compensation program and our corporate objectives.
2022 Say-on-Pay Results
We submitted our approach to compensation to an advisory say on pay vote at the 2022 AGM. Of the common shares voted at the 2022 AGM, 79% of shareholders voted in favor of the approach to compensation detailed in the proxy statement for that meeting. While the vote was advisory and non-binding, our Board and Compensation Committee reviewed the specific recommendations of the
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proxy-advisory firms related to this advisory shareholder vote and took them into account when planning matters relating to the Company's approach to executive compensation in 2022. The Board and Compensation committee also recognized that the advisory voting result was a significant increase (27.4%) over the advisory vote result at the 2021 AGM of 51.6%. Continuing the shareholder engagement that had resulted from the outcome of the advisory vote on executive compensation following the 2021 AGM, in the period between the 2022 AGM and the date of this Proxy Statement/Circular, we held over 65 meetings with investors, representing in aggregate approximately 20% of our shares outstanding as of December 31, 2022, in which we sought their feedback on, among other things, our approach to executive compensation. In addition to those meetings, our Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Compensation Committee reached out to 50 of our largest shareholders (based on available records) to bolster these discussions, specifically directed to discuss our approach to executive compensation. Based on all these meetings, the Company has taken additional steps regarding its approach to executive compensation, including:

What we heardActionDetails
Long-term incentive awards lack performance conditions and are mainly time basedAltered makeup of executive equity awards
Portions of 2023 equity awards for NEOs (first such grants following 2022 AGM) include performance based metrics, relating to financial performance of the Company
No director engagement in shareholder outreachInvolved directors in shareholder outreach on executive compensation
Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Compensation Committee reached out to 50 of our largest shareholders (based on available records), representing approximately 23% of our shares outstanding as of December 31, 2022, specifically focused on discussions relating to our approach to executive compensation
The above matters are in addition to the significant improvements the Company made to its approach to executive compensation following the low positive vote result at the 2021 AGM, which included: 1) adoption of a share ownership policy for directors and executive officers; 2) adoption of a clawback policy applicable to the Company's executive officers; 3) returning to a regular cadence for equity grants for executive officers, and 4) enhanced compensation discussion and analysis disclosure demonstrating connection between cash compensation and corporate goals, and specific achievements of goals.

