1999 Stock Incentive Plan (Non-U.S.) - InternetStudios.com Inc.
INTERNETSTUDIOS.COM, INC. 1999 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN (NON-U.S.) 1. PURPOSE The purpose of this 1999 Non-U.S. Stock Incentive Plan of InternetStudios.com, Inc. (the "Company") is to advance the interests of the Company by encouraging Eligible Employees (as herein defined) to acquire shares of the Company, thereby increasing their proprietary interest in the Company, encouraging them to remain associated with the Company and furnish them with additional incentive to advance the interests of the Company in the conduct of their affairs. This Plan is specifically designed for Eligible Employees of the Company who are not residents of the United States and/or subject to taxation in the United States, although Awards under this Plan may be issued to other Eligible Employees. 2. DEFINITIONS As used herein, the following definitions shall apply: (a) "ADMINISTRATOR" means the Board or a Committee of the Board duly appointed by the Board as the Administrator hereof; (b) "AFFILIATE" and "ASSOCIATE" shall have the respective meanings ascribed to such terms in the Securities Act. (c) "APPLICABLE LAWS" means the legal requirements relating to the administration of stock incentive plans, if any, under applicable provisions of federal securities laws, state corporate and securities laws, the Securities Act, the rules of any applicable stock exchange or national market system, and the rules of any foreign jurisdiction applicable to Awards granted to residents therein. (d) "AWARD" means the grant of an Option, SAR, Restricted Stock or other right or benefit under the Plan. (e) "AWARD AGREEMENT" means the written agreement evidencing the grant of an Award executed by the Company and the Grantee, including any amendments thereto. (f) "BOARD" means the Board of Directors of the Company. (g) "CAUSE" means, with respect to the termination by the Company or a Related Entity of the Grantee's Continuous Service, that such termination is for `Cause' as such term is expressly defined in a then-effective written agreement between the Grantee and the Company or such Related Entity, or in the absence of such then-effective written agreement and definition, is based on, in the determination of the Administrator, the Grantee's: <PAGE> (i) refusal or failure to act in accordance with any specific, lawful direction or order of the Company or a Related Entity; (ii) unfitness or unavailability for service or unsatisfactory performance (other than as a result of Disability); (iii) performance of any act or failure to perform any act in bad faith and to the detriment of the Company or a Related Entity; (iv) dishonesty, intentional misconduct or material breach of any agreement with the Company or a Related Entity; or (v) commission of a crime involving dishonesty, breach of trust, or physical or emotional harm to any person. (h) "CHANGE IN CONTROL" means a change in ownership or control of the Company effected through either of the following transactions: (i) the direct or indirect acquisition by any person or related group of persons (other than an acquisition from or by the Company or by a Company-sponsored employee benefit plan or by a person that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, the Company) of beneficial ownership of securities possessing more than fifty percent (50%) of the total combined voting power of the Company's outstanding securities pursuant to a tender or exchange offer made directly to the Company's shareholders which a majority of the Continuing Directors who are not Affiliates or Associates of the offeror do not recommend such shareholders accept, or (ii) a change in the composition of the Board over a period of thirty-six (36) months or less such that a majority of the Board members (rounded up to the next whole number) ceases, by reason of one or more contested elections for Board membership, to be comprised of individuals who are Continuing Directors. (i) "COMMITTEE" means any committee appointed by the Board to administer the Plan. (j) "COMMON STOCK" means the common stock of the Company. (k) "COMPANY" means InternetStudios.com, Inc., a Nevada corporation. (l) "CONSULTANT" means any person (other than an Employee or, solely with respect to rendering services in such person's capacity as a Director) who is engaged by the Company or any Related Entity to render consulting or advisory services to the Company or such Related Entity. 