Financial Instruments - In November 2009, the IASB issued IFRS 9 - Financial Instruments, which replaced the classification and measurement requirements in IAS 39 - Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement for financial assets. In October 2010, the IASB issued additions to IFRS 9 regarding requirements for classifying and measuring financial liabilities. The IFRS 9 requirements are currently expected to be effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013, although this has been tentatively deferred until January 1, 2015. IFRS 9 must be applied retrospectively. Earlier adoption is permitted.
The Company is currently assessing the impact of these new standards and amendments on its financial statements.
RESPONSIBILITY OF MANAGEMENT AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Management is responsible for the information disclosed in this MD&A and the accompanying consolidated financial statements, and has in place appropriate information systems, procedures and controls to ensure that information used internally by management and disclosed externally is materially complete and reliable. In addition, the Company's Audit Committee, on behalf of the Board of Directors, provides an oversight role with respect to all public financial disclosures made by the Company, and has reviewed and approved this MD&A and the accompanying consolidated financial statements. The Audit Committee is also responsible for determining that management fulfills its responsibilities in the financial control of operations, including disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting.
DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES AND INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING
The Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, together with other members of management, have evaluated the effectiveness of the Company's disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting as at December 31, 2012, using the internal control integrated framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on that evaluation, they have concluded that the design and operation of the Company's disclosure controls and procedures were adequate and effective as at December 31, 2012, to provide reasonable assurance that a) material information relating to the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries would have been known to them and by others within those entities, and b) information required to be disclosed is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within required time periods. They have also concluded that the design and operation of internal controls over financial reporting were adequate and effective as at December 31, 2012, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial reporting in accordance with IFRS.
There have been no changes in the design of the Company's internal controls over financial reporting during 2012 that would materially affect, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company's internal controls over financial reporting.
While the Officers of the Company have evaluated the effectiveness of disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting as at December 31, 2012 and have concluded that these controls and procedures are being maintained as designed, they expect that the disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting may not prevent all errors and fraud. A control system, no matter how well conceived or operated, can only provide reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the control system are met.
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