How We Determine Executive Compensation
Role of our Compensation Committee, Management and the Board
The Compensation Committee is appointed by the Board and has responsibilities related to the compensation of the Company’s directors, officers, and employees and the development and administration of the Company’s compensation plans. For details on the Compensation Committee’s oversight of the executive compensation program, see the section titled “Compensation Committee” of this Proxy Statement/Circular. Our Compensation Committee consists solely of independent members of the Board.
The Compensation Committee meets periodically throughout the year to manage and evaluate our executive compensation program, and generally determines the principal components of compensation (base salary, performance bonus and equity awards) for our executive officers on an annual basis; however, decisions may occur at other times for new hires, promotions or other special circumstances as our Compensation Committee determines appropriate. The Compensation Committee does not delegate authority to approve executive officer compensation. The Compensation Committee does not maintain a formal policy regarding the timing of equity awards to our executive officers.
Role of Executive Officers in Compensation Decisions
The Compensation Committee assesses the performance of the Company’s CEO and makes recommendations to the Board, and the Board approves all decisions regarding the CEO's compensation. The Compensation Committee consults with and receives input and recommendations from the CEO regarding the performance, assessment and compensation of all the other executive officers and determines the compensation of such executives. From time to time, various other members of management and other employees as well as outside advisors or consultants may be invited by the Compensation Committee to make presentations, provide financial or other background information or advice or otherwise participate in the Compensation Committee meetings. Although the Compensation Committee generally considers recommendations from the CEO, decisions regarding the compensation of the Company’s executive officers are made by the Compensation Committee and may reflect factors and consideration other than information and recommendations provided by the CEO.
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Role of Compensation Consultant
The Compensation Committee has the sole authority to retain compensation consultants to assist in its evaluation of executive compensation, including the authority to approve the consultant’s reasonable fees and other retention terms. The Compensation Committee has retained WTW as its compensation consultant. A representative of WTW generally attends meetings of the Compensation Committee. In addition, WTW supports the selection of companies included in our compensation peer group, provides competitive market assessments of the compensation of our executive officers and non-employee director compensation programs, reviews the CD&A section of our proxy statements, and provides support on other matters as requested by the Compensation Committee.
The Compensation Committee has analyzed whether the work of WTW as compensation consultant raises any conflict of interest, taking into account relevant factors in accordance with SEC guidelines. Based on its analysis, our Compensation Committee determined that the work of WTW and the individual compensation advisors employed by WTW does not create any conflict of interest pursuant to the SEC rules and Nasdaq listing standards.
Factors Used in Determining Executive Compensation
Our Compensation Committee sets the compensation of our executive officers at levels they determine to be competitive and appropriate for each NEO, using guidance and market data provided by WTW, as well as the professional experience and judgment of the members of the Compensation Committee. Pay decisions are not made by use of a formulaic approach; the Compensation Committee believes that executive pay decisions require consideration of a multitude of relevant factors which may vary from year to year. In making executive compensation decisions, the Compensation Committee generally takes into consideration the factors listed below.
Company performance and existing business needs;
each named executive officer’s individual performance, scope of job function and the critical skill set of the named executive officer to the Company’s future performance;
the need to attract new talent to our executive team and retain existing talent in a highly competitive industry;
a range of market data reference points; and
recommendations from consultants on compensation policy determinations for the executive officer group.
Setting Executive Compensation
The Company annually determines the corporate objectives for purposes of the annual cash incentive bonus program. The Board makes the final determination in respect of setting the Company’s overall corporate goals each year, based on the recommendation of the Compensation Committee. These objectives may be altered at the discretion of the Board if appropriate due to changes in business factors or conditions. Individual performance goals are determined early in the year for each executive officer and relate to milestones and/or achievements, which aim to facilitate the Company's overall goals and objectives.
Following the end of the year, the Compensation Committee assesses the achievement of such objectives with input from the CEO and based on such assessment, determines a corporate score based on actual performance and a resultant aggregate cash incentive bonus for each executive officer. The Compensation Committee approves the cash incentive bonus for the Company’s executive officers (other than the CEO), and recommends the cash incentive bonus for the CEO to the Board for approval. The Board has final approval authority for the cash incentive bonus for the CEO.
The awarding of equity-based compensation is subject to the judgment of the Compensation Committee and Board, exercised annually based on the consideration of a variety of factors, and is not subject to any minimum amount.
As part of its review of management compensation and incentive programs, the Compensation Committee retains external independent consultants to review and provide benchmark data of a comparable group of companies. The Compensation Committee believes that it is important when making its compensation decisions to be informed as to the current practices of comparable public companies with which we compete for top talent.
During 2022, the Compensation Committee engaged WTW to assist in updating the benchmarking data and provide advice on the total direct compensation (base salary, annual short and long-term incentives) for the NEOs (and the Company’s other officers) for the 2022
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fiscal year. The Compensation Committee must pre-approve any additional services that WTW would provide to the Company at the request of management of the Company.
As part of its 2022 benchmarking and review process, WTW (in consultation with the Compensation Committee) developed a comparator group, comprising 22 Canadian and U.S.-listed companies (the "2022 Peer Group"). The 2022 Peer Group includes multiple entities from the peer group selected for the 2021 compensation review but has removed and added various entities that are more comparable to the Company's size and status of operations or were merged or divested throughout 2022. Selection for the 2022 Peer Group included industry classification, revenue, market capitalization, trailing 12-month market capitalization, employee base, R&D expenses, and business focus. The Company’s market capitalization at the time fell into the middle of the market cap range. The equity data used by WTW was obtained from public proxy filings and Radford’s 2021 Global Life Sciences survey (mid-size public company data used for equity benchmarking). The 2022 Peer Group consisted of the following 22 public companies:
AbCellera Biologics Inc.Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc.Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.
Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Kymera Therapeutics, Inc.TG Therapeutics, Inc.
Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.MacroGenics, IncTravere Therapeutics, Inc.
Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Nektar TherapeuticsXencor, Inc.
ChemoCentryx, Inc.Omeros CorporationY-mAbs Therapeutics, Inc.
Chinook Therapeutics, Inc.Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Zymeworks Inc.
Epizyme, Inc.REGENXBIO Inc.
Insmed IncorporatedRevance Therapeutics, Inc.
WTW provided the Compensation Committee with its assessment of competitive market practice with respect to NEO total direct compensation based on the benchmarking work it performed. The Compensation Committee considered the competitive market data provided by WTW where appropriate and in conjunction with its own assessment of competitive compensation requirements as well as management recommendations.
The elements of compensation are targeted at ensuring that the compensation paid by the Company to its executive officers remains in a reasonably competitive range as compared to its comparator group. The compensation philosophy at a minimum is to focus on 50th percentile positioning for comparable roles in the comparator group with upside or downside based on performance, market demand and recognition of other inputs.
2022 Executive Compensation Program
Base Salary
The base salaries of our executive officers are designed to compensate them for day-to-day services rendered during the fiscal year. Appropriate base salaries are used to recognize the experience, skills, knowledge and responsibilities required of each executive officer and to allow us to attract and retain individuals capable of leading us to achieve our business goals in competitive market conditions.
The base salaries of our executive officers are reviewed at least annually by our Compensation Committee and adjustments are made to reflect Company and individual performance, as well as competitive market practices. Our Compensation Committee also takes into account additional performance criteria, such as an executive officer’s ability to lead, organize and motivate others, develop the skills necessary to mature with us, set realistic goals to be achieved in his or her respective area, and recognize and pursue new business opportunities that enhance our growth and success. Our Compensation Committee does not apply specific formulas to determine increases, but instead makes an evaluation of each executive officer’s contribution to our long-term success. Any annual adjustment is also reflective of market practices from peer companies as advised by our compensation consultant taking into account factors including inflation adjustments and other merit considerations. Annual adjustments to base salaries are effective as of January 1 of each year, with mid-year adjustments to base salaries limited to special circumstances, such as promotions or increased responsibilities, or to align certain base salaries with those of individuals in comparable positions at the companies in our compensation peer group.
The 2022 base salaries for Peter Greenleaf, Joe Miller, Max Donley, Stephen Robertson, Volker Knappertz, Max Colao (former executive) and Neil Solomons (former executive) were $791,228, $481,443, $493,885, $458,696, $500,000, $488,835 and $442,826 respectively. Stephen Robertson's and Neil Solomons' 2022 base salaries were translated from Canadian dollars ("CAD") to U.S. Dollars ("USD") using the 2022 year-end foreign exchange rate from the Bank of Canada.
Annual Performance Bonus
Our NEOs are eligible to receive performance-based cash bonuses, which are designed to provide appropriate incentives to achieve defined annual corporate goals as well as reward them for individual performance towards these goals. The annual performance-based
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bonus each current named executive officer is eligible to receive is primarily based on the extent to which we achieve the corporate goals and objectives that the Board, on recommendation of the Compensation Committee, establishes each year. At the end of the year, the Compensation Committee reviews our performance and recommends to the Board the extent to which we achieved each of these corporate goals. The Board determines the final extent to which we achieved each of these corporate goals. Generally, the Compensation Committee will assess each named executive officer’s individual contributions towards reaching our annual corporate goals and objectives but does not typically establish specific individual goals for our named executive officers. Individual goals for all of our named executive officers (except our CEO) are determined by the CEO. There are no individual goals for the CEO, as the CEO's goals are solely based on the overall corporate goals. For the other NEOs, the weighting for corporate goals is 80% and individual goals is 20%.
The table below sets forth the targets for our NEOs for 2022. The target percentage is paid as a percentage of such executive officer’s base salary.
Executive Officer
2022 Target
Percentage of
Base Salary
Peter Greenleaf70%
Joe Miller50%
Max Donley50%
Stephen Robertson50%
Volker Knappertz(1)
50%
Max Colao(2)
50%
Neil Solomons(3)
50%
(1)Volker Knappertz was appointed as the Company's Executive Vice President, Research & Development effective July 14, 2022.
(2)Max Colao ceased his employment as the Company's Chief Commercial Officer effective July 22, 2022.
(3)Neil Solomons ceased his employment as the Company's Chief Medical Officer effective October 31, 2022.
In the first quarter of 2022, the Board, on recommendation of the Compensation Committee, established the corporate goals described below. Our objective is for our corporate goals to be directly aligned with our specific strategic goals, including commercialization activities, advancing our development programs, our research function, our clinical activities and certain corporate and financial goals, which we believe will create long-term value for shareholders. The corporate goals add up to 100% of target with discretion from the Compensation Committee to prorate that total by 0-200% with the maximum possible corporate achievement being 200% of target. In January 2023, the Board and the Compensation Committee evaluated the accomplishments and performance of the Company against such corporate goals. After its consideration of the Company’s performance, as more specifically described below, the Compensation Committee rated our 2022 corporate achievement at 90%. 
Corporate Goal – Core
Weighting
Corporate Achievement
Maintain financial and Company value through managing operating expenses, achieving revenue targets, performance against NBI and ensuring adequate cash on hand
30%
Partially Achieved - managed expenses and achieved revenue within targets and maintained cash balance above target; did not outperform NBI
Achieve key commercial metrics related to payer access and patients start forms
20%
Partially Exceeded - ended year with coverage in excess of 80% of commercial lives and 1,648 new patient start forms
Meet key R&D, regulatory and medical milestones for the advancement of LUPKYNIS and pipeline assets
20%
Achieved - continue to progress portfolio and secured EMA and UK approval
Diversify pipeline through business development efforts20%
Not Achieved - reviewed several targets and no additional pipeline added
Establish ESG strategic framework
10%
Achieved - created framework and anticipate publishing first sustainability report in 2023
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In January 2023, after making these determinations regarding level of corporate performance achieved against the pre-established performance goals, the Compensation Committee (for NEOs other than the CEO), with input from the CEO, rated each NEOs' individual performance. Based on these analyses, the Compensation Committee reviewed and approved corporate cash incentives as set forth in the table below. The Compensation Committee and the Board may, in their sole discretion, eliminate any individual cash incentive or reduce or increase the amount of compensation payable with respect to any individual cash incentive.