2 <PAGE> (m) "CONTINUING DIRECTORS" means members of the Board who either (i) have been Board members continuously for a period of at least thirty-six (36) months or (ii) have been Board members for less than thirty-six (36) months and were elected or nominated for election as Board members by at least a majority of the Board members described in clause (i) who were still in office at the time such election or nomination was approved by the Board. (n) "CONTINUOUS SERVICE" means that the provision of services to the Company or a Related Entity in any capacity of Employee, Director or Consultant, is not interrupted or terminated. Continuous Service shall not be considered interrupted in the case of (i) any approved leave of absence, (ii) transfers between locations of the Company or among the Company, any Related Entity, or any successor, in any capacity of Employee, Director or Consultant, or (iii) any change in status as long as the individual remains in the service of the Company or a Related Entity in any capacity of Employee, Director or Consultant (except as otherwise provided in the Award Agreement). An approved leave of absence shall include sick leave, military leave, or any other authorized personal leave. For purposes of Options, no such leave may exceed ninety (90) days, unless reemployment upon expiration of such leave is guaranteed by statute or contract. (o) "CORPORATE TRANSACTION" means any of the following transactions: (i) a merger or consolidation in which the Company is not the surviving entity, except for a transaction the principal purpose of which is to change the jurisdiction in which the Company is organized; (ii) the sale, transfer or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company (including the capital stock of the Company's subsidiary corporations) in connection with the complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company; or (iii) any reverse merger in which the Company is the surviving entity but in which securities possessing more than fifty percent (50%) of the total combined voting power of the Company's outstanding securities are transferred to a person or persons different from those who held such securities immediately prior to such merger. (p) "DIRECTOR" means a member of the Board or the board of directors of any Related Entity. (q) "DISABILITY" means that a Grantee is unable to carry out the responsibilities and functions of the position held by the Grantee by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment. A Grantee will not be considered to have incurred a Disability unless he or she furnishes proof of such impairment sufficient to satisfy the Administrator in its discretion. (r) "ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEE" means any person who is an Officer, a Director, an Employee or a Consultant. 3 <PAGE> (s) "EMPLOYEE" means any person, including an Officer or Director, who is a full-time or part-time employee of the Company or any Related Entity. (t) "FAIR MARKET VALUE" means, as of any date, the value of Common Stock determined as follows: (i) Where there exists a public market for the Common Stock, the Fair Market Value shall be (A) the closing price for a Share for the last market trading day prior to the time of the determination (or, if no closing price was reported on that date, on the last trading date on which a closing price was reported) on the stock exchange determined by the Administrator to be the primary market for the Common Stock or the Nasdaq National Market, whichever is applicable or (B) if the Common Stock is not traded on any such exchange or national market system, the average of the closing bid and asked prices of a Share on the Nasdaq Small Cap Market for the day prior to the time of the determination (or, if no such prices were reported on that date, on the last date on which such prices were reported), in each case, as reported in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL or such other source as the Administrator deems reliable; or (ii) In the absence of an established market for the Common Stock of the type described in 2.(s)(i), above, the Fair Market Value thereof shall be determined by the Administrator in good faith. (u) "GRANTEE" means an Eligible Employee who receives an Award pursuant to an Award Agreement under the Plan. (v) "INSIDER" means: (i) a Director or Senior Officer of the Company; (ii) a Director or Senior Officer of a person that is itself an Insider or Subsidiary of the Company; (iii) a person that has: A. direct or indirect beneficial ownership of, B. control or direction over, or C. a combination of direct or indirect beneficial ownership of and control or direction over securities of the Company carrying more than 10% of the voting rights attached to all the Company's outstanding voting securities, excluding, for the purpose of the calculation of the percentage held, any securities held by the person as underwriter in the course of a distribution, or 4 <PAGE> (iv) the Company itself, if it has purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired any securities of its own issue, for so long as it continues to hold those securities. (w) "Officer" means a person who is an officer, including a Senior Officer, of the Company or a Related Entity within the meaning prescribed to under the Securities Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. (x) "OPTION" means an option to purchase Shares pursuant to an Award Agreement granted under the Plan. (y) "PARENT" means a "parent corporation", whether now or hereafter existing, which