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These companies topped The Globe's annual corporate governance rankings this year

In the news most recently for fending off a hostile takeover bid, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan topped the 2010 Board Games rankings with strong marks across all categories (board composition, executive compensation, shareholder rights and disclosure). The mining company jumped to No. 1 from eighth place last year.

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The Bank of Nova Scotia also moved up in this year’s rankings, from No. 4 in 2009, to No. 2 this year.

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Tied for first place with SNC Lavalin in 2009, Toronto-Dominion Bank, led by CEO Ed Clark, dropped to the No. 3 spot this year.

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Bank of Montreal came in fourth this year, a slight drop from last year when it ranked third.

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Sun Life Financial, led by CEO Donald Stewart, climbed up the ranks to fifth place this year. Last year it was in a four-way tie for eighth.

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With 89 points out of 100, Canadian Pacific Railway tied three other companies for sixth place. Last year it ranked 13th.

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Manulife Financial, led by CEO Donald Guloien, also tied for sixth place this year. It fell slightly from last year when it tied for fourth.

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Nexen, led by president and CEO Marvin Romanow, also tied for sixth place this year. It climbed the ranks from last year’s 14th place finish.

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Royal Bank of Canada tied for sixth, a slight drop from last year’s fourth-place finish.

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Agrium placed in a three-way tie for 10th this year, a big gain from last year’s 18th place finish.

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Last year’s first-place winner, engineering firm SNC Lavalin, led by president and CEO Pierre Duhaime, also tied for 10th this year with 88 points.

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