2022 Target Annual Cash
Incentive
2022 Actual Annual Cash
Incentive Paid
Named Executive Officer
% of Base Salary
$
% of Target Annual Cash Incentive
$
Peter Greenleaf70%553,860 90%498,474 
Joe Miller50%240,722 110%264,794 
Max Donley50%246,943 110%271,637 
Stephen Robertson (1)
50%229,348 110%252,283 
Volker Knappertz(2)
50%250,000 100%250,000 
Max Colao(3)
50%244,418 100%244,418 
Neil Solomons(1)(4)
50%221,413 100%221,413 

(1)Stephen Robertson's and Neil Solomons' cash incentive paid were translated from Canadian Dollars to U.S. Dollars using the 2022 year-end foreign exchange rate from the Bank of Canada.
(2)Volker Knappertz was appointed as the Company's Executive Vice President, Research & Development effective July 14, 2022.
(3)Max Colao ceased his employment as the Company's Chief Commercial Officer effective July 22, 2022. His severance was paid out in August 2022 and bonus paid out in March 2023.
(4)Neil Solomons ceased his employment as the Company's Chief Medical Officer effective October 31, 2022. His severance was paid out in January 2023 and bonus paid out in March 2023.
Long-term Incentive Grants
In 2022, the Compensation Committee approved to our NEOs the following grants of options to purchase our common shares and grants of RSUs or the right to receive one share of our common stock.
Executive
Share Option Grant
(# shares)(1)
RSUs (#
shares)(2)
Peter Greenleaf534,188312,240
Joe Miller178,063104,080
Max Donley178,063104,080
Stephen Robertson178,063104,080
Volker Knappertz(3)
256,892152,812
Max Colao178,063104,080
Neil Solomons124,64472,856
(1)All options granted in 2022 vest with respect to 33.33% of the shares underlying the options on the one-year anniversary of the vesting commencement date, with the balance vesting in equal monthly installments thereafter over the next two years.
(2)RSUs shall vest in three equal annual installments on the first, second and third anniversary of the grant date.
(3)Volker Knappertz' 2022 grants included a one-time new hire inducement grant of 256,892 options and 152,812 RSUs on August 1, 2022.
Other Features of Our Executive Compensation Program
Agreements with Our Named Executive Officers
We have entered into written employment agreements with each of our NEOs. Each of these employment agreements sets forth the initial compensation arrangements for the NEO, including an initial base salary, an annual cash bonus opportunity, and an equity
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award recommendation. These agreements and the proprietary information and invention assignment agreements each NEO executes upon commencing employment at the Company also set forth the rights and responsibilities of each party and include, among other rights and responsibilities, the prohibition on the executive officer from engaging directly or indirectly in competition with us, soliciting any of our employees, or disclosing our confidential information.
Below are descriptions of our employment agreements with our NEOs including a discussion of the severance payments and other benefits to be provided in connection with an involuntary termination of employment, and a change in control of the Company.