holds a majority of the voting shares of the Company. (z) "PERFORMANCE SHARES" means Shares or an Award denominated in Shares which may be earned in whole or in part upon attainment of performance criteria established by the Administrator. (aa) "PERFORMANCE UNITS" means an Award which may be earned in whole or in part upon attainment of performance criteria established by the Administrator and which may be settled for cash, Shares or other securities or a combination of cash, Shares or other securities as established by the Administrator. (bb) "PLAN" means this 1999 Stock Incentive Plan. (cc) "RELATED ENTITY" means any Parent, Subsidiary and any business, corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity in which the Company, a Parent or a Subsidiary holds a substantial ownership interest, directly or indirectly. (dd) "RESTRICTED STOCK" means Shares issued under the Plan to the Grantee for such consideration, if any, and subject to such restrictions on transfer, rights of first refusal, repurchase provisions, forfeiture provisions, and other terms and conditions as established by the Administrator. (ee) "SAR" means a stock appreciation right entitling the Grantee to Shares or cash compensation, as established by the Administrator, measured by appreciation in the value of Common Stock. (ff) "SECURITIES ACT" means the British Columbia Securities Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, as amended. (gg) "SENIOR OFFICER" means: (i) the chair or vice chair of the Board, the president, a vice-president, the secretary, the treasurer or the general manager of the Company; 5 <PAGE> (ii) any individual who performs functions for a person similar to those normally performed by an individual occupying any office specified in paragraph 2.(ff)(i) above, and (iii) the five (5) highest paid employees of the Company, including any individual referred to in paragraph 2.(ff)(i) or 2.(ff)(ii) and excluding a commissioned salesperson who does not act in a managerial capacity. (hh) "SHARE" means a share of the Common Stock. (ii) "SUBSIDIARY" means a "subsidiary corporation", whether now or hereafter existing, as determined by British Columbia corporate law. (jj) "RELATED ENTITY DISPOSITION" means the sale, distribution or other disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the Company's interests in any Related Entity effected by a sale, merger or consolidation or other transaction involving that Related Entity or the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of that Related Entity. 3. STOCK SUBJECT TO THE PLAN Subject to the provisions of Section 10 below, the maximum aggregate number of Shares which may be issued pursuant to all Awards (including Options) is 500,000 Shares. The Shares to be issued pursuant to Awards may be authorized, but unissued, or reacquired Common Stock. Any Shares covered by an Award (or portion of an Award) which is forfeited or cancelled, expires or is settled in cash, shall be deemed not to have been issued for purposes of determining the maximum aggregate number of Shares which may be issued under the Plan. Shares that actually have been issued under the Plan pursuant to an Award shall not be returned to the Plan and shall not become available for future issuance under the Plan, except that if Shares are forfeited or repurchased by the Company at their original purchase price, such Shares shall become available for future grant under the Plan. No Insider of the Company is eligible to receive an Award where: (a) Insiders are not Directors or Senior Officers of the Company and receiving Options as Consultants of the Company; (b) any Award, together with all of the Company's other previously established or proposed Awards could result at any time in: (i) the number of Shares reserved for issuance pursuant to Options granted to Insiders exceeding 10% of the outstanding issue of Common Stock; or (ii) the issuance to Insiders, within a one year period of a number of Shares exceeding 10% of the outstanding issue of the Common Stock; 6 <PAGE> provided, however, that this restriction on the eligibility of Insiders to receive an Award will cease to apply if it is no longer required under any Applicable Laws. 4. ADMINISTRATION (a) Plan Administrator (i) ADMINISTRATION WITH RESPECT TO ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES. With respect to grants of Awards to Eligible Employees, the Plan shall be administered by (A) the Board or (B) a Committee designated by the Board, which Committee shall be constituted in such a manner as to satisfy the Applicable Laws. Once appointed, such Committee shall continue to serve in its designated capacity until otherwise directed by the Board. (ii) ADMINISTRATION ERRORS. In the event an Award is granted in a manner inconsistent with the provisions of this subsection 4.