Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

Application by an issuer for a revocation of a cease trade order issued by the Commission -- cease trade order issued because the issuer had failed to file certain continuous disclosure materials required by Ontario securities law -- defaults subsequently remedied by bringing continuous disclosure filings up-to-date -- cease trade order revoked.

Applicable Legislative Provisions

Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as. am., ss. 127, 144.

IN THE MATTER OF THE SECURITIES ACT, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER S.5, AS AMENDED (the Act) AND IN THE MATTER OF POPLAR CREEK RESOURCES INC.

ORDER (Section 144 of the Act)

WHEREAS the securities of Poplar Creek Resources Inc. (the Applicant) are subject to a temporary cease trade order dated May 9, 2014, issued by the Director of the Ontario Securities Commission (the Commission) pursuant to paragraph 2 of subsection 127(1) and subsection 127(5) of the Act, as extended by a further cease trade order dated May 21, 2014 issued by the Director, pursuant to paragraph 2 of subsection 127(1) of the Act (collectively, the Ontario Cease Trade Order), directing that all trading in the securities of the Applicant, whether direct or indirect, cease until the Ontario Cease Trade Order is revoked by the Director;

AND WHEREAS the Ontario Cease Trade Order was made on the basis that the Applicant was in default of certain filing requirements under Ontario securities law as described in the Ontario Cease Trade Order;

AND WHEREAS the Applicant has applied to the Commission under section 144 of the Act for a full revocation of the Ontario Cease Trade Order;

AND UPON the Applicant having represented to the Commission that:

1. The Applicant was incorporated under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) on October 18, 2006.

2. The Applicant's head office is located at 19 River Ridge Close, Calgary, Alberta, T3Z 3K9.

3. The Applicant is a reporting issuer under the securities legislation of the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario (the Reporting Jurisdictions). The Applicant is not a reporting issuer in any other jurisdiction in Canada. The Applicant's principal regulator is the Alberta Securities Commission (the ASC).

4. The Applicant's authorized share capital consists of an unlimited number of common shares (the Common Shares) and an unlimited number of preferred shares issuable in series. As of the date hereof, there are 44,919,261 Common Shares issued and outstanding.

5. The Applicant has unsecured promissory notes (the Promissory Notes) in the aggregate principal amount of $262,000 issued and outstanding.

6. Other than the Common Shares and the Promissory Notes, the Applicant has no other securities outstanding.

7. The Common Shares, under the trading symbol "PCK", were delisted from trading on the NEX on September 30, 2015. Prior to the NEX, the Common Shares were listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Other than the foregoing, the Common Shares have not been nor are they now listed on any other stock exchange. The Common Shares are not currently listed on any other exchange or market in Canada or elsewhere.

8. The Ontario Cease Trade Order was issued as a result of the Applicant's failure to file its annual audited financial statements, the related management's discussion and analysis (MD&A) and related certifications of annual filings as required by National Instrument 52-109 Certification of Disclosure in Issuers' Annual and Interim Filing (NI 52-109) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 (the 2013 Annual Filings).

9. The Applicant is also subject to a cease trade order issued by the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) dated May 8, 2014 (the BC Cease Trade Order), and a cease trade order issued by the ASC dated May 6, 2014 (the Alberta Cease Trade Order) (collectively with the Ontario Cease Trade Order, the Cease Trade Orders).

10. The Applicant has concurrently applied to the ASC for a full revocation of the Alberta Cease Trade Order and to the BCSC for a full revocation of the BC Cease Trade Order.

11. Subsequent to the issuance of the Ontario Cease Trade Order, the Applicant failed to file in the Reporting Jurisdictions the following continuous disclosure documents within the prescribed time-frame in accordance with the requirements of applicable securities laws:

(i) all audited annual financial statements, related MD&A and related NI 52-109 certificates for the financial years ended December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2017;

(ii) all unaudited interim financial statements, related MD&A and related NI 52-109 certificates for the interim periods ended March 31, 2014 through September 30, 2018; and

(iii) the statements of executive compensation for the financial years ended December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2017.

12. Since the issuance of the Ontario Cease Trade Order, the Applicant has filed in the Reporting Jurisdictions:

(i) the audited annual financial statements, related MD&A and related NI 52-109 certificates for each of the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018;

(ii) the amended audited annual financial statements, related amended MD&A and related NI 52-109 certificates for each of the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018;

(iii) the statements of executive compensation for the financial years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018;

(iv) the unaudited interim financial statements, related MD&A and related NI 52-109 certificates for the interim period ended March 31, 2019; and

(v) the unaudited interim financial statements, related MD&A and related NI 52-109 certificates for the interim period ended June 30, 2019.

13. The Applicant has not filed (i) audited annual financial statements, related MD&A, and related NI 52-109 certificates for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2016; (ii) unaudited interim financial statements, related MD&A, and related NI 52-109 certificates for the interim periods ended March 31, 2014 to September 30, 2018; and (iii) statements of executive compensation for the years ended December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2016 (collectively, the Outstanding Filings).

14. Except for the Outstanding Filings, the Applicant is (i) up-to-date with all of its continuous disclosure obligations; (ii) not in default of any requirements under applicable securities legislation or the rules and regulations made pursuant thereto in any of the Reporting Jurisdictions, except for the existence of the Cease Trade Orders; and (iii) not in default of any of its obligations under the Cease Trade Orders.

15. The Applicant's issuer profile on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) and issuer profile supplement on the System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI) are current and accurate.

16. The Applicant has paid all outstanding activity, participation and late filing fees that are required to be paid to the Commission and has filed all forms associated with such payments.

17. The Applicant is not considering nor is it involved in any discussions related to, a reverse take-over, merger, amalgamation or other form of combination or transaction similar to any of the foregoing.

18. Since the issuance of the Cease Trade Orders, there have not been any material changes in the business, operations or affairs of the Applicant that have not been disclosed to the public.

19. The Applicant has given the Commission a written undertaking that it will hold an annual meeting of its shareholders within three months after the date on which the Ontario Cease Trade Order is revoked.

20. Upon the issuance of this revocation order and concurrent revocation orders from the ASC and the BCSC, the Applicant will issue a news release announcing the revocation of the Cease Trade Orders and concurrently file the news release and a related material change report on SEDAR.

AND UPON considering the application and recommendation of the staff of the Commission;

AND UPON the Director being satisfied that it would not be prejudicial to the public interest to revoke the Ontario Cease Trade Order;

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to section 144 of the Act that the Ontario Cease Trade Order is revoked.

DATED at Toronto, Ontario on this 24th day of September, 2019.

"Marie-France Bourret"
Manager, Corporate Finance
Ontario Securities Commission