Peter Greenleaf, President and CEO

On April 11, 2019, Peter Greenleaf entered into an employment agreement with the Company for the position of President and CEO commencing on April 29, 2019. The agreement provides that he devote his sole skill and efforts to discharging his duties to the Company on a full-time and exclusive basis and that he will serve as a member of the Board. He is eligible to receive a performance bonus with a target payment of 70% of his base salary if the Board, on the recommendation of the Compensation Committee, in its sole discretion, determines that the Company’s performance had met certain short-term and long-term business performance objectives established from time to time by the Board, on the recommendation of the Compensation Committee, subject to any rules the Company may develop regarding the bonus scheme. In addition, he is entitled to participate in the Company’s benefit program and to vacation of 30 business days per year. The base salary is reviewed annually by the Board, on the recommendation of the Compensation Committee.
Peter Greenleaf’s base salary was approved by the Board based on the recommendation of the Compensation Committee. In determining recommendations for his total compensation as the new CEO, the Compensation Committee considered his experience and expertise, the needs of the Company, the compensation of the previous CEO, and CEO compensation with pharmaceutical companies of a similar size and nature.
Pursuant to Peter Greenleaf’s employment agreement, as modified by resolution of the Board, termination and change of control benefits are as follows:
1.In the event that Peter Greenleaf’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause, he is entitled to receive continuing payments of severance pay for a period of 18 months equal to his then current base salary, plus such other sums, if granted, pursuant to the performance bonus section of the employment agreement. In addition, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the terms and conditions of any benefit plans in effect from time to time, the Company is to maintain health and medical benefits pursuant to the benefits section of the employment agreement for the duration of the severance period. Any options forming part of the initial option grant that are unvested as of the termination date, but would have vested during the severance period, would immediately vest upon termination.
2.In the event that Peter Greenleaf’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause or by the executive for "good reason" within 12 months following a change in control of the Company, he is entitled to receive a lump sum payment equal to 24 months of his then current base salary, and if awarded and payable, the target bonus for the year of termination. In addition, the Company is to maintain health and medical benefits pursuant to the benefits section of the employment agreement during the 12-month period following the termination date. All of his unexercised stock awards will immediately vest upon the termination of his employment and shall be fully exercisable in accordance with the terms and conditions under which the stock awards were granted, subject to the prior expiry of his stock options in accordance with their terms.
Joe Miller, Chief Financial Officer
On April 8, 2020, Joe Miller entered into an employment agreement with the Company for the position of Chief Financial Officer. The agreement provides that he will devote his sole skill and efforts to discharging his duties to the Company on a full-time and exclusive basis. In addition to his base salary, which is reviewed annually by the Compensation Committee in conjunction with the CEO, he is eligible to receive a cash bonus with a target payment of 50% of his base salary if the Board, on recommendation of the Compensation Committee, in their sole discretion, determines that the Company’s performance has met certain short-term and long-term business performance objectives established from time to time by the Board, subject to any rules the Company may develop regarding the bonus scheme. In addition, he is entitled to participate in the Company’s benefits program and to paid vacation of 20 business days per
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year. He agreed to non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and assignment of intellectual property provisions in favor of the Company.
Pursuant to Joe Miller's employment agreement, as modified by resolution of the Compensation Committee, termination and change of control benefits are as follows:
1.In the event that Joe Miller’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause, he is entitled to receive continuing payments of severance pay for a period of 12 months, equal to his then current base salary, plus such other sums, if granted, pursuant to the performance bonus section of the employment agreement. In addition, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the terms and conditions of any benefit plans in effect from time to time, the Company is to maintain health and medical benefits pursuant to the benefits section of the employment agreement for the duration of the severance period. Any options forming part of the initial option grant that are unvested as of the termination date, but would have vested during the severance period, would immediately vest upon termination.
2.In the event that Joe Miller’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause or by the executive for "good reason" within 12 months following a change in control of the Company, he is entitled to receive a lump sum payment equal to 18 months of his then current base salary, and if awarded and payable, the target bonus for the year of termination. In addition, the Company is to maintain health and medical benefits pursuant to the benefits section of the employment agreement during the 12-month period following the termination date. All stock options and equity-based awards granted and outstanding at the time of termination, which have not yet vested, will immediately vest upon the termination of his employment and shall be fully exercisable in accordance with the terms and conditions under which the stock options were granted, subject to the prior expiry of his stock options in accordance with their terms.
Matthew ("Max") Donley, Executive Vice President, Operations and Strategy
On July 15, 2019, Max Donley entered into an employment agreement with the Company for the position of Executive Vice President, Internal Operations and Strategy. The agreement provides that he will devote his sole skill and efforts to discharging his duties to the Company on a full-time and exclusive basis. In addition to his base salary, which is reviewed annually by the Compensation Committee in conjunction with the CEO, he is eligible to receive a cash bonus with a target payment of 50% of his base salary if the Board, on recommendation of the Compensation Committee in their sole discretion, determines that the Company’s performance has met certain short-term and long-term business performance objectives established from time to time by the Board and CEO, subject to any rules the Company may develop regarding the bonus scheme. In addition, he is entitled to participate in the Company’s benefits program and to paid vacation of 20 business days per year. He agreed to non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and assignment of intellectual property provisions in favor of the Company.
Pursuant to Max Donley's employment agreement, as modified by resolution of the Compensation Committee, termination and change of control benefits are as follows:
1.In the event that Max Donley’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause, he is entitled to receive continuing payments of severance pay for a period of 12 months, equal to his then current base salary, plus such other sums, if granted, pursuant to the performance bonus section of the employment agreement. In addition, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the terms and conditions of any benefit plans in effect from time to time, the Company is to maintain health and medical benefits pursuant to the benefits section of the employment agreement for the duration of the severance period. Any options forming part of the initial option grant that are unvested as of the termination date, but would have vested during the severance period, would immediately vest upon termination.
2.In the event that Max Donley’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause or by the executive for "good reason" within 12 months following a change in control of the Company, he is entitled to receive a lump sum payment equal to 18 months of his then current base salary, and if awarded and payable, the target bonus for the year of termination. In addition, the Company is to maintain health and medical benefits pursuant to the benefits section of the employment agreement during the 12-month period following the termination date. All stock awards outstanding at the time of termination, which stock awards have not yet vested, will immediately vest upon the termination of his employment and shall be fully exercisable in accordance with the terms and conditions under which the stock awards were granted, subject to the prior expiry of his stock options in accordance with their terms.
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Stephen Robertson, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
On September 29, 2020, Stephen Robertson entered into an employment agreement with the Company for the position of Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. The agreement provides that he will devote his sole skill and efforts to discharging his duties to the Company on a full-time and exclusive basis. In addition to his base salary, which is reviewed annually by the Compensation Committee in conjunction with the CEO, he is eligible to receive a cash bonus with a target payment of 50% of his base salary if the Board, on recommendation of the Compensation Committee, in their sole discretion, determines that the Company’s performance has met certain short-term and long-term business performance objectives established from time to time by the Board, subject to any rules the Company may develop regarding the bonus scheme. In addition, he is entitled to participate in the Company’s benefits program and to paid vacation of 20 business days per year. He agreed to non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and assignment of intellectual property provisions in favor of the Company.
Pursuant to Stephen Robertson's employment agreement, termination and change of control benefits are as follows:
1.In the event that Stephen Robertson’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause, he is entitled to receive continuing payments of severance pay for a period of 12 months, plus one additional month for each full year of employment, up to a maximum of 18 months in the aggregate, equal to his then current base salary, plus such other sums, if granted, pursuant to the performance bonus section of the employment agreement. In addition, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the terms and conditions of any benefit plans in effect from time to time, the Company is to maintain health and medical benefits pursuant to the benefits section of the employment agreement for the duration of the severance period.
2.In the event that Stephen Robertson's employment is terminated by the Company upon Change of Control or by the executive for "good reason" within 12 months following a change in control of the Company, he is entitled to receive a continuance payment equal to 18 months of his then current base salary, and if awarded and payable, the target bonus for the year of termination. In addition, the Company is to maintain health and medical benefits pursuant to the benefits section of the employment agreement during the 12-month period following the termination date. All outstanding awards granted at the time of termination, which have not yet vested, will immediately vest upon the termination of his employment and shall be fully exercisable in accordance with the terms and conditions under which the stock awards were granted, subject to the prior expiry of his stock options in accordance with their terms.
Volker Knappertz, Executive Vice President, Research & Development
On July 11, 2022, Volker Knappertz entered into an employment agreement with the Company for the position of Executive Vice President, Research & Development. The agreement provides that he will devote his sole skill and efforts to discharging his duties to the Company on a full-time and exclusive basis. In addition to his base salary, which is reviewed annually by the Compensation Committee in conjunction with the CEO, he is eligible to receive a cash bonus with a target payment of 50% of his base salary, if the Board, on recommendation of the Compensation Committee, in their sole discretion, determines that the Company’s performance has met certain short-term and long-term business performance objectives established from time to time by the Board and the CEO, subject to any rules the Company may develop regarding the bonus scheme. In addition, he is entitled to participate in the Company’s benefits program and to paid vacation of 20 business days per year. He agreed to non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and assignment of intellectual property provisions in favor of the Company.
Pursuant to Volker Knappertz' employment agreement, as modified by resolution of the Compensation Committee, termination and change of control benefits are as follows:
1.In the event that Volker Knappertz’ employment is terminated by the Company without cause, he is entitled to receive continuing payments of severance pay for a period of 12 months, equal to his then current base salary, plus such other sums, if granted, pursuant to the performance bonus section of the employment agreement. In addition, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the terms and conditions of any benefit plans in effect from time to time, the Company is to maintain health and medical benefits pursuant to the benefits section of the employment agreement for the duration of the severance period.
2.In the event that Volker Knappertz’ employment is terminated by the Company, within 12 months following a change in control of the Company, he is entitled to receive a lump sum payment equal to 18 months of his then current base salary, and if awarded and payable, the target bonus for the year of termination. In addition, the Company is to maintain health and medical benefits pursuant to the benefits section of the employment agreement during the 18-month period following the termination date. All stock options outstanding or other equity-based awards at the time of termination, which stock options have not yet vested, will immediately vest upon the termination of his employment and shall be fully exercisable in accordance with the terms and conditions under which the stock awards were granted, subject to the prior expiry of his stock options in accordance with their terms.
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Max Colao, Former Chief Commercial Officer
On August 11, 2022, Max Colao entered into a severance agreement with the Company to cease his employment effective July 22, 2022. Per the terms of the agreement, Max was paid severance equal to one year of his current salary of $488,835, 100% of his bonus of $244,418 to be paid in March 2023 and he was eligible to receive health care coverage for a period of time following the end of his employment with the Company.
Neil Solomons, Former Chief Medical Officer
On October 28, 2022, Neil Solomons entered into a severance agreement with the Company. Per the terms of the agreement, Neil was paid severance equal to 18 months of his current salary of CAD$899,688, payment for accrued and unused vacation of CAD$247,600 and 100% of his bonus of CAD$299,896 to be paid in March 2023. Additionally, he was eligible to receive career transition services and health care coverage for a period of time following the end of his employment with the Company.
On November 1, 2022, the Company entered into a consulting agreement with Neil. Per the terms of the agreement, Neil will be paid the lesser of the following: $500 USD per hour or a daily rate of $3,200 USD per day for services provided and will be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary out-of-pocket expenses.
Other Benefits
Our NEOs are eligible to participate in our employee benefit plans, including our medical, dental, vision, group life, disability and accidental death and dismemberment insurance plans, in each case on the same basis as all of our other employees. We provided a 401(k) plan to all of our U.S. employees and a Registered Retirement Savings Plan ("RRSP") matching program to all of our Canadian employees, including our NEOs. We do not generally provide perquisites or personal benefits to our NEOs (any perquisites provided to our executives are for matters in conjunction with their services as executives of the Company).. We do, however, pay the premiums for term life insurance and disability insurance for all of our employees, including our NEOs.