(a), such Award shall be presumptively valid as of its grant date to the extent permitted by the Applicable Laws. (b) POWERS OF THE ADMINISTRATOR. Subject to Applicable Laws and the provisions of the Plan (including any other powers given to the Administrator hereunder), and except as otherwise provided by the Board, the Administrator shall have the authority, in its discretion: (i) to select the Eligible Employees to whom Awards may be granted from time to time hereunder; (ii) to determine whether and to what extent Awards are granted hereunder; (iii) to determine the number of Shares or the amount of other consideration to be covered by each Award granted hereunder; (iv) to approve forms of Award Agreements for use under the Plan; (v) to determine the terms and conditions of any Award granted hereunder; (vi) to amend the terms of any outstanding Award granted under the Plan, including a reduction in the exercise price (or base amount on which appreciation is measured) of any Award to reflect a reduction in the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock since the grant date of the Award, provided that any amendment that would adversely affect the Grantee's rights under an outstanding Award shall not be made without the Grantee's written consent; (vii) the Administrator shall have the right to suspend the right of a holder to exercise all or part of a stock option for any reason that the Administrator considers in the best interest of the Company; 7 <PAGE> (viii) to establish additional terms, conditions, rules or procedures to accommodate the rules or laws of applicable foreign jurisdictions and to afford Grantees favourable treatment under such laws; provided, however, that no Award shall be granted under any such additional terms, conditions, rules or procedures with terms or conditions which are inconsistent with the provisions of the Plan; and (ix) to take such other action, not inconsistent with the terms of the Plan, as the Administrator deems appropriate. (c) EFFECT OF ADMINISTRATOR'S DECISION. All decisions, determinations and interpretations of the Administrator shall be conclusive and binding on all persons. 5. ELIGIBILITY Options and Awards other than Options may be granted to Eligible Employees. An Eligible Employee who has been granted an Award may, if otherwise eligible, be granted additional Awards. 6. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF AWARDS (a) TYPE OF AWARDS. The Administrator is authorized under the Plan to award any type of arrangement to an Eligible Employee that is not inconsistent with the provisions of the Plan and that by its terms involves or might involve the issuance of (i) Shares, (ii) an Option, (iii) a SAR or similar right with a fixed or variable price related to the Fair Market Value of the Shares and with an exercise or conversion privilege related to the passage of time, the occurrence of one or more events, or the satisfaction of performance criteria or other conditions, or (iv) any other security with the value derived from the value of the Shares. Such awards include, without limitation, Options, SARs, sales or bonuses of Restricted Stock, Performance Units or Performance Shares, and an Award may consist of one such security or benefit, or two (2) or more of them in any combination or alternative. (b) DESIGNATION OF AWARD. Each Award shall be designated in the Award Agreement. (c) CONDITIONS OF AWARD. Subject to the terms of the Plan, the Administrator shall determine the provisions, terms, and conditions of each Award including, but not limited to, the Award vesting schedule, repurchase provisions, rights of first refusal, forfeiture provisions, form of payment (cash, Shares, or other consideration) upon settlement of the Award, payment contingencies, and satisfaction of any performance criteria. The performance criteria established by the Administrator may be based on any one of, or combination of, increase in share price, earnings per share, total shareholder return, return on equity, return on assets, return on investment, net operating income, cash flow, revenue, economic value added, personal management objectives, or other measures of performance selected by the Administrator. Partial achievement of the specified criteria may 8 <PAGE> result in a payment or vesting corresponding to the degree of achievement as specified in the Award Agreement. (d) ACQUISITIONS AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS. The Administrator may issue Awards under the Plan in settlement, assumption or substitution for, outstanding awards or obligations to grant future awards in connection with the Company or a Related Entity acquiring another entity, an interest in another entity or an additional interest in a Related Entity whether by merger, stock purchase, asset purchase or other form of transaction. (e) DEFERRAL OF AWARD PAYMENT. The Administrator may establish one or more programs under the Plan to permit selected Grantees the opportunity to elect to defer receipt of consideration upon exercise of an Award, satisfaction of performance criteria, or other event that absent the election would entitle the Grantee to payment or receipt of Shares or other consideration under an Award. The Administrator may establish the election procedures, the timing of such elections, the mechanisms for payments of, and accrual of interest or other earnings, if any, on amounts, Shares or other consideration so deferred, and such other terms, conditions, rules and procedures that the Administrator deems advisable for the administration of any such deferral program. (f) AWARD EXCHANGE PROGRAMS. The Administrator may establish one or more programs under the Plan to permit selected Grantees to exchange an Award under the Plan for one or more other types of Awards under the Plan on such terms and conditions as determined by the Administrator from time to time. (g) SEPARATE PROGRAMS. The Administrator may establish one or more separate programs under the Plan for the purpose of issuing particular forms of Awards to one or more classes of Grantees on such terms and conditions as determined by the Administrator from time to time. (h) INDIVIDUAL OPTION AND SAR LIMIT. The maximum number of Shares with respect to which Options and SARs may be granted to any Employee in any fiscal year of the Company shall be 300,000 Shares. The foregoing limitation shall be adjusted proportionately in connection with any change in the Company's capitalization pursuant to Section 10, below. (i) EARLY EXERCISE. The Award Agreement may, but need not, include a provision whereby the Grantee may elect at any time while an Eligible Employee to exercise any part or all of the Award prior to full vesting of the Award. Any unvested Shares received pursuant to such exercise may be subject to a repurchase right in favour of the Company or a Related Entity or to any other restriction the Administrator determines to be appropriate. (j) TERM OF AWARD. The term of each Award shall be the term stated in the Award Agreement, provided, however, that the term of an Option shall be no more than ten (10) years from the date of grant thereof. 9 <PAGE> (k) TRANSFERABILITY OF AWARDS. Options may not be sold, pledged, assigned, hypothecated, transferred, or disposed of in any manner other than by will or by the laws of descent or distribution and may be exercised, during the lifetime of the Grantee, only by the Grantee; provided, however, that the Grantee may designate a beneficiary of the Grantee's Option in the event of the Grantee's death on a beneficiary designation form provided by the Administrator. Other Awards shall be transferable to the extent provided in the Award Agreement. (l) TIME OF GRANTING AWARDS. The date of grant of an Award shall for all purposes be the date on which the Administrator makes the determination to grant such Award, or such other date as is determined by the Administrator. Notice of the grant determination shall be given to each Employee, Director or Consultant to whom an Award is so granted within a reasonable time after the date of such grant. 7. AWARD EXERCISE OR PURCHASE PRICE, CONSIDERATION, TAXES AND RELOAD OPTIONS (a) EXERCISE OR PURCHASE PRICE. The exercise or purchase price, if any, for an Award shall be as determined by the Administrator in compliance with the Applicable Laws. (b) CONSIDERATION. Subject to Applicable Laws, the consideration to be paid for the Shares to be issued upon exercise or purchase of an Award including the method of payment, shall be determined by the Administrator (and, in the case of an Option, shall be determined at the time of grant). In addition to any other types of consideration the Administrator may determine, the Administrator is authorized to accept as consideration for Shares issued under the Plan the following: (i) cash; (ii) check; (iii) surrender of Shares or delivery of a properly executed form of attestation of ownership of Shares as the Administrator may require (including withholding of Shares otherwise deliverable upon exercise of the Award) which have a Fair Market Value on the date of surrender or attestation equal to the aggregate exercise price of the Shares as to which said Award shall be exercised (but only to the extent that such exercise of the Award would not result in an accounting compensation charge with respect to the Shares used to pay the exercise price unless otherwise determined by the Administrator); or (iv) any combination of the foregoing methods of payment. (c) TAXES. No Shares shall be delivered under the Plan to any Grantee or other person until such Grantee or other person has made arrangements acceptable to the Administrator for the satisfaction of any foreign, federal, state, or local 10 <PAGE> income and employment tax withholding obligations, including, without limitation, obligations incident to the receipt of Shares or the disqualifying disposition of Shares received on exercise of an Option. Upon exercise of an Award, the Company shall withhold or collect from Grantee an amount sufficient to satisfy such tax obligations. (d) RELOAD OPTIONS. In the event the exercise price or tax withholding of an Option is satisfied by the Company or the Grantee's employer withholding Shares otherwise deliverable