Our NEOs are also able to participate in our Employee Share Purchase Plan ("ESPP") as well as receive awards under our Equity Incentive Plan. The ESPP provides eligible employees of the Company with opportunities from time to time to purchase Company common shares at a discounted price (each an “Offering”). The Company may make one or more Offerings to eligible employees under the ESPP. The maximum length for an Offering is 27 months (a “Plan Period”), during which the Company may withhold via payroll deduction the amount (not exceeding 15% of such eligible employee’s earnings) elected by the eligible employee for purposes of purchasing common shares on each purchase date within the Plan Period.
Tax and Accounting Implications
Under Financial Accounting Standard Board ASC Topic 718 ("ASC 718"), we are required to estimate and record an expense for each award of equity compensation over the vesting period of the award. We record share-based compensation expense on an ongoing basis according to ASC 718.
Section 162(m) has historically limited public companies to a deduction for federal income tax purposes of not more than $1 million of compensation paid to certain executive officers in a calendar year, subject to certain limited exceptions. Due to the effects of tax reform, only certain historical arrangements may be exempted from the limitation. The Company will continue to review related guidance from the Internal Revenue Service as it becomes available, including the final regulations released by the Internal Revenue Service in late 2020. In determining the form and amount of compensation for our named executive officers, our Compensation Committee may continue to consider various aspects of the cost of such compensation. While the Compensation Committee considers the deductibility of awards as one factor in determining executive compensation, the Compensation Committee may also look at other factors in making its decisions and retains the flexibility to award compensation that it determines to be consistent with the goals of our executive compensation program even if the compensation is not deductible by us for tax purposes.

Share Ownership Policy

In December 2021, we adopted a Share Ownership Policy. The Share Ownership Policy applies to each of the members of our Board, as well as each Section 16 Officer (together, "Covered Persons"). A "Section 16 Officer" is any current or former officer of the Company under Rule 16a-1(f) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and any Executive Officer within the meaning of Rule 3b-7 under the Exchange Act (and any other person that Company determines to be subject to the policy). Under the Share Ownership Policy, Covered Persons are to acquire certain amounts of Qualifying Shares. "Qualifying Shares" are common shares held
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by a Covered Person and include owned common shares, as well as unvested RSUs. Qualifying Shares does not include unearned performance based awards or stock options (whether vested or unvested).

Each Covered Person must hold the required number of Qualifying Shares within 5 years of becoming a Covered Person (or 5 years from the adoption of the Share Ownership Policy).

Compliance with the Share Ownership Policy will be measured on the first trading day of each calendar year, using the base salary or board retainer then in effect. The share price used will be the higher of the closing price of the Company's common shares on that date, or the one-year average price of the Company's common shares on that date.

The following table sets out the required number of Qualifying Shares for each Covered Person:

Position / LevelRequirement
Members of the Board of Directors
(other than Section 16 Officers)
3 times board annual retainer fees (excluding any meeting fees, committee retainers, committee chair retainers, and independent director retainers)
CEO3 times base salary
All other Section 16 Officers1 times base salary

Clawbacks
As a public company, if we are required to restate our financial results due to our material noncompliance with any financial reporting requirements under the federal securities laws as a result of misconduct, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer may be legally required to reimburse our Company for any bonus or other incentive-based or equity-based compensation they receive in accordance with the provisions of section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Clawback Policy

In December 2021, we adopted a Clawback Policy. The Clawback Policy applies to each of our Section 16 Officers. If (a) the Company has to prepare an accounting restatement, and the Compensation Committee determines that the Section 16 Officer's act or omission contributed to the circumstances requiring the restatement by intentional misconduct, intentional violation, negligent activity or reckless disregard for any of the Company's rules and policies or any applicable law, or (b) the Compensation Committee determines that a Section 16 Officer committed fraud in connection with the Section 16 Officer's employment or otherwise in connection with the Company, then the Compensation Committee may require the Section 16 Officer to repay to the Company any part of the Excess Compensation received by the Section 16 Officer during the 36 month period prior to the publication of the accounting restatement, or the occurrence of the fraud. For the purposes of the Clawback Policy, "Excess Compensation" that is part of the Incentive-based Compensation (as defined below) received by a Section 16 Officer during the three-year period preceding the date on which the Company is required to prepare an Accounting Restatement that the Compensation Committee determines was excess of what would have been paid to the Section 16 Officer under the Accounting Restatement on a pre-tax basis. If Incentive-based Compensation is based on share price or total shareholder return and the amount of Excess Compensation is not calculable directly from the information in an Accounting Restatement, the amount recovered shall be based on a reasonable estimate of the effect of the Accounting Restatement on the share price or total shareholder return upon which the Incentive-based Compensation was received. “Incentive-based Compensation” means all long term incentives including cash compensation (bonus), performance-based incentive compensation, and time-based incentive compensation that is granted, earned, or vested based wholly or in part upon the attainment of any measures determined and presented in accordance with the accounting principles used in preparing the Company’s financial statements, any measures derived wholly or in part from such financial information, share price or total shareholder return. The Compensation Committee has discretion to determine the amount, form and method for recovering Excess Compensation from the Section 16 Officer.
Risk Analysis of Our Compensation Policies and Practices
The Compensation Committee has reviewed the Company’s compensation policies and practices, in consultation with WTW, to assess whether they encourage employees to take inappropriate risks. After reviewing and assessing the Company’s compensation philosophy, terms and practices, including the mix of fixed and variable, short and long-term incentives and overall pay, incentive plan structures, and the checks and balances built into, and oversight of, each plan and practice, the Compensation Committee determined that any risks arising from our compensation policies and practices for our employees are not reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on our Company as a whole. The Compensation Committee believes that the mix and design of the elements of executive compensation do not encourage management to assume excessive risks; the mix of short-term compensation (in the form of
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salary and annual bonus, if any, which is based on a variety of performance factors), and long-term compensation (in the form of options to purchase our common shares and PAs) prevents undue focus on short-term results and helps align the interests of the Company’s executive officers with the best interests of the Company.
2022 Summary Compensation Table
The following table sets forth all of the compensation awarded to, earned by or paid to our NEOs during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2022, December 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020.
Name and Principal PositionYear
Salary
($)(12)
Bonus
($) (1)
Stock
Awards
($) (2)(3)
Option
Awards
($) (4)
Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
($) (5)
All Other
Compensation
($) (6)
Total ($)(13)
Peter Greenleaf2022791,2283,750,0023,752,009498,47445,6848,837,397
Chief Executive Officer2021723,905506,73410,1821,240,821
2020673,4001,534,9927,753,906707,0709,91410,679,282
Joe Miller2022481,4431,250,0011,250,672264,79445,6843,292,594
Chief Financial Officer (7)
2021437,675262,60510,185710,465
2020279,545162,898461,0402,639,722167,7274,2803,715,212
Max Donley2022493,8851,250,0011,250,672271,63746,3023,312,497
EVP, Operations and Strategy2021448,986269,39212,260730,638
2020383,320461,0402,249,253239,5755,0293,338,217
Stephen Robertson2022458,6961,250,0011,250,672252,28328,7033,240,355
EVP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer (9)
2021448,373252,20922,108722,690
202073,75275,684461,0402,907,90946,0062,4723,566,863
Volker Knappertz2022229,1671,250,0021,249,337250,0005,1802,983,686
EVP, Research and Development (11)
2021
2020
Max Colao2022274,9701,250,0011,250,672244,417582,9423,603,002
Former Chief Commercial Officer (8)
2021459,000240,97510,182710,157
2020354,167153,125461,0403,664,488212,5005804,845,900
Neil Solomons2022369,021875,001875,470221,413881,2233,222,128
Former Chief Medical Officer (10)
2021442,164248,71726,443717,324
2020402,148461,0401,842,476251,34320,3272,977,334
(1)The amounts reported in this column represent sign on bonuses for Joe Miller, Stephen Robertson and Max Colao; and the 2020 increase in pro-ration approved by the Compensation Committee for the annual non-equity incentive plan compensation for Joe Miller, Stephen Robertson and Max Colao.
(2)PAs established for the NEOs in 2020 were based on the achievement of key full calendar year 2021 performance metrics and therefore did not vest until early 2022. Amounts reported for 2020 are based on the grant date price of $13.56, set on the grant date March 18, 2021, in accordance with ASC 718, the date on which the performance metrics were set and formally communicated multiplied by the number of awards reported in the table and probable outcomes for each of the performance metrics as of the grant date. The awards were issued in March 2022 at 20% of award based on achievement against performance metrics.
(3)For 2022, this represents the grant date fair value of restricted stock awards granted to the Named Executive Officer for the applicable year, calculated in accordance with ASC Topic 718, and does not take into account estimated forfeitures related to service-based conditions. The assumptions used in the calculation of these amounts are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the SEC on February 28, 2023. The grant date market price for the restricted stock awards is set at $12.01, which is the closing price on the date prior to the March 2, 2022 grant date.
(4)Represents the aggregate grant-date fair value of the stock options awarded to the Named Executive Officer for the applicable year, calculated in accordance with ASC Topic 718, and does not take into account estimated forfeitures related to service-based conditions. The assumptions used in the calculation of these amounts are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the SEC on February 28, 2023. The options granted based on a CAD fair value were converted to USD using the foreign exchange rate from the Bank of Canada on the grant date.