to the Grantee, the Administrator may issue the Grantee an additional Option, with terms identical to the Award Agreement under which the Option was exercised, but at an exercise price as determined by the Administrator in accordance with the Plan. 8. EXERCISE OF AWARD (a) PROCEDURE FOR EXERCISE; RIGHTS AS A SHAREHOLDER. (i) Any Award granted hereunder shall be exercisable at such times and under such conditions as determined by the Administrator under the terms of the Plan and specified in the Award Agreement. (ii) An Award shall be deemed to be exercised when written notice of such exercise has been given to the Company in accordance with the terms of the Award by the person entitled to exercise the Award and full payment for the Shares with respect to which the Award is received by the Company. Until the issuance (as evidenced by the appropriate entry on the books of the Company or of a duly authorized transfer agent of the Company) of the stock certificate evidencing such Shares, no right to vote or receive dividends or any other rights as a shareholder shall exist with respect to Shares subject to an Award, notwithstanding the exercise of an Option or other Award. The Company shall issue (or cause to be issued) such stock certificate promptly upon exercise of the Award. No adjustment will be made for a dividend or other right for which the record date is prior to the date the stock certificate is issued, except as provided in the Award Agreement or Section 10, below. (b) EXERCISE OF AWARD FOLLOWING TERMINATION OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE. (i) An Award may not be exercised after the termination date of such Award set forth in the Award Agreement and may be exercised following the termination of a Grantee's Continuous Service only to the extent provided in the Award Agreement. (ii) Where the Award Agreement permits a Grantee to exercise an Award following the termination of the Grantee's Continuous Service for a specified period, the Award shall terminate to the extent not exercised on the last day of the specified period or the last day of the original term of the Award, whichever occurs first. 11 <PAGE> (c) BUYOUT PROVISIONS. The Administrator may at any time offer to buy out for a payment in cash or Shares, an Award previously granted, based on such terms and conditions as the Administrator shall establish and communicate to the Grantee at the time that such offer is made. 9. CONDITIONS UPON ISSUANCE OF SHARES (a) Shares shall not be issued pursuant to the exercise of an Award unless the exercise of such Award and the issuance and delivery of such Shares pursuant thereto shall comply with all Applicable Laws, and shall be further subject to the approval of counsel for the Company with respect to such compliance. (b) As a condition to the exercise of an Award, the Company may require the person exercising such Award to represent and warrant at the time of any such exercise that the Shares are being purchased only for investment and without any present intention to sell or distribute such Shares if, in the opinion of counsel for the Company, such a representation is required by any Applicable Laws. 10. ADJUSTMENTS UPON CHANGES IN CAPITALIZATION Subject to any required action by the shareholders of the Company, the number of Shares covered by each outstanding Award, and the number of Shares which have been authorized for issuance under the Plan but as to which no Awards have yet been granted or which have been returned to the Plan, the exercise or purchase price of each such outstanding Award, as well as any other terms that the Administrator determines require adjustment shall be proportionately adjusted for (i) any increase or decrease in the number of issued Shares resulting from a stock split, reverse stock split, stock dividend, combination or reclassification of the Shares, (ii) any other increase or decrease in the number of issued Shares effected without receipt of consideration by the Company, or (iii) as the Administrator may determine in its discretion, any other reorganization transaction with respect to Common Stock; provided, however that conversion of any convertible securities of the Company shall not be deemed to have been "effected without receipt of consideration. Such adjustment shall be made by the Administrator and its determination shall be final, binding and conclusive. Except as the Administrator determines, no issuance by the Company of shares of stock of any class, or securities convertible into shares of stock of any class, shall affect, and no adjustment by reason hereof shall be made with respect to, the number or price of Shares subject to an Award. 11. CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS/CHANGES IN CONTROL/RELATED ENTITY DISPOSITIONS Except as may be provided in an Award Agreement the Administrator shall have the authority, exercisable either in advance of any actual or anticipated Corporate Transaction, Change in Control or Related Entity Disposition or at the time of an actual Corporate Transaction, Change in Control or Related Entity Disposition and exercisable at the time of the grant of an Award under the Plan or any time while an Award remains outstanding, to provide for the full automatic vesting and exercisability of one or more outstanding unvested Awards under the Plan and the release from restrictions on transfer and repurchase or forfeiture rights of such Awards in 12 <PAGE> connection with a Corporate Transaction, Change in Control or Related Entity Disposition, on such terms and conditions as the Administrator may specify. The Administrator also shall have the authority to condition any such Award vesting and exercisability or release from such limitations upon the subsequent termination of the Continuous Service of the Grantee within a specified period following the effective date of the Corporate Transaction, Change in Control or Related Entity Disposition. The Administrator may provide that any Awards so vested or released from such limitations in connection with a Change in Control or Related Entity Disposition, shall remain fully exercisable until the expiration or sooner termination of the Award. Effective upon the consummation of a Corporate Transaction, all outstanding Awards under the Plan shall terminate unless assumed by the successor company or its parent. 12. EFFECTIVE DATE AND TERM OF PLAN The Plan shall become effective upon the earlier to occur of its adoption by the Board or its approval by the shareholders of the Company. It shall continue in effect for a term of ten (10) years unless sooner terminated. Subject to Section 17, below, and Applicable Laws, Awards may be granted under the Plan upon its becoming effective. 13. AMENDMENT, SUSPENSION OR TERMINATION OF THE PLAN (a) The Board may at any time amend, suspend or terminate the Plan. To the extent necessary to comply with Applicable Laws, the Company shall obtain shareholder approval of any Plan amendment in such a manner and to such a degree as required. (b) No Award may be granted during any suspension of the Plan or after termination of the Plan. (c) Any amendment, suspension or termination of the Plan (including termination of the Plan under Section 13.(a), above) shall not affect Awards already granted, and such Awards shall remain in full force and effect as if the Plan had not been amended, suspended or terminated, unless mutually agreed otherwise between the Grantee and the Administrator, which agreement must be in writing and signed by the Grantee and the Company. 14. RESERVATION OF SHARES (a) The Company, during the term of the Plan, will at all times reserve and keep available such number of Shares as shall be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the Plan. (b) The inability of the Company to obtain authority from any regulatory body having jurisdiction, which authority is deemed by the Company's counsel to be necessary to the lawful issuance and sale of any Shares hereunder, shall relieve the Company of any liability in respect of the failure to issue or sell such Shares as to which such requisite authority shall not have been obtained. 13 <PAGE> 15. NO EFFECT ON TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT/CONSULTING RELATIONSHIP The Plan shall not confer upon any Grantee any right with respect to the Grantee's Continuous Service, nor shall it interfere in any way with his or her right or the Company's right to terminate the Grantee's Continuous Service at any time, with or without cause. 16. NO EFFECT ON RETIREMENT AND OTHER BENEFIT PLANS Except as specifically provided in a retirement or other benefit plan of the Company or a Related Entity, Awards shall not be deemed compensation for purposes of computing benefits or contributions under any retirement plan of the Company or a Related Entity, and shall not affect any benefits under any other benefit plan of any kind or any benefit plan subsequently instituted under which the availability or amount of benefits is related to level of compensation. 17. SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL The Plan shall be subject to the Plan's approval by the shareholders of the Company within twelve (12) months from the date the Plan is adopted by the Company's Board of Directors. Such shareholder approval shall be obtained in the degree and manner required under Applicable Laws. The Administrator may grant Awards under the Plan prior to approval by the shareholders, but until such approval is obtained, no such Award shall be exercisable. In the event that shareholder approval is not obtained within the twelve (12) month period provided above, all Awards previously granted under the Plan shall be cancelled and of no force or effect. 18. GOVERNING LAW The Plan shall be governed by the laws of the Province of British Columbia and the laws of Canada applicable therein; provided, however, that any Award Agreement may provide by its terms that it shall be governed by the laws of any other jurisdiction as may be deemed appropriate by the parties thereto. 14