(5)The amounts reported in this column represent annual performance-based bonuses earned for 2020, 2021 and 2022. For more information, see “Annual Performance Bonus”.
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(6)The amounts reported in this column represent the following: for Peter Greenleaf, Joe Miller, Max Donley and Max Colao employer contributions to 401K, life insurance and between $17 thousand to $35 thousand for expenses and tax gross up related to work travel; for Max Colao in 2022, amounts also include severance related payments; for Stephen Robertson amounts represent employer contributions to RRSP, medical services plan and employer health tax benefits; and for Neil Solomons amounts for all years represent life benefit payments, medical services plan and employer health tax benefits, and for 2022, also include severance related payments.
(7)Joe Miller was appointed as our Chief Financial Officer on April 27, 2020.
(8)Max Colao was appointed as our Chief Commercial Officer on February 25, 2020.
(9)Stephen Robertson was appointed as our Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Commercial Officer on November 2, 2020. Stephen Robertson's salary, bonus and other non-equity compensation were translated to USD using the year-end foreign exchange rates from the Bank of Canada (See note 3 for equity translation information).
(10)Neil Solomons' salary, bonus and other non-equity compensation were translated to USD using the year-end foreign exchange rates from the Bank of Canada. (See note 3 for equity translation information).
(11)Volker Knappertz was appointed as our EVP Research and Development on July 11, 2022.
(12)The salary increases for 2022 included an inflation adjustment.
(13)The aggregate (cash and non-cash) remuneration paid to the five highest earning officers and employees remaining in employ of the Company, other than directors, in 2022 was $21,666,529 (compared to $4,112,747 in 2021, during which no equity awards were granted).
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2022 Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table
The following table sets forth information relating to the grant of plan-based incentive awards to our NEOs in 2022:
Estimated Future Payouts Under
Non-Equity Incentive Plan
Awards (1)
Estimated Future Payouts Under
Equity Incentive Plan
Awards
All other Stock Awards: Number of
Shares of Stock or Units (#)
All other Option Awards: Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options (#)
Exercise
Price of
Option
Awards
($/Sh)
Grant Date
Fair Value
of Stock
And Option
Awards($)
NameGrant DateThreshold
($)
Target
($)
Maximum
($)
Threshold
(#)
Target
(#)
Maximum
(#)
Peter Greenleaf
Annual Bonus553,8601,107,720
Stock Option Award3/2/2022534,18812.013,752,009
Restricted Stock Unit Award3/2/2022312,2403,750,002
Joe Miller
Annual Bonus240,722481,444
Stock Option Award3/2/2022178,06312.011,250,672
Restricted Stock Unit Award3/2/2022104,0801,250,001
Max Donley
Annual Bonus246,943493,886
Stock Option Award3/2/2022178,06312.011,250,672
Restricted Stock Unit Award3/2/2022104,0801,250,001
Stephen Robertson
Annual Bonus(2)
229,348458,696
Stock Option Award3/2/2022178,06312.011,250,672
Restricted Stock Unit Award3/2/2022104,0801,250,001
Volker Knappertz(3)
Annual Bonus250,000500,000
Stock Option Award8/1/2022256,8928.181,249,337
Restricted Stock Unit Award8/1/2022152,8121,250,002
Max Colao
Annual Bonus244,418488,836
Stock Option Award3/2/2022178,06312.011,250,672
Restricted Stock Unit Award3/2/2022104,0801,250,001
Neil Solomons
Annual Bonus(2)
221,413442,826
Stock Option Award3/2/2022124,64412.01875,470
Restricted Stock Unit Award3/2/202272,856875,001
(1)These amounts represent target performance-based bonus payments for each NEO for 2022. There were no threshold amounts and maximum bonus amounts were set at 200%.
(2)Stephen Robertson's and Neil Solomons' cash incentive were translated from CAD to USD using the 2022 year-end foreign exchange rate from the Bank of Canada.
(3)Volker Knappertz' awards were granted outside of the Company's Equity Incentive Plan as inducement material to the new employee entering into employment with the Company in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).
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2022 Outstanding Equity Awards At Fiscal Year-End Table
The following table shows for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, certain information regarding outstanding equity awards at fiscal year-end for our NEOs. The options to purchase our shares were granted with a per share exercise price equal to the fair market value of one share on the date of grant, as determined in good faith by the Compensation Committee (for NEOs other than the CEO) and the Board, on recommendation of the Compensation Committee (for our CEO and without the CEO being present for deliberations and approval). Except as noted below, all of the equity awards were granted under our Equity Incentive Plan.
Options Awards(1)
Stock Awards
Name(7)
Grant DateNumber of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Exercisable
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Unexercisable
Option
Exercise
Price ($)
Option
Expiration
Date
Equity Incentive Plan Awards: Number of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights That Have Not Vested
(#)(4)
Equity Incentive Plan Awards: Market or Payout Value of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights That Have Not Vested ($)(5)
Peter Greenleaf
4/29/2019(2)
1,466,667133,3336.284/29/2029
2/5/2020389,84422,93219.412/5/2030
12/21/2020544,683272,34113.0312/21/2030
3/2/2022534,18812.013/2/2032
3/2/2022312,2403,750,002
Joe Miller4/28/2020117,72414,71616.384/28/2030
5/21/202043,0566,94417.065/21/2030
12/21/2020180,40790,20313.0312/21/2030
3/2/2022178,06312.013/2/2032
3/2/2022104,0801,250,001
Max Donley8/19/2019250,0005.908/19/2029
1/28/2020(3)
122,9863,51418.551/28/2030
12/21/2020157,96878,98413.0312/21/2030
3/2/2022178,06312.013/2/2032
3/2/2022104,0801,250,001
Stephen Robertson
11/16/2020(6)
207,58691,33813.4011/16/2030
12/21/202096,32348,16113.0312/21/2030
3/2/2022178,06312.013/2/2032
3/2/2022104,0801,250,001
Volker Knappertz
8/1/2022(6)
256,8928.188/1/2032
8/1/2022(6)
152,8121,250,002
Neil Solomons
2/9/2017(3)
2,0003.211/29/2023
1/28/2020(3)
64,07518.381/29/2023
12/21/2020137,00113.031/29/2023
(1)All options above except as noted in (2) below vest as follows: 33.333% of the shares subject to the options vest on the 12-month anniversary of the vesting commencement date, and the remaining shares subject to the options vest in equal monthly installments over the next two years. All options with a grant date up to and including May 2020 were translated for the purposes of this proxy from CAD to USD using the Bank of Canada exchange rate on the date of grant.
(2)25% of the shares subject to the options vest on the 12-month anniversary of the vesting commencement date, and the remaining shares subject to the options vest in equal monthly installments over the next three years. This award was granted outside of the Company's Equity Incentive Plan as an inducement material to the new employee entering into employment with the Company.
(3)One thirty-sixth (1/36th) of the options vest each month over a period of thirty-six months, commencing one month from the grant date.
(4)RSUs held at fiscal year-end shall vest in three equal annual installments on the first, second and third anniversary of the grant date.
(5)Amounts reported are based on the grant price, determined as the close price on the date before grant, set on the grant date multiplied by the number of unvested awards reported in the table.
(6)This award was granted outside of the Company's Equity Incentive Plan as an inducement material to the new employee entering into employment with the Company in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).
(7)Max Colao did not have any outstanding equity awards as of December 31, 2022.
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2022 Option Exercises and Shares Vested
The following table provides information on options to purchase our common shares that were exercised, including the number of common shares acquired upon exercise and the value realized, determined as described below, for our NEOs in the year ended December 31, 2022:
Option Awards
Stock Awards(1)
Name
Number of Shares
Acquired on Exercise
Value Realized
on Exercise ($)
Number of
Shares
Acquired on
Vesting (#)
Value Realized on
Vesting ($)
Peter Greenleaf28,300339,883
Joe Miller8,500102,085
Max Donley8,500102,085
Stephen Robertson8,500102,085
Volker Knappertz
Max Colao8,500102,085
Neil Solomons8,500102,085
(1)PAs held at fiscal year-end are earned on December 31, 2021 to a degree dependent on the achievement of the performance metrics for such PAs. The awards were vested and issued at $12.01 on March 2, 2022 at 20% of award based on achievement against performance metrics.

Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control
We maintain certain agreements, plans, and programs that require us to provide compensation to our NEOs in the event of a termination of employment or a change in control. For more information, see “Other Features of Our Executive Compensation Program—Agreements with Our Named Executive Officers” beginning on page 58.

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The following table discloses the potential payments upon termination of employment or change in control with respect to each NEO, pursuant to their respective employment agreements with the Company, as of December 31, 2022.
Name(6)
Benefit
Termination Not
in Connection
with a Change
in Control
($)
Termination in
Connection with a
Change in Control
($)
Peter GreenleafCash Severance Payment1,186,8421,582,456
Lump Sum Target Bonus Payment(2)
553,860
Health Insurance Premiums(3)
24,69324,693
Vesting Acceleration(1)
0(4)
1,348,877
Benefit Total1,211,5353,509,886
Joe MillerCash Severance Payment481,443722,165
Lump Sum Target Bonus Payment(2)
240,722
Health Insurance Premiums(3)
39,13739,137
Vesting Acceleration(1)
0(4)
449,626
Benefit Total520,5801,451,649
Max DonleyCash Severance Payment493,885740,828
Lump Sum Target Bonus Payment(2)
246,943
Health Insurance Premiums(3)
39,13739,137
Vesting Acceleration(1)
0(4)
449,626
Benefit Total533,0221,476,533
Stephen Robertson(5)
Cash Severance Payment535,146764,494
Lump Sum Target Bonus Payment(2)
229,348
Health Insurance Premiums(3)
4,3664,366
Vesting Acceleration(1)
0(4)
449,626
Benefit Total539,5121,447,834
Volker KnappertzCash Severance Payment500,000750,000
Lump Sum Target Bonus Payment(2)
250,000
Health Insurance Premiums(3)
39,13758,706
Vesting Acceleration(1)
660,148
Benefit Total539,1371,718,854
(1)The value of stock option vesting acceleration is based on the closing price of $4.32 per common share on December 31, 2022, minus the exercise price of the unvested stock options subject to acceleration. 
(2)The assumption used for lump sum target bonus payment is full year payment at 100% of target.
(3)The assumption used for the health insurance premiums is 12 months of coverage, except for Volker Knappertz termination in connection with change in control, which assumes 18 months of coverage.
(4)The assumption used for vesting acceleration not in connection with a change in control is a termination as of December 31, 2022. Therefore, only options vested through December 31, 2021 are included in the calculation.
(5)Stephen Robertson's cash amounts were translated from CAD to USD using the 2022 year-end foreign exchange rate from the Bank of Canada.
(6)Max Colao and Neil Solomons are not included in the table above as they were not employed with the Company on December 31, 2022.




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Pay Versus Performance Disclosure

In accordance with rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, we provide the following disclosure regarding executive compensation for our principal executive officer (“PEO”) and non-PEO NEOs and Company performance for the fiscal years listed below. The Compensation Committee did not consider the pay versus performance disclosure below in making its pay decisions for any of the years shown.


Year
Summary Compensation Table Total for Peter Greenleaf(1)
($)
Compensation Actually Paid to Peter Greenleaf(1)˒(2)˒(3)
($)
Average Summary Compensation Table Total for Non-PEO NEOs(1)
($)
Average Compensation Actually Paid to Non-PEO NEOs(1),(2),(3)
($)
Value of Initial Fixed $100 Investment based on:(4)
Net Income
($ Millions)
Net Revenue(5)
($ Millions)
TSR
($)
Peer Group TSR
($)
(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)
20228,837,397(8,899,595)3,275,710(748,376)21.32113.65(108)134
20211,240,38916,344,707718,163